Hyundai has decided to revive the Pony Coupé concept car of the past that has influenced the design of many of his models. In 1974 the manufacturer was not yet that reality; that we know today. In that period, the brand contacted; Giorgetto Giugiaro to build 5 prototypes, one of which was a coupé. The automaker then decided to show the Pony and Pony Coupé concepts at the Turin Motor Show to promote its debut on the global market. In particular, the Pony Coupé it was intended for the North American and European markets, but the project stopped in 1981 shortly before mass production.
While the concept did not ultimately translate into a production model, its styling influenced the design of the model. several of the Hyundai models that arrived in the following years, including, the brand explains, even the most; recent IONIQ 5 and N Vision 74. Curiosity, the work done on the concept influenced; Giugiaro in the design of the DeLorean DMC 12 which made its debut in 1983 and which we all know for having been used in the “Back to the Future” saga.
THE RETURN OF THE CONCEPT
The concept of the Pony Coupé it is was, therefore, very important for the history of the Korean brand. For this reason, the car manufacturer has decided to collaborate with the Italian design studio GFG Style, in particular with its founders, Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro, to revive the Pony Coupé Concept from 1974.
The announcement is was given during the Design Talk in Seoul in which Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro were present together with Luc Donckerwolke, Chief Creative Officer of Hyundai, and SangYup Lee, head of the Global Design Center of Hyundai. We will need to wait a few more months to see the fruit of this new collaboration because; the concept car will be; unveiled next spring. Giorgetto Giugiaro commented on this project:
I designed the Hyundai Pony when I was still a young designer at the beginning of my career. I felt very proud to have been commissioned to create a vehicle for a company and a country that was about to face an extremely competitive global market. Now, I am deeply honored that Hyundai asked me to rebuild it as a celebration of the brand's heritage.
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