European Design, Built in Korea, Made for New Zealand

Your Authorised SsangYong Agents for Auckland and the Far North

The Auckland SsangYong showroom is located in Penrose, just 5 minutes from Downtown Auckland and are your One Stop Premier destination for everything SsangYong in Auckland.

We are the longest running and most experienced Ssangyong dealer in Auckland. We have seen more Ssangyong's through our doors than anybody! We are not only extremely experienced and knowledgeable on the entire Ssangyong range but are passionate and genuinely believe we have one of the best products available on the market today.

We stock the complete SsangYong range including the SsangYong Rexton, SsangYong Korando, SsangYong Actyon Sport / Actyon Workmate and the SsangYong Stavic. We also have a hand-picked selection of SsangYong Approved Used and Ex - Demo Vehicles available.

The Auckland SsangYong Vehicle Range represents Exceptional Quality and Value and is supported by a Factory Backed 3 Year / 100,000km Warranty, and an extensive dealer network located throughout New Zealand. We have you covered for parts and service support no matter where your Ssangyong takes you!





The Auckland SsangYong Team

The Johnston family have been involved in the automotive industry for over 45 years starting out in Hamilton and making the move to Auckland in the early 80’s. The GVI and Johnston names are synonymous with quality and integrity and as a family owned and operated business we trade on our name and our personal guarantee of quality goes with very vehicle we sell.

A panel beater by trade MD Peter "PJ" Johnston has grown the company from its modest small town beginnings to one of the largest importers of Quality Japanese Vehicles in the country. For the last 15 years eldest son Hayden has been cutting his teeth in various areas of the industry both locally and in Japan and has now taken the reigns from the old man and heads the team going forward. This has left PJ free to concentrate on his other passion of promoting New Zealand Motorsport and Drivers to the world. As Chairman of Rally New Zealand and sitting on the Board of Motorsport NZ , PJ has helped both Scott Dixon and Brendon Hartley to the top of their international franchises.

Originally a "Dealer Only Wholesale" operation GVI has transitioning to a "Wholesale to the Public" platform and typically find new homes for over 120 used vehicles a month.

As direct importers we cut out the middle man and are able to offer our quality vehicles to you at the right price. All GVI vehicles are hand picked by our own team of experienced buyers in Japan, and all our vehicles have AA Guaranteed Odometers. We are proudly an AA Certified Used Vehicle dealer and a Platinum Member of the IMVIA (Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association)

In recent years we have added two emerging new car brands to the mix, The LDV (Leyland Daf Van) Commercial Van Range and the fastest growing new car brand in the county the Korean Ssangyong Range of Utes and SUV’s. Both these brands represent unparalleled value for money with strong after sales support and a product that is build for New Zealands and New Zealand conditions. We are able to put together fleet packages for companies big or small with tailored finance and lease options to suit all purchasers. We have demonstrators available in all models and if you can’t get to us we are happy to visit you at work or at home.

Our pledge is to offer you the customer a Professional Sales Team with great Finance & Lease arrangements available, coupled with a Complete Parts & SsangYong Service Facility.

Our goal is to retain you as part of the Auckland SsangYong family and as a valued Customer for Life.

SsangYong...100% Built for Kiwi Lifestyles

SsangYong Motor History

In January of 1954 the Ha Dong-hwan Motor Workshop was established, the beginnings of the company we know as SsangYong today. By 1967 the company became Korea's largest exporter of buses to Vietnam. By 1974 it had co-established Shinjin Jeep Motor Co, Ltd and October of that year it began developing hard and soft-top jeeps.

In the years that followed, the company name changed to Donga Motor Co, Ltd, and the Pyungtaek plant was constructed. 4, 5 and 6 passenger jeeps were created, along with taxi and snow-plough jeeps, and dump trailers. In 1988 the company changed its name to SsangYong Motor Co, Ltd and by 1990 the SsangYong Korando recreational sport jeep won first place in the Kypros rally.

In the early 1990's, Mercedes-Benz AG made a capital investment in SsangYong Motors to establish a strategic alliance and create cooperation in technologies, management and distribution. Through this alliance, SsangYong Motors gained technological competence to develop vehicles employing advanced technologies and launch them in global markets.

In 1993 SsangYong embarked on producing the Musso, a 4x4 SUV. In 1997 the Chairman was launched as a luxury sedan, making its way to New Zealand shores in May 2005. The release of the new Musso SUV coincided with the company merge with Daewoo in 1998, and the 7 seat version of the Musso was soon to follow. In April 2000 SsangYong became independent of the Daewoo Group and by 2001 the SsangYong Rexton 4x4 All wheel drive was produced, utilising Mercedes Benz engine technology. The Rexton is still current today. 2002 saw the introduction of the Musso Sports utility vehicle, launched in New Zealand in early 2004.



SsangYong New Zealand

The SsangYong Actyon Sport utility was introduced to New Zealand in late 2006 and was soon awarded the AA Ute of the Year, then in 2008 was optioned with a six speed DSI transmission. Also in 2006 the SsangYong Rexton II was introduced and came with the 400NM upgraded engine in the SPR. Its distinctive styling has been a hit with New Zealand customers, and its awesome towing ability (3200kg) and seven seat capacity makes it a favourite with Kiwi families.

2009 saw the global financial crisis take its toll on SsangYong as it was placed into government ownership, and left to trade its way out of trouble, while a suitable buyer could be found. 2010, today we have the great news that export sales are up a whopping 760% on last year, and the Korean government has approved from 3 very strong bids, a major ownership purchase by Mahindra Corporation.

This is great news for the future of the brand as Mahindra want to leave the company separate from any of its own manufacturing companies, and maintain Korean management. Now we look forward to the launch of the new Korando, and many more NZ motorists joining the SsangYong family.