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Kuruma
Kuruma-GTALCS-front
A Kuruma in GTA Liberty City Stories
(Rear quarter view).
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 4-door compact sedan
Capacity 4 (driver and 3 passengers)
Appearance(s) Grand Theft Auto III
GTA Liberty City Stories
Related vehicle(s) Admiral
Chavos
Premier
Feroci

The Kuruma is a Japanese four-door sedan featured in Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. It is also a sedan cut during the development of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories and Grand Theft Auto IV, assumed by some to be replaced by the Admiral (GTA VC/VCS) and the Feroci (GTA IV).

It is also featured as a car brand in another Rockstar Games title, Midnight Club Street Racing, with 3 different models.

Overview

Design

The word "kuruma" means "car" in Japanese (, くるま), which may suggest that the car is of Japanese origin. "Kuruma" may also be a reference to the Toyota Camry, the bestselling midsize sedan in the United States, with "Camry" being an Anglicized phonetic transcription of the Japanese word kanmuri (冠, かんむり) for "crown". (Toyota has a naming tradition of using the word "crown" for primary models, starting with the Toyota Crown in 1955, continuing with the Toyota Corona and Toyota Corolla, the Latin words for "crown" and "small crown", respectively.)

The GTA III rendition of the car is strongly based on a 2001-2006 Chrysler Sebring sedan or a 1998-2004 Dodge Intrepid (both the design and the fact that the car has a longitudinally mounted engine in Xbox version), and it comes with uncolored (gray) bumpers and trims, giving it the appearance of a base model. The Kuruma in GTA III is also said to bear some resemblance to a 1997-2001 Honda Accord. For GTA Liberty City Stories, the Kuruma has slight cosmetic changes to make it look like a generic Japanese sedan during the late 90's, the front appearing to resemble a 1992-1995 European Toyota Corona or a 1997-2000 Nissan Altima, the taillights from an Opel/Vauxhall/Holden/Chevrolet Vectra C and its bumpers and trim are body-colored to give it a more upscale look, although there still are base Kurumas with unpainted trims and bumpers, especially if the car is sprayed white or grey. It has styling cues from the 1995-2000 Hyundai Elantra.

The Kuruma is the first car made available to the player in both GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories, in the missions "Give Me Liberty" and "Home Sweet Home", respectively, probably due to the fact that it handles relatively neutrally. When originally introduced in GTA III, the car is not seen driven on the streets of Portland Island, but is parked in various locations in the island; in GTA Liberty City Stories, the car is present in Portland traffic.

During development of GTA III, the Kuruma was originally known as the "Sentinal", not to be confused by the Sentinel which is another sedan in the final version of the same game that was previously known as the "Beamer" during development.

Performance

In GTA III, the Kuruma has a turbocharged four cylinder engine and a FWD powertrain. Whilst the engine is powerful enough to propel the light Kuruma to high straight line speeds, the front wheel drive layout causes understeer. Players may therefore favor using the handbrake to swing around turns at high speed. In GTA: Liberty City Stories, its engine is naturally-aspirated and emits a same engine sound as the Manana, Idaho and the Perennial.

Nonetheless, the car's firm handling makes it a good choice for the first LCS car race in the mission Grease Sucho.

The Kuruma possesses almost identical handling properties to the GTA III rendition of the Taxi.

Variants

Trivia

Kuruma-Manhunt-front

Manhunt's rendition of the Kuruma.

Manhunt2-Kuruma-front&rear

The working Kuruma featured in Manhunt 2

  • The Kuruma has appeared as both a wreck and a working car in Manhunt and Manhunt 2, respectively (see also Kuruma article at Wikihunt).
  • Kuruma also exists as a car manufacturer in another popular Rockstar game Midnight Club. It has one model called the Faasuto (based on a Mazda RX-7 and a Nissan 240SX) with 3 variants: The GR, GS, and GT. It should also be noted that this is a hidden car and in order to unlock it and its versions, you have to find 3 hidden markers in the city of London.
  • The Kuruma is referenced in an episode of crime drama NCIS where a witness tells Agent McGee that a getaway car was a "Kuruma", and later explains to his confused superiors: "Kuruma is the name of a car in Grand Theft Auto III. It’s a Chrysler Sebring sedan." A video of the exchange can be found here.
  • The GTA Liberty City Stories rendition has 3-speed transmission. This can be heard when driving at straight line, and the engine makes three shifts.
  • Could be manufactured by either Bravado or Dinka, since the car closely resembles a cross between Dodge Intrepid and Honda Accord.
  • Some players may consider that the Kuruma resembles Toyota Yaris Sedan, however this is coincidental, as Toyota Yaris (both the sedan and hatchback variant) was introduced circa 2002-2003, well after the events of both GTA III and GTA LCS.
  • The car is succeeded by the Chavos and Feroci in GTA IV, then the Asterope in GTA V.
  • It is the first vehicle that is driveable in GTA III and in the 3D Universe.
  • The Kuruma in GTA III has more spawn locations in Portland then anywhere else in the city.
  • The Kuruma is the first Honda-based vehicle in the GTA Series, followed by the Blista Compact.

Locations

GTA III
GTA Liberty City Stories

See also

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