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Most likely you know that the early history of the South Korean brand SsangYong is closely connected with Mercedes-Benz. The first SUVs of the brand actively used German components and assemblies: diesel and gasoline engines, gearboxes, and so on.

And if you remember the SsangYong Chairman sedan, then it was actually a W124, stylized as a W140. Despite this integration, models of the South Korean brand were sold exclusively with SsangYong nameplates. But not everywhere!

In some markets, the Koreans were able to negotiate with Stuttgart to use the Mercedes-Benz corporate logo and name. One of these countries was the Philippines.

There, Musso was officially sold with a German three-pointed star on the radiator grille and tailgate. On websites selling used cars they are listed as Mercedes-Benz Musso. Here is one such ad.

The Musso was designed by Briton Ken Greenlee. It just turned out pretty lousy.

“Musso is a drawing of an Englishman who lost his glasses on a London-Seoul plane,” Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson once said.

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