According to the news we’ve been receiving, two Korean employees at Hyundai have been arrested for leaking information to the Chinese automaker, Jianghuai Automobile Corporation (JAC)
Korean prosecutors are saying that the ‘Hyundai Two’ sold 270 pages of information on the Sonata transmission system, and a further 3000 pages on the car exterior designs and auto parts designs to JAC for a cool 1.2 million USD.
A Swiss company was later employed to put car parts into production found that JACs designs were actually the same as Hyundais offerings, the Swiss company reported this issue to Hyundai directly, who then called the police.
JAC and Hyundai were previously in a joint venture cooperation to create MPV’s for the Chinese market, Hyundai broke the agreement and created a new JV with Guangzhou Auto. JAC later took the MPV designs and created their own model, the Refine based on the Hyundai H1 MPV. China Car Times is unsure if the plans were a legal, or illegal copy.