Hyundai has appointed Albert Biermann to head up the test and development operations for a new line of high-performance Hyundai and Kia models planned for introduction from 2016.
Biermann is the former vice president of engineering at BMW’s M performance car division. He will join the Hyundai Group on 1 April 2015. He will be based at the company’s R&D centre in Namyang in South Korea, where he will oversee a range of engineering projects relating to ride and handling, safety, reliability and NVH (noise, vibration, harshness).
In his new role at Hyundai, the 57-year-old German will be spearheading the development of a new line of high-performance cars as well as providing input to help improve the dynamic capabilities of models across the Hyundai and Kia line-ups.
Biermann’s appointment is described as a crucial step in Hyundai’s plans to become a technical leader in ride and handling, and to produce vehicles that the Korean car maker says will "lead their respective segments for driver engagement."
Sources confirm Biermann will become the South Korean car maker’s second-highest foreign executive, after its German-born design boss, Peter Schreyer.