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Founded in the east corner of Detroit in 1905, the Sisten Motoring Company has risen to being one of the biggest car manufacturers in the United States. Encompassing a large lineup of cars across three brands - Sisten, Taluvec and Corsica - the SMC have made a true mark on the American people. Despite the recalls, quality issues and lawsuits.

Sisten is the volume seller division, selling cars in most markets worldwide. Sisten produces and sells a wide range of vehicles, from the subcompact Astro to the Torecca sports car and S3500 heavy-duty commercial trucks. In 2019, the brand sold over 4,200,000 vehicles worldwide making it one of the most popular in the world.

Taluvec is the luxury vehicle division, selling over 400,000 cars throughout 2019. Founded in 1917, Taluvec was bought out by SMC the same year and has become synonymous with American opulence and luxury. Just like that other company that’s actually synonymous with those things.

Corsica is the division of performance vehicles. Founded in 1980 to attract newer customers, the brand overtook Taluvec in terms of sales in 1993 within the US and has remained as the alternative brand to Sisten since. Selling over 200,000 cars in 2019, the brand returned to Europe the same year after leaving the market in 2007.

Bill J. Tennant initially entered the automobile industry in 1903 by investing into the Huyler Motor and Engineering Company. Huyler was founded by Thomas Huyler, a businessman from Detroit whom Tennant was an acquaintance with. Facing financial worries and after producing just two prototypes, the company declared bankruptcy. Through the investment however, Tennant had developed an interest in developing cars on his own. He hired Humphrey Saget as the lead engineer of his first prototype, with Tennant himself designing the car. Huyler was brought on as an investor, advisor and occasional engineer. On February 2, 1905, the Sisten Motoring Company was incorporated. While owning 51% of the company, Tennant had managed to find an additional 5 investors, bringing the total sum up to 6 investors owning 1000 shares.

The Sisten One went into production in 1905 in limited numbers. Cars were being produced in an old factory near East Detroit that Huyler had acquired from the previous owner. After a light restoration to the building, the company started producing the Sisten Two in 1907. Both models were entry-level cars, something which Huyler was not a fan of. He gained permission from Tennant to start development of a powerful full-size luxury car in 1908 and assembled a team of just three people. The project went over budget - due to high research costs involving buying cars from competitors and reverse-engineering them - and over the allocated time period given to them for developing the model. Huyler was forced to put the project, nicknamed “Freebird” on hold until Sisten gained more money to fund new car developments.

The 1910 Sisten Five became popular as an entry-level cheap car across Michigan which allowed Sisten to expand beyond the single state. Dealerships soon opened in Ohio, New York and Wisconsin. Sisten Fives variants, the Six and Seven, featured larger engines and more features. Such as a windshield. Sisten started mass production in 1914 with the latter two models in new factories that were built in Montana and California. A mass marketing campaign was started throughout 1915 featuring the tagline “Try everything, drive Sisten”.

At a stockholder meeting on September 27, Huyler was forced out of his position as vice-president by the investors. It was argued that Huyler was “…blocking the future of the Sisten Motor Company due to contrasting views…”. He had maintained the idea throughout the years that Sisten would be more profitable as a producer of higher end vehicles. Huyler sold his shares and, with his previous knowledge gained from the “Freebird” project and newly gained wealth, went on to create The American Luxury Vehicle Company. Renamed to simply Taluvec Motor Company six months later, the Taluvec V8 went on sale in 1917 becoming a surprise hit for the new company. The car was well known for its build quality, powerful engine and relatively low price. Having seen the success of Taluvecs first model and fearing the growth of the brand, Bill J. Tennant of Sisten offered a buyout of the company. Offering $5000 for the deal, Huyler declined. The upgraded Taluvec V12 started production a year later - sadly however, during a test run of the new model on open roads, Thomas Huyler was involved in a collision with another car. He arrived at a hospital in critical condition while the vice-president, Franklin John Adams took care of his duties. Adams had always been known as someone who was easily impressed and easy to alter the opinions of, Tennant decided to take advantage of this. Knowing that the value of Taluvec would only rise, he again offered a buyout of Taluvec, this time for $5200. With Huyler in a coma, Adams agreed to the deal. On December 13, 1917, Sisten Motoring Company fully acquired the Taluvec Motor Company which was simply renamed to Taluvec, as a division of SMC.

Through the '20s, Sisten held a steady market share within the United States. In 1932, the Great Depression forced the company to lay off over 3000 employees which to some investors wasn’t enough. Tennant wished to keep as many jobs as possible without causing the company to go bankrupt. Investors sensed a bad outcome from this decision and intimidated Tennant by threatening to sell their shares. Eventually, Tennant gave in and closed the plant in Louisinia, in process laying off another 1000 employees. Taluvec suffered intensely during the '30s, nearly being discontinued in 1933. On January 5th 1942, all production of automobiles from Sisten ceased. During World War II, the factories were converted to producing military vehicles, ammunition and fabricating metal.

During the war, Bill J. Tennant was diagnosed with basal-cell cancer - skin cancer. In fear of causing unrest within the company, he appointed Walter Clay as the new president of the Sisten Motoring Company while maintaining his position in the board of directors. After the war in 1945, Clay immediately resumed production of the former car lineup and despite a shortage of materials at first, business thrived in the passing years and by the '50s, Sisten had established themselves as one of the biggest automakers in the United States. In 1955, the Torecca sports car was officially introduced. Designed after rocket ships, it was the brainchild of Clay who saw an opportunity to slide in to the sports car market with innovative styling that would stand out among the crowds. The Torecca became a hit and paved the way for other vehicles in markets which Sisten had never touched before.

The Kadett Motor Company was founded by Choe Dae-sung and the Sisten Motoring Company in 1965 and in 1970, after a visit to mainland Europe by Walter Clay, Sisten of Europe was born. Headquartered in Germany, the subsidiary was created to develop cars for the European market as the American Sisten lineup did not come close to fitting European tastes. The first vehicle fully developed by the European team was the Convey van in 1972. Not long after this however, Bill J. Tennant passed away at age 96.

By the early 70s, imported cars were becoming more and more popular in the US by the day. To combat this, Sisten had launched the Lyra subcompact in 1969 and started offering smaller engines in the GS full-size sedan. The latter tactic did not work and the 1971 GS 4-12 is known as one of the worst vehicles produced by the company - known for its slow performance, poor fuel economy and weak build quality. In 1973, the oil crisis hit the US. Despite the Lyra, Sistens and especially Taluvecs lineups consisted of full-size cars with fuel efficiency figures that paled when compared to imports. Cars like the GS, Tenaya and Gran Callahan quickly fell out of favor with the public. The Lyra was replaced by the Trebla in 1974, essentially an updated Lyra with a new body.

After a 30 year run as the president of the company, William Clay was succeeded by Jack Tennant, the grandson of Bill. J Tennant, and was given the hard task of restructuring the company. Selling their stakes in Kadett by 1978 and following other domestic manufacturers, Sisten started downsizing their lineup and despite the 1979 energy crisis, plans were being drawn up of a new brand within the hierarchy. By this time, Sisten and Taluvec were seen as uncool brands due to a combination of aged styling, lack of innovation and an aged customer base. To combat the association, the new brand would be targeted to younger people with a range of sporty and fuel efficient cars. With the economy in turmoil and Sisten struggling financially, the now named Corsica would have to be a hit to make up for the development and marketing costs which, in it’s first three years, it did. Officially introduced to the marketplace in 1981, Corsica slotted above Sisten but below Taluvec in the hierarchy, despite the base level Corsica Solar sedan being cheaper than the platform sharing Sisten Sunburst.

Through the '80s and '90s, Sisten cut production costs and introduced new cars in new markets, such as the Starcruiser minivan in 1983, Trecker sport-utility vehicle in 1986 and Coroner mid-size pickup in 1994. This marked an uphill turn for the company and in 1994, Jack Tennant was replaced as CEO by his son, Michael Tennant. In 1996, SMC acquired 33% of the Kadett Motor Company - the same company they helped create in 1965. Plans for a merger were talked about in the late '90s, plans which were later abandoned.

Light truck sales started dropping sharply after 2005 when oil prices began to rise and reached a peak during the 2007 financial crisis and automotive industry crisis from 2008 to 2010. Under the management of the recently promoted new CEO John Hart, SMC avoided near-bankruptcy by mortgaging certain assets, cutting ties with some dealerships, receiving a large line of credit, again selling their stakes in Kadett and discontinuing unpopular models such as the Corsica Cascade and Sisten Tenaya EX. The company went on a slow route of recovery, reaching the highs of pre-2007 sales in 2015. In 2019, an announcement was made that Sisten had started a partnership with Hokuto Heavy Industries regarding the co-development and production of electric vehicles. The first models to come from the partnership, the Corsica Summit and Hokuto Satori, were both unveiled the same year.



Sunburst|Compact Sedan
Avansar|Compact Car
Astem|Mid-Size Car
GS|Full-Size Sedan
Torecca|Sports Car
Kayena S|Compact SUV
Kayena|Compact SUV
Trecker|Mid-Size SUV
Tenaya|Full-Size SUV
Coroner|Mid-Size Pickup
S1500|Full-Size Pickup
S3500|Full-Size Pickup
Cargovan|Compact Van


ACS|Compact Luxury
DCS|Mid-Size Luxury
GCS|Full-Size Luxury
Avigate|Compact SUV
Aileron|Mid-Size SUV
Courser|Full-Size SUV


Treviso|Compact Sedan
Vienna|Mid-Size Sedan
Cheetah|Muscle Car
Wildcat|Sports Car
Volant|Sports Car
Cinto|Subcompact SUV
Summit|Mid-Size SUV EV
Yosemite|Mid-Size SUV










1986 SOLAR


1990 ZETA


1984 LAZER




1992 C900

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Very good start :ok_hand: I’d only give Vienna and Yosemite some more powerful engines, even if only as an option.


Thanks a lot! I think i’ll give them some more engine options for the next model year.



Corsica Tekna


Every once in a while, the world receives an unappreciated star. A star that is ignored while it’s still alive. A star that tries to get noticed for all the good things it has. The Corsica Tekna was one of those stars. An ignored star that died, because no one believed that the Americans could build a fun and an affordable wagon. The financial crisis didn’t help much either.

Powering the Tekna was either a 3.0l V6 in the Standard trim or a 3.7l Dualstar V6 in the Exclusive trim. Both engines came standard with a 5-speed manual, an automatic transmission was made available for the Exclusive trim in 2008.
Did I mention that this thing was RWD?
Compared to most competitors, the 3.0l got pretty good fuel economy, coming in at 27mpg. The base price was around $24900, with the 3.7 starting at $26000.

2009 brought along a facelifted Tekna. They changed the nose and ESC became standard on all models. This, however, did not help sales. In 2011, Corsica sold just 9000 of these, and unsold stock from 2012 was still being sold by some dealers for the 2014 model year.


3.0 V6
Horsepower: 211
Top Speed: 233km/h
0-62mph: 6.7 seconds
Weight: 1578kg
Price: $24900 (adjusted for inflation)

3.7 V6
Horsepower: 273
Top Speed: 250 (electronically limited)
0-62mph: 6.3 seconds
Weight: 1602kg
Price: $26000 (adjusted for inflation)

And so, the Tekna was killed off in 2012, being replaced with the Centra sedan in 2014. A planned CR version never made it into production, despite nearly being finished.



Corsica Solar (Gen. 2)


In 1986, Corsica realised that they needed a sporty sedan to rival the incoming imports from Germany. So, without any thought or care, they quickly crapped out the 1st gen Solar sedan. It was slow, ugly and not very fuel efficient. But because this was 1980’s America, the critics didn’t really care and neither did the people, who kept buying them.
By 1992, the Solar was more outdated than ever, and Corsica started developing a new version. The original plan was to make a RWD sedan that could get from 0 to 60 in under 6.5 seconds.
None of those things happened. In 1996, the second generation Corsica Solar launched, being an under-performing FWD sedan. The following year, a wagon version was released.

Under the bonnet was a 2.4 V6, the turbo from the outgoing model was not brought back. A 5-speed manual was standard, with an automatic transmission available to choose. Standard equipment included a cassette player, ABS and dual airbags.
In 1999, Corsica released the CR version. It used the 3.5 Turalen V6 engine, which made just 264hp. This version was surprisingly a moderate sales success, but it was dropped by 2003.


2.4 V6
Horsepower: 147
Top Speed: 202km/h
0-62mph: 8.1 seconds
Transmission: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic.
Price: $25000-$26900 (adjusted for inflation)

3.5 V6
Horsepower: 264
Top Speed: 239km/h
0-62mph: 6.4 seconds
Price: $28500 (adjusted for inflation)

The Solar was discontinued in 2005, with the wagon being replaced by the Tekna. Below is a print ad from 1996.


Those exhausts tho ^^



Corsica Cheetah (Gen. 5)


In 2012, 7 years after the fourth generation Cheetah was launched, Corsica unveiled the fifth generation model. The unveiling however divided the Cheetah enthusiasts. While one side liked the engines and the pricing, the other side disliked the styling, the new 2-seater layout among other things.

Powering this Cheetah is either a 3.0l V6 making 285hp or a 5.0l V10 borrowed from DMK, making 456hp. Both versions came standard with a 7-speed Dual Clutch automatic. This was the first Cheetah not offered with a manual. The lack of a V8 was also criticized at launch.

In 2015, the VFR version was announced. It brought back the classic V8, but a manual was still not offered. Despite looking more agressive and being priced slightly higher, the VFR actually performed slightly worse than the V10. Other changes include a new, bigger spoiler; blacked out trim and bigger magnesium wheels. The VFR is said to be discontinued by the end of 2018.


3.0 V6
Horsepower: 285
Top speed: 252 km/h
0-62mph: 5.5 seconds
Transmission: 7-speed Dual Clutch automatic
Price: $25500

5.0 V10
Horsepower: 456
Top speed: 291 km/h
0-62mph: 4.5 seconds
Transmission: 7-speed Dual Clutch automatic
Price: $29600

5.7 V8
Horsepower: 352
Top speed: 250 km/h (electronically limited)
0-62mph: 4.7 seconds
Transmission: 7-speed Dual Clutch automatic
Price: $30000

The sixth generation Cheetah is said to launch in 2019, with a concept version preceding the production model.


I get why they disliked the gearbox and the seat configuration… taking a 4 seater and turning it into a 2 seater is a bold move


Apparently, the next generation will return to the 4-seater layout.



Corsica Wildcat

Corsica Wildcat - 2.5 LE.car (36.9 KB)


In the 1990’s, small Japanese roadsters were starting to take over America. Due to their low price and high fun factor, people were starting to shy away from the big gas guzzling muscle cars of the domestic manufacturers. So, in 1995, Corsica started work on their own roadster. The end result was the Wildcat, with a name inspired by the bigger Cheetah.

At first, the only engine option for the Wildcat was a 2.4l turbocharged Inline-4, generating just 150hp. This engine was criticized for being slow and underpowered. Corsica, being aware of the criticism, replaced the 2.4 with a 2.5l NA V6 for the following model year. Horsepower was increased to 207, with the top speed increasing by 30km/h. Both versions were available only with a 5-speed manual.

The Wildcat was produced up until 2010, when it was discontinued without a successor in sight. No special editions or versions were made, but a CR version was considered at one point.


2.4 Turbo I4
Horsepower: 150
Top speed: 207 km/h
0-62mph: 7.9 seconds
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Price: $23500 (adjusted for inflation)

2.5 V6
Horsepower: 207
Top speed: 237 km/h
0-62mph: 7 seconds
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Price: $23300 (adjusted for inflation)

Rumours have surfaced that a second generation Wildcat will be unveiled in 2019, but these rumours have not been confirmed by Corsica. Below is a print ad from 2000.


Wait… So is it a V6 or an I6? Because the text says the former, the ad shows the latter.


Sorry for the confusion, the engine is actually an I4. Don’t know why I thought it was a V6.



Corsica Cheetah (Gen. 4)


By 2005, the nine year old third generation Cheetah was rapidly losing sales, thanks to its round, Japanese inspired 90’s design and much newer designs from competitors. So, in '05, Corsica pulled the sheets off of the all-new fourth generation Cheetah. At launch, it was immediately praised for its muscular and retro look.

As always, two main engine options were available. A 4.0l V8 (once again borrowed from DMK) and a 4.5l V8. Both engines pulled the Cheetah from 0 to 60 in under 5.5 seconds. For the 4.0, the default gearbox was a 6-speed manual, while a Sequential 6-speed was standard on the 4.5 and later became an option for the 4.0.

2009 saw the launch of the CR version. This version used a 5.4l V8 and the same gearbox as the 4.5. The CR had a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds, thanks to its 460hp. The next year, the CR Ultra was released. Though it used the same engine as the standard CR, it was now equipped with AWD and a 6-speed Dual Clutch automatic. The electronically limited speed was increased from 250km/h to 280km/h as well.


4.0 V6
Horsepower: 336
Top speed: 250 km/h (electronically limited)
0-62mph: 5.5 seconds
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Price: $35500 (adjusted for inflation)

4.5 V8
Horsepower: 375
Top speed: 250 km/h (electronically limited)
0-62mph: 5.1 seconds
Transmission: 6-speed Sequential
Price: $39600

5.4 V8 (CR)
Horsepower: 460
Top speed: 250 km/h (electronically limited)
0-62mph: 4.5 seconds
Transmission: 6-speed Sequential
Price: $41000

5.4 V8 (CR Ultra)
Horsepower: 460
Top speed: 280 km/h (electronically limited)
0-62mph: 4.2 seconds
Transmission: 6-speed Dual Clutch
Price: $43900

The acclaimed fourth generation Cheetah was replaced in 2012 with the fifth generation model.



Corsica Yosemite (Gen. 1)


The 1990’s were the starting point of the SUV craze in America, and Sisten managed to step in early to that market with the 1993 Corsica Yosemite.

Two trim lines and two engines were available at launch. The El Capitan trim got a 2.8 DOHC V6, making 208hp and the Mojave trim got a 4.6 DOHC V8, making 276hp. Both engines were mated to a 4-speed automatic and all models had AWD as standard. Despite using the Corsica name, none of the models were exactly quick. The fastest model had a 0-60 time of 9.1 seconds.

In 1994, the Trailbrake trim was brought to the market. Using the same engine as the Mojave, it was specialized more for offroading. Increased ride height and a different differential were really the biggest changes.


2.8 V6
Horsepower: 208hp
Top speed: 205 km/h
0-62mph: 10.1 seconds
Transmission: 4-speed auto
Price: $36900 (adjusted for inflation)

4.5 V8
Horsepower: 276hp
Top speed: 228 km/h
0-62mph: 9.1 seconds
Transmission: 4-speed auto
Price: $38400 (adjusted for inflation)

All models were discontinued in 1997, with the next generation Yosemite coming out in 1998. The current Yosemite has been on the market since 2012. Below is a print ad from 1993.


Awesome company! it’s always welcome to see a realistic car companies instead of the usual over-saturated-boutique-super-car company you usually see in automation. Cool designs too.



Corsica Cheetah (Gen. 3)


In 1996, Corsica decided to go through with a risky plan. They got rid of the best-selling and tough looking second generation Cheetah and replaced it with the Japanese inspired third generation model. Thankfully, the move went over well, with the Cheetah getting record sales numbers just a few months after the launch.

For the first two years, one engine was offered: a 3.8l V6 making 278hp and achieving the electronically limited top speed in 6.2 seconds. A 5-speed manual was standard. In 1998, the 5.0 V8 came out. It made 407hp and had a 0-60 speed of 5.5 seconds. This time, a 6-speed manual was standard. For the V6, a 4-speed automatic joined the range in 1999.

For 1999, the CR version was launched. Under the bonnet was a 5.7 V8 and a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds. The CR wasn’t actually a huge improvement over the 5.0 Supersport, with it being reflected in the pricetag. The CR was discontinued in 2003.


3.8 V6
Horsepower: 278
Top speed: 250 km/h (electronically limited)
0-62mph: 6.2 seconds
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Price: $34000 (adjusted for inflation)

5.0 V8
Horsepower: 407
Top speed: 250 km/h (electronically limited)
0-62mph: 5.5 seconds
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Price: $37800 (adjusted for inflation)

5.7 V8 (CR)
Horsepower: 354
Top speed: 250 km/h (electronically limited)
0-62mph: 5.2 seconds
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Price: $38300

The V6 was discontinued in 2003 alongside the CR. The V8 made it into 2004, when it was replaced with the fourth generation Cheetah. Below is a print ad from 1996.


For the first two years, one engine was offered: a 3.8l V6 making 278hp and achieving the electronically limited top speed in 6.2 seconds.

3.8 V6
Horsepower: 278
Top speed: 250 km/h (electronically limited)
0-62mph: 6.2 seconds
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Price: $34000 (adjusted for inflation)

Sorry if i quoted you too much or something but that car is pretty fast in accelerating to top speed in 278hp class.Maybe you did a mistake?


I think we can assume it was a typo…

@corsicaUnknown how about catpower and paw-pounds of torque?



Corsica CSX


A surprise announcement was made by Corsica in 2016 at the Geneva Motor Show. They unveiled a mid-engined sports car with a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds and a pricetag of just $35000. That car was the 2016 CSX, a spiritual successor to the earlier Zeta mid-engined sports car.

The rear-wheel drive CSX is currently available with just one engine, a 4.1 liter V10. It’s mated to a 7-speed Dual Clutch gearbox and in total makes 445hp with a top speed of 303 km/h.

A planned AWD version spotted testing in the summer of 2018. Some people have claimed that the AWD model caught testing is actually the upcoming CR version. Corsica has not commented on these rumours.


4.1 V10
Horsepower: 445
Top speed: 303 km/h
0-62mph: 3.6 seconds
Transmission: 7-speed Dual Clutch
Price: $35100

Reception to the CSX has been mostly positive, with one of the criticisms being oversteer even at lower speeds.


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Corsica Cheetah (Gen. 2)


In 1988, Corsica launched the second generation Cheetah, a replacement for the model that started Corsica. Despite some concerns about the styling, the second Cheetah was met with praise over its engines and its muscular stance.

Unlike the first Cheetah, a V6 was never available for the second gen. model. For 1988, the lone engine option was a 3.5 V8. It made 216hp and was combined to a 5-speed manual. In 1989, a bigger 4.0 V8 was launched. Once again combined with a 5-speed, the 4.0 made nearly 300hp and had an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h, the first Cheetah to have such a thing.
This generation of the Cheetah is so far the only model not to have a CR version offered in its lifetime.

1991 saw the launch of the facelifted Cheetah. The 3.5 V8 was removed from the lineup, leaving the 4.0 to be the only engine available for '91. In 1992, however, a 5.0 Supersport model was added to the range. The V8 under the bonnet made 303hp, helping it get from 0-60 in 5.7 seconds. Once again, the only transmission option was a 5-speed manual.


3.5 V8
Horsepower: 217
Top speed: 240 km/h
0-62mph: 7 seconds
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Price: $34800 (adjusted for inflation)

4.0 V8
Horsepower: 297
Top speed: 250 km/h (electronically limited)
0-62mph: 6 seconds
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Price: $36600 (adjusted for inflation)

5.0 Supersport
Horsepower: 303
Top speed: 250 km/h (electronically limited)
0-62mph: 5.7 seconds
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Price: $36900 (adjusted for inflation)

Both the 4.0 and the 5.0 were discontinued in 1996, being replaced with the third generation Cheetah.