Former BMW executive Albert Biermann will join Korean auto giant Hyundai next year as its new head of vehicle testing and high performance development.
With a career at BMW that stretches back 30 years, Biermann's experience in making performance cars will be of great value to Hyundai as the company gets set to kick off its "N" range of sports models.
Biermann was most recently the vice-president of engineering at BMW M Automobiles and BMW Individual, and his new role will see him deeply involved in Hyundai's future performance products.
What those products will be exactly has yet to be revealed, but with the bulk of Biermann's experience being in the field of making fast rear-wheel drive prestige cars, it could indicate a hi-po version of the Genesis - or even a new Genesis Coupe - is on the way.
Biermann will be based at Hyundai's R&D base in Namyang, South Korea, however will likely spend a lot of time shuttling to and from the company's recently-established vehicle test centre at the Nurburgring in Germany (below).
But Biermann's role won't be confined to performance cars. Vehicle refinement will also be one of his new responsibilities, with NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) suppression being of particular importance as Hyundai strives to take its products more upmarket.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join Hyundai Motor Group," said Biermann in a statement released by Hyundai.
"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.”
Albert Biermann officially starts work at Hyundai in April 2015.
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