- Hyundai Mobis sets up a testing center exclusively for transmissions with the injection of KRW 5 billion, the first of its kind to be established within a single transmission-only plant in China
- Launches the supply of new small transmissions with a smoother shift feel and durability to its Chinese model "Avante (HDC)"
Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd. (www.mobis.co.kr) announced that the company has completed a new transmission testing center within the Beijing Mobis Transmission plant, thereby enabling the quality improvement of transmissions. It is the first time that a testing center has been set up within a single plant in China.
In order to independently conduct durability tests on new transmissions and thus enhance quality, Hyundai Mobis established a plan to inject KRW 5 billion from 2006 and set up a testing center of 620㎡ and a 300m test track within the site of the Beijing transmission plant.
The test center is equipped with testing devices that measure the durability of transmissions when moving at a constant speed and when the gears are shifted continuously. The test center will be staffed by permanent researchers to conduct tests on an ongoing basis to improve the performance of transmissions. In addition, Hyundai Mobis plans to add equipment by 2010 to analyze the composition, the physical properties and causes of faults in raw materials used in manufacturing transmissions.
Meanwhile, Hyundai Mobis said that, starting from early this month, the company began to supply new small manual transmissions produced by Beijing Mobis Transmission Co. for the Chinese model "New Avante (HDc),"which is being produced by Beijing Hyundai Motor Company.
The five-speed transmissions which Beijing Mobis Transmission supplies to the 1,600cc Chinese model New Avante feature 15.5kgf-m in maximum torque, 412kg in weight, and more than 250,000 km in durability. For the 1,800cc model 5-speed transmissions are provided with 24kgf-min maximum torque, 445kg in weight, and 250,000 km and more in durability.
The new transmissions are produced at the transmission plant in Beijing that has a capacity of manufacturing 200,000 transmissions, and they are moved to Beijing Mobis and then fitted to chassis modules produced by Beijing Mobis. They are then fitted to the Chinese model Avante (HDc) of the Beijing Mobis Motor Company via a module supply system provided by the JIS (Just In Sequence) method.
An official from Hyundai Mobis said that the two transmission models have enhanced shift feel and durability, with sharply reduced noise, and thus the company expects that they will offer smoother driving comfort to Chinese customers who prefer manual transmissions.
Yim Chae-young, vice president and head of Hyundai Mobis Module Business, said, "Starting from providing the new small transmissions to the Chinese Avante model for the first time, we plan to steadily supply the transmissions to strategic Chinese models and increase the production volume continuously." He added, "In addition, with the completion of the testing center, we are now equipped with our own independent testing ability, so we will further upgrade the quality of transmissions produced in the Beijing Transmission plant."
Beijing Mobis Transmission, which started production in 2004, has two plants on the 200,000㎡ site with a capacity of manufacturing 400,000 transmissions annually. The Beijing Mobis Transmission supplies 5-speed manual transmissions to such models as Elantra, New Avante, Sonata and Tucson produced by the Beijing Hyundai Motor, and Cerato, Optima, and Sportage produced by Dongfeng Yueda Kia Motors.
Meanwhile, Hyundai Mobis, which celebrated the 30th anniversary of its founding in 2007, said in an IR session held early this year that it will consider 2008 a "year to start a new 30 years" and at the same time to significantly increase the sales of key parts to finished car companies other than Hyundai and Kia Motors.