Tuesday, 28 June 2022 13:52

Hyundai Breaks Ground on New Safety Test and Investigation Laboratory in Michigan


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Hyundai Motor America and Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI) together celebrated the $51.6 million expansion project for a new Safety Test and Investigation Laboratory (STIL) at a recent groundbreaking ceremony in Superior Township, MI.

The ceremony highlighted the benefits of the new safety laboratory and included remarks from José Muñoz, president and COO, Hyundai Motor Company and president and CEO, Hyundai and Genesis Motor North America and Hyundai Motor America.


Brian Latouf, chief safety officer, Hyundai Motor North America; and John Robb, president, HATCI; as well as local and government officials including U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-MI, and Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II also participated in the event.


The STIL is planned to be operational in the fall of 2023 and will be supported by 160 employees.


"Safety is the top priority at Hyundai and is embedded throughout the entire organization," said Muñoz. "We excel in third-party crash testing and ratings, and we strive to be a leader in equipping our vehicles with the latest safety features. The new laboratory will enable us to even more effectively protect our customers and enhance our world-class safety organization."


The new facility will further augment Hyundai's existing safety testing and analysis. It will feature a field crash investigation lab, high voltage battery lab, forensics lab, 500m track and a Vehicle Dynamics Area pad.


IBI Group and BCCG have been selected for the architectural design and construction of the building expansion. The investment is focused on enhancing Hyundai's safety commitment in identifying vehicle field issues, preventing crashes and keeping passengers safe.


"This investment by Hyundai is critically important not only to Southeast Michigan, but to...

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