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The Pony is a medium-sized civilian and commercial van featured in both the 3D Universe and HD Universe. It is manufactured by Brute in the HD Universe.

Design

3D Universe

Between Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the Pony is depicted as a generic, medium sized van that has appeared in two different forms:

For GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories, the Pony features a modern appearance with a high roof (compared to the Rumpo's lower roof) and resembles a Talbot Express. The headlights and taillights slightly resemble a 5th generation Toyota HiAce.

The GTA Vice City, GTA San Andreas and GTA Vice City Stories renditions, however are directed in an older form with a conventionally low roof which makes the van aesthetically similar to Ford vans from the late 1980's and 1990's such as the Ford Econoline.

In all its incarnations, the Pony is capable of carrying four passengers (two in the front, two in the back), and can be found driving around industrial areas.

Regular Ponies in San Andreas may occasionally appear with stereo systems in their cargo holds. One such Pony is seen during the mission "Life's a Beach", where it is used by a DJ for a beach party (see #Variants for more details).

HD Universe

In Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online, the Pony is manufactured by Brute and looks a bit bigger than before. The front resembles a 1997-2002 GMC Savana and GMC Vandura, and the sides and back resemble a 1986-1993 Dodge Ram Van. It has taller taillights than the Ram Van, and its side-mirrors look closer to more modern vans like the 1996–present Chevy Express/GMC Savana. Some of them are also fitted with roof racks.

The Pony is quite a rare vehicle. However, in GTA IV, it does spawn parked in at least two locations (see #Locations). It comes with various different company names including Sum Yung Gai Chinese Restaurant, U-Benders Plumbing Services, Pizza This and Mr. Wong's Laundrette. There isn't a Pony without a company name in GTA IV.

The vehicle retains its design for GTA V. This time, however, more liveries has been added, including a Pony which appears in sidemissions for Smoke on the Water.

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Performance

3D Universe

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Grand Theft Auto IV

The Pony's performance is somewhat distant than the other vans, the Speedo and the Burrito. Top speed and acceleration are lower due to the rather large size and the RWD layout. Handling and braking are average, given its low speed and the long wheelbase. Resistance to crashes is something that the Pony will have over the Speedo and the Burrito, as the rather heavy weight allows it to push vehicles easily at top speeds and can withstand several head-on collisions, apart that the engine rarely sets aflame when severely damaged, unlike the Burrito.

In other words, instead of the Burrito's focus on speed and the Speedo's focus on handling, the Pony is heavily focused on resistance.

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Grand Theft Auto V

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Performance Stats on Rockstar Social Club.

The Pony's performance remains challenging, as the van has extremely poor acceleration, which is on par with the Utility Truck's. The Pony has a higher top speed than other vans, however its sheer weight and size prove a struggle for the van to reach it, and the low-revving diesel-sounding engine clearly isn't powerful enough. The vehicle has acceptable brakes, and a mediocre cornering, which can be said better than other, larger vans, but still not as nimble as the Speedo or Rumpo.

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2500 / 5512 (Handling.dat)

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7.7 Seconds 100 / 160

FR V8 (Sound)

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Variants

Panlantic Van

Main article: Panlantic

A Panlantic Construction Company version of the Pony appears in Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (although unavailable without Cheat Devices). This version has the company's logo on the sides and spawns in a single color (Grey in GTA III and white in GTA: LCS).

TOYZ

Main article: TOYZ

In Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, the TOYZ is a variant of the Pony that bears the Toyz'n The Hood logos on it and can be used to start sidemissions in RC Vehicles. It always spawns in a black color in GTA III and white in GTA LCS.

Top Fun

Main article: Top Fun

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the Top Fun is a variant of the Pony that bears the "Top Fun" logos on it and, like the TOYZ, can be used to start sidemissions in RC Vehicles. It always spawns in a light grey color.

Berkley Van

Main article: Berkley's RC Van

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the Berkley's RC Van is a variant of the Pony that bears the Berkleys RC logos on it and is known to be one of the rarest variants in the game.

Ballot Van

Main article: Ballot Van

The Ballot Van appears in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, depicted as a Pony with a blue paintjob and a Gruppe Sechs marking on the rear. It cannot be found outside missions and is only featured in the mission Counterfeit Count.

Special Variants

  • A Pony with a unique black body colors can be found during "Loose Ends". One can obtain these after the mission [citation/verification needed].
  • During the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas mission "Life's a Beach", there is a also unique teal Pony with a large stereo system and off-road wheels (presumably to allow it to traverse the sandy beach); it is a one-of-a-kind vehicle as Ponies cannot be modified at TransFender.

Companies

Game Companies
GTA IV
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Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • Cannon Fodder - After the cutscene at Cafe Robina, a Pony spawns at the empty yard beside the cafe, so the player don't need to waste time looking for four-door vehicles if he doesn't have one. Later, you'll have to steal another Pony, loaded with drugs.
  • Loose Ends - An unique black Pony spawns within the yard during this missions.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

  • Snappy Dresser - Toni must tail Casa, who gets on a unique white Pony to Callahan Point. Later Casa parks it near the cafe. If Toni tries to keep near to the Pony, Casa will be spotted and the mission will fail.
  • Dead Meat - The same white Pony reappears in the mission after Toni executes Casa. It can be obtained during the mission progress by driving it into the safehouse garage then destroy it to obtain it, although this will lead to mission failure. NOTE: It is impossible to gain the Pony after mission passed, because it disappears when the mission is completed.
  • Taking the Peace - Toni must get on a unique black Pony to get the control of a gang leader's car. After killing all the enemies, the mission passes and the Pony can be driven to a garage.
  • Night of the Livid Dreads - A black Pony is used by the targets to kill the Yardies. It still exists after mission passes, but locked. Push it to a garage to obtain the unlocked doors and save as usual.

Locations

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • Next to a small building across the street west of the Boatyard in Viceport.
  • Common in Viceport.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Can spawn in traffic.
  • Used for the Smoke on the Water delivery missions. It can be obtained if the player switches from Franklin straight after the mission and switches back, the player should find that the van is now enterable. It can only be stored at a garage beside a safehouse, though.
  • Can spawn on Amarillo Vista near Lester's house in El Burro Heights.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Can rarely be found parked in La Mesa or Cypress Flats.
    • Spawns more frequent in the enhanced version.

Trivia

General

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • A cosmetic glitch in GTA Vice City causes any Pony which enters a Pay 'n' Spray to emerge with its front bumper facing the opposite direction, towards the rear. Simply parking the vehicle in a garage and allowing the garage door to close will restore the bumper's alignment. This problem is also present in GTA Vice City's Rumpo.

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