Seeing as China is the world’s largest auto market, General Motors has decided to maintain their role there by opening the largest automotive proving ground in the country. On Saturday, Septmeber 22, GM and its Chinese partners: SAIC, Shanghai GM, and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center opened the 5.67 square-kilometer (2.18 square mile) test track, located in Guangde County, Anhui, costing them $253 million dollars. GM states that this track is capable of conduction 67 driving conditions over 60 kilometers (37 miles) of test roads, accommodating up to 140 vehicles at the same time.
“GM has brought some of our industry’s most advanced technology and processes to the Guangde Proving Ground. 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,” said Kevin Wale, president of GM China and chief country operations officer or China, India, and ASEAN.
To simulate different driving condition in China, the track consists of 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. The track also contains 23,000 square meters (247,569 square feet) of auxiliary space for labs, repair facilities, and private workshops.
GM announced that together with its joint ventures, it sold its 2 millionth vehicle in China on September 21st of this year. This is the earliest date of this calender year that GM and their partners have reached the milestone and the third time in GM’s history in China.