Hyundai operates one of the world’s most technologically advanced manufacturing facilities, right here in Alabama, in addition to a state-of-the-art engineering and technology center in Michigan, an R&D center and testing grounds in California, and port facilities in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Oregon and California. Hyundai vehicles are sold and serviced by more than 800 dealerships nationwide.
Alabama Manufacturing Facility
Regarded as one of the most advanced assembly plants in the world, this $1.7 billion facility has achieved the highest and most rigorous international automotive operating standard, ISO/TS 16949 certification.
California Design and Technical Center
Hyundai’s $30 million design facility is fitted with the world’s most advanced visualization, graphics and clay-modeling technologies, keeping us at the forefront of vehicle technology and design. The 90,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility is home to our automobile designers, engineers, model-makers and technicians, who customize Hyundai vehicle designs for the North American market. Most recently, the facility was responsible for designing the Sonata and Genesis Coupe, as well as many concept cars. Located in Irvine, California, our Design and Technical Center is ideally situated to maintain our steady growth in the North American market given its proximity to our nearby Hyundai Motor America headquarters in Costa Mesa and Southern California’s tremendous car culture.
Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc.
Our 200,000 square-foot state-of-the-art engineering and technology center is home to hundreds of America’s brightest engineers, who drive innovation with cutting-edge ergonomic design and powertrain tuning. Opened in October 2005, Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI) serves as the hub for the design, planning and overall development of Hyundai vehicles specifically intended for sale in North America. Located in Superior Township, Michigan, the site provides an ideal foothold for Hyundai’s growth and expansion into the North American market given the state’s historical influence on automotive R&D.
HATCI’s R&D is focused on product quality, engineering improvements and technologies promoting fuel economy gains through weight reduction and advanced power trains. The facility houses industry leading material scientists and engineers, who conduct research into polymer and metallurgy durability and development, as well as multiple engine dynamometer, development, benchmarking and durability cells. Computer aided engineering analysis is heavily relied upon to minimize physical test and validation efforts.
An additional HATCI facility is located in Chino, California, where we focus on alternative vehicle technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells. In 2005, our Chino facility installed a hydrogen energy station as a part of a five-year U.S. Department of Energy cost-sharing program designed to demonstrate safe, practical hydrogen technologies in real-world settings. The hydrogen energy station fueled a fleet of five Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs).
California Proving Grounds
Opened in January 2005, our Proving Grounds were designed to recreate North America’s roads and highways as a means to test and refine Hyundai’s standard safety systems, such as electric stability control and side-impact airbags. The 4,300-acre testing facility features ten different driving courses, including a 6.4-mile oval track, a 2.75-mile winding track, a 3.3-mile hill road, a vehicle dynamics area and a vehicle handling course. The facility offers several special surface roads to simulate a variety of driving conditions as well as a solar exposure area where vehicle components can be kept at high temperatures to test sun exposure and perform hot weather evaluations.
Our U.S. operations – as well as those around the world – are monitored by Hyundai’s Global Command and Control Center, a 24-hour operations hub modeled after the CNN newsroom in Atlanta with dozens of computer screens relaying real-time video and data. Parts shipments are tracked from the time they leave the supplier until they reach one of our plants. Cameras observe assembly lines from Montgomery, Alabama to Beijing, China, watch over R&D facilities from Superior Township, Michigan to Hyderabad, India, all the while monitoring our test facility in California’s Mojave Desert. By monitoring operations in real-time, Hyundai can identify problems in an instant and react quickly.