Hyundai Motor Group Shuts Down Engine Development

by Dec 28, 2021All News, Genesis, Hyundai, Kia, Slider6 comments

Hyundai Motor Group is shutting down its internal combustion engines development at its Namyang R&D Headquarters. Hyundai and their parent company’s Kia or Genesis will not develop new ICE powered vehicles.

Recently HMG’s announced their largest-ever reorganization of its R&D headquarters starting with the retirement of Albert Biermann, which was largely discussed. The Namyang R&D Center has 12,000 people working force. Could be this movement the reason why Biermann’s retired?

So the company have transformed its former powertrain team into the new electrification development team. The Engine Development Center was completely shut down and all powertrain-related centers were converted to electrification-related units. At the same time, the automaker decided to focus on securing future battery technology by establishing the Battery Development Center.

Hyundai Motor has also torn down walls among R&D departments to shorten its electric vehicle development schedule as much as possible. Previously, the company had the Project Management Team and the Integrated Product Development Team for each vehicle level, but the two were unified into a vehicle development organization covering the range from design architecture to mass production.

Well, this was a expected movement but a sad one after all. What do you think?

Written by Jose Antonio López

Passionated about Korean cars from Hyundai, Kia & Genesis. Photographer. I love being in nature, hiking. Tech lover.

6 Comments

  1. Peter Maier

    Sad? No, perfect!

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  2. vbondjr1

    Stupid as hell. So I guess now Hyundai/Kia are going to try to be a mainstream Tesla. Notice Tesla is a niche market car. Not a main stream vehicle. The infrastructure isn’t set up to do this yet dummies! But Hyundai/kia is a brand i have little regard for anyway so it really doesn’t matter.

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    • foxter

      I had i30 once. Now i have Tucson. The next one will be for sure not Hyundai nor Kia and for sur will be ICE!

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  3. Kenneth C. Fingeret

    One of the benefits of having all electrical vehicles is that the majority of problems will be electrically related. Batteries, motors, devices and the ever present wiring. What’s left is the body both interior and exterior like axels, steering, seating plus glass plus whatever the manufacturer adds to the vehicle

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  4. Peter Maier

    The fuel century is over and it will be hard to sell these cars in future. Better to sell EVs oder stop business?

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  5. J23

    According to the engadget’s and Hyundai himself those are just speculations
    “Update 12/30 3PM ET: Hyundai told Engadget it’s “not halting” engine development, and called the Economic Daily report “media speculation.” You can read the full statement below.

    Hyundai Motor Group can confirm that it is not halting the development of its engines following recent media speculation. The Group is dedicated to providing a strong portfolio of powertrains to global customers, which includes a combination of highly efficient engines and zero emissions electric motors.”

    And I hope this is true, don’t want to be forced to switch to the BEV anytime soon.

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