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A Lifetime of Testing in Four Months

February 18, 2015

Jeep_Renegade_Trailhawk_2_lowFCA puts all pre-production models through an accelerated ageing process which replicates a vehicle’s entire lifecycle over a four-month period. The objective is to ensure vehicle quality and safety.

How FCA tests new models
Extreme terrain, saltwater fords, and mud-and-salt baths represent just a few of the harsh conditions that all new FCA models are subjected to during ‘For Life’ endurance testing.

Every year, hundreds of prototypes and pre-production and production models travel thousands of kilometers on roads and test tracks in extreme climates: ranging from the arctic to the desert. To ensure that FCA vehicles deliver maximum safety and quality to customers over their entire life, every mechanical and electronic component, body part and trim element is rigorously tested.

The designers work with a team of researchers during the testing phase to ensure vehicles meet the highest standards in terms of safety, ecological profile, driving performance and quality. Before any future model can be considered fit for FCA customers, it first has to pass the tortuous tracks of Balocco Proving Ground in Balocco, Italy. See the gallery for more.

  • Extreme testing in Balocco, Italy: A Lifetime of Testing in Just Four Months

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    Alfa Romeo Giulietta testing

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    Alfa Romeo Giulietta testing

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    Alfa Romeo Giulietta testing

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