Why? Why are automakers using these ridiculous camos to cover-up their test mules? I understand that they want to hide the vehicle’s lines and final production and market-specific details, but why the camo? Wouldn’t covering up those details in a plain wrap work nearly as well?
But does it even make sense to use the wrap/camo on vehicles that has already been shown? I can’t answer this. The original idea for this was to hide the vehicle on proving grounds from auto-spies with large telephoto lenses, shooting them from a long distance. This vehicle is on public roads where everyone has cameras. It feels like this something automakers have been doing for years, so they just continue to do it.
Our friend Jason Hopkins, of the 24 Hours of LeMons-inspired Citrus Racer Lounge, caught this Lancia Delta-inspired Hyundai Ionic 5 quietly burning up electrons in Boston’s Seaport District. Why in Boston? I have no idea, but this isn’t the first camo’d test mule we have spied here.
After recent speculation that Ioniq 5 was delayed coming to the market, Hyundai has issued a statement that production is set to begin in October. The the Ioniq 5s will be hitting US dealerships in early December.