Hyundai Motor Group has appointed a leading engineer from Europe's BMW M division to head up the testing and development of its future high-performance vehicles.
Biermann will be based at Hyundai’s research and development centre in Namyang, South Korea, where he will lead the development of new high-performance Hyundai and Kia models including Hyundai’s new N sports division, as well as oversee engineering projects relating to ride and handling, safety, reliability, and the reduction of NVH (noise, vibration and harshness).
Hyundai says Biermann’s appointment will accelerate the roll-out of new high-performance vehicles and technologies, and help to improve the dynamic capabilities of cars across the range.
Under Biermann’s leadership, the company says it “intends to become a technical leader in ride and handling, producing vehicles that lead their respective segments for driver engagement”.
Biermann, who spent seven years with BMW's performance arm, says he is excited about making the shift from M to N.
“Hyundai Motor Group … is a company I have watched closely as it has taken on its key competitors and quickly established a strong customer base in Europe,” he said.
“2015 is a key year for the brand with the launch of many all-new models and the start of its second season in WRC, so I am really looking forward to the challenge.”
Earlier this year, Hyundai Motor opened its new European Test Centre at the Nurburgring in Germany, allowing it to more effectively and accurately test the drivability and reliability of its new vehicles in the same conditions as many of its rivals.