We have seven R&D sites around the world: in Germany, Korea, China, India, Japan and two in the USA. Between them, you’ll find some of the smartest engineers in the world, and a culture where build quality is an obsession.
Our proving grounds in Korea and the US cover over 20 million square metres and include every kind of driving environment you can imagine. Belgian cobblestones? Check. Broiling deserts? Check. High-speed circuit? You bet.
We even have a wind tunnel test facility that’s the largest of its kind in Asia. It pits our cars against 200km/h winds created by massive 8.4m propellers, and can create all kinds of punishing extremes of weather. When it comes to refining aerodynamic efficiency, it’s the gold standard.
But we don’t just test cars within our own facilities. Real-world testing includes long distances in some of the toughest environments in the world, such as outback Australia. And every car that arrives in New Zealand is tested and specifically set up for our kinds of roads.
Other car manufacturers buy robots to build their cars. We build our own. Other manufacturers buy their steel. We make our own. It’s only through this no-compromise approach that we can ensure everything meets our high standards of precision. It also means we can tailor things precisely and make continual improvements.
From spot welding and material handling to
cutting, assembling and sealing, our robots deliver a level of precision engineering that is second to none. And because we use our own steel, we can be sure of its consistent quality as well specifying exactly the right grade of steel for specific purposes. Particular grades of high-strength steel, for example, allow us to build bodywork that is strong where needed, impact-reducing in other places, and which is lighter overall.
It’s attention to detail like this, that you can sense in the build quality of your Hyundai.