SsangYong Rodius

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SsangYong Rodius
SsangYong Rodius (second generation)
Manufacturer SsangYong Motor Company
Also called SsangYong Stavic
Micro Stavic (Sri Lanka)
Ssangyong Korando Turismo (South Korea)
Production 2004–Present
Body and chassis
Class Large MPV
Body style 5-door wagon
Predecessor Ssangyong Istana

The SsangYong Rodius (sold in some regions as the Stavic) is a large MPV released in late 2004 by the Korean automaker SsangYong Motor Company. Rodius is an inaccurate portmanteau of the words road and Zeus, which is intended to mean "Lord of the Road."[1] It is available in 7, 9 and 11 seat configurations (3 or 4 rows), a 5-seater version is also available in Hong Kong.[2] The seats can be folded to act as tables or folded further (double folded) to add extra cargo area. They can be turned around, encouraging conversation and can be sided forward and backward.[3]

First generation (2004–2013)[edit]

First generation
First generation

The engines are the Mercedes-Benz licenced 3.2 L 6-cylinder gasoline engine ( 162 kW (217 hp) & 309 N·m (228 lb·ft) ) and the 2.7 L 5-cylinder common rail diesel engine ( 121 kW (162 hp) & 342 N·m (252 lb·ft) ).

The car was designed by Ken Greenley,[4] former head of the automotive design course at the Royal College of Art in London. The design goal was to capture the essence of a luxury yacht[citation needed].

In August 2008, the Rodius received a facelift.[5]

Afterwards, because of poor popularity, the Rodius was discontinued in Europe without a direct successor on December 31, 2011. However, on July 2, 2012, the Rodius returned with the new name Rodius Euro which comes with the e-XDi200 diesel engine that produces 155PS of power, available in either a 6-speed MT or an E-Tronic Benz 5-speed AT.[6]

In 2005, the Rodius won the dubious distinction of being voted "the ugliest car ever made" by visitors to motoring website CarData and is described by Top Gear magazine as a car: "that looks like it got bottled in a pub brawl and stitched back together by a blind man" and the car also won the Top Gear Magazine WTF Award for 2009.[7] In October 2013, Top Gear also placed the Rodius on its list of "The 13 worst cars of the last 20 years."[8]

It also got described as: "having a face like a burnt thong" by the Australian magazine Wheels.[9]

In 2010, the Australian magazine liftout of the Sydney Morning Herald, Drive Life, described the car as being "so cack-handed in every aesthetic department it makes the average people-mover owner feel like they are getting about in an ultra-stylish Italian sports machine", later going on to call it a "collapsing bus shelter on wheels".[10]

The website "The Ugliest Cars in Britain" claimed that "if a person were to take a collection of blind kittens at a heavy metal concert and ask them to design a car whilst stabbing them repeatedly with a sharpened stickle-brick, then the result would almost certainly be an improvement on the Rodius." [11]

Second generation (2013–present)[edit]

Second generation
Second generation

The second generation Rodius, called Korando Turismo in South Korea, was revealed in February 5, 2013 and it will first shown at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show with sales start soon this year.

The new model comes with a nine-, ten- or eleven-seat configuration and can offer up to 3,240 liters of cargo volume. Powering the new Rodius/Korando Turismo is the 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine connected to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed Mercedes-Benz-sourced automatic transmission.[12]

In March 2014, the second generation Stavic was awarded “2014 Car of the Year - Best MPV Design” by Grand Prix, the most famous automotive magazine in Thailand, at the 35th Bangkok International Motor Show 2014.[13]

In October 2014, Top Gear magazine placed the Rodius Turismo on its list of "The worst cars you can buy right now."[14]


  1. ^ Kim, Hye-won (2012-08-10). "[Brand story] 한국GM & 르노삼성 & 쌍용" [Brand story. GM Korea, Renault Samsung and SsangYong] (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2014-03-23. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  2. ^ "Stavic Diesel 5-seater Van - SsangYong Hong Kong". Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  3. ^ "Ssangyong Motors" (in Korean). Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  4. ^ "SsangYong Rodius Review". Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  5. ^ "SsangYong Rodius | Auto Express News | News". Auto Express. 2007-08-05. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  6. ^ "쌍용차, 로디우스 유로 출시". Megaauto. 2012-07-02. 
  7. ^ "Rodius is odious to drivers | The Sun |News". The Sun. 2005-10-12. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  8. ^ "The 13 Worst Cars of the Last 20 Years". Top Gear magazine. 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  9. ^ "What is the point of the X6?". Autocar. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  10. ^ "Ugly shtick". 2010-06-04. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
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  12. ^ "2014 SsangYong Korando Turismo aka new Rodius officially revealed [video]". WorldCarFans. 2013-02-07. 
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  14. ^ "The Worst Cars You Can Buy Right Now". Top Gear magazine. 2014-10-09. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 

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