In 1970, the company specialized in the manufacture of trucks, fire trucks and other vehicles for specific purposes. In the early 80s the company, called Dong A Engine, acquires Keowha, specializing in the manufacture of luxury utility, which also had the license for Jeep off-road vehicles. In 1986, the automaker finally changed its name to SsangYong Motor, specializing in the manufacture of utility vehicles and SUV.
In 1992 technical cooperation agreement signed with Mercedes Benz for the development of gasoline engines. In 1993 signed an equity investment agreement and a technical partnership with Mercedes Benz for diesel engine development, so Mercedes Benz acquired 5% of the shares of Sangyong Motor Company, which still share. Their engines are still manufactured under license from the prestigious German. Ssangyong Logo Ai