Preliminaries Part 2
@Repti - Rhisuki Trekka B-12AT
Julie: Wohaaaa, sport!
Gerald: It sure is… something, not necessarily in a bad way though.
Gerald: And an automatic… 8.2L/100 km WITH automatic…
Julie: Not too bad interior?..
Gerald: Enough space…Let’s check it out?
@abg7 - GEC GC1 1.4i
Julie: What is up with the name? GC GC number number
Gerald: hey, companies can give weird names sometims, but we can name it whatever?
Julie: it’s green, so, froggie?
Gerald: It sure looks futuristic too, especially from the back.
Julie: oooh, the interior looks nice and futuristic too!
Aaaaand, it goes through.
@Bmaggiori - Giotto Eco LT
Julie: Wow… Those seats are in leather like your couch.
Gerald: Yeah, the interior looks great… The fuel economy though, not so good, and it’s Italian.
Julie: What does that mean grandpa?
Gerald: It breaks down, a lot.
Julie: Soooo… I’d be late for school?
Gerald: Sometimes you could be if we have bad luck…
Julie: LET’S GET IT.
Gerald: no, let’s not.
Not selected, amazing stat though, but its lifetime costs due to mediocre fuel economy and poor reliability weren’t a good way for Gerald to save money. It still could have been in the finals, but the lower than usual safety made me decide against that. (ladder chassis)
@DoctorNarfy - Shromet Radiant
Gerald: It sure looks…Special
Julie: Kinda sporty and playful!
Gerald: But kinda odd,… ah well i can live with it.
Julie: Looks grandpa, it’s pretty cheap too!
Gerald: And not expensive to maintain… Yeah this one’s worth a look. Although hopefully it doesn’t have to come in orange.
@Mikonp7 - Popas Rushba
Gerald: I knew it, the soviets are coming.
Julie starts crying.
Binned too for scaring the children, low reliability and well, taking too much fuel away from the capitalists. Freakin commies.
@Oslo - Cayeux CX 1.6
Gerald: Looks quite spiffing.
Julie: Looks charming!
Gerald: it has a “turbo” though… interesting, not sure what that is.
Julie: ooooh, it does look like a comfy car too.
Gerald: not too expensive to run, hell, I can stand this kind of orange.
Julie: No cursing!
Gerald: Sorry sorry! But we’ll be checking this one out.
@zschmeez - Albatross Ventura
Julie: A convertible! Doesn’t that seem like fun Grandpa? Like wheeeee! Best way to go to school! Plus bragging rights.
Gerald: Well, sure, I’m happy that you’re keen on it, but there isn’t a lot of luggage space…
Julie: I could keep the violin on my lap or something, c’mon grandpa, let’s at least go look at it.
Gerald: Alright alright.
@machalel - Albere Gille - Le Chiot 1700
Gerald: It’s a van.
Julie: No. It’s a party bus.
Gerald: No playing in the back while I’m driving!
Julie: Awww, it’s so funky looking too, although odd, but funky.
Gerald: Look, we’re not getting a van, it’s a bit too costly for grandpa to drive you and your cousins around in.
Not selected due to high lifetime costs and subpar compared to more compact approaches in terms of safety and comfort thanks to a ladder chassis with solid axles all around, a valiant entry though, taking another approach.
@yurimacs - Bradford GV1
Julie: it’s a sportscar!
Gerald: No. It’s a plain ol coupe. Although… It goes to 100 km/h within 10s!
Julie: Is that fast?
Gerald: Faster than your Grandpa is used to, that’s for sure.
Gerald: not really that useful to carry you all around with, with that roof dropping off so soon though.
Julie: Yeah, we would get hunchbacks!
Gerald: Okay, maybe it wouldn’t be that bad.
Not selected, turbocharged entry with a relatively good amount of power of a shocking 95 hp. Sadly while interesting an expensive car to buy and own, with low comfort, but high sportiness, which Gerald isn’t all that interested in. But a good eco sportscar with higher tech than it should have.
@Darkshade-AP_Autos - Csirius Erect500
Gerald: Well this is one modern fella.
Julie: Looks alright I think? What do you think of the rest Grandpa?
Gerald: hmm, it isn’t very economical, and doesn’t seem very comfortable either. I think this is a skip.
Julie: seems like it?
Not selected, nice 80’s styling, but the 12.9 L/100 km fuel economy was not competitive. Rather surprisingly it was one of the most expensive cars concerning lifetime costs. Its fuel was not fully used (88 ron), the camshafts need a more eco friendly tune, and the single barrel carb probably didn’t help. Along with a 14.2 fuel mixture. Fully double wishbone chassis, corrosion resistant panels, both which is an expensive investment when designing a car. Good effort, but it seems like you need more experience to be competitive.
@titleguy1 Kimura Auburn
Gerald: Hm, it looks alright. Fuel economy is alright too.
Julie: Hmmm, looks a bit dull, but I kinda like it.
Gerald: Not too bad to maintain, alright 1.6 engine, Kimura is a respectable brand. But not really exceptional.
Not selected, in this close match, it just didn’t get there, although oh so close. This match is so hard to decide in. I cant just let more through to the finals.
@Private_Miros Cicero Arpino 1500s
Gerald: Hmm, the newspaper is lofty of this car
Julie: Looks, the usual, like a lot of new cars.
Gerald: Ugh, 11.8L fuel economy, and apparently Cicero cars break down pretty easily, somebody at the pub often has his at the repair shop.
Julie: Can I come with you to the pub some time?
Gerald: Absolutely not.
Not selected, pretty average in stats, but with worse fuel economy and reliability, so this fella didnt make it into the finals.
@Quotex GMF Trend
Gerald: What a spiffing ad, truly a display of Flemish prowess.
Julie: yeah yeah, I’m sure you’ll hang a small lion on the rearview mirror again. Isn’t it kinda small?
Gerald: I think you all will fit in it alright though, it’s pretty cheap too.
Julie: I guess it’s alright yeah, smol carrr.
Gerald: Nothing else to really flaw it… at that price… Yeah let’s go look at this Belgian marvel!
@thecarlover - Cascadia Combo Safari
Julie: Hey that looks pretty cool for a car with that shape, and look. it says it’s frugal!
Gerald: I suppose it does for a wagon, but I wouldn’t exactly call 11 L/100km frugal though…
Julie: Plenty of space for us though, and look at that interior!
Gerald: Holy… Leather seats, good 8 track thingy. Okay, it’s expensive, but wow.
Julie: Can we go look at it then? Pretty pleaaase?
Gerald: Alright alright, let’s put it on our list.
@USDMFTW Hawker Leopard
Julie: Hmmm, looks a bit dull, and a bit weird.
Gerald: it isn’t a bad car though, and it has good fuel economy.
Julie: Still, its name is Leopard but it looks nothing like one! How odd is that!
Gerald: you don’t like it then?
Not selected, good fuel economy, average overall, but to me doesn’t score that well on looks, very close to a finalist entry otherwise.
@donutsnail Legion Sparrow 1.4tci Turbo
Gerald starts laughing.
Julie: W-what? The car looks good to me though.
Gerald: No, no it’s not that, this fuel economy, if this is true, oh dear lord yes.
It goes through.
@NormanVauxhall - Znopresk ZAP
Gerald: These fuel economies, wow, the cars in these latest ad sure are picking up their game.
Julie: Looks a bit bland though?
Gerald: True, but it is cheap after all, and good for what it is.
Julie: You really wanna give it a shot?
Gerald: Kinda want to yeah.
Julie: sureee, I’m alright to give it a shot then.
Gerald: …I thought this was going to be m- ah whatever.
@Continent - Wissen Folk
Gerald: Ooooh, look neat.
Julie: It does look different at least, yes!
Gerald: Fuel economy isn’t bad…oh wait, it… isn’t a very safe car.
Julie: You don’t feel like trying it out then?
Gerald: It is tempting, but I don’t want to end up in a dit- I mean get hit by a drunk driver with this car with you lot in it.
Not selected, very competitive, but just not safe enough for a tree hugging like Gerald did, and that memory has not left him. Henche why it was VERY close to getting into the finals, but did not. Great design too.
@CMT - CMT Mantra CLX
Gerald: Hmmm, sure looks unique.
Julie: Looks playful!
Gerald: It is very safe too, but ugh, expensive.
Julie: What about the rest? Boxy futuristic?
Gerald: Sure looks alright for the rest… nothing too special, not the most reliable brand, but kinda is what I’m looking for.
Julie: That was the last of the newspapers then, looks like we got our last entry to the list.
Alriiiight, finals are following, that’s the end of the blurbs. Time to get more in depth tomorrow.
Possibly thanks to the budget, the competition is very tight, so in the end to not get my head in to deep with too many finalists I really was picky at times, my apologies for that. It’s a harsh competition, and sometimes a detail can make all the difference when everything is closely matched.