N performance sub-brand also will lay its hands on additional Hyundai models.
Heir apparent tightens his grip, 'raises investors' hopes for change.'
Albert Biermann will run R&D in 'generational change' to help right the ship.
N boss Albert Biermann says dealers need time to take on performance Hyundais.
Hyundai's N Performance sub-brand has its sights on the Kona, the automaker's brand-new compact crossover, for its possible next makeover. If it meets with the approval of Hyundai brass, it'll reportedly do 247 horsepower courtesy of the 2.0-liter turbo engine borrowed from the i30 N.
Hyundai poaches a third BMW M executive for a leadership role in its N high-performance division.
Hyundai has big plans for both its Genesis and N sub-brands, and that, according to the latest reports, includes combining the two to create luxury performance models in the years to come.
Formerly Vice President of Engineering at BMW's M division, Albert Biermann has now been tasked with developing high-performance vehicles for Hyundai and Kia.