GM has performed crash tests (or subbed it out), but the ratings are generated by the NHTSA an IIHS in independent tests (unlike fuel economy/range ratings).
Crash test vehicles are randomly chosen by the testing agency (not that an auto company would ever try and deceive anybody). The IIHS buys vehicles from dealers to test. We won't see results/ratings until they can get their hands on production cars.
Ahh okay okay thank you for clearing that up. Learning quite a bit as we progress here lol. Especially that they have to buy cars from dealers to test. I guess that is a good way to keep it randomized.
So if there's a lot of people in line for a Bolt and it's hard for the NHTSA or IIHS to get a hold of one, then we may not see crash test ratings until next year. Never knew they had to buy the test car like any other customer.
I think the point is to avoid manufacturers providing "special" vehicles from the test. I don't know that the NHTSA actually purchases them, but they are "selected randomly".
The IIHS does purchase them, but are reimbursed by the mfg if specifically requested to test a vehicle before it is on their (unpublished) schedule.
Now only if more publications were conscious of that because there`s information suggesting some of the vehicles car makers give to publications have special things done in order to have an edge up over the competition.
The difference in what publications report vs. mass amount of buyers usually sets off that trigger.
End of the day, publications do need money to stay afloat whereas we are here because we like the vehicle and want to learn more. I'm hoping the NHTSA or IIHS gets a Bolt and tests it before the end of this year.