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Moonbeam
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A Moonbeam in GTA IV
(Rear quarter view)
Vehicle type Civilian van
Law enforcement van (GTA V)
Body style Van
Capacity 4 (driver and 3 passengers)
Appearance(s) GTA III
GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories
GTA IV
Grand Theft Auto V
Manufacturer Declasse (GTA IV)


"Good for big families. Or large gang of criminals."
— GTA Vice City Website

The Declasse Moonbeam is a large four-door minivan featured in:

GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories

Design

Between GTA III and GTA Vice City Stories, the Moonbeam is straightforwardly modeled after a 1985—1994 Chevrolet Astro/1985—1994 GMC Safari, but it has tall taillights. Minor cosmetic changes have been made throughout its appearances, but the van has generally retained its bulky 1980s design, making it unattractive in all its appearances. Whilst the GTA Liberty City Stories rendition of the Moonbeam is based on that of GTA III, the GTA Vice City Stories rendition adopts the design of the GTA Liberty City Stories or GTA III rendition, instead of the usual GTA Vice City rendition.

During development of GTA III, the van was originally known as the "Aster", a clear reference to the Chevrolet Astro name. The van is depicted in the Capital Autos website.

Performance

Moonbeams between GTA III and GTA Vice City Stories all possess similar handling properties. Performance is poor, due to the large but underpowered V6 engines, front wheel drive layouts (Moonbeams in GTA San Andreas, GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA Vice City Stories are rear wheel drive), heavy bodies, soft suspension, and high center of gravity (leading to a tendency to flip on rough terrains); as a result, the Moonbeam is generally unsuitable for high-speed driving and has little practical use aside its fundamental function as a mode of transport. The Moonbeam only holds a maximum of four occupants.

GTA IV

Design

In GTA IV, the Moonbeam (now with a Declasse manufacturer badge) is still based on a 1985—1994 Chevrolet
Moonbeam badges
Astro/1985—1994 GMC Safari but the front end has been greatly altered, incorporating more realistic detailing and design cues, as well as supporting one-tone or two-tone body colors.

The Moonbeam can be found in several different configurations, with optional rear-mounted continental tire and ladder, elevated aero roof (featuring a "Super Streamline" badge), roof-mounted luggage bars, a custom billet grille that covers the headlamps, and either one of two types of side scuffs. It also can be found with blanked out rear side windows. A Super Streamline badge is featured on all Moonbeams on the driver’s door, regardless of whether it has a "Super Streamline" roof or not.

Performance

The GTA IV rendition of the Moonbeam is powered by a diesel V6, unlike the GTA III era Moonbeams which have gas engines, and features a rear wheel drive layout, however its lack of power makes this characteristic negligible; with a top speed 155 mph, the Moonbeam drives as slowly as its predecessors, and still suffers from understeer. Frustratingly, the Moonbeam fails to withstand a large amount of damage, as its large size would suggest.

Variant

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The requested Moonbeam in Stevie's Car Thefts in GTA IV.

In GTA IV, a Moonbeam is requested as part of Stevie's Car Thefts, appearing with a uniquely black and red body. As a new Moonbeam will respawn at the same spot until the player delivers one to S&M Auto Sales, the player can save one at their safehouse before delivering another.

GTA V

Design

In GTA V, a police van seen in a screenshot appears to be based on Moonbeam, however redesigned, being based no longer on the 1985-1994 Astro/Safari but the 1995-2005 version instead. It also appears to have rear sliding doors, although its main rival, the Minivan, does not.

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Police Moonbeam in GTA V.

Trivia

  • The Moonbeam in GTA Vice City, along with the game's Bobcat, is one of the earliest vehicles in the series to physically depict its name; sporting a "MOONBEAM" badge on its trunk lid.
  • The GTA IV rendition of the Moonbeam has the record for highest number of variations per vehicle.
  • Driving a Moonbeam into the TransFender in Las Venturas will cause the vehicle to spawn on top of the garage but underneath the roof, trapping the player and the vehicle. At this point the player can only escape by blowing themselves up, re-loading the game's save file, or re-loading the game itself.
  • After collecting all thirty cars for Stevie in GTA IV, he agrees to purchase cars from Niko Bellic, with the Moonbeam fetching $2,200.
  • In GTA IV the Moonbeam is equipped with the "door ajar" bong when the driver's door is opened.
  • In GTA IV it is impossible to do a burnout with the Moonbeam, possibly due to the excessively heavy weight, or the highly-underpowered engine.
  • The Moonbeam is strangely not classified as a "people carrier" in Race Mode, but instead paired with the Speedo, Burrito and Pony in the "vans" class. This implies that there is a Moonbeam cargo van.
  • In the beta version of GTA IV, the moonbeam was going to have the "MOONBEAM" decal applied to it's back hatch, similar to the Vice City rendition.
  • In GTA Vice City the Moonbeam originally had sliding rear doors, but due to limitations, were cut.
  • The Moonbeam plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • The Moonbeam may get its name due to the real-life variant Chevrolet Astro, as they both share names with astronomical themes. This is also further proven by the beta name, the Aster.

Locations

GTA III

GTA San Andreas

GTA IV + Episodes from Liberty City

Grand Theft Auto V

  • TBA

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