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Hyundai Plans Mich. Temperature Testing Facility

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Hyundai Motor Co. says it plans to build a Michigan testing facility to help examine the effects of extreme hot and cold temperatures for vehicle development.

The expansion announced Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit will be at the South Korean automaker’s Hyundai America Technical Center in Washtenaw County’s Superior Township, near Ann Arbor. Hyundai will spend $15 million on the facility and other upgrades.

Hyundai says 50 full-time jobs will be added at the location in the coming years.

To secure the deal, the governor’s office says the state agreed to make a $2.5 million loan to build a power substation.

The deal was announced after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley toured the show on the second day of media previews.

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For the latest from the show, keep it tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 for live reports by AutoBeat reporter Jeff Gilbert. Follow his updates on Twitter at this link.

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