The following is an excerpt from ELISABETH LEAMY | October 8, 2012 | abcnews.go.com |
General Motors is putting its vehicles through a series of extreme tests in a bid to make sure the cars — and the company — last.
The grueling tests come after bankruptcy and a government bailout left American taxpayers with ownership of a quarter of the company. GM’s stock price has slumped so that the government has been forced to hold it shares rather than sell them at a loss. The extreme testing is an attempt to strengthen the company’s vehicles — and its share price.
The newly restructured GM granted “Nightline” unprecedented access to its super secretive testing facility, called the Proving Grounds, in Milford, Mich., where it allowed our cameras to film new models being crashed, flooded and pushed to the limit in severe environments.
It’s like hazing for cars or engineering as an extreme sport. And many of these tests had never been seen before by the public.
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