Hyundai has enjoyed unprecedented year on year growth in Europe despite the continent’s declining new-car market. Much of that is owed to its recent design overhaul, and with Peter Schreyer now overseeing both Kia and Hyundai’s design centres, things are looking rosy for the Korean carmaker.

Dynamic prowess has long eluded the company however, an issue that it wishes to resolve by opening a purpose-built Hyundai test centre at the Nurburgring track in Germany. The new permanent facility is due for completion by August 2013, and is a natural extension to Hyundai’s current R&D centre in Rüsselsheim, also in Germany.

Convenient access to the world’s toughest circuit will provide Hyundai (and by extension, Kia too) the needed capacity to complete accelerated durability tests as well as assessing steering, suspension, ride and handling characteristics to produce set-ups suited to the preferences of European drivers.

The €5.5 million test base will house the on-ground development work of future Hyundai models. Eleven new vehicles are set to benefit from the facility this year alone, which may include production versions of Hyundai’s most recent concepts, the HND-9, HCD-14 Genesis and i-oniq pictured below.