Trimmed photo of a 1996 SsangYong Korando

Car Design

SsangYong Cars Used to Be Ugly Enough to Be Fascinating

Back in the 2000s, the Korean automaker offered a whole line of models which would have made the Pontiac Aztek feel at home

2007 SsangYong Rodius
Doesn’t that rear glass remind of a double-deck bus? (source: WheelsAge)
2002 SsangYong Musso Sports
The Musso had a pickup version named Sports (source: WheelsAge)

What made SsangYong cars ugly?

1996 SsangYong Korando
Depending on the angle, the front end looked just as long as the rest of the car (source: WheelsAge)

Was that the end of the madness?

2004 SsangYong Stavic/Rodius

“Put together by three blind mice”

2011 SsangYong Korando
SsangYong entered the 2010s with a much more conventional design (source: WheelsAge)

Was that the end of it?

2015 SsangYong Tivoli
The Tivoli marked a new era in SsangYong design, with more pleasant design (source: WheelsAge)



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Danillo Almeida

Content writer and engineer-to-be who aspires to work in car design. If you like cars but not the stereotypes that surround them, give my articles a try.