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Name-IV-Karin
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Karin (Japanese: カリン) (pronounced 'kah·rin') is a Japanese automotive company in the HD Universe of Grand Theft Auto.

Overview

The company is most likely based off the real-life manufacturer Toyota since most Karin cars are inspired by Toyota models.

However, the Sultan RS and Korean Mob Sultan, including the original Sultan, are modified like Subarus even though they are both based on the Toyota Altezza (also known as the Lexus IS300); and the Intruder is based on an Infiniti model.

Vehicles

Vehicle Style Based On (HD Universe) Notes
Asterope Mid-size sedan 2006–2011 Toyota Camry Grand Theft Auto V exclusive
BeeJay XL Mid-size SUV 2006-2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser Grand Theft Auto V exclusive
Dilettante 5-door liftback 2003-2009 Toyota Prius Includes the Merryweather variant
Futo Compact sports coupe 1983-1987 Toyota AE86 Corolla Levin
Intruder Sports sedan 2001-2006 Infiniti Q45
Kuruma Sports sedan Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X (overall shape & front)
2015 Subaru Impreza (back)
Included in the GTA V Heists Update
Rebel Pickup truck Fourth gen Toyota Hilux Grand Theft Auto V exclusive
Sultan Sports sedan Lexus IS300/Toyota Altezza
Sultan RS Sports coupe Lexus IS300/Toyota Altezza

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Trivia

  • The name might be a parody of Kia as Kia and Karin are spelt similarly and are both girls' names; the logo also bears resemblance to their corporate logo (mainly the top left tip of the "K").
    • In-game, however, Karin does not reference Kia Motors, as Karin vehicles are mostly based on Toyota vehicles.
  • Karin is pronounced as kareen by a Karin sponsor on Fame or Shame, but it is pronounced as "Karen" during the advertisement for the Dilletante featured in GTA IV.
    • The name might also be a reference to Toyota's Carina series.
  • There is a concept car by Citroën called the Karin.
  • The Karin logo is similar to the Circle K logo.
  • The Intruder is the only vehicle that is not based on any Toyota/Lexus vehicles, however it is also shares numerous styling cues with the 2002-2006 Toyota Corolla (or specifically, the Toyota Mark II in Japan).
    • The Sultan, despite taking up resemblance to the Lexus IS/Toyota Altezza, resembles more of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII/Subaru Impreza WRX due to the Sultan's AWD setup (as opposed to the Lexus IS/Toyota Altezza's FR drivetrain).
    • The same applies for the upcoming Kuruma, another vehicle that is not based off of any Toyota vehicles, but rather, a fusion between the Mitsubishi and the Subaru vehicles.

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