Could Ssangyong succeed in the US? While its lineup has just the sort of vehicles Americans crave, they're almost all diesel-powered with standard manual transmissions – at least the journalists will be happy.
SsanYong previews two future crossover models with the XLV-Air and XAV-Adventure concepts at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
SsangYong has three debuts ready for Frankfurt, including the XAV-Adventure concept that looks like a thoroughly modern version of the classic Land Cruiser. It's joined by a diesel version of the Tivoli, and a longer version called the XLV-Air.
Ssangyong files applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office for the names "Tivoli" and "Luvent." Consumer Reports says the brand eyes entering the US market in the next two years with a subcompact crossover that will launch in other global markets next year, and a hatchback built on the same platform.