Biermann takes up the new head of vehicle test and high performance development role after three decades at BMW; he was made vice president of engineering at BMW M GmbH in 2008.
Working across Hyundai and Kia and based in Korea, Biermann will now, says the firm, help create vehicles “that lead their segments for rewarding driving dynamics”.
An insider said it is hoped Biermann will do for dynamics what design boss Peter Schreyer did for styling.
Biermann, who oversaw the launch of cars such as the latest BMW M4 Coupe and M3 Saloon, said he “couldn’t be more excited to join Hyundai Motor Group.
“It is a company I have watched closely as it has taken on its key competitors and quickly established a strong customer base in Europe.
Woong Chul Yang, vice chairman of Hyundai Motor Company, said: “Mr. Biermann has unrivalled credentials in this field and his expertise and experience will help us bring forward the development of new Hyundai and Kia cars that are great to drive, as well as speed the transfer of innovative technologies and insights between our road-car and motorsport engineering teams.”
Although he’s officially based in Korea, Biermann is likely to spend a lot of time at the Nurburgring: Hyundai-Kia opened its new European Test Centre there earlier in the year.
Just like being back at BMW, then: his job is to now create the cars that dynamically compete with his old company. It’s a tantalising thought…