2013: A Ssangyong Oddity

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
2013 a ssangyong oddity

The world’s ugliest car, the Ssangyong Rodius, has gotten a new mug for 2013. Possibly the least anticipated debut at next week’s Geneva Auto Show, the pedestrian-friendly front end takes away some of the visual harshness of the former Middle Eastern minicab of choice, but the trademark inverted-triangle rear window remains. There’s plenty of forbidden fruit available elsewhere that we are not privy to. Some are worth coveting. This product isn’t one of them.

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  • Iamwho2k Iamwho2k on Mar 01, 2013

    The world's ugliest car has to be the Nissan Joke. (Misspelling intentional.)

  • LuciferV8 LuciferV8 on Mar 01, 2013

    Well, the styling has definitely moved from Margaret Cho up to Minnie Driver.

  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Mar 01, 2013

    Aw, they ruined it! The old front end was the only distinctive part worth keeping. I guess it's cheaper than changing everything from the windshield back, but it's like taking the satin ribbon off a pig and replacing it with a plastic bow tie.

    • Summicron Summicron on Mar 01, 2013

      Agreed. The old one at least had an endearing puffy front end like an inflated 90's Mercedes. This thing just looks like a poor attempt to make a Kia.

  • MrWhopee MrWhopee on Mar 02, 2013

    You know, "Ssangyong Oddity" is actually a better (at least more apt) name for the vehicle.