Giorgetto Giugiaro Wants To Help Design More Hyundais

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We think he'd be a perfect fit for Hyundai's rumored supercar.

As reported by Autocar Japan, Italian car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro is open to increased involvement in designing future Hyundai products. In an interview at the unveiling of the recently restored Hyundai Pony Coupe, Giugiaro was asked if Hyundai's collaboration with his GFG Style company would continue.

"I hope so," replied the 84-year-old. "I want to be involved in new projects."

He added that while Hyundai has a very large design team, "it is always important to get outside influence and creative ideas," noting that his company "can effectively motivate them and create something useful for the design team."

Responsible for designs like the De Tomaso Mangusta, Maserati Bora, and the first-generation Volkswagen Golf, the man knows how to create a timeless shape.


A man of Giugiaro's pedigree should not be taken for granted. Although he certainly knows how to make an entry-level hatchback look good, we think his talents would be better utilized on something more dramatic, such as a supercar.

Thankfully, Hyundai may have just such a project in the works. Last year, we learned that Hyundai's N division almost built a mid-engine supercar years ago. Those ideas never faded. In February, Hyundai's design boss Hak Soo Ha said that the company is trying to figure out how to make a supercar viable, and with all the work that the automaker is putting into hydrogen tech - not to mention the positive responses from the design of the N Vision 74 hydrogen concept - one can't help but wonder if the two would fit together well.


Unfortunately, nothing is yet set in stone, but it's encouraging to see that Giugiaro still has the desire to create special cars. Hyundai has said that it intends to incorporate design elements of historical models into new vehicles, which would be right up Giugiaro's alley. Fingers crossed that something special comes from the collaboration soon.

For now, we have the Ioniq 7 to look forward to, a massive electric SUV. If that seems out of Giugiaro's comfort zone, his Wikipedia page reveals that he's designed things as unrelated as handguns, telephones, trains, tractors, and even pasta. Seriously. Designing new EVs should be a cinch.


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