If you think the mid-1970s AMC Pacer was a design abomination, then you probably haven't laid eyes on the SsangYong Rodius, a large MPV that has been voted multiple times as one of the ugliest cars in production.
The funny thing about the Rodius (aside from its looks), is that it was penned by Ken Greenley, former head of the automotive design course at the Royal College of Art in London, which is one of the world's top automotive design schools.
It took SsangYong nine years, but the Korea carmaker is ready to call it quits and introduce a brand new and possibly less controversial design (better wait to see it in person to be sure) for its minivan.
The successor to the Rodius, which is also named Stavic in certain markets and Korando Turismo in Korea, will be revealed in the flesh at the Geneva motor show in early March and go on sale around the world by summer.
Here's what SsangYong had to say about the new generation of the Rodius:
"Based on its design philosophy ‘Robust, Premium, Specialty’, the new front line emphasizes Ssangyong’s boldness and its spacious body combines dynamics with sophistication."
"Styled to be fit for outdoor, off-road driving as well as on-road driving with its streamline-shape of the radiator grille and headlamp, the new Rodius/Stavic also offers a whole package of convenience and practical values by fulfilling various needs from business, leisure, and travel."
The Korean carmaker, which was bought by India's Mahindra & Mahindra in 2011, added that the new Rodius will be offered with 2.0-liter diesel and 3.2-liter petrol engines.