SsangYong Ambulance 4×4


Korean car maker SSanyong announced launch of a new version of the Rodius and it’s an ambulance!

The SsangYong Rodius is extremely versatile and can transport seven people and their luggage, thanks to its capacious and flexible cabin layout.  Add the option of four wheel drive and a price that puts this full sized MPV in line with many compact family hatchbacks, and it makes a truly great value proposition. Every Rodius comes with seven seats and a list of equipment you would expect with a full sized people carrier.  Electric front and rear windows, fully automatic climate control and a Kenwood audio and Bluetooth system are standard across all variants including the entry level S model, as are vital safety aids including ABS, EBD and ESP.  Prices start at just £14,995. It is a genuinely good car.

But it has one fatal flaw. The  Rodius is extremely ugly! And that makes it ironic as an ambulance. People are already sick when they’re getting in it. They will get worse looking at it!

SsangYong ambu SsangYong Ambulance 4x4

What’s the story of the ambulance then?

David Marson of SES Ambulance Services provides paramedic support at equestrian and other potentially dangerous country sports events, where the need to reach injured competitors or visitors across difficult terrain can present a real challenge.

David needed a 4×4 that also had sufficient interior space to carry even the tallest patient lying down and in comfort, while also providing room for a paramedic to attend to the patient while being swiftly transported away from the scene.

Said Dean Wood, partner of Firs SsangYong:  “Having been unable to find what he needed from other vehicle manufacturers, David came to us with a very specific brief, and the SsangYong Rodius EX had all the answers:  4 wheel drive, a low loading area, cavernous interior with a high roof, and critically the length for carrying a patient.

“Working with David and our suppliers we also designed a strong, lightweight and secure storage system for all the equipment needed.  It is practical, versatile, well finished and all at a highly competitive price.  The installation is also easily demounted to convert the ambulance back to being a comfortable family MPV.”

Said David Marson:  “The Rodius is a first class solution to my requirements; I’ve been providing paramedic services to rural events for over nine years, and this is the first vehicle to meet all my needs, and at a fraction of the cost from other car manufacturers.”

Key features:

  • 4×4 with low range
  • 2.7 litre diesel engine
  • Smooth ride
  • Low loading access
  • Excellent head room & internal length
  • Leather upholstery for practicality
  • Swivelling rear seat to give easy access to treat the patient
  • Rear air conditioning for maximum comfort
  • Privacy glass
  • £23,000*
  • 5 years unlimited mileage warranty.

 

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