Jeff is a man in his mid-thirties who lives in New York City. He lost nearly everything in the recent stock market crash, but after selling off his fancy apartment in Lower Manhattan and vast luxury SUV to pay off his debt, he still has enough money to afford a new (albeit modest) house and a car to take him, his wife, and his two children to and from his new workplace. The catch is, he doesn’t have much cash to spare for his new ride. With that in mind, here are his requirements:
- Model/family name: QFC10 – (your forum username). Trim and variant name are free.
- Trim/variant year: 2009 (model year may be older); body unlock year of 1993 or newer.
- Must be a 5-door, 5-seat hatchback (rear row must have 3 full seats, no +3) with a wheelbase between 2.4m and 2.7m (both of these are hard limits).
- Front transverse engine placement required.
- Maximum ET: 110 (for both engine and trim). This is a hard limit.
- Manual transmission (not auto manual) required - Jeff can drive stick, after all.
- A detailed interior will not be required or judged.
- Maximum price: $24,000 AMU (hard limit). This is to accommodate larger bodies.
- 91 RON/87 AKI regular unleaded fuel required (tuned fuel type should also be 91 RON), with a minimum fuel economy value of 30 US mpg (also a hard limit, as shown in trim statistics, not cruise tests).
- Minimum environmental resistance of 35 (again, a hard limit) - Jeff may want to keep his new car for quite a while.
- A 3-way catalytic converter of some sort is required, with a maximum loudness value of 35.
- No off-road (including all-terrain or utility) or semi-slick tires. Also, the last digit of tire width must be a 5.
- Advanced trim settings are allowed, but in moderation.
- Running costs (service costs, fuel economy): The cheaper it is for Jeff to service his car and fill it up, the happier he will be, especially with fuel prices at an all-time high.
- Value: Jeff will prefer a cheaper car if it can do the same job as a more expensive one.
- Reliability: In general, Jeff will cover a lot of miles in his new car annually. Fewer breakdowns = more satisfaction for him.
- Drivability: Jeff does not want something that would tax his driving skills all the time.
- Comfort: Cars of this kind may not be known for their creature comforts, but this is his daily driver, after all.
- Safety: Jeff would never accept a deathtrap; although his next car will be quite small, it should also be safe in a crash.
- Exterior design: In general, if it looks right, then it is right.
- Practicality: If Jeff can fit more of his stuff into the luggage compartment, so much the better.
- Sportiness: This class of car is hardly known for its performance – just don’t make it a total bore-fest to drive, though, and a car that’s too slow won’t be a good fit for Jeff and his family.
- Offroad: The only off-roading he’ll be doing from now on is driving on light gravel roads, not serious rock crawling.
- Prestige: (Sub)compacts are hardly the most prestigious vehicles in the world, but Jeff prefers brands with a good reputation.
- Utility: Jeff’s new job (and life) doesn’t usually involve loading his car with heavy stuff.
Entries open at 8:00 pm (UTC+7) on September 10th, 2022 and close at 8:00 pm (UTC+7) on September 17th, 2022. Please send me your submissions via forum DM, on the latest 4.2 open alpha build. No resubmissions will be allowed, however, with one exception: if the next game update drops, and you submitted your entry before then, I will allow exactly one (1) resubmission.
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