Korean automotive group Hyundai has roped-in BMW M's Chief Engineer, Albert Biermann as its new Head of Vehicle Test & High Performance Development. Based out of company’s R&D Center in the home, Biermann will oversee development of new high performance models and handling, safety, reliability related engineering projects from April next year.
On his appointment, Biermann said, “I couldn’t be more excited to join Hyundai Motor Group. It is a company I have watched closely as it has taken on its key competitors and quickly established a strong customer base in Europe. 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.”
Biermann is the Vice President Engineering for BMW M Automobiles and BMW Individual at BMW M GmbH currently, and boasts over 30 years of experience in the development of high-performance vehicles. His appointment will accelerate the roll-out of new high-performance vehicles under the brand, as well as help to improve the dynamic capabilities of its cars across the range.
With his appointment, the company intends to improve ride and handling of its cars. His involvement will also benefit the company in the World Rally Championship (WRC).
Woong Chul Yang, Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Company and Head of Hyundai-Kia R&D Center, said “This is a senior engineering appointment and an important part of our effort to further optimize the dynamics of our vehicles, providing even greater rewards for keen drivers. Mr. Biermann has unrivalled credentials in this field and his expertise and experience will help us bring forward the development of new Hyundai and Kia cars that are great to drive, as well as speed the transfer of innovative technologies and insights between our road-car and motorsport engineering teams.”
Source : CarDekho