When Universities talk about the use of teaching aids to assist with students' studies, they don't usually include a new car, but that is exactly what Coventry University students are benefitting from thanks to Vauxhall.
David Browne, Course Director of Automotive Design in the School of Art & Design, accepted the keys from GM UK Special Projects Manager Paolo De Luca.
The Vauxhall Insignia, Europe's 'Car of the Year' was donated to Coventry University because of its prominence in automotive design.
David Browne said: "We are delighted that Vauxhall has chosen to donate this vehicle to the university for our students to work with. It is a uniquely valuable teaching aid and will be used extensively to raise awareness of the many aspects of car design, build and assembly."
The car will be used in several areas of teaching ranging from ergonomics evaluation to appreciation of assembly methods, and as an aid to discussing form, styling subtleties and brand characteristics.
David added: "We will also be able to take off the easily-removable front and rear ends so the students can work on full-size clay model 'facelift' designs, mirroring industry practice. The same could be done with interior items such as door trims and the steering wheel. Having a full size car to work on gives us so much scope for realistic design study."
The Vauxhall Insignia will initially be based in the design studio in the University's Bugatti Building and will be ready for use at the beginning of the new academic year in September 2009.
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