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Perennial
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A Perennial in Grand Theft Auto IV.
(Rear quarter view).
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 4-door station wagon (3D Universe, GTA Chinatown Wars)
4-door minivan (GTA IV, GTA Chinatown Wars)
Capacity 4 (driver and 3 passengers)
Appearance(s) Grand Theft Auto III
GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories
Grand Theft Auto IV
The Lost and Damned
The Ballad of Gay Tony
GTA Chinatown Wars
Manufacturer Dinka (HD Universe)

The Dinka Perennial is a station wagon and minivan in Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, San Andreas, Liberty City Stories, Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto IV and Chinatown Wars.

The styling of the car has changed slightly throughout the games, but the performance has remained unchanged, until GTA IV.

Design

GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories

In GTA III, GTA Vice City, and GTA San Andreas, the car´s design resembles a slightly modified and smaller 1962-69 Nova Chevrolet Chevy II Wagon with a simpler side panel design, taller tail lights and a different grille, but it mostly resembles 1970-86 Jeep Grand Wagoneer or a Fiat 1100 R Familiare and the grille for GTA Vice City was resembling Peugeot 504 wagon. The GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas renditions of the Perennial come in two variations: with or without roof rack. While the GTA Vice City rendition features only solid body colours, the GTA San Andreas rendition commonly features a two tone colour scheme, but sometimes it comes with a totally dark blue paintjob. The roof colour cannot be changed at TransFender but visiting Pay 'n' Spray changes it. GTA San Andreas's Perennial has chromed side moldings in its upper body and apart from its tail lights, it looks more like its real-life counterpart when compared to the GTA III or GTA Vice City renditions of the vehicle.

In GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA Vice City Stories, the car assumes a slightly newer and leaner model that resembles a Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser, based on the position of the side panels and grille, but retains elements of previous iterations of the car in the rear. The rendition of the car in these games also features two tone body colors and in GTA Vice City Stories, it can come with few one-color paintjobs. The Hearse from GTA LCS resembles the Perennial.

According to the Capital Autos website, the Perennial in GTA III was known as the "Maurice" early during development of the game.

GTA IV — GTA Chinatown Wars

In GTA IV, likely as a joke given the Perennial's rustic station wagon appearance throughout the GTA III Era ,
Perennial badges

Badging on the Perennial.

the Perennial is now based on the second generation Honda Stream. The model is mainly based on Honda models, mainly the Stream and with details like windows from the 2007-2011 Honda CR-V and the Honda Stream. The rear of the sides and rear window are also similar to those Mercedes-Benz R-Class and Audi A4 B8 Avant. It is the only vehicle in GTA IV which has fully glassed roof, which is very reminiscent of the ill-fated Renault Avantime, though it was a coupe and not an MPV. The taillights seem invented but loosely resemble a 2006 - Present Toyota Previa. Instead of fog lights, the Perennial sports daytime running lights where the lights are always on regardless of time of day similar to those of second generation Acura MDX. The interior seating is part leather and part cloth, just like the Honda CRV.

After several conclusions on what the original model of this parody is based on in GTA IV, the closest identification to be given to the Perennial (Parody) would be the Honda Stream or Mercedes-Benz R-Class. Before the R-Class/Stream combo was identified, many thought that it has been a parody of the Toyota Wish. It aslo resembles a 4th-Gen Honda Odyssey, however the 4th generation started production in August 2010, almost 2 years after the release of GTA IV.

GTA IV's Perennial is also available as an airport shuttle vehicle, bearing FlyUS liveries and a strobe light, lacking a glass roof, and spawning at the Francis International Airport.

The GTA Chinatown Wars Nintendo DS rendition appears to resemble a K platform Station wagon. while the PSP and iOS versions the Perennial is more modern and resembles a Mitsubishi Space Wagon.

Performance

GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories

The underpowered, front-wheel drive Perennial is quite sluggish. Acceleration is highly lacking, as is speed, but the handling is responsive, but quite heavy, and is prone to oversteer and rolling. It is, however, quite sturdy, and can withstand significant damage before bursting into flames and exploding. The Perennial is also easy to ram off roads, especially with large, fast vehicles such as the Fire Truck and the Barracks OL.

GTA IV — GTA Chinatown Wars

The Dinka Perennial "MPV AW" returns to the GTA lineup with a significant makeover, both in looks and performance. Gone is the horrendous FWD layout, ditched in favor of an AWD layout. The Perennial is more than likely powered by a mid-range V6 and is coupled to a 5 speed gearbox. Acceleration is now average, with a reasonable top speed of 161 mph. Handling is also upgraded significantly, as the Perennial no longer flops about on the road, but keeps steady. The suspension is quite firm for a vehicle of this size, and aides high-speed cornering. Braking is average, and the optional (but rare) ABS definitely helps (Note: ABS seems to be standard on the FlyUS variant). Crash deformation is below average, and as such the Perennial cannot sustain much damage before being un-drivable. However in a head on crash, minimal damage is suffered in the interior.

Modifications

  • The Perennial can only be modified in a TransFender garage.
Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $150
Exhausts Large Exhaust $ 250
Medium Exhaust $ 200
Twin Exhaust $ 300
Lights Round Fog Lamp $ 100
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000
Spoilers Drag $ 200
Worx $ 200
Pro $ 400
Side skirts Side Skirt $ 500
Wheels Import $ 820
Atomic $ 770
Ahab $ 1000
Virtual $ 620
Access $ 1140
Off Road Wheel $ 1000
Mega $ 1030
Grove $ 1230
Twist $ 1200
Wires $ 1560
Car Stereo Bass Boost $ 100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500

Variants

  • In GTA San Andreas, Big Smoke is originally depicted during "Big Smoke" to own an all-black Perennial at the very beginning of the game, only to watch it blown up during a drive-by performed in a unique pink Voodoo by an enemy gang. Smoke subsequently replaces it with a Glendale

Notable Owners

Locations

GTA III

GTA San Andreas

GTA Liberty City Stories

GTA Vice City Stories

GTA IV + Episodes from Liberty City

Trivia

  • The roof-mounted light on the FlyUS variant of the Perennial in GTA IV does not light up when the engine is running, unlike the FlyUS Feroci.
  • In GTA SA, on the Big Smoke mission, the cutscene where it shows Big Smoke's Perennial gets blown up by the Ballas. If you notice the gas tank on the car was on the drivers side, but the Ballas where shooting at the passenger side. Oddly, it still explodes as it was scripted in the game.
  • When dating Carl Johnson, Michelle Cannes will sometimes mention that her first car was a Perennial.
  • When selecting a vehicle in GTA IV multiplayer races, it is only possible to select the FlyUS version of the Perennial, rather than the civilian version, whereas the Feroci is available as civilian only.
  • The Perennial plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • In GTA IV, the police radio refers to the Perennial as an "MPV".
  • In GTA IV, breaking the top window will unlock the car.
  • In GTA Vice City Stories, during the mission Truck Stop, a fireproof and explosion proof Perennial is available.
  • When dating Kiki Jenkins in GTA IV, she will compliment Niko for his choice of vehicle if a Perennial is driven.
  • When you take the FlyUS Perennial to the Pay 'N' Spray, it does not change the color for it, only repairing it.
  • It is quite possible it is called a Perennial because it is one of the older cars in the series and is still commonly found in good condition. It may also be because it has made an appearance in almost every GTA game.
  • The word "Perennial" means lasting or continuing throughout the entire year.

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