Hyundai has partnered with Giorgetto Giugario once more to recreate his 50-year outdated idea that helped set the route for the Korean model’s unique designs.
The corporate revealed the Recreated Pony Coupe Idea at scenic Lake Como in Italy, virtually 50 years after its unique debut on the 1974 Turin motor present. Hyundai partnered with GFG Type, a design agency run by Giorgetto and his son Fabrizio.
The wedge-shaped idea options crisp, origami-like styling with unadorned surfaces, whereas inside there’s a minimalist dashboard, bucket seats and a single-spoke steering wheel.
Reflecting on his work on the unique idea, Giorgetto stated: “Hyundai approached us to start out a whole redesign of a mannequin, with out a lot expertise. I used to be skeptical at first as a result of I didn’t know Hyundai Motor at the moment.”
“We have been all impressed by the eagerness and dedication of the Hyundai engineers. They have been sharp, curious, open and very desperate to be taught,” he added.
“They instantly embraced the working strategies that have been new to them. They sacrificed themselves to make impression – for firm and their companions.
“I’m proud and honored to witness how this firm has advanced since we first met.”
Not solely was the unique Pony Coupe Idea a prelude to the first-generation Pony, a precursor to the later Excel and the primary car developed by the model, it was used as inspiration for the Ioniq 5 and the current N Imaginative and prescient 74 idea.
It by no means reached showrooms itself, with antagonistic international financial situations within the late Seventies placing paid to deliberate manufacturing.
It will take till 1990 for Hyundai to introduce a coupe, with the front-wheel drive Excel-derived Scoupe.
The rear-wheel drive idea measures simply 4080mm lengthy, 1560mm broad and 1210mm tall on a 2340mm wheelbase, or 40mm longer than a Venue.
Beneath the bonnet is a 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine producing 60kW of energy.
The restored idea was revealed as a part of an inaugural occasion for Hyundai Reunion, “a heritage model platform that displays on Hyundai Motor’s previous and its future route”.
“Transferring ahead, by Hyundai Reunion and different heritage communication initiatives, we are going to proceed to leverage our previous as a singular vector for our future innovation,” stated Hyundai Motor Firm president and CEO Jaehoon Chang.
Hyundai has been more and more tapping its heritage of late, even because it rolls out electrical automobiles. Certainly, it has really merged the 2 efforts, revealing electrical restomod variations of its first-generation Pony and Grandeur.
“Regardless of the poor industrial setting within the Seventies, my grandfather and Hyundai’s founding chairman Ju-young Chung poured his coronary heart and soul into rebuilding Korea’s financial system and enhancing the lives of its individuals after the devastating Korean Warfare,” stated Hyundai Motor Group government chair Euisun Chung.
“I categorical my honest gratitude to everybody from each Italy and Korea who performed a crucial function within the success of Pony.”