Hyundai’s modern take on its original Pony model

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The Hyundai Motor Company has revealed its heritage series Pony, a retro-modern take on the company’s original Pony model that heralded the dawn of Korea’s automotive industry more than 45 years ago.

Featured at the recently opened Hyundai Motorstudio Busan in South Korea as part of the Reflections in Motion exhibition, the car combines distinctive legacy design features with modern touches. Legendary automobile designer Giorgetto Giugiaro conceived the first generation of the car, which became an icon of personal mobility for Hyundai during its production run from 1975-1990. The hatchback was the Korean nation’s first mass-produced and exported vehicle.

The interior boasts a string of chic and modern accoutrements, including a modern lighting system and doors made of premium materials that exude a classic feel. However, it is the instrument cluster that stands out, employing a series of vacuum tubes for its display.

Hyundai points out that the interior also contains future-oriented elements, not only retro style. For example, it has a digital touch-sensitive transmission selector, cradle space for a mobile phone and voice-activated steering wheel controls. Meanwhile, a last-mile mobility vehicle, housed in a stainless-steel case, is installed in the boot space.

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