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SsangYong celebrates.

Byline: DAVID WHINYATES newsdesk@walesonline.co.uk

IT HAS had a checkered history and once it almost went out of business, but somehow SsangYong, Korea's oldest manufacturer, has managed to survive and is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

First launched in the UK 20 years ago, the brand almost went under in the Pacic Rim nancial crisis of the late 1990s and over the years has had associations with well-known automotive brands including Mercedes-Benz, Daewoo and SAIC, which now owns MG. Today it is backed by Mahindra & Mahindra, which vies with Tata as India's largest automotive producer.

To celebrate the company's anniversary, the British importer has launched two special edition models.

e rst is based on the four wheel drive Korando ELX4 and adds 18" diamond cut wheels, an electric sunroof, rear spoiler and chrome detailing, and is completed with a pearl white lily metallic paint nish. Available in either manual or automatic form, it is priced at PS21,245 and PS22,745 respectively.

e second takes the comprehensive specication of the Rexton EX and adds front parking sensors, an electric sunroof, heated seats front and rear, a power adjustable passenger seat, DAB sat nav and, like the Korando special edition, is nished in pearl white lily metallic paint. Again its available with either 6-speed manual or 5-speed Mercedes-Benz T-Tronic automatic transmission, with prices of PS25,995 or PS27,495 respectively.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 15, 2014
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