Four Decades of Data Power Malibu Reliability Testing
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is being prepared to take on all kinds of roads and driving conditions thanks to four decades of data from across the globe.
Since 1972, data-collection boxes have been recording the harshness and frequency of every bump, shudder, and jounce that cars experience in just about every developed country.
General Motors engineers have been using this kind of data in their Malibu reliability testing. They calculate the precise amount of damage that potholes and other hazards can cause over the course of 150,000 miles, and then recreate these conditions at unique road courses, which the car then goes through hundreds of times.
The 2016 Malibu also endured harsh-weather driving through scorching Arizona and freezing Northern Canada; and withstood a battery of stationary and dynamic tests to simulate abuse that no car would ever actually have to handle.
“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. “The 2016 Malibu is definitely up to these challenges.”
The objective is quite simple: a reliable piece of engineering that will get you from point A to point B, every time, without fail. Get it at Carter Chevrolet later this year when it goes on sale!