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GM opens China's largest test track

By SYF77 on 29 Sep 2012

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The world’s top-selling automaker, General Motors, is showing that it is serious about the China market despite obvious signs of economic slowdown. Together with joint-venture partners such as SAIC and Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center, GM opened the largest automotive test track in Guangde County, East China’s Anhui Province and covers an area of 560 hectare.

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The facility contains eight test areas to simulate the actual driving conditions in China. There is 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. According to GM, the test track can accommodate up to 140 vehicles concurrently.

Costing US$253 million to build, GM’s new proving ground is said to contain some of the industry’s most advanced technology and processes, according to Kevin Wale, President of GM China.

“Our goal from the beginning was to make this a world-class facility. The greatest beneficiary will be our customers, who will receive even higher-quality vehicles that are equal to those built and sold anywhere else in the world,” Wale commented.

GM had previously tested their cars using tracks owned by the government or other companies. They had also shipped their cars overseas to places such as South Korea or the US for testing. With the new facility, a lot of time will be saved on development.

Despite the slowdown in China’s economy, GM is expecting the country’s overall car industry to improve over the previous year.

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.



 
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