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PassoCorto is an Italian-Penned Hyundai Design Study, Set for Geneva

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/22/2014 Alex Nishimoto
Hyundai PassoCorto Concept by IED© Provided by MotorTrend Hyundai PassoCorto Concept by IED

The designs coming out of Korea lately have shown drastic improvement, but everyone can use a little help now and then. Help is exactly what Hyundai got after tapping the European Institute of Design in Turin, Italy to come up with a sports car that's "extremely compact" and appeals to millennials. The car will make its debut next month at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

Called the PassoCorto, the two-seat, mid-engined sports car features a 1.6-liter turbocharged I-4. The design study is the 10th full-scale model produced by the school, designed by 16 students in the Transportation Design Master's program in collaboration with Hyundai. The Korean automaker provided the students with design requirements, which specified that the target customer would be young individuals who are "always connected."

Each student submitted their own design, and two were chosen from the bunch and merged into one -- using 70 percent of one design and 30 percent of the other. The result is the curvaceous two-door you see here, which took one year to design and build.

It's difficult to say whether or not the design would be within financial reach of many millennials if produced, but we like what we see so far. The PassoCorto will make its debut on March 4 in Geneva. What do you think of the design? Tell us in the comments below.

Source: European Institute of Design


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