GM opens the largest proving ground in China

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 30, 2012

The largest proving ground in China named the Guangde Proving Ground (with more than 60 kilometers or 37 miles of test roads) has just been opened. This won’t have been possible without General Motors, SAIC, Shanghai GM and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC). The 5.67-square-kilometer (2.18 square miles) Guangde Proving Ground in Guangde County, Anhui, has the capability of conducting 67 driving conditions.

Building it required a total investment of RMB 1.6 billion ($253 million). Managing its operations are Shanghai GM and PATAC. They’re also responsible for its comprehensive support facilities. Kevin Wale, president, GM China, and chief country operations officer, China, India and ASEAN, said that GM has installed several of the most sophisticated technology and processes in the industry to this proving ground.

The Guangde Proving Ground could undertake development, validation, certification, quality control evaluation, load data collection and analysis for vehicles lighter than 7.5 tons. It could test as many as 140 vehicles at the same time. Each year, around 20 million kilometers (12.4 million miles) worth of testing can be conducted. The proving ground simulates various driving conditions in China.

It has eight specific test areas: an oval track, vehicle dynamics test area, long straightaway, ride and handling loop, noise test road, durability test area, corrosion test area and hill test area. Furthermore, it has 23,000 square meters (247,569 square feet) of auxiliary space for labs, repair facilities and private workshops.

Topics: gm, china

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

WM Motor, a new China-based automaker, recently revealed its forthcoming lineup consisting of affordable electric vehicles. While there is a company is the U.S. that has the same name, they...
by - December 8, 2016
Even when Aston Martin has been mum about the upcoming AM-RB 001 hypercar, Marek Reichman at least has something new to say. In a recent interview with Australia’s Motoring, the...
by - December 8, 2016
The people at Mercedes-Benz are rejoicing. This is simply because for the first time since 1979, Mercedes-Benz has assembled 20,000 – and still counting – examples of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class....
by - December 8, 2016
When Donkervoort Automobielen BV unveiled its Donkervoort D8 GTO-RS limited edition in May 2016, customer interest has been so overwhelming that the Lelystad, Netherlands-based carmaker sold out this one-of-a-kind vehicle...
by - December 8, 2016
Mazda’s RX-7 and RX-8 rotary sports car are two of the most beloved sports cars from Japan. Aside from their terrific road balance and agility, these sports cars are powered...
by - December 8, 2016
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries