Hyundai Motor Company celebrated the restoration of the Pony Coupe Concept car during the inaugural Hyundai Reunion held at historic Villa Pliniana in Lake Como, Italy. The company collaborated with Italian design firm GFG Style, notably it is father and son founders Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro, to rebuild the influential 1974 Pony Coupe Concept that young Giorgetto created for Hyundai’s debut at the 1974 Turin Motor Show.
At the event, the carmaker also showcased its N Vision 74 concept, inspired by the Pony Coupe Concept. HMC noted that these two vehicles represent a shared lineage between the company’s past and future, illustrating the continuation of its ambition to be innovative and daring.
A press release from Hyundai Motor noted that it entered its N Vision 74 at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, one of the world’s top three classic and concept car competitions held between May 19 and 21, which competed in the Concept Cars and Prototype categories based on its design heritage on a global stage.
The N Vision 74 is Hyundai N’s hydrogen-hybrid ‘Rolling Lab’ development vehicle. The 1974 Pony Coupe Concept inspired its design, and it embodies the company’s future vision for clean mobility.
N Vision 74 boasts some of the company’s most advanced technologies, featuring left and right independent dual motors on the rear wheels, a power output of 680 PS and a claimed acceleration of less than four seconds from zero to 100 kmph.
Power is provided by an 85 kW hydrogen fuel cell stack on the front, a 62 kWh lithium-ion battery between the driver and the passenger, and two 2.1 kg hydrogen tanks on the rear to provide a driving distance of nearly 600 km.
Jaehoon Chang, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor Company, noted that in the age of electrification, a key condition for the company to become a leader in future mobility will be its ability to remain faithful to the unshakable values we inherited.
“Moving forward, through Hyundai Reunion and other heritage communication initiatives, we will continue to leverage our past as a unique vector for our future innovation,” he added.
Euisun Chung, Executive Chair, Hyundai Motor Group, noted that despite the poor industrial environment in the 1970s, Hyundai’s Founding Chairman, Ju-young Chung, poured his heart and soul into rebuilding Korea’s economy and improving the lives of its people after the devastating Korean War.
He finally realised his vision of making Korea a country capable of developing its own vehicles with perfection,” Chung added.
Hyundai Motor introduced the original Pony Coupe Concept at the 1974 Turin Motor Show. The two-door sports car’s exterior featured a sleek roofline, pure surfaces, dynamic proportion profiles and a unique shape for the B-pillar, which elevated its daring spirit. The interior showcased an iconic sensibility with the Giugiaro monocoque design and driver-centred floating architecture.