And the Pierre Cardin version represented a new way of looking at pony cars.
American Motors launched a scheme in the early 1970s to link its goods with well-known fashion designers and brands.
There was the Gucci-edition AMC Hornet and the Oleg Cassini-edition AMC Matador, as well as the bizarre AMC Gremlin, which had the red tab of Levi's denim.
The Cardin Javelin is undoubtedly the most fully realised of the early designer-branded automobiles.
The Niro PHEV's electric motor and 1.6-liter gasoline engine create 180 horsepower.
The Niro PHEV stops in 129 feet from 60 mph, which is another acceptable, near-average figure that places it between its hybrid and EV peers.
In regular driving, greater regen reduces the number of times you touch the brake pedal just remove your foot off the accelerator.
On the driver's side front fender, what seems to be a fuel-filler door is actually a cover for the charging port, which recharges the 11.1-kWh battery.