Hyundai building new vehicle test centre at Nürburgring (Germany)
The new facility is expected to help Hyundai improve their product quality, car handling and performance.
Hyundai recently announced the direction they will be taking moving forward, which included plans to open a new test vehicle centre at the legendary Nurburgring track in Germany, where construction is already at an advanced stage.
Hyundai has invested 5.5 million euros in a move that industry insiders see as a commitment to Hyundai improving its credentials as a European automaker.
The tests that take place at the new facility will be used by engineers in Russelsheim, Germany, where Hyundai has its Research & Development centre.
The goal is to improve the quality and driving performance of all Hyundai’s European designed vehicles.
Of the 444,000 vehicles Hyundai sold in Europes last year, about 95% of them were put through their paces at the Russelsheim centre. Those vehicles included the top-selling 130 5-door hatchback (known also as Elantra GT in zhe USA), ix35 crossover vehicle, and i40 model.
Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, said that the new testing centre is Nurburgring is all part of Hyundai’s goal of improving the driving experience of the customer, which is very much valued in Europe.
He said that it was a significant investment, but is one that is necessary of Hyundai are to achieve their goal of becoming a truly competitive brand across all of Europe.
The location of the 3050 m² was selected because of its proximity to the famous race track, affectionatly referred to as ‘The Green Hell’ because of the challenges it delivers.
The opening of this centre, in combination with Hyundai re-entering the WRC series, means that they should be more than capable of improving the driving dynamics, reliability and durability of their vehicles.