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The SsangYong Chairman is a large luxury sedan made by the South Korean automaker SsangYong Motor Company. It is built on a 1980s Mercedes-Benz E-Class (known as the W124) platform, but styled to resemble a 1990s Mercedes-Benz S-Class (known as the W140).
A long-wheelbase model is also available, and is favoured by some limousine operators in South Korea.
From 1998 to 2000, SsangYong was owned by Daewoo Motors, this car was rebadged as a Daewoo for export but after 2000, SsangYong has taken back its own badge and continue to use it even after Chinese automotive company Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (上海汽車, SAIC) became the majority stockholder of SsangYong motors in 2004.
In 2008, Chairman was renamed Chairman H to differentiate the new model from the old.
When it came out first to South Korean market in 1997, Chairman was a high-end executive sedan. Its manufacturer, SsangYong, was famous for its SUVs and RVs and Chairman has been its only sedan.
Ssangyong renamed pre-2008 Chairman model as Chairman H to differentiate from Chairman W. Chairman H kept same exterior, interior, engine, transmission and features as the previous models.
SsangYong developed its new flagship Chairman W, tweaked version of New Chairman with V8 5-liter engine and 7G-Tronic of Mercedes-Benz.
The manufacturer says 'W' stands for 'World Class'.
Chairman W is offered in six trims with two engines, a limo version, and an additional 4-Tronic(Mercedes-Benz 4Matic). XGi360, once used for New Chairman, is transferred to the entry model, and the 5-liter Mercedes-Benz M113 engine and the 7G-Tronic are applied to two high-end models, VVIP and the long-wheel-base version.
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