Hyundai r&d chief and 2 other execs resign due to quality issues

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 13, 2013

Hyundai Motor Group’s president for research and development Kwon Moon-sik, as well as two other executives, has resigned over a series of quality issues that has undermined the carmaker’s reputation. The quality issues have forced the carmaker to recall a number of vehicles in South Korea, United States and other countries.

The South Korean carmaker also faced several consumer complaints over quality issues at its home turf. Hyundai group chairman Chung Mong-koo has been a hardliner for vehicle quality and has been known for abruptly dismissing executives, some of whom had been rehired. Kwon was tapped as r&d president shortly before Hyundai and Kia Motors admitted overstating the fuel economy of more than 1 million vehicles in North America.

His stay at Hyundai only lasted for just more than one year. In October, Kwon chaired a domestic media event for the new Genesis premium sedan. Two executives in charge of engineering and electronics technology also resigned from Hyundai, to "take responsibility for a series of quality issues," the carmaker said in a statement. The carmaker has since replaced the three executives who resigned.

The carmaker said the personnel change shows their “firm commitment to quality management and reaffirms [their] will to continuously improve r&d competitiveness.” Last week, Hyundai disclosed it would expand a recall of Genesis sedans in the US to address a potential brake issue. This brings the total recalled vehicles to nearly 150,000 units in the US and South Korea.

Topics: hyundai

If you liked the article, share on:


Login or Create new account to add a comment!


Many have been excited with the impending arrival of the next-generation Jeep Wrangler and the new 2019 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which is slated to be the brand’s new range-topping model....
by - October 21, 2016
Chevrolet has taken the wraps off its new Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). Tagged as the most extreme fuel-cell-powered...
by - October 21, 2016
Honda has unveiled the fifth generation of its hot-selling SUV – the 2017 Honda CR-V. The latest iteration of the CR-V should help it maintain its benchmark status in the...
by - October 21, 2016
Many are already expecting BMW to launch an ultra luxurious SUV that will serve at its new flagship by late 2018. Larger than the X5 and X6, the new X7...
by - October 21, 2016
Most of you may have heard or already have one of those autonomous home appliances doing the house chores. Thus, it’s not anymore unusual to see a car going places...
by - October 20, 2016