Storm. - 5/27/2005 7:38 PM
There is no doubting that the japanese can take something great like a Mercedes and make it better. (W126 and LS400) but it takes a special kind of company to actually BUY the rights to the W124 from MB and then lengthen the chassis and restyle it to look like a W140,... voila the Ssangyong chairman.
From their website:
" The Korean SsangYong Business Group was founded in 1939 and is now a large conglomerate with interests in cement, oil, paper and financial, information and leisure services. In 1986, SsangYong bought the Ha Dong Hwan Motor Company, which had been making four wheel drives and trucks since 1954. In 1991, SsangYong formed an alliance with Mercedes Benz, licensing light commercial diesel and petrol engines and other components. The SsangYong Musso has been in production since 1993 and the smaller Korando since 1997.
In 2002 production began of the Rexton and production of Musso Sports Utility began in late 2003. In January 1998, Korean carmaker, Daewoo Motor, took a controlling interest in SsangYong, but during the Asian financial crisis of 1999, the control of SsangYong passed to Korean banks, with Mercedes Benz taking a minor shareholding."
It's hard to dog them when Mercedes owns part of the company.
I want to know what is is that makes a Benz the ultimate luxury brand. I mean really, why do some of you think they are sooooooo awesome and superior to all other cars?
Reliability? Toyotas are just as reliable, if not more. Volvo is up there too.
Comfort? A matter of preference, but I don't see the Benz standing out as spectacular.
Sport dynamics? I think Benz loses that one.
What is it that sets the Mercedes apart from other cars besides the price and hood ornament?