sgCarMart – Back in 1991, Ssangyong started a technology partnership with Daimler-Benz, which was aimed at allowing Ssangyong to utilise Mercedes-Benz networks and gain footholds in new markets without having to build their own infrastructure, while giving Mercedes a competitor in the SUV market.
Ssangyong further benefited from this alliance, producing a badge engineered version of the Mercedes-Benz MB100 called the Istana and using Daimler designs in many other models, such as the Korando and the Stavic, in their engines and transmissions.
Introduced in 2004, the Ssangyong Stavic, also known as the Rodius, is a large Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV), replacing the Istana, and is available in seven and nine-seater configurations.
Locally, the first generation of the Stavic, if you had noticed, was deployed by SMRT as a Space MPV Taxi. And unfortunately, since its inception, the car did not receive much positive feedback with regards to its looks.
Things are about to change with the second generation of the Stavic, which was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, as it sports a contemporary new look that is streets ahead of its predecessor's.
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