Now that the game engine has changed, the old abandoned thread has become useless.
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The cars and engines are now different, although there will be many similiarities. Enjoy! All prices are with some (but not excessive) markup.
CMT was founded by Christoph Martin Thandor in 1945. He migrated from Frunia to Gasmea and, after the WWII had ended, he saw the chance for mass motorization in Frunia. He started to earn money in Gasmea until he had the money to expand back to his home. Starting with horrendous debts, he was able to present a full model lineup in 1946.
CMT uses one engine in two variants to power all the cars to save cost - the developement resources have been already extremely expensive. To have a perspective in Frunia, those cars were really small for Gasmean habits, which seemed like a clever choice as there were no 1:1 comparable cars selling on the market. All cars were well-known for advanced safety features like dashboards with soft padding, flexile steering wheels and enforced doorlocks still working when bent as many people were dying every day on the roads. The suspensions were rather stiff to keep those simple constructions controllable even at higher speeds.
The first car was the “Touring Special”, a 3,4 meters short car with a 1500ccm OHV inline four delivering 60 horsepower - more than enough for just 772kg. The car reached respectable 135 kph, going 100 in 17,8 seconds. Together with the really spacious, clever interior an interessing car scoring as fun premium and family utility premium, selling as good as wanted by the bank. 14 liters consumption were not much for its power back then. Price: 8500 $. Suspension layout: Two solid axle, the front on coil springs, the end on leaf springs.
The “Touring Executive” not seen in the pictures, but almost identical to the “Special” trim features a 2000ccm variant with 80 horsepower, reaching the magical 150 kph limit and needing just 13,7 seconds to reach 100 kph - a true muscle car with some utility. Its $ 11.400 price tag might be ambitious, but it did sell some units. 15,7 liters consumption were still bearable as this car also offers more comfort than the “Special” trim.
As the “Touring” was really small from the outside, CMT wanted some real family cars in the showroom, for the Gasmean soldiers coming home, getting good jobs and founding families in the suburbs. The “Familia” came as Sedan and Wagon, 4 meters in lenght and featuring the larger 2000ccm engine. The sedan with a weight of 1000 kg also reaches 150 kph, needing 15,4 seconds to 100 - that was quick for a four-cylinder ar back then. The $9400 price tag seems reasonnable for a still small, but premium car.
16,8 liters - one more than the Touring Executive. Weaknesses? Well, the trim was rather standard, not having any radio option and even if the interior space is ok - for really large families other brands offer bigger cars. An interessing detail is independent double wishbone front suspension and a rear axle already with coil springs.
The wagon for only $9000 is a six-seater with reasonnable trunk space, Its perfect 50/50 weight distribution allows for good balance, but the 80hp engine has to work hard against the heavier and less aerodynamic body, reaching only 135 kph and 100 in 17,6 seconds. Its 19 liter consumption is already a lot for a four-cylinder car.
Thandor knew that you do not make large profit with bread and butter vehicles right from the start - therefore the RT2000 was offered. The engineering team had to design a sports car around the 2000ccm engine, getting the maximum out of it. The 4.2 meters long car with a weight of only 900 kg allowed for a great top speed of 163 kph, accellerating to 100 in 14,6 seconds.Its balance is perfect, mainly a cause of the “hump” in the car’s rear allowing for two “real” back seats. The car had front MacPherson struts, leaving space for much larger engines for a later evolution and reused the coil spring rear axle of the “Familia” to save cost.
$ 13.150 - a lot for a four-cylinder car, not too much for a sports car. Although having four seats, the car was not accepted as GT as the overall comfort was too low to make it a car for long touring distances. Hard suspension, good safety, light weight with perfect balance - the car copied from contemporary British cars and added some rear seats. While all other CMTs feature a three-speed manual transmission, the RT2000 offers a full-syncromesh four-speed to please enthusiasts.
And last but not least CMT offered just the opposite: A van, the “Torpedo”! Thandor believed in the recovery of the world economic and planned just a car for those tasks. As vans were really sluggish cars with no interest in handling, this car was a real surprise. Built on a modified Touring Special chassis, that car was really huge, being one of the largest vans of its time with a lenght of 4,8 meter. This is some challenging task for the 1500ccm engine, needing 25,7 seconds to reach 100 kph. Not really what you could call a torpedo, but well. At least its slightly aerodynamic shape allows for 135 kph top speed - excellent for its time, but on the bad roads of these days those cars barely went over 80. The 3-seater was available for $7900, making it one of Gasmeas most-liked vans for bulky, but not too heavy goods.
In total, the brand had a good start. The cars were unconventional but not unreliable and the company managed to build a whole portfolio upon one engine in two variants. It looks like CMT is able to pay back the money they got from the bank in the next decade.