Congratulations to Dennis Bartlett who won 4WDNewz's first Knowledge Nerd contest, for which the prize is, well, the satisfaction of having won! The Rocsta was a civilian derivative of a Korean army light 4WD and achieved reasonable export sales in the 1990s. A few came to New Zealand and the one featured here was on a rather elaborate and sometimes elevated off-road course at a car show at Auckland's Greenlane showgrounds, back in 1996 (see the photo below left).
One year later, the Rocsta was discontinued, so it's probably a good job that thousands of kiwis didn't queue to buy it. Available in both petrol and diesel, using Mazda engines, one of the New Zealand Rocstas was modified as a trials machine. Does anyone know what happened to it, or any of the others?