After the departure of the long-time BMW M executive Albert Biermann to Hyundai, the South Korean brand makes another hiring from Munich. Hyundai Motor has announced the appointment of Fayez Abdul Rahman as Vice President of Genesis Architecture Development.
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Fayez Abdul Rahman was responsible for developing the platforms of several BMW models, including the 7 Series, X models as well as high-performance M cars. His job will be to improve the performance and quality of the Genesis models.
“I am very excited to be a part of this dynamic organization and am impressed by the remarkable progress made by Hyundai Motor Group over the past decade,” said Rahman. “We want to develop a flexible and future-oriented vehicle architecture that is unique to Hyundai Motor Group, to secure competitiveness, especially in the areas of vehicle performance and quality.”
Rahman led the concept planning and architecture development of the BMW 7 Series in 1996 while between 2001 and 2008 he played an integral role in the development of the X-line of SUVs. In 2008 he was responsible for the entire vehicle architecture in the M Division as well as the leader in BMW’s Nurburgring test center. In 2015 Rahman became responsible for M Equipment, M sport packages, M performance vehicles and BMW Individual for all BMW models.
By 2020, Genesis will expand its lineup to six models, including a series of crossovers.
“Mr. Rahman is a world-class automotive engineering expert who has developed and led platform and architecture planning for a variety of performance and luxury models,” added Albert Biermann, Executive Vice President of Hyundai Motor Group. “His experience and knowledge will help us accelerate the development of new Hyundai Motor Group models and play a crucial role in upgrading our technology to move further toward our goal of making the class leading vehicles.”