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Hyundai Technical Center Invests $15 Million And Stimulates Employment In Superior Township, Michigan

2012.01.10 00:00:00 No. 323


  • Hyundai Tech Center commits to build a world-class Hot/Cold Weather Dynamometer testing facility
  • Overall investment will total $15 million to support new vehicle development
  • 50 new jobs added over the next three years
SUPERIOR TWP., Mich., Jan. 10, 2012 – Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI) today announced it will further its commitment to the State of Michigan and Washtenaw County by building a world-class Hot/Cold Weather Dynamometer Test facility at its Superior Township location, just south of Ann Arbor, MI.

Hyundai will invest $15 million to construct the testing laboratory, along with other upgrades at the six-year-old technical facility. In addition, the company will add 50 full-time jobs at the location over the next three years. The State of Michigan has committed to funding, subject to approval of the Michigan Strategic Fund, construction of a new electricity substation at the Superior Township location that will improve the power output to the property.

“This investment and promise of a Hot/Cold Weather Testing facility in Michigan reinforces Hyundai and Kia’s commitment to U.S. vehicle development and American jobs,” said Dr. Cho, president, HATCI. “Investing in our locations, products and people is critical to Hyundai and Kia’s ability to compete with the best in the business. Hyundai and Kia are committed to doing everything it takes to work with its partners, including the State of Michigan, to be competitive in the marketplace.”

Hyundai is the current leader in Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and the new Hot/Cold Climate Weather facility will allow engineers to perform the EPA SC03 Supplemental Federal Test Procedure (SFTP) with air-conditioning and the cold FTP. The SC03 test is conducted at 95°F and the cold FTP test is conducted at 20°F. The new Hyundai facility will be able to reach temperatures of -40°F to more than 245°F. Vehicles must sit (soak) for a period of time at the controlled ambient temperature before dynamometer emissions testing can be performed. This will happen inside the weather chambers that Hyundai is constructing. Currently, Hyundai and the EPA are contracting these very expensive tests out. The EPA is also constructing a new testing facility that will test vehicles running on alternative fuels.

“Hyundai’s investment and growing presence here demonstrates Michigan’s singular leadership in industrial engineering, research, design and technological innovation,” said Governor Rick Snyder. “I was pleased to meet with the Hyundai’s most senior leadership in Korea and celebrate today’s announcement as an endorsement of all that our state can offer for a world-class company.”

In planning to secure Hyundai and Kia’s future vehicle development presence in the state, Hyundai worked closely with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Superior Township and Ann Arbor SPARK.

The Hyundai America Technical Center Superior Township location opened in 2005 and has approximately 170 employees.

Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc.
Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI), is the design, technology and engineering arm for all North American models of the Korean-based Hyundai-KIA Motors Group.

Our commitment to total quality is confirmed by our remarkable rise in the annual J.D. Power and Associates rankings for both initial quality and reliability, pushing perennial leaders Toyota and Honda with improvement rates twice the industry average.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

MEDC is a public-private partnership serving as the state's marketing arm and lead agency for business, talent and jobs, tourism, film and digital incentives, arts and cultural grants, and overall economic growth. MEDC offers a number of business assistance services and capital programs for business attraction and acceleration, economic gardening, entrepreneurship, strategic partnerships, talent enhancement and urban and community development. MEDC, founded in 1999, also developed and manages the state's popular Pure Michigan brand.

Ann Arbor SPARK

Ann Arbor SPARK is the driving force in establishing the Ann Arbor Region as a desired place for business expansion and location by identifying and meeting the needs of business at every stage, from those that are established to those working to successfully commercialize innovations.

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