General Motors and its Chinese partner SAIC held a ceremony on September 22 to mark the completion of their proving ground in Guangde, Anhui. The construction spanned two and a half years and cost 1.6 billion Yuan. Operated by Shanghai-GM and PATAC (Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center), the Guangde proving ground is expected to greatly facilitate local development of GM, SAIC, and SGMW models.
About 200km from Shanghai, the testing field, described as the most advanced of its kind in China, is located in the township of Qiucun in the Guangde county of Anhui province. It occupies a land of 5.67 square km, which is about the size of 795 soccer fields.
Main features include a 9,036m, 4-lane circle track and a 310m X 300m dynamic pad. 67 types of road conditions are created here, with total tracks exceeding 60km. Up to 140 vehicles can be challenged here at the same time for safety, comfort, and endurance.