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2021 SsangYong Rexton facelift leaked – UPDATE: Australian launch confirmed

UPDATE, October 22: Well, here it is! New promotional images posted to Russian website Kolesa.ru reveal the extent of the changes we'll see on the 2021 SsangYong Rexton.  As the earlier teaser images revealed, we can expect a bold new grille design – shown here in a dark shadow chrome finish – along with subtly tweaked lighting internals and bumpers at both ends...

SsangYong recalls SUV models due to possible fuel leaks

SsangYong Australia has issued a recall of 374 vehicles from the Korando, Tivoli, and Tivoli XLV range due to the potential for a fuel leak to develop. Owners of the Korando C300 with Model Years 2019 and 2020 (MY19-MY20), and the Tivoli and Tivoli XLV with Model Years 2015 to 2020 (MY15-MY20) are advised to have their vehicle repaired at a SsangYong dealership...

SsangYong recalls Chairman due to possible steering fault

SsangYong Australia has issued a recall of 108 examples of its Chairman sedan with made from 2001 to 2007 (MY01-MY07) due to a potentially serious steering fault. The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says "a crack developing in the steering lock housing can cause the steering wheel to lock into the straight ahead position when the key is turned"...

2021 SsangYong Korando 'E100' electric SUV teased

SsangYong has teased the long-promised all-electric version of its mid-size Korando SUV, despite uncertainty around the brand's future as it seeks new investors. The final production name is yet to be confirmed, though internally it has been codenamed Korando E100...

SsyangYong extends Musso XLV ute EOFY deals

SsangYong has extended its end of financial year offers on the Musso XLV ute. The Ultimate + version is being offered at drive away prices of $42,990 for ABN holders, and $43,990 for private buyers. On top of the drive away deal, SsangYong has also included extra equipment and after sales support to sweeten the deal...

SsangYong Tivoli on hiatus until 2021 as stock runs out

The 2020 SsangYong Tivoli and Tivoli XLV have been quietly put on hiatus after the company sold out of stock in Australia. Although the small Tivoli SUV and slightly larger Tivoli XLV sold in relatively modest numbers (67 and 24 cars respectively) in the first half of 2020, the company says this exhausted dealer stock and so SsangYong Australia has removed the models from its website...

Struggle street: the cars yet to pass 25 sales so far this year

The new-car market has been competitive and cutthroat for a while, but the first half of 2020 increased the pressure to perform. With production delays due to coronavirus, a raft of exciting new models on the horizon, electric and hybrid cars upping their game and buyers facing financial limitations, every new vehicle on the market had to fight harder than ever to succeed...

Mahindra to unload SsangYong – report

Indian car maker Mahindra is looking to unload its 75 per cent share of SsangYong – South Korea’s fourth-largest vehicle producer – amid declining profits during the global coronavirus pandemic. “SsangYong needs a new investor. We are working with the company to see if we can secure investment,” Mahindra’s managing director Pawan Kumar Goenka told Automotive News Europe...

Ssangyong loses $432 million parent company investment

The future of Ssangyong Australia’s planned new model supply and rollout is in doubt, after majority owner Mahindra & Mahindra announced that it was holding back its planned investments in the Korean SUV manufacturer. This comes less than two months after announcing a $423 million investment by Mahindra, with a plan to make Ssangyong profitable by 2022...

So, which car brands are growing in Australia?

As you can read in much more detail here, overall new vehicle sales fell nearly 8 per cent in Australia year to their lowest level since 2011. Just one of the top 10 car makers managed to grow its sales - that would be Kia - and some fell away by double digits. Moreover, almost every segment (passenger, SUV and commercial) went backwards...

Underrated cars that deserve greater success

There are hundreds of cars out there to choose from, so it’s hardly a shock that many laudable ones don’t sell nearly as well as they deserve to. Based on 2019’s industry sales figures, here are some of the standouts. They may not necessarily be the very best in class, but they do deserve more sales...