The South Korean SsangYong was founded in 1954 and bore various names that are unspeakable for us. It took over the off-road and special commercial vehicle manufacturer Dong-A Motor in 1986 and then the company name changed to the current SsangYong Motors. 1987 also saw the small English car manufacturer Panther Westwinds.
From 1991 it collaborated on a technical level with Daimler-Benz, which meant that SsangYong was able to develop its own SUV with the help of Mercedes-Benz technology and sold it through the Mercedes-Benz channels. SsangYong made extensive use of designs and technical components from the Germans. In 2004, the Chinese car manufacturer SAIC took a majority stake in SsangYong. In 2009, the car manufacturer went bankrupt, accusing the Chinese of all kinds of malpractice, resulting in criminal cases.