Let’s see how close my 46-trim, 3-model stress test of GM’s Alpha Platform cars (ATS, 3rd Gen CTS, 6th Gen Camaro) stacked up against their real-life counterparts in terms of total sales.
The #2 and #3 trims seem very realistic in terms of popularity vs real life (LS - rental spec, 2LT - well equipped, but lower-priced trim). I think the V6 1LE Track Pack is an outlier. Automation buyers love it, but it’s a niche trim in real life. I’m aware the goal for later iterations of the game is to give players the ability to limit production on certain trims. I definitely would’ve done that in this case.
Let’s look at TOTAL cars sold next.
(USA and Canada)
Real-life Cadillac ATS sales: 153,536
Real-life 3rd Gen Cadillac CTS sales: 108,743
Real-life 6th Gen Camaro sales: 286,988
∑ = 549,267
Sales were about 2x reality, but all things considered I think Automation did very well in approximating how these cars could’ve sold in an alternate reality! Three things that could explain the discrepancy:
Trims like the V6 1LE Track Pack sold in huge numbers in the game - in real life they’re limited production. The same could be said for all the high-performance trims across all the 3 models in the game.
The market size of the fictional automation countries vs. real life countries.
Economic growth rates (recession/growth) of the fictional countries vs. real life countries.
It was a fun exercise still! This game never ceases to impress!
Happy New Year all!