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Hyundai Kia Automotive Group Opens New Environment

yund= ai Kia Automotive Group today held the grand opening of the new Environmental Technology R&am= p;D Center. As the new home of Hyundai Kia’s environmental research efforts, the Center will spark new synergies and generate greater efficiency in Hyundai Kia’s joint efforts to develop cleaner, more eco-friendly vehicles. Located on the southern edge of Seoul in Mabuk, phase one of the center was completed with a total investment of US$58 million after start of construction in July 2003. The scale of the investment is a clear sign of the Hyundai Kia Automotive Group’s commitment to attain global leadership in environmental management.

Situated on a 30,488-sq. meter site, the five-story 14,233 sq. meter facility is home to 200 researchers and more than 400 pieces of high-tech equipment. Facilities include a 700-bar hydrogen filling station, a fuel-cell endurance tester, an emissions lab, dynamometers and other specialized equipment for testing electric propulsion systems. A pilot plant for automated vehicle dismantling focuses on improving the material recycling rate of end-of-life vehicles.

The new center will allow both Hyundai and Kia to proactively respond to the intensifying environmental regulations in the areas of product development, manufacturing, sales, after service, and vehicle recycling.

Of particular note, the 700bar hydrogen filling station, coupled with the 350-bar station at the Group’s Namyang RD Center, will enable fuel-cell vehicle tests within the Seoul metropolitan area and will help accelerate the commercialization of fuel-cell electric vehicles.

“The mission of the R&D center is to enable Hyundai Kia Automotive Group to realize its vision of becoming the world leader in environmental technology through the development of products and core technologies that are in full compliance with global environment regulations,” said Group Vice Chairman Sang-Kwon Kim. “Through world-class environmental management practices, we look forward to playing a leading role in helping to solve global environmental issues,” he added.

The Group plans to invest heavily in next generation green vehicles and environmental technologies with focus placed on development of core technologies for fuel-cell and hybrid cars and mass production of such vehicles, development of technologies for lowering gas emissions and improving fuel efficiency, enhancing vehicle recycling as well as investigation into alternative materials to ferrous metals, and development of technologies for lowering air/water pollution during the manufacturing process and for recycling waste materials resulting from energy production.

Furthermore, in line with the purpose it seeks to serve, the center itself was contracted using environment-friendly materials and processes such as vacuum toilet systems which in using one-tenth the water of a conventional flush toilet results in 1,500 tons of water savings annua= lly; heating and air conditioning systems using heat pumps; natural light systems using solar reflectors; floors made of scrapped tires; and electric power created from actual fuel-cell tests used during technology development that will result in a 1,000-ton reduction in CO2 emissions. Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown into the Hyundai Kia Automotive Group which includes Hyundai Mobis and over two dozen auto-related subsidiaries and affiliates. Employing over 68,000 people worldwide, Hyundai Motor posted US$26.1 billion in sales in 2004 (on a non-consolidated basis). Hyundai motor vehicles are sold in 193 countries through some 5000 dealerships and showrooms. Hyundai Motor Co. is a sponsor of the 2006 FIFA Germany World Cup. Further information about Hyundai Motor Co. and its products is available at http://www.hyundai-motor.com

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