The company is most likely based off the real-life manufacturers Toyota or Lexus, as Karin's logo bears a strong resemblance to Lexus's corporate logo, yet some Karin cars are inspired by Toyota models.
However, the Sultan RS and Korean Mob Sultan are modified like Subarus even though they are both based on a Lexus (luxury subsidiary owned by Toyota) combined with a Mitsubishi; and the Intruder is based on Infiniti. But it should be noted that Toyota owns a small part of Subaru and the companies have made certain vehicles together (Toyota 86 & Subaru BRZ). It can also be implied that Karin is a Japanese luxury car manufacturer.
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"). The name might also be a reference to Toyota's Carina series.
|Vehicle||Style||Based On (HD Universe)||Notes|
|Asterope||Mid-size sedan||2006–2011 Toyota Camry||Grand Theft Auto V exclusive|
|BeeJay XL||4-Door SUV||2006-present Toyota FJ Cruiser||Grand Theft Auto V exclusive|
|Dilettante||5-door liftback||2003-2009 Toyota Prius|
|Futo||Two-door coupe||1983-1987 Toyota AE86|
|Intruder||Mid-size sports sedan||2001-2006 Infiniti Q45|
|Rebel||Pickup Truck||Fourth gen Toyota Hilux||Grand Theft Auto V exclusive|
|Sultan||Sports sedan/compact executive car||Subaru Impreza|
|Sultan RS||Sports Car||Subaru Impreza WRX|
- While Karin are based off of either Toyota or Lexus, the Sultan and its variant are based off of Subaru models.
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