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In January of 1954 the Ha Dong-hwan Motor Workshop was established, the beginnings of the company we know as Ssangyong today. By 1967 the company became Korea's largest exporter of buses to Vietnam. By 1974 it had co-established Shinjin Jeep Motor Co, Ltd and October of that year it began developing hard and soft-top jeeps. In 1988 the company changed its name to Ssangyong Motor Co, Ltd and by 1990 the Ssangyong Korando recreational sport jeep won first place in the Kypros rally.

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2019 Ssangyong Korando review

Ssangyong is back in Australia as a factory operation, and the mid-sized Korando will play a huge role in deciding whether it's a success. We've driven it in Korea.

2019 Ssangyong Musso XLV review (long wheelbase)

With a longer tray and bigger payload (in some guises, at least), the Musso XLV is how Ssangyong plans to take on the Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux. To see how it goes, we took one for a spin in Korea.

2019 SsangYong Musso Ultimate review

SsangYong's Musso Ultimate is a refined, well-equipped ute designed for 'lifestyle' buyers who don't need to carry particularly heavy payloads. In some areas it actually shames its competitors. Just go in knowing your needs.

2019 SsangYong Rexton Ultimate review

The segment-straddling SsangYong Rexton 4x4 has the looks, luxury and drivetrain to make inroads against more established players from the rugged Isuzu MU-X to the refined Hyundai Santa Fe crossover. Success may come slowly, but the product looks the goods.

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Review: 2019 SsangYong Musso

The Musso will pick up where it left off: a slightly left-of-centre Korean offering with sharp pricing and good inclusions. While it's a bit of a compromise off-road, the good levels of comfort and refinement go a long way. And the new seven-year warranty is an absolute cracker. It's definitely worth jumping behind the wheel for a test drive, to see if that ride and interior tickles your fancy for the money...

Ssangyong Tivoli and XLV : 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Read the article here. Riding on the same 2600mm wheelbase as the regular five-door Tivoli, the XLV features a 235mm longer body. All of the car’s extra millimetres have been grafted on aft of the C-pillar, with cargo space in the boot boosted to 720 litres, presumably with the rear seats up. The Tivoli XLV will be powered by the same set of 1...

SsangYong Comparisons

Isuzu MU-X v Ssangyong Rexton : Comparison review

Australia is a bloody big continent, and while many cling to the coast living among small city streets, there are large families beyond the suburbs who may need seven-seat space and proper off-road capability. That equation can’t be provided more affordably than the $39,990 driveaway Ssangyong Rexton...

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Ssangyong Australia crying out for Musso accessories

Ssangyong is pushing hard to get its range of Musso accessories ready for the Australian market, as it looks to equip dealers with a range of add-ons for dual-cab ute buyers. According to figures quoted by Toyota at the launch of the HiLux Rogue and Rugged, the average dual-cab owners spends somewhere in the vicinity of $2000 on aftermarket accessories almost immediately after purchase...

Ssangyong: Australian factory-backed operation 'performing very well'

Ssangyong's head office is happy with how the brand relaunch is tracking in Australia so far, and will use the example of our market to hone its formula for factory-backed operations in other countries. Speaking with media at the Pocheon Raceway in South Korea, Sanjeev Saksena, head of export markets for Ssangyong, said the Aussie operation is "performing very well" at the moment...

2021 Ssangyong Korando Hybrid: Local arm 'absolutely' interested

Ssangyong will reveal a hybrid version of its mid-sized Korando SUV in the second half of 2021, following in footsteps of a pure-electric model set for debut in the second half of next year. Announced with minimal fanfare at last week's Seoul motor show, details about the hybrid Korando are hard to come by at this point...

2019 Ford Ranger: Autonomous emergency braking standard, pressure on other utes to follow

The Ford Ranger is the first ute on sale in Australia with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection and speed sign recognition as standard across an entire range, from the cheapest tradie model to the flagship Raptor...

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SsangYong Owner Reviews

2013 Ssangyong Korando S Review

I've had my Ssangyong Korando for just over two years now. The price is fantastic for the size and reliability of the vehicle. If you want a true five seater with most of the safety inclusions and something bigger than the small range of SUV's, you can't go past the Korando and at $21,990 drive-away, you are not busting the wallet and getting plenty of car for the price...

2005 Ssangyong Chairman 3.2 Review

Back in 2005, manufacturers were beginning to want a slice of the large sedan market in Australia. Typically, the large sedans prominent in Australia were Ford’s Fairlane and Holden’s Statesman. The Chrysler 300C was also beginning to make an appearance. However, one extra player appears in 2005 and quietly left the market in 2008 after selling just 100 cars...

2014 Ssangyong Rexton Sx Review

What a bloody brilliant SUV for the money! I've had mine since July 14 and have travelled 12,500 km in it (as of Feb 15) It's not missed a beat, the build quality is excellent, that diesel engine is almost silent in operation and it has more than enough grunt to tow my 17 foot caravan. I find the Mercedes designed 5 speed transmission to be absolutely sublime in operation...

2007 SSANGYONG Rexton RX270 Limited Review

My husband and I purchased a SsangYong Rexton in 2006.During the the first 4 years, 100,000kms, it went well, had no major issues with it. Regular servicing was carried out by a qualified and certified mechanic. Then in 2010 the car died. Numerous people have looked at the car and repaired what "they" thought was wrong, including the SsangYong dealer in Perth...

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