It looks as if Hyundai is set to build a test facility at the famous Nürburgring. Carscoop reports the Korean automaker has commenced construction on a 10,000-square-foot test center with access to the lengthy German track. Hyundai says the $7.3 million facility will help the company focus on improving the ride and handling of its vehicles through extensive research and development.

Sounds like a plan to us. While we've seen Hyundai vehicles improve on many fronts over the past few years, the company continues to struggle with suspension refinement compared to its Japanese, German and domestic rivals.

Automakers routinely flock to the Nürburgring for testing and development thanks to the track's unusual attributes. With a variety of surfaces, banking, turns, elevation and even weather, the circuit offers engineers the ability to put a vehicle through its paces in a wider range of conditions than most facilities.


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      stratosrally
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another viewpoint on this is that it should help the \"Green Hell\" stay open. The Nurburgring has been having major financial difficulties for quite a while now, and every bit helps! Good for them...
      Andrew B
      • 1 Year Ago
      They're getting better as time progresses. My issue with Hyundai is that their overall design language is way too over the top, and quite frankly, offensive to the eyes at times.
      d.hollywood
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hyundai is making better cars every year. That Genesis coupe is quite attractive. Give it some handling & serious thump...and watch out.
      law3dog
      • 1 Year Ago
      Keep up the good work Hyundai ! (except for that mileage claim thing, the execs should know better) I'll take an better handling car all day. Love the twisties and passing in corners.
        JonnyB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @law3dog
        Well at least they've come clean about, addressed it, and even compensated their consumers for it. Unlike how consumers had to jump through hoops and take Honda to court, ...or how Ford still flat out denies it, ...and their claims are far greater off than Hyundai's 1-2mpg errors.
      Anon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't tell James May.
      blkpantha
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lol that's perfect for them now they can watch what every car has to offer and then do what they do best COPY... the worlds greatest copycat company
        peter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @blkpantha
        The Chinese are the best copycat company. Hyundai is Korean.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @blkpantha
        Yes, since no other automaker sets out with benchmark cars they target to compete with. Of course some features or design cues may end up similar.
      Fermat1313
      • 1 Year Ago
      When an automaker opens a testing center at the Nurburgring, I always wonder if that comes out of the R&D budget or the Marketing budget.
        Hatzenbach
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Fermat1313
        it's R&D budget, until Hyundai starts bragging about their laptimes
      TwoBits
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is it me or do they need to update that logo? I still associate it with budget Hyundai, not Genesis Coupe Hyundai.
      Flat4
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pack it up and take that junk back to Korea!
      RudyH
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds like the next Genesis Coupe is coming soon...rumour is too that a sedan (smaller then the Genesis sedan) is coming to create a line-up to match the 3-series / C-class / A4 / IS / Q50?? / ATS / whoever else I am missing...for thousands less. Rear wheel drive of course to boot. Honestly, the big two to watch out for is Subaru and Hyundai. Maybe not if you are a brand *****, but if you appreciate value, these two are going to be game changers.
        Andrew B
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RudyH
        I agree with you except for Subaru. They need to seriously step up their interior quality, material and design to even be considered a top brand by the public.
          RudyH
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Andrew B
          actually, you will find something interesting with the 2014 WRX / STi :) that's the only reason why I say that
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