China's best-selling carmaker can now claim China's largest proving ground. General Motors, Shanghai GM, China JV partner SAIC and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) opened the $253 million facility in China that has more than 37 miles of roads, simulating 67 different driving conditions and nearly 250,000 square feet of engineering and repair space. It occupies a little more than two square miles in Guangde County, Anhui, about 130 miles from Shanghai.

The grounds will soon verify the mettle of the many brands GM oversees in China, including Buick, Cadillac, Baojun and Jiefang among others. Shanghai and PATAC will oversee the facility's operation, with more than ten million miles of testing expected annually in areas like development, certification and quality control evaluation. The press release below spells it out in even more detail.
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GM and Partners Open China's Largest Proving Ground

SHANGHAI, 2012-09-22 – General Motors, SAIC, Shanghai GM and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) have opened China's largest proving ground, capable of conducting 67 driving conditions over 60 kilometers (37 miles) of test roads.

The 5.67-square-kilometer (2.18 square miles) Guangde Proving Ground in Guangde County, Anhui, represents an investment of RMB 1.6 billion ($253 million). Shanghai GM and PATAC are overseeing the proving ground's operation, which includes comprehensive support facilities.

"GM has brought some of our industry's most advanced technology and processes to the Guangde Proving Ground," said Kevin Wale, president, GM China, and chief country operations officer, 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," Wale said.

The proving ground can carry out development, validation, certification, quality control evaluation, load data collection and analysis for vehicles less than 7.5 tons. It can accommodate up to 140 vehicles for testing simultaneously. About 20 million kilometers (12.4 million miles) worth of testing are expected to be conducted annually.

To simulate different driving conditions in China, the proving ground contains 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. In addition, it has 23,000 square meters (247,569 square feet) of auxiliary space for labs, repair facilities and private workshops.

The Guangde Proving Ground will support the design and development of vehicles by Shanghai GM and PATAC, significantly improving testing efficiency, shortening product development time and reducing testing costs. It will complement PATAC's facilities in Shanghai, which include a Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) Lab, Vehicle Safety Lab, Envision Visualization Center and Climate Wind Tunnel.

Shanghai GM builds, imports and sells a range of Buick, Cadillac and Chevrolet products. In 2011, it had record domestic sales of 1.2 million vehicles. PATAC provides automotive engineering services, including design, development, testing and validation of components and vehicles.

General Motors traces its roots back to 1908. GM has 12 joint ventures, two wholly owned foreign enterprises and more than 35,000 employees in China. GM and its joint ventures offer the broadest lineup of vehicles and brands among automakers in China. Passenger cars and commercial vehicles are sold under the Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jiefang, Opel and Wuling brands. In 2011, GM sold more than 2.5 million vehicles in China. It has been the sales leader among global automakers in the market for seven consecutive years. More information on General Motors in China can be found at GM Media Online.


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      design eye
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      Screw the local politics, you idiots. The bottom line is that in exchange for a chunk of the enormous Chinese market, GM is helping China Inc. become a competitive player, faster, by showing them how a world-class testing facility works. Years of testing development experience dropped in their laps. That's not a bad thing for GM, who's leading the race. China will get better cars (GM cars) at home first, and then soon after, GM's chinese partners can start shipping world-class cars to other markets. The risk is that China Inc. can send all the foreigners packing, once they've gained the expertise to do it themselves.
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          Roger
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          SG1 That's my point. There's no risk at all because that's exaclly what they'll do. Not maybe, not possibly...without a doubt that's what was in mind from day one.
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      mary.keana
      • 2 Years Ago
      Of Course. The Obama Touch. Give a Company Tax Payer money, and watch them outsource to another country. Every Green program Obammy tried, Jobs went to other countries, GM is only expanding in other countries...
        Sir Duke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mary.keana
        Not EXACTLY true now Mary, is it? GM currently employs more people in the UNITED STATES of AMERICA than before Obama took office. GM as a company is growing. Asia will soon surpass even the US as a car market. Cost of transporting cars, especially cheaper cars with small profit margins dictates that plants in Eastern Europe and Asia are necessary. High $$$ cars like the Corvette, Cadillacs and the Enclave are still made here.
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          Sir Duke
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          Agree with you on Mitt Romney, I do not believe that he is anywhere near the idiot that GWB was. Problems with Romney: 1. He has no spine to stand up to the Lunatic fringe in his party. 2. He is not forthcoming about his personal finances (Cannot be trusted). 3. As a veteran, I've learned that the Republicans are quick to commit to wars, and neglects our warriors when the wars are over. As one of the fortunate Vets, no injuries. I cannot forget my brothers & sisters in arms. 4. Romney has no NEW ideas, he wants to go back to what has failed US as a country. BTW: Our recovery would have been much further along if the treasonous GOP. Weren't hell bent on sabotaging everything Obama does.
        ufgrat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mary.keana
        Right... somehow a joint venture between GM and Chinese automotive companies, which will allow GM to expand it's market share in China, and make MORE money, thus paying back taxpayers sooner... is a bad thing. I think your statement translates as "Capitalism is good, unless it makes Obama look good, then it's bad".
      fish0461
      • 2 Years Ago
      let the people in china buy GM and American people stop buying them,then will see how long it takes GM to crawl back to the go old USA fot support, it is time for people stand up and qiit supporting these other contries that are going to have all our jobs before our children even get grown,if we dont do something soon our children want have any jobs to support there families.
      Bob Mull
      • 2 Years Ago
      time to boycott all gm products
      Dave & Michele
      • 2 Years Ago
      WEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Another Obama minute, He is gone, sold out our country to a Communist Country. Never buy GM again.. thats for sure.
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        bbenz56
        • 2 Years Ago
        The morons are those who do not realize that Obama has been supporting the exporting of jobs and technology since in office. This article is just the tip of the iceberg. GE has sent thousands of jobs to China. Almost everything Apple sells is made in China. US offshore drilling has been hurt because Brazil is getting US loans in part to buy or lease deep water rigs that were being use in US waters. Obama also wants to redistribute American wealth, productivity and technology to the rest of the world. Read his own words in his books!
      bgatlake
      • 2 Years Ago
      didn't we bail out GM with our money, they haven't paid it back, then they spend it in china.....good going "O".
      HELLRAISER
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good to see that GM put our bail-out money to good use...in China.
      Gina
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is SICKENING! GM has no business in China, Mexico or any other country than OUR OWN! WTF!!!!! My Dad worked for 32 years at GM and once the idiots went bankrupt, all their stock was worth NOTHING! My Dad had 99 shares of GM stock that are just bullshit pieces of paper now. As he would have said if he was still alive, "I might as well just use it to wipe my ass"! My family and most people I know will NEVER buy another GM car again! They ruined thousands of families with their lay offs and stock kills. They forced my Dad and his whole crew to clean up Asbestos when the plant downtown Detroit was closing. Him and every other electrician on that crew died one right after the other of lung cancer! They are all dead now and there's no way any of us could prove it was GM's fault because they have high priced lawyers that us normal people couldn't afford so all our parents are dead and these idiots are building huge ass proving grounds in China! I hope the crooks at GM can sleep at night knowing they killed how many people from dangerous clean ups and ruined how many families! Am I bitter? HELL YEAH I AM! We're in our 30's and 40's and our parents are dead because of lung diseases from the Fisher Body GM plant! GM couldn't care less. They are all about making more millions for their higher ups! The rich get richer and the poor get coffins!
      gjterranov
      • 2 Years Ago
      Government Motors is truly becoming China Motors! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvl5Gan69Wo I wonder what the Detroit auto unions think of this?
      wongtpa
      • 2 Years Ago
      Government Motors/ Obama shipping American jobs to China. Enough said!
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