Hyundai Motor America and Hyundai America Technical Center Inc. are developing a $51.6 million expansion project for a new Safety Test and Investigation Laboratory (STIL) in Superior Township, east of Ann Arbor.
The new facility, expected to be operational by the fall of 2023 and supported by 160 employees, will further augment Hyundai’s existing safety testing and analysis. It will feature a field crash investigation lab, high-voltage-battery lab, forensics lab, a 500-meter track, and a vehicle dynamics 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.
The STIL was developed in collaboration with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) based on a 2020 Consent Order which required an investment in a safety facility of $25 million. Hyundai increased its required investment by more than $26 million.
“Safety is the top priority at Hyundai and is embedded throughout the entire organization,” says José Muñoz, president and COO of Hyundai Motor Co. and president and CEO of Hyundai and Genesis Motor North America and Hyundai Motor America.
“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.”