If you need further proof that China is indeed the world's largest car market today, then perhaps you should take a look at the photo above as General Motors and its local partners have opened China's largest proving ground where they can test their vehicles.
"GM has brought some of our industry’s most advanced technology and processes to the Guangde Proving Ground," said Kevin Wale, president of GM China and chief country operations officer of China, India and ASEAN. "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."
Located in a 5.67sq-km property, the Guangde Proving Ground in the Anhui province is capable of conducting 67 driving conditions over 60km of test roads. It can also carry out development, validation, certification, quality control evaluation, and load data collection and analysis for vehicles less than 7.5 tons. It can accommodate up to 140 vehicles for testing simultaneously.
To simulate different driving conditions in China, the proving ground contains eight specific test areas: an oval track, a vehicle dynamics test area, a long straightaway, a ride-and-handling loop, a noise test road, a durability test area, a corrosion test area, and a hill test area. It also has 23,000sq-m of auxiliary space for labs, repair facilities and private workshops.
GM expects approximately 20 million kilometers worth of testing will be conducted on the proving ground annually.