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2018 SsangYong XLV review

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2018 SsangYong XLV review

The practical SsangYong XLV small crossover is not as polished as its newer Rexton stablemate, but a punchy diesel drivetrain and expected sharp pricing will count as positives when it arrives this November.

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2018 SsangYong Rexton review
Rating: 7.310 /10
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2018 SsangYong Rexton review

The diesel-powered SsangYong Rexton 4x4 could make a few prospective Isuzu MU-X or Mitsubishi Pajero Sport buyers think twice, if the pricing is right come November. Stay tuned…...


2018 SsangYong Musso review
Rating: 7.210 /10
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2018 SsangYong Musso review

If SsangYong Australia's new factory distributor gets its pricing right, the coil-sprung Musso has every chance of carving out a niche in Australia's flourishing dual-cab ute market.


SsangYong Australia pushing for seven-year warranty, at least
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SsangYong Australia pushing for seven-year warranty, at least

The head of SsangYong’s new Australian factory-backed subsidiary wants the brand to relaunch in November with a market-leading warranty. The challenge is getting the plan approved by head office in Korea. The goal is clearly to match rival Korean car-maker Kia with a seven-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty; a tactic that has become a powerful tool to smash any lingering misperceptions about the quality of that brand's vehicles...


2018 SsangYong Stavic/Turismo facelift revealed
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2018 SsangYong Stavic/Turismo facelift revealed

The facelifted SsangYong Turismo — last sold in Australia as the SsangYong Stavic — has been revealed in the UK. The people mover's front end styling has been reworked, with the car gaining slimmer headlights, restyled bumpers, and a corporate grille that ties it stylistically to more modern SsangYong models, such as the Korando, Rexton and Tivoli...


SsangYong Australia's range confirmed
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SsangYong Australia's range confirmed

Korea’s third brand, SsangYong, has confirmed it’ll start selling cars again in Australia from this November, after a two-year absence. It'll be armed with three SUVs and a dual-cab ute, and about 20 dealers from the start...


SsangYong locks in Australian boss, return date
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SsangYong locks in Australian boss, return date

Korea’s SsangYong is coming back to Australia for another crack at our unusually competitive and fragmented new vehicle market. While we learned that little fact in March this year, we now know a little more about its plans, which include re-launching as an official distributor in the fourth quarter of 2018...


SsangYong returning to Australia
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SsangYong returning to Australia

Forgotten manufacturer SsangYong will return to Australia’s increasingly-cluttered car market before the end of 2018. The Korean brand will operate through its own factory distributor this time — it was last imported by Ateco Automotive — and is currently signing up a network of dealers and local management...


2018 Ssangyong Rexton Sports ute unveiled
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2018 Ssangyong Rexton Sports ute unveiled

The Ssangyong Rexton Sports ute has been unveiled in South Korea, with sales slated to begin next week. Forward of the B-pillar, the new Sports looks identical to the current Rexton SUV. Behind that point, the car features redesigned rear doors, a truncated passenger cabin and, of course, a cargo tray. Under the bonnet is a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine...


2014-15 Ssangyong Stavic recalled
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2014-15 Ssangyong Stavic recalled

Ateco Australia has issued a recall notice for 340 examples of the Ssangyong Stavic people mover, over concerns about worn ball joints. The company says the joints could fail if cars are “operated for extended periods of time without any inspection or repair”...


2018 Ssangyong Rexton revealed
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2018 Ssangyong Rexton revealed

The next-generation Ssangyong Rexton has been revealed on the Korean automaker's social media pages. Due to have its in-the-flesh debut at the upcoming Seoul motor show, the new Rexton has so far gone by the codename Y400, and will be sold in its home market as the Ssangyong G4 Rexton. According to Autocar, the new vehicle will do without the G4 appellation throughout much of the rest of the world...


2017 Geneva motor show: Epic from-the-show-floor experience
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2017 Geneva motor show: Epic from-the-show-floor experience

If you don't already know, Geneva is in Switzerland. And while some Aussies might miss having motor shows here in Oz, few will see that as enough of an excuse to splash out to attend a major international one. Luckily, this year's 2017 Geneva motor show (on until March 19) was my first, and it was so good, I didn't want anyone to miss out...


SsangYong XAVL concept revealed
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SsangYong XAVL concept revealed

The SsangYong XAVL concept has been revealed at the Geneva motor show this week, previewing the Korean brand's future design direction and its next-generation of SUVs. XAVL stands for 'eXciting Authentic Vehicle Long', with the show car being a mid-size SUV with three rows of seating - similar to a Nissan X-Trail or Mitsubishi Outlander in terms of size...


SsangYong XAVL seven-seat concept teased
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SsangYong XAVL seven-seat concept teased

Korean car maker SsangYong will use next month's Geneva motor show to reveal yet another new concept, this one dubbed XAVL. Challenging Mitsubishi for some sort of "how many concepts can you reveal between new production models" award, SsangYong's latest show car will be a mid-sized SUV on the large end of the segment...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 10, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 10, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


SsangYong on sales hiatus in Australia
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SsangYong on sales hiatus in Australia

The Australian distributor for Korean brand SsangYong has put the brand on indefinite hiatus, and is now focused on clearing stocks and supporting owners. The point of contention appears to stem from the pricing SsangYong wants to command and what Ateco feels it can charge customers, in what is one of the world’s most fiercely competitive new vehicle markets...


Ssangyong reveals second Korando facelift
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Ssangyong reveals second Korando facelift

Some seven years since it was first revealed, the Ssangyong Korando has been given a second facelift. The 'other' Korean car maker - which describes itself as Korea's "most innovative and respective automotive company" - has showcased a number of promising concepts in recent years. Two new models, the Tivoli and XLV, have appeared since 2015, but an Australian launch for either model remains elusive...


The oldest 'new' cars on sale today
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The oldest 'new' cars on sale today

There have been some big-name retirements in the automotive landscape recently – the most prominent of them being the Land Rover Defender. But there are some other models out there that have been kicking around for quite a while, so we thought we’d take a look at some of the oldest ‘new’ cars still on sale...


2014 Ssangyong Stavic recalled for front shock absorber fix
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2014 Ssangyong Stavic recalled for front shock absorber fix

The 2014 Ssangyong Stavic has been recalled by local distributor Ateco Automotive, over concerns 113 vehicles could be fitted with faulty front shock absorbers. According to the notice issued this week, affected vehicles could have shock absorbers that become damaged if driven in specific "extreme" conditions for extended periods of time...


Ssangyong LIV-2 concept will make production debut in 2017
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Ssangyong LIV-2 concept will make production debut in 2017

The Ssangyong LIV-2 concept SUV will become a reality in 2017. The new Ssangyong LIV-2 SUV, which seems to blend good design highlights from several competitor cars into a complete and attractive package (we can see hints of Ford Everest, Kia Sorento, Mazda CX-9 and more in there), was described by the brand at the 2016 Paris motor show as an important new model at its unveiling at If you're unsure of the LIV-2 name, LIV stands for Limitless Interface Vehicle, and the 2? Well, clearly it's the second such show car that presages a production vehicle on its way (check out the LIV-1 here)...