michael young re designs moke for the 21st century
michael young re designs moke for the 21st century
oct 11, 2012

michael young re designs moke for the 21st century

moke re-designed by michael young for the 21st century images courtesy of moke international and michael young

after a 20-year hiatus, car company moke international is back behind the wheel, this time teaming up with chinese manufacturers chery motors and their subsidiary company sicar engineering to put the moke vehicle back on the streets with a new 21st-century aesthetic concocted by british designer michael young (an avid moke enthusiast himself). the niche automobile will be released on a low-volume basis, with only 1000 cars per year being produced, focusing primarily in australia. michael young expresses his ideas towards the new version:

‘as a moke enthusiast when the email came asking if I was interested to talk about the project it was more like a call for duty. I had recently rebuilt a moke from the ground up out of old parts so I was fully aware of what was needed to be done. you must remember that this car is from the 70’s, I knew for a fact there was no way we could just replicate it, times have changed and the car needed enhancements, improved road holding, breaking, suspension and so on. I was equally aware that I had to respect the past and make sure the over all visual aspect be kept in tact. lets say this is the first version, it was essential for find a balance in equal terms for the old enthusiast and also the new generation.’

a long future is expected for the vehicle, as the holga has made a comeback in the photographic world, so is the moke in the automotive world, selling a lifestyle above all, with a fuel-injected engine available in automatic or manual transmission and plans for the electric eco-moke to be introduced next year.the 70’s and 80’s age of ‘no doors, no roof, no worries’ is getting a second chance in the sustainably aware 21st century.

michael young re designs moke for the 21st century no doors, roof, or windows create a relaxed ambiance

michael young re designs moke for the 21st century a storage unit for the hood and cooling beer

michael young re designs moke for the 21st century a simple interior and exterior make it a perfect car for passenger transport, putting the emphasis on the landscape and not the vehicle or driver

  • Very nice, keep it plain and simple, how is was is how it should stay.
    The windscreen frame isn\’t over designed, it used to have a lot of movement in it, the new frame looks sturdier.
    The side mirror location is very interesting, quite a good idea actually, will be interesting to see how much vibration gets to them.
    Some old school mokes did have a 4 seat option, my old moke is currently a 4 seater.
    The rims, if they are actually what the car will come with then they are a very interesting design, but not my cup of tea.
    Also the fuel tank is on the opposite side to the original mokes, but that is of no issue.
    But what is an issue is the steering wheel is on the wrong side haha, im an aussie.
    Im an aussie and i am currently driving an old moke as a every day car, the new moke looks good, and i hope it goes as far, if not further then the original moke.

    green moke
  • As I am in Australia and would be possibly looking at 20 of these for a business idea ……affordibility is the key…the young surfing fraternity would soon be onto these!

  • If these were galvanised….hooray….full length rack for surf boards…inbuilt storage for an esky with 12volt power supply and storage for say 20litres of water….I reckon you would be onto a winner….as for the shape its iconic so why change the poetry folks……can’t wait!

  • so do i. used 2 own one in 1993…

  • I want one NOW

  • high seats are to stop necks breaking and to match legislation ?, i’m sure they know what they are doing and why ……looks like all the extinct parts have been redesigned more to the point . As on all roll bars for Mokes they are for hood support t ….but if you know anything they are important to attach the seats belts legally … i think this is crisp and modest and good to see it back with out some hedonistic over design . 1000 units what can you expect …design should speak in a real way so , well done to get it to even this point …..and i work for Ford

  • Some nice details flubbed with stoopid highback seats that cut visibility for all four occupants. The windshield is clearly over-framed. The steering wheel angle is awkard. Either roll bar would fold toward the center support under stress. For four passengers you need more power than was typical of the original MOKE .. especially in sand or snow. This is a Fiat Jolly with a front engine.

    I am a critic as I have a Meyers Manx #2614


    jim C.
  • read the press release dumbos

  • Sorry, where is the re-design?
    We love the 1980’s Moke for its basic purpose of transport but what does this one do for 21st Century?



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