Hyundai Unveils Pony Hatchback Heritage Series

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The PONY was an icon created by Hyundai during its series production from 1975 to 1990.


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The sedan was the first Korean vehicle produced and exported in series.

Hyundai has unveiled the Heritage PONY series, a retro-modern reconstruction of the original mass-produced PONY model that marked the dawn of the Korean auto industry more than 45 years ago. Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro designed the first generation of PONYs. The PONY was an icon created by Hyundai during its series production from 1975 to 1990. The sedan was the country’s first mass-produced and exported vehicle.

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Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro designed the first generation of PONYs.

The exterior of the Heritage PONY series is marked by a matte and shimmering silver surface throughout the front to rear part of the vehicle, hatchback silhouette. Notable features include wing-mounted, camera-based exterior mirrors in the front of the windshield, pixelated round headlights, and U-shaped tail lights made up of LED lights. Round pixelated headlights and U-shaped taillights embody the company’s “ Pixel Road Trip ” design approach that incorporates pixels and eight-bit graphics also used in the IONIQ 5 and 45 concept cars.

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The interior of the Hyundai Heritage Series PONY contains forward-looking elements, not just retro styling.

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The interior has a slew of chic and modern accessories, including doors made of premium materials that give off a classic feel, a modern lighting system, a speedometer dashboard made up of vacuum tubes illuminated as well as other elegantly modernized design elements.

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It also contains some forward-looking elements, not just retro flair. The digital tactile transmission, cellphone cradle space and voice-activated steering wheel convey a modern sensibility that will surprise people.

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In the trunk, a last mile mobility device, featuring a stainless steel housing, is installed, representing Hyundai Motor’s human-centered design commitment.

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