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[[Image:CartelCruiser-GTA3-front.jpg|right|thumb|300px|A Cartel Cruiser in GTA III (<small>[[:Image:CartelCruiser-GTA3-rear.jpg|Rear quarter view]]</small>).]]
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The '''Cartel Cruiser''' is a four-wheel-drive crew cab pickup truck. It is used exclusively by the [[Colombian Cartel]] in [[Grand Theft Auto III]] and [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]].
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| front_image = CartelCruiser-GTA3-front.jpg
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| caption = Cartel Cruiser in [[Grand Theft Auto: III|GTA: III]]
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| vehicle_type = Gang car
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| vehicle_class = Off-Road
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| body_style = 4-door pickup truck
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| capacity = 4 (driver and a 3 passengers)
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| appearances = [[Grand Theft Auto III|GTA III]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories|GTA Liberty City Stories]]
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| related = [[Sandking]]<br>[[Bobcat]]<br>[[Contender]]<br>[[Rebel]]
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}}
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The '''Cartel Cruiser''' (alternatively as the '''Cartel's Cruiser''') is a gang car used exclusively by the [[Colombian Cartel|Colombian Mob]] in [[Grand Theft Auto III]] and [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]]. This car is the predecessor of the [[Sandking]] in later games.
   
 
==Description==
 
==Description==
 
=== Design ===
 
=== Design ===
In general, the Cartel Cruiser is a 4-door pickup truck, with the rear resembling a 2001-2004 Australian [[wp:Toyota Hilux|Toyota Hilux Vigo]], but featuring frontal styling of a generic 1990s Ford pickup truck (possibly the [[wp:Ford Ranger|Ford Ranger]]). The Cruiser also features a roll bar in the back, side runners, a blue paintjob, and foglights on the grill. Similar to the [[Forelli Exsess]], [[Sindacco Argento]] and [[Yardie Lobo]], it does not have a non-gang variant, but its closest non-gang counterpart is the [[Patriot]]. It is one of the only two 4-door pickup trucks in the [[3D Universe|3D era]]
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In general, the Cartel Cruiser is a 4-door pickup truck, with the rear end resembling a [[wp:Toyota Hilux|2001-2004 Australian Toyota Hilux Vigo]], but featuring frontal styling of a generic [[wp:Ford F-Series|1990s Ford F-Series pickup truck]] and the front is reminiscent of [[wp:Chevrolet LUV|Chevrolet LUV]]. The Cruiser also features a roll bar in the back, side runners, a blue paint job, and foglights on the grill. Similar to the [[Forelli Exsess]], [[Sindacco Argento]] and [[Yardie Lobo]], it does not have a non-gang variant, but its closest non-gang counterpart however is the [[Bobcat]]. It is one of the only two 4-door pickup trucks in the [[3D Universe]].
   
At one point of [[beta|game development of GTA III]], the Cartel Cruiser was known as the '''Columbia''', possibly a reference to the Colombian Cartel's name. The old name is still evidently used in a showcase of the truck at the official [[Rockstar North]] website. In the beta, the car was also black.
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At one point of [[beta|game development of GTA III]], the Cartel Cruiser was known as the '''Columbia''', which is possibly a reference to the Colombian Cartel's name. The old name is still evidently used in a showcase of the truck at the official [[Rockstar North]] website. In the beta, the car was also black.
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Unlike most gang cars in GTA III, the Cartel Cruiser is absent from [[GTA Advance]] for unknown reasons, and the [[Esperanto]] replaces it as the Cartel's gang car.
   
 
=== Performance ===
 
=== Performance ===
 
[[Image:CartelCruiser-GTALCS-front.jpg|right|thumb|300px|A Cartel Cruiser in GTA Liberty City Stories.]]
 
[[Image:CartelCruiser-GTALCS-front.jpg|right|thumb|300px|A Cartel Cruiser in GTA Liberty City Stories.]]
   
With a V8 engine, it is powerful enough to send its all wheel drive system into slides, which is unusual for the GTA III engine. The car is also turbocharged, but suffers from turbo lag, where the car has poor acceleration from a standing start, until the turbo cuts in. This can be heard, when the engine noise becomes louder and more aggressive. At higher revs, it can defeat a [[Patriot]] (a similar vehicle) in a straight line drag race. However, its high center of gravity causes the body to roll in corners. Strangely enough, it has the engine sound of a turbocharged vintage engine (the same as [[BF Injection]], [[Diablo Stallion]] and [[Cuban Hermes]]), which is unusual for a four-door SUV.
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With a muscle car-style V8, it is powerful enough to send its all wheel drive system into slides, which is unusual for the GTA III engine. It is also turbocharged, but suffers from turbo lag, where the car has poor acceleration from a standing start, until the turbo cuts in. This can be heard, when the engine noise becomes louder and more aggressive. At higher revs, it can outrun a [[Patriot]] or a [[Sentinel]] in a straight line drag race. However, its high center of gravity causes the body to roll in corners. Strangely enough, it has the engine sound of a turbocharged vintage engine (the same as [[BF Injection]], [[Diablo Stallion]] and [[Sabre Turbo]]), which is unusual for such a large vehicle.
It is possible that the Cartel Cruiser's engine is customized like a muscle car, but without hood-mounted supercharger.
 
   
In GTA Liberty City Stories, the Cartel Cruiser is considerably slower than in GTA III, but the engine sound has been changed to suit better for a four-door SUV and still maintains much of its predecessor's design, engine and accessories, with a noticeable change in the grill mounted spotlights (from white to red). While possessing poor acceleration, it's handling is reasonable, but it's top speed is moderate. The GTA LCS rendition shares the same performance as the [[Landstalker]] and the [[Sentinel]].
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In GTA Liberty City Stories, the Cartel Cruiser is considerably a bit slower and heavier than in GTA III, but the engine sound has been changed to suit better for a pickup truck and still maintains much of its predecessor's design and accessories, with a noticeable change in the grill mounted spotlights (from white to red). While possessing poor acceleration, it's handling is reasonable, and it's top speed is moderate. The GTA LCS rendition shares the same performance as the [[Landstalker]], rather than the [[Bobcat]].
   
 
==Locations==
 
==Locations==
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*In the [[Cartel Mansion|Cartel mansion]] in [[Cedar Grove]], [[Shoreside Vale]].
 
*In the [[Cartel Mansion|Cartel mansion]] in [[Cedar Grove]], [[Shoreside Vale]].
 
*Near [[D-Ice|D-Ice’s]] phone in [[Wichita Gardens]], Shoreside Vale.
 
*Near [[D-Ice|D-Ice’s]] phone in [[Wichita Gardens]], Shoreside Vale.
*Driving around Fort Staunton and Cedar Grove.
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*Driving around [[Fort Staunton]] and [[Cedar Grove]].
 
*Six Cartel Cruisers can be found during the mission [[The Exchange]].
 
*Six Cartel Cruisers can be found during the mission [[The Exchange]].
 
*Can be found as one of the burning vehicles during [[Firefighter]] missions.
 
*Can be found as one of the burning vehicles during [[Firefighter]] missions.
   
 
'''GTA Liberty City Stories'''
 
'''GTA Liberty City Stories'''
*Driving around Cedar Grove, Shoreside Vale.
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*Driving around [[Cedar Grove]] and [[Francis International Airport, Shoreside Vale|Francis International Airport]] in [[Shoreside Vale]].
*Driving around [[Francis International Airport, Shoreside Vale|Francis International Airport]], Shoreside Vale.
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*Can be obtained during the missions [[Panlantic Land Grab]] and [[Love on the Run]].
*Can be obtained during the [[Panlantic Land Grab]] and [[Love on the Run]].
 
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
* In GTA Liberty City Stories, the Cartel Cruiser was meant to have a same engine sound as the [[Leone Sentinel]] and the [[Sentinel XS]], but it is changed to the typical engine sound of SUVs like [[Patriot]] and the [[Landstalker]], as Leone Sentinel's engine sound are considered too speedy for a pickup truck.
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*It has been speculated that in GTA Liberty City Stories, the Cartel Cruiser was meant to have a same engine sound as the [[Leone Sentinel]] and the [[Sentinel XS]], but it is changed to the [[Taxi]]'s engine sound, as Leone Sentinel's engine sound are considered too speedy for a pickup truck.
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*The GTA III rendition's performance seems to be reused for the [[Sandking]].
*The GTA III rendition's performance seems to be reused on the [[Sandking]].
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*The car is apparently inspired from the stereotype of Latin Americans and Middle Eastern, which is typically associated with off-road cars and pickup trucks.
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*According to the engine sound, it is strange that in GTA III the car has a vintage engine (carburetor), but in Liberty City Stories it has a modern fuel-injection engine, despite LCS passing in 1998 and III in 2001.
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*The GTA Liberty City Stories version is exceptionally durable compared to the GTA III version. It is also the most durable gang car in LCS, together with the [[Triad Fish Van]] and the [[Yakuza Stinger]].
   
== See also ==
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== See Also ==
* [[Cavalcade FXT]], a somewhat similar truck in [[Grand Theft Auto IV]] and [[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars]], but with more luxury design and larger engine.
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* [[Cavalcade FXT]], a somewhat similar SUT in [[HD Universe]], but with more luxurious design and larger engine.
* [[Patriot]], a four-wheel-drive crew cab truck that shares the same vehicle polygon model as the Cartel Cruiser, but different textures, accessories (bumpers and trunk rack), and handling characteristics.
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* [[Patriot]], a four-wheel-drive crew cab truck that shares the same vehicle polygon model as the Cartel Cruiser, but different textures, accessories (bumpers and trunk rack), engine, and handling characteristics.
 
* [[Contender]], another truck in GTA IV which has a similar body design, but not crew cab and is based on a newer model Ford F150.
 
* [[Contender]], another truck in GTA IV which has a similar body design, but not crew cab and is based on a newer model Ford F150.
 
* [[Gang Rancher]], [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories|GTA Vice City Stories]] counterpart which shares an almost similar performance.
 
* [[Gang Rancher]], [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories|GTA Vice City Stories]] counterpart which shares an almost similar performance.
* [[Vapid Double Cab Truck]], another truck in GTA V which is based on a newer Ford F-250 crew cab, which when modified in [[Los Santos Customs]], resembles the Cartel Cruiser.
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* [[Sandking]] and [[Sadler]], [[Grand Theft Auto V|GTA V]] counterpart which is also based on Ford F-Series.
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* [[Bobcat]], closest civilian version.
   
 
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Latest revision as of 16:02, August 16, 2014

Cartel Cruiser
CartelCruiser-GTA3-front
Cartel Cruiser in GTA: III.
Vehicle class (GTA V) Off-Road
Vehicle type Gang car
Body style 4-door pickup truck
Capacity 4 (driver and a 3 passengers)
Appearance(s) GTA III
GTA Liberty City Stories
Related vehicle(s) Sandking
Bobcat
Contender
Rebel

The Cartel Cruiser (alternatively as the Cartel's Cruiser) is a gang car used exclusively by the Colombian Mob in Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. This car is the predecessor of the Sandking in later games.

DescriptionEdit

Design Edit

In general, the Cartel Cruiser is a 4-door pickup truck, with the rear end resembling a 2001-2004 Australian Toyota Hilux Vigo, but featuring frontal styling of a generic 1990s Ford F-Series pickup truck and the front is reminiscent of Chevrolet LUV. The Cruiser also features a roll bar in the back, side runners, a blue paint job, and foglights on the grill. Similar to the Forelli Exsess, Sindacco Argento and Yardie Lobo, it does not have a non-gang variant, but its closest non-gang counterpart however is the Bobcat. It is one of the only two 4-door pickup trucks in the 3D Universe.

At one point of game development of GTA III, the Cartel Cruiser was known as the Columbia, which is possibly a reference to the Colombian Cartel's name. The old name is still evidently used in a showcase of the truck at the official Rockstar North website. In the beta, the car was also black.

Unlike most gang cars in GTA III, the Cartel Cruiser is absent from GTA Advance for unknown reasons, and the Esperanto replaces it as the Cartel's gang car.

Performance Edit

CartelCruiser-GTALCS-front

A Cartel Cruiser in GTA Liberty City Stories.

With a muscle car-style V8, it is powerful enough to send its all wheel drive system into slides, which is unusual for the GTA III engine. It is also turbocharged, but suffers from turbo lag, where the car has poor acceleration from a standing start, until the turbo cuts in. This can be heard, when the engine noise becomes louder and more aggressive. At higher revs, it can outrun a Patriot or a Sentinel in a straight line drag race. However, its high center of gravity causes the body to roll in corners. Strangely enough, it has the engine sound of a turbocharged vintage engine (the same as BF Injection, Diablo Stallion and Sabre Turbo), which is unusual for such a large vehicle.


In GTA Liberty City Stories, the Cartel Cruiser is considerably a bit slower and heavier than in GTA III, but the engine sound has been changed to suit better for a pickup truck and still maintains much of its predecessor's design and accessories, with a noticeable change in the grill mounted spotlights (from white to red). While possessing poor acceleration, it's handling is reasonable, and it's top speed is moderate. The GTA LCS rendition shares the same performance as the Landstalker, rather than the Bobcat.

LocationsEdit

GTA III

GTA Liberty City Stories

TriviaEdit

  • It has been speculated that in GTA Liberty City Stories, the Cartel Cruiser was meant to have a same engine sound as the Leone Sentinel and the Sentinel XS, but it is changed to the Taxi's engine sound, as Leone Sentinel's engine sound are considered too speedy for a pickup truck.
  • The GTA III rendition's performance seems to be reused for the Sandking.
  • The car is apparently inspired from the stereotype of Latin Americans and Middle Eastern, which is typically associated with off-road cars and pickup trucks.
  • According to the engine sound, it is strange that in GTA III the car has a vintage engine (carburetor), but in Liberty City Stories it has a modern fuel-injection engine, despite LCS passing in 1998 and III in 2001.
  • The GTA Liberty City Stories version is exceptionally durable compared to the GTA III version. It is also the most durable gang car in LCS, together with the Triad Fish Van and the Yakuza Stinger.

See Also Edit

  • Cavalcade FXT, a somewhat similar SUT in HD Universe, but with more luxurious design and larger engine.
  • Patriot, a four-wheel-drive crew cab truck that shares the same vehicle polygon model as the Cartel Cruiser, but different textures, accessories (bumpers and trunk rack), engine, and handling characteristics.
  • Contender, another truck in GTA IV which has a similar body design, but not crew cab and is based on a newer model Ford F150.
  • Gang Rancher, GTA Vice City Stories counterpart which shares an almost similar performance.
  • Sandking and Sadler, GTA V counterpart which is also based on Ford F-Series.
  • Bobcat, closest civilian version.

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