2013 Chevrolet Malibu Turbo ready for global launch [Video]
The all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Turbo is ready to handle its new mission to be a global car. It is arriving this month and has gone through some of the most severe testing to get it ready for extreme temperatures around the globe. The new Malibu mid-size sedan is getting an all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that will infuse the car with a new global spirit and Chevrolet wants the car to be ready to handle this new challenge. Engineers got the new Malibu Turbo ready by putting it through some extreme tests.
The testing has taken place in the General Motors Climatic Wind Tunnel located in Warren, Mich. where the new Malibu Turbo has endured everything from sub-zero conditions to temperatures of up to 140 degrees. The new mid-size Turbo sedan will need to be able to handle a wide range of real-world conditions. The new 2013 Malibu Turbo will be sold in more than 100 countries around the globe and the Climatic Wind Tunnel simulted those conditions the new car from Chevrolet will likely see.
Severe testing readies the Malibu Turbo for global extremes
The 2013 Malibu Turbo was subjected to blizzard and hurricane conditions inside the wind tunnel, where temperatures went from 40 below zero to 140 degrees under 1,155 watt lamps to simulate extreme sun-baked conditions. It also went through 150 mile winds to simulate blizzard and and hurricane conditions inside the facilities wind tunnel. The wind tunnel also simulates actual driving conditions and allows the car to experience speeds of up to 155 mph.
Many automakers take their cars to remote locations to test their vehicles, but Chevrolet built the new test facility to help save both time and money. Ben Cruz, GM engineering group manager for thermal testing at the Climatic Wind Tunnel said, “Tunnel testing also minimizes the safety risks and traffic interactions associated with testing on public roads, and because the conditions are repeatable, we’re not limited by the whims of Mother Nature.”
The state-of-the-art facility, allows engineers to be able to test the Malibu Turbo’s cooling system, cabin climate control systems and see how the new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine performs under every condition possible. The systems were subjected to “the harshest weather conditions found from Death Valley, Calif., and Denali, Alaska.”
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