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The Hyundai Pony (Hangul: 현대 포니) is a compact car of the Korean automobile manufacturer Hyundai, which was produced from 1975 to 1994.

When they wanted to develop the first car in Hyundai, they worked together with George Turnbull, the former director of British Leyland, who had experience with the Morris Marina. With engines and transmissions from Mitsubishi and some components of the Ford Cortina, which were prepared at Hyundai, we developed a vehicle whose hatchback body designed by Italdesign, the Hyundai Pony.

The Pony was presented at the 1974 Motor Show in Turin in October for the first time and introduced the four-door sedan in December 1975. Already in 1976, Hyundai exported the vehicle to Ecuador.

In May 1976, a pickup version was introduced in April 1977, a station wagon and three-door hatchback in March 1980, a sedan.

Back in 1978, exports began to Europe, starting with Belgium and the Netherlands. Later on, the Pony was delivered to Spain and Greece.

In January 1982, the revised Pony II was presented. It gave him exclusively as a five-door hatchback and two-door pickup as.

With the Pony II began in the summer of 1982 also the export to the UK. The pony was delivered to Canada, but not in the U.S. because he could not meet the local emission limits.

The sales figures in Canada exceeded all expectations, and for a certain period of the Pony was the best selling car on the Canadian market. The pony reached a much higher level of quality and features in the lowest price segment than the Eastern Bloc imports.

The Canadian version of the pony had to be slightly modified in order to meet the local licensing requirements can. From 1984 to 1987, the car was offered there. The differences between the Canadian and the British version included the left-hand drive and modified bumpers that were impacting protected up to 8km/hr.

Moreover, the vehicle "sealed beam" headlamps possessed (American Standard), placed at other locations lamps, and there were minor changes to the interior and instrumentation. After they had initially expected 5000 sales for 1984, after 50,000 copies were sold and the bangs so that at the year’s best-selling car in Canada.

In 1984 there was the pony only with the 1436cc 4G14 engine that developed 70hp at 111 Nm (51 kW) torque. In conjunction with this engine were 4 – and offered 5-speed manual gearbox or a three-speed automatic. The 1206cc 4G12 engine was not offered in Canada. The said machine remained until 1986 in the program until the 1597cc 4G16 engine with 74hp (54 kW) and 126 Nm of torque was available.

Mid-1985, the model received black door handles, windshield wipers without chromium, and the previous "HD" sign in the center of the grille gave way to the word "Hyundai" on the left side of the grill. A 1.6-liter model was introduced, with optional air conditioning. The engines of this model had hemispherical combustion chambers and cross-flow cylinder heads, two valves per cylinder, single overhead camshaft (sohc) with chain drive and a Downdraft carbs with manual choke.

From 1984 to 1986 there was the equipment variants L, GL and GLS.

The equipment L had vinyl covered seats, a folding rear bench and usually a 4-speed manual transmission in conjunction with the 1.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine. The variant GL had seats with a combined vinyl fabric cover, a timer on the dashboard, a rear wiper, an additional right-hand side mirrors, tinted windows, a lockable fuel cap, trim panels on the doors, better interiors and on request the 1.6 liter engine. The GLS variant had the facilities already mentioned, beyond a tripmeter, a passenger vanity mirror, seat covers completely made of fabric, a 50/50 split folding rear bench seat and the 1.6 liter engine as the base engine.

L, CL and CXL trim levels were for the year 1987. L and CL corresponded to the earlier versions L and GL, the clock display was now, however, digital and CL version possessed in connection with the automatic transmission as standard a tripmeter. 1986 and 1987, the colors were kept in brown and blue in the interior. 1984 and 1985 had been available only the color gray.

Available optional extras were an aft bulkhead, front and rear spoilers, a GT package with a 3-spoked Momo leather steering wheel, trip odometer, an improved interior, fog lights and additional taillights. All GT models were equipped with the more powerful 1.6 liter engine.

The Hyundai Pony of the third generation, marketed in some markets also under the names Hyundai Excel, Hyundai Presto and Mitsubishi Precis, the first manufactured by Hyundai vehicle with front wheel drive was. It was built from 1985 to 1994.

The Hyundai Pony, was a special four-door hatchback and as a notchback model. In 1995, he was replaced by the Hyundai Accent. The Pony was the first Hyundai model, which was exported to the United States. As of 1989, there was also a coupe version, the Hyundai S Coupe.

The Hyundai Pony was offered with either a manual or an automatic transmission, in conjunction with a 4-cylinder in-line engine with carburetor or injection, depending on market and model year.

In South Korea, called the X1 sedan version of Hyundai Presto.

The pony was sold in the U.S. by Mitsubishi Motors from 1987 to 1994 as the Mitsubishi Precis, a three-or five-door hatchback sedan. Originally there were six models that were reduced in 1990 with the introduction of the Mitsubishi Mirage two, although the Precis in the model range from Mitsubishi to its production end was a price cutter.

In the U.S., he was the first and only model of the manufacturer, the "10 Best Product #" from "Fortune Magazine" in the first import year reached 168 882 sales due to a price of 4995 U.S. $, and thanks to an assessment as and helped in 1986 to increase the total production of the company to over one million vehicles. A similar success was the model in Australia, where it was available at a price of AU $ 9990.

The Pony 3rd generation received a facelift in 1989 and was sold under the name Pony X2 as the 4th generation model. He was slightly larger than its predecessor and was first exported from 1991 to Europe. The engine was equipped with sequential injection and a 4-speed automatic transmission was available.

Rear view

Hyundai Pony five-door

Hyundai Pony Stufenheck

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