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The Ultimate Automotive Proving Grounds Quiz
by Staff
Automotive proving grounds are where automakers put cars through their paces so that drivers won't receive any unpleasant surprises after they buy one. Proving grounds have been around for a long time. How much do you know about them? Take the test to find out!

When was the first automotive proving ground built?

  • 1918
  • 1924
  • 1952

Where was the first automotive proving grounds located?

  • Detroit, Mich.
  • Dearborn, Mich.
  • Milford, Mich.

What automaker opened the first automotive proving grounds?

  • General Motors
  • Ford
  • Packard

What year did Packard open its first automotive proving grounds?

  • 1925
  • 1926
  • 1927

Where did Packard open its first automotive proving grounds?

  • Shelby Township, Mich.
  • Daytona, Fla.
  • San Diego, Calif.

Where did Ford open its first automotive proving grounds?

  • Seattle, Wash.
  • Portland, Maine
  • Dearborn, Mich.

Where does Nissan have its automotive testing ground?

  • Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Tochigi Prefecture, Japan

What is Black Lake?

  • GM's watery testing center for automobile flotation devices
  • GM's asphalt testing facility for car traction on slick surfaces
  • GM's resort for vacationing automotive executives

What's the real name of the facility known as Black Lake?

  • The vehicle dynamics testing area (VDTA)
  • The crashworthiness testing area (CTA)
  • The traction control testing area (TCTA)

What are the names of two of the tracks at GM's Milford Proving Grounds?

  • The Oval Track and the Circle Track
  • The Figure-8 Track and the Mixing Bowl Track
  • The Smooth Track and the Rough Track

What are the names of two more tracks at GM's Milford Proving Grounds?

  • The Horizontal Straightaway and the Vertical Straightaway
  • The Short Straightaway and the Long Straightaway
  • The North/South Straightaway and the East/West Straightaway

Why won't you be able to take a photograph of upcoming GM models at the Milford Proving Grounds?

  • They don't test upcoming models there
  • Cameras are confiscated at the entrance
  • Upcoming models wear masks

What's the full name of the crash-test dummy known as MAMA2B?

  • Maternal Anthropomorphic Measurement Apparatus version 2B
  • Multi-use Android Measurement Apparatus version 2B
  • Multi-car Accident Measurement Apparatus version 2B

The Seven Sister course at GM's Milford Proving Grounds has seven of something. What?

  • Seven traffic lights
  • Seven curves
  • Seven speed bumps

When are test vehicles retired from service at GM's Milford Proving Grounds?

  • When the model year is over
  • When they're sold to the highest bidder
  • When they're too beat up to drive

Where is Volkswagen's "secret" testing facility?

  • Bonn, Germany
  • Ehra Lessien, Germany
  • Baden-Baden Germany

What's the name of Fiat's testing facility in Italy?

  • Medaglio d'Oro
  • Costa di Pesci
  • Circuito di Balocco

What is the VSCL?

  • Virtual Simulation and Crashworthiness Laboratory
  • Vital Systems and Crashworthiness Laboratory
  • Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness Laboratory

How large was GM's Milford Proving Grounds in 1924?

  • 579 acres
  • 933 acres
  • 1,125 acres

How many employees worked fulltime at GM's Milford Proving Grounds when it opened in 1924?

  • 1
  • 10
  • 100