Hyundai is seeking additional European suppliers to make its Turkish assembly plant more competitive.
The Izmit plant is trying to reduce its dependence on the long supply chain of high-precision parts sourced from South Korea, which include engines, transmissions and body panels.
European suppliers currently include Pirelli and Lucas. Lucas provides engine ignition systems.
Hyundai managers also hope to reduce shipping times for Korean parts to 20 to 30 days from the current 32 to 40 days.
But Hyundai will continue to send its exported H1 light commercial vehicles to Europe using the seaport of Yenivoy. Ford also uses the port to ship Transit light commercial vehicles to Europe.