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Bogliq Automotive USA (Generations II)


#1

The story so far

Bogliq Automotive USA was formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1930, under the leadership of Konstantin Bogliq, to build light commercial vehicles for various millitary and civillian contracts throughout the world.

When WW2 broke out, Konstantin Bogliq, now in his 40’s, authorised a major expansion of factory capacity to secure as much war contracts as possible. This meant that after the war Bogliq USA would have to either become a major US automaker or fold due to being unable to sustain their wartime growth…

Konstantin has chosen the former…

So, sustained by small supply and maintenance contracts worldwide, Bogliq USA rode out the post-war moratorium on new designs and busily prepared their first post-war designs to unleash on an unsuspecting public!

All US dollar prices quoted will be done using this calculator and if you want to check price parity with your cars, one AU equals one 2010 USD.


#2

Glad i’m not the only one who uses that calculator


#3

For clarity, does the “AU” equal the $ price as quoted in the game?

I love the backdrop to this story. :slight_smile:


#4

Yup, exactly that. :nerd_face:


#5

May 4th, 1947, Bogliq HQ

CEO Konstantin’s office

Konstantin Bogliq was mad, really mad! He just wanted to march over to the office of Jack Chancellor, CEO of Ardent, and punch him square in the nose. Why, you may ask? Because Jack used his cronies up in Capitol Hill to get Bogliq’s war repayments relegated to the second round of payouts, while Ardent was first in line. As far as Konstantin was concerned, Jack “Bastard” Chancellor’s actions rendered hims persona non grata and deserved nothing but Konstantin’s contempt…

Konstantin simply had to find another funding source, and quick, or else he’ll have to fire-sale Bogliq Automotive’s shiny new factories and lay off too many good people. Konstantin reached for his 'phone and made some calls. He had contacts and chips he could call in; he’d be damned if Bogliq went bankrupt because some old money snob couldn’t play fair!

January 7th, 1949, Bogliq HQ

Research and Design Department

The party was going well, a grand affair, smiles all 'round as the lads at R&D celebrated their new head of design, Andrew Wilcox. Konstantin had headhunted the young engineer from a failing aircraft company, the lad being full of innovative new ideas and the nous to see them through to production efficiently. The party also marked the end of an era. No more war contracts and maintenance jobs; Bogliq was designing the future!!!

@VicVictory I hope you’re OK with this lore. If you aren’t, PM me and I’ll change it to something else :wink:


#6

Of course I am. Jack Chancellor, after all, was a tyrannical industrial baron along the lines of Morgan or (pre-philanthropy) Carnegie. Of course, he’s only gonna be around a couple rounds before he croaks…


#7

I feel a war brewing. :smirk:


#8

That may be where the rivalry between Bogliq and Ardent began… It’s guaranteed to be intense!


#9

A1 Series 1956 - 1964

1956 Bogliq Bettong


Bettong Deluxe pictured

Powered exclusively by small push-rod inline fours, The Bettong was marketed as a second car and to women. The focus was upon ease of driving and value for money without sacrificing style. The engines powering the Bettong were modest with the 1.7 litre engine producing 42Kw, the 1.9 made 45Kw and the 2.1 produced 47Kw. This lack of outright horsepower was somewhat offset by the standard four speed manual gearbox and was the chief reason why there was no automatic gearbox option.

Model Range

Bogliq Bettong - Costs $1,299 and features the 1.7L engine. Service costs are $40.50 per year on average
Bettong Deluxe - Costs $1,399 and features the 1.9L engine. Servicing per year is $61.95
Bettong Exceed - Costs $1,599, features the 2.1L engine and the only Bettong factory fitted with chrome. Average yearly service costs are $73.10

1960 Bogliq Bettong Mk II


Bettong Mk II left, Deluxe Mk II centre and Exceed Mk II on the right

The 1960 Mk II update of the Bettong featured numerous improvements over the original car. The entire range now featured chrome trim and fittings, due to customer feedback, suspension settings were revised for improved comfort and on the limit stability. The engines were revised for improved fuel economy, reliability and response and the base model Bettong received a new, smaller capacity inline four. The two-tone paint was dropped for exclusive premium paint on up-spec models and the Exceed introduced a new three speed automatic gearbox.

Model Range

Bogliq Bettong - Costs $1,440; servicing costs $42.39 p.a. Has a 38Kw 1.6L inline four w/ a four speed manual gearbox
Bettong Deluxe - Costs $1,630, servicing costs $69.56 p.a. Has a 45Kw 1.9L inline four w/ a four speed manual gearbox
Bettong Exceed - Costs $1,795, servicing costs $85.57 p.a. Has a 48Kw 2.1L inline four w/ a three speed automatic gearbox

1960 Bogliq Burchell


The Burchell was a V6 powered spin-off of the Bettong

The push for intermediate sized cars caught Bogliq by surprise. The Bettong was large for the small car class but the engine wasn’t competitive against its rival’s six cylinder powerplants. The solution; install a six into the Bettong! The V6 configuration was chosen as a straight six of the right size wouldn’t fit. The Burchell was offered in a similar three tier model range as the Bettong, complete with Bettong styling, but the Burchell was exclusively offered with a three speed automatic. All variants were equiped with a 67Kw 2.9L V6.

Model Range

Bogliq Burchell - Costs $1,795, servicing costs $62.84 p.a. (orange car in pic)
Burchell Deluxe - Costs $1,870, servicing costs $83.63 p.a. (red car in pic)
Burchell Exceed - Costs $1,990, servicing costs $98.50 p.a. (brown car in pic)

Export Variants

Garcia

Bogliq needed to move extra cars when sales of the Bettong failed to meet expectations so export markets were sought for the car. Garcia was open for business so Bogliq contracted with a local entrepreneur to sell Bettongs there. Garcia had a market preference for sub 1.5L engines and the A series engine, powering all 1956 era Bettongs, couldn’t be shrunk far enough so a new engine with appropriate dimensions was designed and built. This engine would be completed in time for deliveries to start in 1958, have a swept capacity of 1.4L, with a larger version being used in the Mk II US delivered Bettong to amortise costs.

1958 - 1964 Export Bogliq Bettong


1958 model LHS, 1960 model RHS

The export A1 Bettong was only offered in base trim, only powered by a 1.4L inline four and came standard with a three speed manual which was geared for economy. Garcia was only a small market so costs were kept to a minimum and both models shared the same driveline with just sheetmetal being changed in line with the US model.

Model Range

1958 Bettong - Costs $1,355, servicing costs $39.92 p.a. (USD used for convenience and clarity)
1960 Bettong Mk II - Costs $1,405, servicing costs $41.61 p.a. (USD used for convenience and clarity)


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#10

B1 Series 1956 - 1964

1956 Bogliq Bison


Bison Deluxe pictured

The Bison was meant to be the volume seller in the Bogliq range, having been designed to exude an aura of power and grace. The only powerplant offered was a 3.7L pushrod six cylinder which made a reasonable 83Kw. The only gearbox on offer was a 2 speed automatic; a decision calculated to reduce costs. Bogliq marketed the Bison as “A family car for the nuclear era” and emphasised its suitability for the Nuclear Family.

Model Range

Bogliq Bison - Costs $1,799 and $71.85 annually for servicing
Bison Deluxe - Costs $1,899 and servicing costs $93.69 annually
Bison Exceed - Costs $2,099 and is identified by chrome fixtures, servicing costs $104.61 per year

1960 Bogliq Bison Mk II


Bison Exceed on the left and the Bison Deluxe on the right

After extensive market research on who was buying the Bison and why they chose to do so, a number of changes and improvements were made to keep the car competitive with its competition. The base model was dropped due to poor sales, those who wanted it couldn’t afford to run it, and to protect against cannibalisation of sales from the Burchell. The mid spec Deluxe variant received a slightly less powerful, but mechanically simpler, 81Kw 3.7L straight six while the more luxuriously appointed Exceed now boasted the base engine from the Bazooka sports-car, making 99Kw. Both cars benefitted from the new three speed automatic that had been introduced elsewhere throughout the entire Bogliq catalogue.

Model Range

Bison Deluxe Mk II - Costs $2,210, servicing costs $117.23 p.a.
Bison Exceed Mk II - Costs $2,765, servicing costs $153.64 p.a.


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#11

C1 Series 1956 - 1964

1956 Bogliq Buffalo

The Buffalo may look like a derivative of the Bison but looks can be, as in this case, deceiving. The design brief for the Buffalo was “Church on Sunday, work on Monday”. This meant that the truck needed to look stylish and attempt to drive like a car so the owner could use his truck for both work and play. The Buffalo could carry over a tonne in the tray and was powered by a fuel efficiency optimized version of the 3.7L six found in the Bison, which had an almost identical power output of 83Kw but sacrificed some throttle response.

Model Range

Bogliq Buffalo - Costs $1,799 and features chrome fixtures. Servicing costs are $81.13 annually

1960 Bogliq Buffalo Mk II


Detail improvements made the Mk II Buffalo a much nicer car to drive

The Mk I Buffalo was a harsh riding chore to drive, that’s what the marketing department was told by buyers, so a number of changes were implemented. The ride quality was improved dramatically thanks to the introduction of progressive springs, with the added bonus of the “ute” being able to carry an extra 100Kg. The mechanicals were simplified with the 81Kw Bison engine installed and a three speed automatic instead of the old two speed unit.

Model Range

Bogliq Buffalo - Costs $1,915, servicing costs $92.61 p.a.


#12

D1 Series 1957 - 1964

1957 Bogliq Bazooka


Bazooka AE (LHS) is the first Bogliq to run on 98RON fuel

Bogliq USA wanted to make sure there was a car for every buyer in the model range. Andrew Wilcox, Chief Designer for Bogliq, realised that well heeled gentleman racers were forced to buy expensive and fragile imports from Europe as there were no locally built and designed options. He then set to designing the new car in secret alongside the mainstream Bogliq models.

The Bazooka was revealed internally to Konstantin Bogliq after the press launch of the 1956 model range and Konstantin was delighted; Bogliq had a “halo” car! The Bazooka was 99% production ready so deliveries rolled out as of January 1957, with a handful of pre-production “proof of concept” cars being tested in December 1956.

The Bazooka featured two variations of the 3.7L, B series straight six. A tuned 99Kw variant and the super responsive 125Kw Action Express variant, tuned to run on 98RON super gasoline. Both models had two seats and four speed manual gearboxes, with the AE variant sporting a “Detroit Locker” limited slip differential.

Model Range

Bogliq Bazooka - Costs $2,305, servicing costs $113.88 p.a.
Bazooka AE - Costs $2,515, servicing costs $126.71 p.a.


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#13

September 13th, 1965: Lead's dead...

Bogliq by Design HQ

Link to actual article, published on September 11, 1965

Bogliq by Design, known as BogDev to its staff, had a number of different divisions within its ranks; new vehicle design, powertrain design, niche developments, external opportunities and future proofing. The engineers in future proofing were accompanied by a couple of scientific types whose jobs were to keep an eye on emerging science developments that may have even an oblique impact on the business of making and selling cars.

On the Monday morning of September the 13th, the head science guy, exercising his rights to “first dibs” of the new scholarly magazines of the week, was surprised to find a new journal titled “Archives of Environmental Health: An International Journal”. In this journal he read, while taking a leisurely no. 2 in the marketing department’s bathroom, that lead from petrol was causing unprecedented levels of lead concentration to be recorded in the American public. The science was irrefutable and he knew that something was going to change. Lead additives’ days were numbered and the boys in Powertrains needed to look into lead free engineering ASAP.

Thus began the development of “Project Lead-wipe”; develop the next generation of Bogliq powertrains to be no longer dependent on lead based lubrication and re-engineer the current powertrains to be compatible with lead free fuels.