Hyundai will group up with legendary Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro to recreate the unique Hyundai Pony Coupe Idea of 1974, an iconic present automobile designed by Giugiaro that laid the groundwork for the arrival of the Pony sedan a 12 months later.
The idea was amongst 5 designs Giugiaro got here up with for Hyundai within the early Nineteen Seventies as a part of a authorities problem to develop South Korea’s first automobile in time for launch by 1975 (beforehand Korean automakers have been constructing vehicles for overseas automakers). The problem would ultimately be met by the Pony sedan.
A manufacturing model of the Pony Coupe Idea was because of observe however the mission got here to a cease in 1981 because of an financial downturn. The automobile’s wedge-shape would stay on in one other Giugiaro design: the DeLorean DMC 12 that debuted in 1983.
Regardless of its significance, the Pony Coupe Idea now not exists. Hyundai hasn’t mentioned what really occurred to it, however now the automaker needs to construct a brand new one as we strategy the fiftieth anniversary of the idea’s unveiling on the 1974 Turin auto present.
Hyundai Pony Coupe Idea
Hyundai made the announcement final week in Seoul at a gathering of designers, which included Giugiaro and his son Fabrizio. The 2 Giugiaros in the present day run the design agency GFG Type, which they began after promoting their remaining shares of their earlier design agency, Italdesign Giugiaro, to Volkswagen Group in 2015.
The collaboration between Hyundai and GFG Type might prolong past the recreation of the Pony Coupe Idea, in accordance with Luc Donckerwolke, Hyundai Motor Group’s chief artistic officer.
“Not solely does this mission maintain historic worth, however it additionally represents a cross-cultural change that might pave the best way for extra collaborations down the street,” he mentioned in an announcement.
The recreated Pony Coupe Idea will probably be unveiled subsequent spring.