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CUtoday Automotive – MG resurrection gains momentum in Shanghai

Following Rover’s former sister brand making an attempt at a revival, MG turns up at this year’s Auto Shanghai with a brace of new models. But can they propel the company back into the British car market? writes Joe Breeze from Shanghai…

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CUtoday Automotive – The ultimate, ‘ultimate driving machine’?

With BMW’s boffins moving to forced induction for the first time in any ‘M’ car, will the latest M5 concept, making its global debut here at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show, lose the knife-edge sharp response of its high revving V10 predecessor? Writes Sean Carson…

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CUtoday Automotive – State of play: life behind the F1 veneer

Formula 1 in front of the camera is all glamorous girls and globetrotting lifestyle, but the world’s finest form of motorsport is not all it appears to be. A candid Karun Chandhok, Team Lotus F1 reserve driver, speaks to CUtoday and talks life on the F1 circus and the state of the sport today.

With a huge amount of politics to contend with, a heavy physical training schedule and a bulging PR programme to follow, it’s unsurprising Chandhok sighs “F1 is tiring.” Writes Sean Carson…

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CUtoday Automotive – Le Mans comes to Coventry

A new exhibition, ‘Le Mans through the Ages’, has opened at Coventry Transport Museum.

To celebrate the world’s oldest endurance race, the display features a diverse collection of classic racers spanning nearly 90 years. Key cars from each decade showcase technological innovations that have subsequently made their way into everyday production cars. Writes Philip Shoulder…

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CUtoday Automotive – Revered automotive photographer Mike Valente drops in for a ‘Cov Con’

By Sean Carson

13.59 – Finally, thanks to Mike Valente for coming in and sharing his thoughts and experiences on getting the perfect image.

13.57 – “Look for a different way to work and a different technique; set yourself aside from everybody else,” Valente’s advice to any aspiring photographer. Interested in all forms of photography and the equipment involved, Valente says he can’t go anywhere without having a camera on him.

13.55 – How to get a good picture on a miserable cloudy day? “Use the atmosphere” says Valente. “Try and keep the camera dry, but make it work for you. If it was bucketing it down we wouldn’t use a tracking shot as the spray would obliterate the cameras and the image. We’d modify it to a panning shot.”

13.52 – “At 300 dpi for a magazine, and by the time the printing has cocked it up for you, you can shoot at five megapixels” believes Valente.

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CUtoday Automotive – Transport through time

Embarking on studying as an Automotive Journalist at Coventry – the cultural centre of England’s automotive industry for so many years – it would have been naïve to simply gloss over the rich tapestry of automotive heritage right in front of me, housed under the roof of Coventry’s world-famous transport museum. How glad I am I took the opportunity to visit this excellent catalogue of the industry that underpinned this area of the country for so many years. Writes Sean Carson… Continue reading

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CUtoday Automotive – It’s finally here!

After a bit of a wait, all you petrol heads out there will be pleased to note the launch of CUtoday’s very own automotive blog.

Cars and all things transport related play a massive part in modern-day life: leisure, pleasure, work (and commuting to and from) are just a few uses for the humble box on wheels that so many of us take for granted every day. And living and studying in Coventry, the former cultural centre of the UK’s motor industry, what better place to house an automotive blog than CUtoday.wordpress.com?

So with the Geneva motor show little more than a month away, keep an eye out for previews to up coming releases from all the top manufacturers as well as a full debrief after show and other motoring related themes and issues, not to mention the upcoming issue of Coventry University’s very own Automotive magazine, produced by the University’s automotive journalism MA students, due for publishing in early March.

If you have any content you would like to see published on CUtoday’s very own automotive blog, please email Sean: carsons2@uni.coventry.ac.uk

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