To clarify a few things. I have probably mentioned a few rival carmakers in this thread, which are also of my own creation but do not have their own threads dedicated to them. This post should clear up what exactly those manufacturers are in case you are confused by any references I make to them. The other important makers within the lore I have created (it is also compatible with BeamNG’s vehicles) are listed below.
Headquarters: Barstow, CA
Brief description: Arboris was founded by an eccentric billionaire with the intention of making eco-cars cool. Their first production model was ready by 2006, and while its coolness is definitely up for debate, it cannot be denied that it was an instant success. The company is now focused on making a range of EVs.
Headquarters: Trelleborg, Sweden
Brief description: Haal’s origins lie in aircraft, with their first car arriving in the early 1950s. They pride themselves on making extremely comfortable, reliable and safe cars for intelligent, sophisticated buyers.
Headquarters: Limoges, France
Brief description: HMC has been the largest carmaker in France for its entire existence, frequently producing best-sellers across Europe. After a disastrous run in the 1962 Le Mans 24hr race, they backed out of motorsport for good, and while their modern models are dull, they aren’t exactly rubbish.
Holborn Motor Engineering-
Headquarters: London, UK
Brief description: Holborn started out in the garage of a London-based engineer, who wanted to have a go at building his own cars. They remained a minor player in the British market for decades, but saw a surge in popularity during the downfall of a major rival in the 1970s. Nowadays, Holborn cars are available across all of Europe, and while not always best-sellers (outside of the British Isles, the Baltic states and the Balkans at least) they are known for respectable, middle-management-type cars.
Headquarters: San Diego, CA
Brief description: Jefferson split from Gavril after a legal dispute, which continued for the company’s entire independence until they were bought back by Gavril in 1995. In the meantime, Jefferson made some very patriotic automobiles, and were renowned worldwide for their expert marketing.
Headquarters: Busan, South Korea
Brief description: Kimjo were fairly obscure until they decided to take on the Japanese makers in the 1980s. Back then Kimjo cars were incredibly cheap, tinny, horrible things, but in the early 2000s their quality standards picked up noticeably, and by 2010 they were genuinely competitive in Europe (though still mind-numbingly boring).
Maran Motor Inc.-
Headquarters: Maran, Malaysia
Brief description: despite making the same cars for all markets, Maran had two different reputations- in Asia they were regarded as a cheap but worthy alternative to the ubiquitous Japanese and Chinese cars of their time. When they reached Europe in the early 1990s, they were immediately written off as cheap rubbish cars for the elderly. That did not mean the company itself wasn’t a valuable investment, though.
Headquarters: Warwick, UK
Brief description: Originally part of a larger company (Melchett Automotive, which collapsed in the 1970s), MGA has always made 4x4s, and has recently expanded into the wider SUV market. Though not always that good in comparison to their rivals (except for supreme off-road ability) they are quite a prestigious name in the SUV world.
Headquarters: Hanover, Germany
Brief description: Originally a Spanish engineering firm, Nomina relocated to Germany in the 1930s and ultimately was the one to make a German people’s car. Nowadays they have moved upmarket, and their name holds lots of credibility even if it’s only on a boring hatchback.
Headquarters: Pskov, Russia
Brief description: Formed as part of a Soviet plan to give all the Eastern Bloc countries a people’s car, PMZ started making theirs in 1964. They owned numerous satellite companies across the Bloc but ultimately those all collapsed along with the USSR. PMZ nowadays almost exclusively sells cheap cars, normally on old, recycled platforms, in Eastern Europe.
Headquarters: Rouen, France
Brief description: Sabre always liked to do things differently. They were one of the first major manufacturers to hire external coachbuilders to design their models, and many of Sabre’s models from the 1950s-70s are revered as automotive art. Nowadays, they are a left-field choice, for people who want to go against the norm, with the 2016 Electric Runabout being their first major hit in decades.
Headquarters: Nagasaki, Japan
Brief description: Saidaishu spent much of its early history an obscure engineering firm. It first gained notoriety upon expanding into the American theatre in the late 1970s, where its affordable, economical cars really took off. The company got complacent with its success, though, and from about 2000 onwards their quality standards began to slip. By the late 2010s Saidaishus were regarded as being for people who knew nothing about cars and so wouldn’t notice how terrible they were, but they were still selling in decent numbers in America.
Texas Motor Company-
Headquarters: Dallas, TX
Brief description: TMC always sat in the background in the American automotive world, but produced consistently decent products. They didn’t decline in the 1990s and 2000s- the competition simply moved up a notch, before TMC was finished off by the 2008 recession.
I hope this has cleared up any questions you may have about what Duke is up against and anything about the other vehicles I have made reference to in this thread.