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Over the past decade, Hyundai has rapidly moved up into the top echelon of the worlds automakers and part of its success has come from better tailoring its cars to local needs. To help in that respect, the South Korean company has opened a network of technical centers in the regions where it does business.

Last week, Hyundai opened it fourth R&D facility outside of Korea with its new location in Hyderabad, India. The Indian center will focus on developing small cars and the home office has named it the global center of excellence for the segment.

The Hyderabad Center is starting off with 300 engineers and will also be providing support services to other locations in South Korea, Japan, Germany and the United States. The 300,000 square-foot facility took two years to build at a cost of $25 million.

[Source: Hyundai]

Press Release


- US$25 million facility aims to become global centre of excellence for small car engineering

(Oct. 29, 2009 - Hyderabad, India) Hyundai Motor Company opened a new research and development center at Hyderabad in India, the company's fourth overseas R&D center.

Set up with a US$ 25 million investment and located in the HITECH City of Hyderabad, the new 200,000 square-foot facility, Hyundai Motor India Engineering Pvt. Ltd (HMIE), will further accelerate local content development and enable Hyundai to respond even more quickly to changing customer needs across the world.

The new facility, which was completed in April after 25 months of construction, will serve as an important platform for the development of sub-compact cars in order to meet surging demand. Located about 800 km northwest of Hyundai Motor India's Chennai production plant, it will further facilitate the development of India as Hyundai's global hub for manufacturing and engineering of small cars.

This newly created R&D center will also support all back-end operations like computer aided engineering (CAE), computer aided design (CAD) and help the R & D work taking place across Hyundai's car lineup. In addition, it will provide vehicle development including styling, engineering design and vehicle test & evaluation for cars manufactured in India to satisfy the specific needs of the Indian customers. This state-of-the-art center currently employs about 300 engineers and Hyundai plans to gradually increase this number, strengthening its operations.

Hyundai's other overseas R&D centers are located in the United States, Germany and Japan.

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      It seems like that Hyundai is the only company that is expanding now days... soon, Hyundai well surpass big Japanese companies.
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      They might have been finishing up, but that is a very limp handshake on the man to the left's part. Come on, you're posing for the camera.
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      I don't give a rat's ass about style, it's should be all about substance. But I can see why Palin got as far as she did!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very nice guys, living up the stereotype of us as the ill-dressed engineers.... What's next, pocket protectors & Casio digital watches?

      I think this R&D facility shows how far in the Auto engineering world India has come. A large percentage of small cars sold in Europe is made in India. India also has a large percentage of the Auto component market worldwide.

      Reason? A well-educated engineering pool. And RESPECT for Intellectual Property, unlike in China.
      • 5 Years Ago
      LOL, I love that pose.

      "Get that ****in camera out of here!!"
        • 5 Years Ago
        There is something about that pose that says: "I can't believe I wore a suit and this guy only wore a white button-down without a tie."
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure he's saying "You know it, bitches!" in his best Indian accent.
        • 5 Years Ago
        that is a funny pose
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hyundai cars are really reliable. The Santro has been dominating the small car segment for the last ten years.
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      Hyundai CEO: "Toyota, we comin' for that ass! Twenty-10 Hyundai! Genesis Coupe is the coupe you need in your LIFE! FT-86 is pure hot booty GARBAGE! Act like you know!"

      Dude in yellow tie: "I really gotta hide those Funkmanster Flex mixtapes from him..."
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