Over the last few years, the Hyundai Motor Group has transformed from an automaker that made nice–if not terribly exciting–cars into a producer of real enthusiast machines. That’s thanks in large part to R&D chief Albert Biermann, who joined the Korean automaker in 2015 after decades at BMW. Today, the automaker announced the 65-year-old German is retiring from his post, though he’ll stay on as an advisor based in Europe.
Most notably, Biermann helped create Hyundai’s N performance sub-brand, which has cranked out truly world-class driver’s cars including R&T’s 2020 Performance Car of the Year, the Veloster N, and the recently launched Elantra N and Kona N. Biermann also played a big role in developing the Kia Stinger and the Genesis G70, as well as the E-GMP platform that underpins EVs like the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5.
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