Back to the past
Hyundai has already caught the nostalgic jitters for a while. The brand can hardly let go of the Pony Coupé Concept, drawn by Giorgetto Giugiaro and presented in 1974. The Koreans are even going to remake the nearly 50-year-old study model.
In 1974, Hyundai presented the Pony Coupé Concept, a study model with which Hyundai gave the first sign that it would also develop its own cars. Hyundai produced Ford Cortinas under license from the late 1960s, but they did not yet have their own models. The Pony Coupé Concept was presented to the world at the same time as the Hyundai Pony, the first truly own car of the Koreans. The design of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 – and that of the 2019 Concept 45 of which it was the production version – is partly inspired by that of the Pony Coupé Concept, but that was certainly not the last homage to the study model signed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. Hyundai, for example, introduced the N Vision 74 in the middle of this year, a coupé with a fuel cell on board, influenced by the Pony Coupé Concept. The great love for the 48-year-old angular study model now translates into something else special. Hyundai is going to rebuild the Pony Coupé Concept!
To start with the bad news: you will not find a modern interpretation of the Pony Coupé Concept in the showrooms, because it will not go into series production. Hyundai hooks up Giorgetto Giugiaro and his design studio GFG Style for a one-off remake of the Pony Coupé Concept. But, why would Hyundai make the same study model again? Well, the original no longer exists. Initially, the Pony Coupé Concept should have led to a production version, but due to the economic situation in the early 1980s, it was decided not to let that party continue. Another interesting fact: designer Giugiaro was also inspired by the Pony Coupé Concept for the design of the DeLorean DMC-12. Back to the future becomes with the re-release of the study model Back to the past.
The brand new Pony Coupé Concept will be presented in the spring of 2023.
– Thanks for information from Autoweek.nl