Calgary, Alberta, Canada
She walked out the DMV, interim license clutched in her no-longer shaky palms. Emotions rushed through her head, endless possibilities of new adventures occupied her mind. Before she knew it, she was one step closer to independence.
Sarah. Only child, high school sophomore, student council president, top of her class, is undeniably shining bright in her sweet sixteen. Her parents, bearing an upper-middle class standing are living a life of equal contention, satisfied with their nine-to-fives and residing in a quiet suburban neighbourhood situated in the northwest quadrant of the city. Protected by stable income and good social standing, the Canadian family’s household seems pretty well-off. There is however, one catch.
Sarah’s typical commute to-and-from school consists of taking the city’s shoddy public transit system, turning what would be a 15-minute trip in a car, into one which stretches over 40 minutes in a crowded, sweaty bus. Such increases in commute times has reduced the amount of time for Sarah to study her given material, as well as hampered her ability to take part in the occasional weekend hangout with her friends.
Dissatisfied with her current mode of transportation, Sarah brought her situation up to her parents during their typical 7:00 steak and mashed potatoes dinner. She would not be able to drive her mother’s Jinhe Albatross crossover as it would be actively used throughout the entire day. Nonetheless, the Albatross was massive and chugged premium gasoline like there was no tomorrow. The second choice was her dad’s Roosevelt Valedictorian sports coupe. However, like the Albatross, it was massive, alongside the fact that it cost upwards $80 000. With Sarah just getting her license a week ago, driving such an expensive car was out of the question.
With endless implementations of new technology finding their way in more affordable compact vehicles, Sarah’s parents leaned towards buying a new vehicle as opposed to a used one, both as means of providing her with a long-term daily driver and keeping their dearest child safe and satisfied.
With the general consensus on buying a new vehicle, Sarah and her parents got to work, browsing the internet for potential vehicles. Each party, Sarah and her family, kept a brief criteria in what they wanted in their new vehicle.
Sarah is looking for:
Styling is critical to Sarah’s vehicle considerations. She tends to prefer cuter things. Ones that are unique and stand out from the crowd as well. Long story short, be creative with your design. Stand out a bit, but not too much! Colour is also a prime consideration. ERA CORRECTNESS IS IMPORTANT. DESIGN IN 2015, NOT IN 2006 : )
Being a fresh driver, ease of use is a large aspect of her choices. She must be able to park it in her high school’s tiny parking stalls and weave it through various areas with no stress at all.
Sarah drives this vehicle daily. She will constantly play her music in it. She’ll have to drive it on cold days. It has to be comfortable, whether that be done through better seats, dual-zone climate, or something as simple as USB connectivity. Due to Sarah’s occasional 1.5-hour trip to Banff with friends or family, she better be able to sit soundly in it for long periods of time without being left with an aching back.
With the occasional need to transport herself and her friends to the nearest A&W, or haul endless loads of school supplies for the science olympics team she participates in, practicality is a consideration for Sarah.
Her Parents are looking for:
The safer the better. Losing their dearest daughter in an accident would be a parent’s worst nightmare.
Having a vehicle break down on you early on is frustrating. Having a vehicle break down constantly is even worse. Pretty straightforward.
With rumours about an anticipated carbon tax, gas is bound to get more expensive for the Albertans. A fuel-efficient car would save the parents from burning a hole in their wallet
Keep this as low as possible. Paying a large premium per year just to keep a vehicle running is not a burden in which Sarah wants to put her parents through.
Despite making a higher-than-average income, Sarah’s parents take value as one of their main considerations. Don’t necessarily make it cheap, just make sure they’re getting a bang for their buck.
MANDATORY RESTRICTIONS & HARD LIMITS
TRIM MUST BE SET TO YEAR 2015. NO OLDER, NO NEWER
ENGINE MUST NOT EXCEED YEAR 2015
Maximum price is set at $15500 (0% markup). The lower the better.
Vehicle must have a three-way catalytic converter
Fuel type must be set to Regular Unleaded (~86 AKI/91 RON)
Engine Emissions should hit no higher than 90
Minimum 4 seats
Max loudness 35
There are no PU restrictions, however ET for the engine itself should not exceed 40 months. The trim’s ET should not exceed 43.
Trim Environmental Resistance must be no lower than 38 (its stat can be found in the testing tab). Such vehicle must be able to survive Calgary’s harsh winters
All restrictions have been tweaked via 3 benchmark vehicles. Violation of these restrictions will be met with a disqualification, various condescending looks from Sarah’s family and a deep long sigh from me through the internet
IRL Styling References:
Consider the 2015 models of the Scion iM, Kia Soul, Volkswagen Beetle, Nissan Versa Note, Honda HR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Mazda 3 and Mini Cooper. Sure, these are primarily hatchbacks and crossovers, but don’t allow said references to discourage you to make sedans and the like. If it looks good, it works
Cars must be submitted to me via PM with the following naming format:
Car model: CSR84 - [username].
Car trim: Name of the car I will display
Engine family: CSR84 - [username].
Engine variant: Name of the engine I will display
SUBMISSIONS OPEN FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28TH 12:00 AM EST, DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 5TH 9:00 AM EST
Please at least reply with your car and a picture with it, or else I’ll bin it straight up. Good luck :). You can resubmit as many times as you want
09/26/18 - Lowered budget to $15500 hehe. Freed restrictions on trim and engine year
09/27/18 - Forgot to put in time zones. Frick
09/27/18 - Added engine year restrictions so they won’t surpass any year beyond 2015
09/28/18 - Forgot to mention - ENGINE emissions limit is 90. Not trim itself oops