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Corsica Motor Company - Sisten S1500 and S3500 High Duty


I don’t think the C900 is too boxy. Shape is similar to the '92 Caddy Seville. Those years (early '90s) were the transition from boxy cars to jelly-bean shape.


1992 would be a hugely successful year for the now 10+ year old Corsica. Earlier in the year, the C900 sedan went into production and became a decent sales success for them. However, the next model from 1992 would become the best-selling car for Corsica starting from 1995 and staying at that position for nearly every year to follow.

Development of a new, light-truck platform started development in 1985 and would be finished by the 1992 announcement.

Corsica Yosemite I

from 1992-2000
Extended production from 2001-2012

Introduced in 1992 for the following model year, the 1st generation Yosemite was a big leap for Corsica. With it being an SUV, the supposed “sporty” image of the brand was on the edge of fading out - despite that, it was still a momentous sales success for them. Being one of the first modern American SUV’s to go on sale, it gained an advantage in front of a lot of the competitors who had yet to put out a big Utility Vehicle such as this one.

The Yosemite I, along its stablemates from Sisten and Taluvec, rode on the DE65 platform. Improvements included better off-road readiness and a more compact design. This platform, a successor to the older DA65, was once again a success for the Sisten Motoring Corporation. Among the three versions, the Sisten became the leading seller with the Corsica following closely behind in 2nd and the more niche and upmarket Taluvec model following in 3rd. These three models helped Sisten get out of some of the financial worries it had gathered up during the 70’s and 80’s, but this wouldn’t last for long.

The three models were manufactured at the Sisten plant in East Detroit, alongside the second generation Cheetah and the Sisten Sunburst. Production lasted there until 2000 when the next generation models were introduced. However, the production equipment was carried into a plant in Mexico where the original Yosemite continued production until 2012 under the name “Corsica Yosemite Classic”.

A total of 1,596,388 first generation Yosemite’s were produced in the US, not counting the later Classic versions.

For the duration of its lifetime, 4 trims were available from launch with a 5th one added in 1995. Two engines were offered and just one transmission option covered every engine.

The base model was the El Capitan, offered with just the CET7 2.8 liter V6. Making 170 horsepower, the 0-60 time was 10.5 seconds. Standard equipment included a PHELPS cassette deck and ABS, Traction Control became an option for the '94 model year.

One step up was the Mojave trim. Essentially the El Capitan trim with a 4.5 V8, most of the equipment stayed the same. A two-tone paintjob also now became standard and the suspension was stiffened up slightly.

The Mojave Deluxe trim came standard with traction control alongside some other standard features. Essentially being the mid-line version, the Mojave Deluxe was consistently the best selling version of the Yosemite.

The highest end version was the High Pass. Still using the same V8 engine and 4-speed automatic gearbox, equipment additions included a better and more expensive PHELPS cassette deck with 7 speakers. The wheels were now alloys and not steelies. Additionally, the brake sizes were also increased to keep up with the weight.

In 1995, the R A D (terms may apply) Yosemite Surf was introduced. A base Mojave was colored in beautiful 90’s teal blue and livery was added to the rear and sides. A roofbox was added and that’s about it, really. The Surf was in production from 1995 to 1999.

When the production of the DE65 platform ended in 2000, the tooling was sent from Detroit to the Sisten factory in Ramos Arizpe. Some design elements were changed before the model went into production, such as a new front grille and the addition of an outboard spare wheel with an integrated license plate. In 2001, the factory started making and selling these Yosemites under the Yosemite Classic name in parts of South America.

The engine was modified slightly to meet emissions regulations, this would be the last car to use the GV 4.5 liter V8. The Classic was made until 2012 when it was discontinued.


Corsica Yosemite DE65 ‘El Capitan’ V6 ‘Mojave/M. Deluxe/High Pass’ V8 Sth. American ‘Classic’ V8
Engine Type CET7 GV COR04 GV COR045
Horsepower 270 244 254
Torque 240 343 359
Drivetrain All-Wheel Drive
Top Speed 187km/h 211km/h 214km/h
0-100 km/h 10.5 seconds 7.9 seconds 8.1 seconds
80-120 km/h 7.9 seconds 5.8 seconds 5.9 seconds
Fuel Economy 19.7 MPG 11.4 MPG 11.6 MPG
Weight 1557kg 1640kg 1759kg
Price (Adjusted) $27,400 from $29,000 $22,350


Sisten and Taluvec have joined the Corsica thread yay

Following from 1973, the Sisten Corporation kept on downsizing their models. This included the Sisten Country Cruiser, the wagon equivelant of the GS full-size sedan. Starting production in 1979, the sixth generation Country Cruiser lasted until 1991 after it was replaced by the seventh generation model.


The sixth generation Country Cruiser is based on the T-platform, sharing it with the higher-end Taluvec Custom Callahan, Grand Callahan and the aforementioned Sisten GS. A total of 4,945,971 units of the T-platform were made.

As the Taluvec was the high-end model, a base Country Cruiser started at $6500 and went up to $8000 when fully optioned out.

Due to the domestic wagon business starting to fade out, the designers made sure not to take risks while designing the '79 model. One part where the designers took influence from the imports was the placement of the front badge, which was set to the right of the grille. A long standing Country Cruiser tradition, an integrated exterior indicator display was removed. The wood on the sides of the car was a standard feature and as such, could not be de-optioned - however, some workshops did offer to remove it later.

From 1979, two V8 engines were available: the 5.0 liter TRE and the 5.8 liter Quadra. Both make a combined horsepower rating of 251. The 5.0 engine features a 0-62 time of 10.5 seconds and achieves 9 mpg while the 5.8 achieves 0-62 in 9.4 seconds and also gets 9 mpg.

In 1983, a 4.0 liter Inline-6 was added to the lineup. With 92 horsepower, it gets to 62mph in 16.5 seconds. This option was discontinued for 1990, before the final model year.

Every model took advantage of a 4-speed automatic.

The sixth gen. Country Cruiser signaled the downfall of the domestic wagon. Sales were down from previous models and the following seventh generation model was made from just 1991 to 1994 after it was discontinued due to low sales. Today however, these models are gaining value quickly since they’re getting rarer by the day. Also hipsters.


Sisten and Hokuto Have Teamed Up on a Global Electric Car Platform

August 16, 2019 - by Javis Babys

Hokuto and Sisten both announced yesterday a new electric car platform, called the SHEP. The platform has been developed by the two companies with more than $5 billion invested into the project from both sides. SHEP will be the basis of all upcoming electric cars from Sisten and Hokuto, spoke a representative from Sisten, with plans to manufacture 400,000 vehicles using the SHEP platform over five years.

The first known model to use this platform will be a crossover SUV from Corsica, most likely to be announced at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany. Announcing the new model in Europe will be an important step for the brand as sales have been slow after their return to the European market. The highest priority market for the new SUV however will most likely be China, where sales of Corsica and Taluvec models have been booming as of recently.

Seeing the slow progress on EV’s from Sisten, this partnership is a huge step for them.


At the New York International Auto Show in 2013, Sisten announced the 10th generation of the S-Series with the all-new S1500 and S3500 High Duty pickup trucks.

10th Gen. Sisten S1500 and S3500 High Duty,

from 2013 - present

The S1500 line starts with the 2-door SXC model. Equipped with a 3.8 Powerjet V6 and a 6-speed Automatic transmission, the SXC starts at $29,000. Standard equipment includes a 4,2" screen reserved for the radio and Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and front foglights.

The SXE model is a direct upgrade to the SXC adding chrome bumpers, a 6" screen with EDGE infotainment system and the 4x4 powertrain. The SXE starts at $31,560 and has the same engine/gearbox as the SXC with the V6 producing 321 horsepower and 387 Nm of torque.

The 2013 S1500 runs on the updated ST TF3 platform, which is shared with the 8th generation Sisten Tenaya full-size SUV launched the year before.

The LXE is the lowest-level 4 door model. The drivetrain is the same as the SXE, standard equipment features bigger, 18" wheels, a rear-window defroster and the Power Slide© rear window. Leather seats become an option here as well as alloy wheels, a 5.0 V8 is also optional. The LXC starts at $37,915.

One step above the LXC is the LXS from $45,000. Safety features such as Active Trailer Park Assist and a 360-degree camera come standard, alongside a bigger center screen and leather seats. The 5.0 Turbulence V8 is now standard, with it making 406 horsepower and 491 Nm of torque.

The double wishbone front- and leaf rear suspension has been carried over from the previous S1500 with minor updates for improved stability and carrying ability, this means the 2013 model can carry over 2200lbs of cargo.

Ranch Master is the range-topper of the S1500, starting at $62,050. The 5.0 V8 is equipped as standard alongside a sturdier 6-speed automatic gearbox. Alloy wheels, a heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control and the active park assist are now also standard. The exterior body cladding is body coloured and the window trim is painted chrome.

Along with the S1500, the new S3500 High Duty also went on sale in 2013. The S3500 features less-aggressive styling than its smaller brother, focusing more on utility and workmanship.

The line starts with the LXC. Starting at $38,000, it’s equipped with a 2x4 drivetrain and like all S3500 models, a 6.1 Supertorque V8. Cloth seats might be included within the price.

The second trim level is LXE, with a price of $39,980. 4x4 is standard from the LXE onwards. This trim includes a 7" infotainment screen with EDGE, a chrome front-end and LED lamps in the rear bed.

The LXS is the mid-level range, starting from $46,155. Cruise control and a two-tone paint scheme are standard. The two-tone applies to the lower body cladding, which can be 5 different colors. A leather interior can be optioned.

The 2013 S3500 rides on the same platform as the previous High Duty, due to cost savings. This also means the suspension setup has been maintained from the older model. The 2013 model can carry up to 4000 pounds.

The high-end Ranch Master of the S3500 starts at $62,100 and includes features such as a leather and wood interior, heated steering wheel, beige or body-colored cladding and adaptive cruise control with emergency braking. Alloy wheels are standard, steel wheels can be optioned.

The Ranch Master is the most popular trim of the S3500, making up nearly half of all sales. Overall sales of the longrunning S-series trucks have been strong as ever, with 2016 being the best year for the S1500 of all time; it also continues to be the best-selling vehicle in the Sisten lineup.