SsangYong Korando: What does it name mean?

The SsangYong Korando is best remembered as a go-anywhere rough-and-tumble four-wheel drive, possibly with odd styling, but what does it name mean?


According to SsangYong, the Korando name is an abbreviation of “Korea can do”.

Launched in 1983, the first Korando (above) was a CJ-7 Jeep licensed for production by SsangYong. Made in South Korea, the Korando was sold in Europe and Japan. The company even produced a 9-seater version dubbed the Korando K9.

The second generation model (below), from 1996, used the platform of the contemporary Musso four-wheel drive and was styled by Ken Greenly.

SsangYong revived the Korando name in 2010 for an all-new unibody crossover that shared nothing, except its name, with its rugged forebears.




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Derek Fung

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SsangYong Korando: What does it name mean?