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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Endurance Testing Explored in New Video

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GM has revealed more information on the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, the American automaker has also shared details of the mid-size sedan's endurance testing on harsh roads and in extreme temperatures in a new video. Chevrolet says the redesigned Malibu has been engineered to handle the world's worst roads even if it will never use them."Although most Malibu owners will never put their car through similar abuse, we test all new vehicles in extreme climates, inclement weather and on punishing road surfaces," said Dan Devine, Malibu validation engineer, in a release. "The 2016 Malibu is definitely up to these challenges."GM has been recording real-world driving conditions around the globe with vehicle data collection boxes that have been used since 1972. These data collection boxes record "the harshness and frequency of every jounce, bump and shudder inflicted on the car on roads in the U.S., Russia, Saudi Arabia, and developing markets."Data collected from these recorders is used to calculate the amount of abuse a car suffers from potholes and other road hazards over 150,000 miles of use, according to the automaker. GM has replicated these conditions at the automaker's Milford Proving Grounds to test new cars. Developmental cars log more than 1.5 million miles on the test track and public roadways.Additionally, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu has been subjected to harsh climates including summer testing in Arizona with an average temperature of 107 degree and winter testing in Northern Canada with an average temperature of -13 degrees. Other environmental testing was done at the GM Technical Center in Warren, Mich. Temperatures in the Climatic Wind Tunnel can be controlled from -40 degrees to 140 degrees.Other tests include a four-post vehicle test that acts on each corner of the car's suspension to test wear on bushings and dampers; door, hood, and decklid slams to test hinges and latches; and road durability testing, which includes twist ditches, driveway angles, mud and gravel, high-speed tests, chatter bumps, Belgian blocks, and salt spray.The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will be revealed at the 2015 New York auto show next month and will go on sale toward the end of this year.Source: GM MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

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