The Pony is a goods van which made its first appearance in Grand Theft Auto III, and went on to feature in all of the following games of the GTA III Era (apart from Grand Theft Auto Advance), Grand Theft Auto IV and in Grand Theft Auto V.
To date, the Pony has appeared in the following games:
- Grand Theft Auto III
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
- 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
GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories
Between GTA III and GTA 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 first-generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van.
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 '80'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 the industrial areas of the cities.
Regular Ponys in GTA 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).
In GTA IV, the Pony is manufactured by Brute. The front resembles a 1997-2002 GMC Savana, and the sides and back resemble a 1986-1993 Dodge Ram Van; that said, 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. The GTA IV Pony looks similar to the Burrito, a Declasse van.
The GTA IV Pony can rarely be spotted, however 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.
Overall, the Pony has low speed for a van at 126 mph, but its handling suffers from the very stiff suspension setup, making the vehicle unstable on bumpy roads.
Company liveries (GTA IV)
In its earlier form, the Pony has been repeatedly adapted into different vans featuring unique modifications, including:
- The Panlantic and the TOYZ (GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories)
- The Top Fun (GTA Vice City)
- The Berkley Van (GTA San Andreas)
- The Ballot Van (GTA Liberty City Stories)
Ponys with unique modifications also exist. Ponys with unique black body colors can be found during "Loose Ends". During the GTA 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 Ponys cannot be modified at TransFender.
There is some confusion over the differences between the Pony and the Rumpo, due to changes in their designs between GTA III and GTA Vice City. In GTA III, the Rumpo is designed after the Dodge Ram Van, and the Pony is a larger van with a heightened roof. In GTA Vice City, however, the Pony has a new design with a conventional roof, and the original "heightened roof" Pony design is inherited by the Rumpo (GTA San Andreas retained this change). Vans inspired by the Dodge Ram Van would continue to appear in the GTA III era, under the name "Burrito".
- 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.
- The GTA IV Ambulance's front cab is based on the Pony.
- The Pony plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
- Next to a chain-linked fence east of the Supa Save! in Portland Harbor, Portland Island
- At the entrance of an alleyway of Kai Lee's Hot Sauce Company in Chinatown, Portland Island
- In the parking lot of the AMCo. Petroleum Company in Trenton, across the street from Joey's Garage
- At the car crusher in Harwood, Portland Island
GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
- Usually seen in industrial areas such as Ocean Docks, or Easter Basin
- Usually seen at the Fallen Tree.
- Usually found driving around Hunter Quarry.
GTA Vice City Stories
- Parked near a silo just east of the Malibu Club in Vice Point.
- Regularly seen driving around the Viceport area.
- Spawns parked outside Hyman Memorial Stadium during the mission Caught as an Act, but most players take the Cheetah that also spawns for this mission.
GTA Liberty City Stories
- A rare black Pony is available in the mission Taking the Peace.
- Spawns at Munsee Ave, near the Dillon St intersection in Downtown, Broker (Only during office hours.)
- Spawns at a small shop in Leftwood, Alderney.
Grand Theft Auto V