Hyundai R&D president resigns over quality issues image

Hyundai Motor Group announced yesterday that its research and development president, Kwon Moon-sik, and two other executives resigned over a string of quality problems.

The abrupt resignations came as Hyundaihas suffered a slew of recalls in South Korea, the United States and other countries, as well consumer complaints over quality issues at home, all of which have undermined its reputation.

“The latest personnel change shows our firm commitment to quality management and reaffirms our will to continuously improve R&D competitiveness,” Hyundai said in a statement.

The group’s chairman, Chung Mong-koo, who has been credited with revamping the quality of the once shoddy cars, still hammers home quality to executives. Chung, a son of Hyundai founder Chung Ju-yung, has been known for abruptly sacking executives, some of whom had been rehired.

Kwon has been R&D president for just over one year and was brought in shortly before Hyundai and affiliate Kia Motors admitted they overstated the fuel economy of more than 1 million vehicles in North America.

Hyundai also replaced two other executives in charge of engineering and electronics technology as part of its latest shake-up. They resigned to “take responsibility for a series of quality issues,” Hyundai said in a statement.

Via Reuters