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The Car Design Yearbook 4: The Definitive Annual Guide to All New Concept and Production Cars Worldwide [Hardcover]

Stephen Newbury
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17 Oct 2005
'The Car Design Yearbook 4' is the fourth edition of an annual guide to the world's latest concept and production cars. Stephen Newbury reviews models ranging from the mass-market to the most exotic of concept cars.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers Ltd (17 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858942853
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858942858
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 24.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 964,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let your eyes gaze on the flowing lines and fetching curves of the world's most dozzling production and concept cars.

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The Car Design Yearbook remains the only annual reference available to all the latest trends in car design worldwide

Over 130 cars, clearly organized A–Z, from mass-market brands to high-performance models

Over 550 stunning photographs and original renderings show exterior and interior styling, engine layouts and significant details

Key performance and technical data provided for each car, plus a review of the car’s main stylistic features and innovations --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Concept cars galore!!! 3 Jan 2006
By clivesl
A brilliant book, with all you need to know about concept cars and the main stars in the automotive world in 2005. A beautifuly presented hard back book with nearly 300 pages. It also contains a section on car designer biogs. A must have for all car fanatics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very fine book 3 Dec 2013
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A 'must have' for car enthusiasts. Beautiful and very fine pictures. I think it is coverring all new tendensces globally
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 15 Jan 2008
This book is great because it's got some awesome cars in it and spendid descriptions; it will appeal equally to serious car enthusiasts and industry professionals. It is a must-have and worth its 20 price-tag for both types of buyer. It includes really excellent drawings by car designers, which are very interesting and add to the overall appeal. Buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Car Design Yearbook 4 23 Mar 2006
By Car Fan - Published on
This volume continues the format and quality of volumes 1-3, with the same strengths (beautiful photos, appealing coffee table appearance, etc.) and weaknesses (commentary isn't always helpful; every car gets about the same depth of coverage, whether it's a production-ready Fiat or an amazing concept car). If you liked the earlier editions, you'll enjoy this one too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Photo Record of the Automotive Year, Worthless Editorial 29 Dec 2007
By D. Sims - Published on
For those who want a great record of the automotive year in review, this series has assembled a great collection of photos, from corporate press kits distributed to media at auto shows. The comments by Steven Newbury verbally describe the designs in the photos and provide his personal critiques, which are at times baffling. More in-depth stories behind the designs, the development of the concept and the team behind it would make for more entertaining reading. The designer profiles in the back of the book are more interesting. Enjoy leafing through the photos and the attractive format in which the material has been assembled.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great collection and designer insights 14 Dec 2007
By C. Buettner - Published on
A great annual collection of showcars as well as production cars and focusses on the design aspects rather than pure cost and performance lists that other car yearbooks often do.
A little section with designer interviews is very entertaining.

The images are plenty and nice but could as always be bigger, better and more, especially for the concept cars of which you usually wouldn't find much media coverage. Overall a great reference series to go back to!

it would be interesting to create a book of design reviews like the one Automobile magazine publishes monthly...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Car Design Yearbook 4 20 Mar 2006
By P. Hansen - Published on
This is one of the coolest yearbooks around, especially if you like to stay updated on cars that came out last year. These books are excellent reference for years to come.

The book is divided in to different sections, or topics which change from year to year so they are well worth buying each year.

Each car is given 2 pages of awesome pictures and informative text and the layout is nice and clean.

The one thing I don't like too much about these books is the use of pictures, I think there are too few in some cases. Some cars are shown in only 2 pictures, sometimes the text describes the interior or the rear end of the car but there are no pictures of it. It seems graphic style and consistency goes before content, meaning the layout is too rigid.

But having said that I still think this book and all the others in this series are well worth the money and a must for anyone interested in the latest cars, both production and prototype.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Industrial Design Reference! 15 Oct 2013
By Jay - Published on
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Great book for Trans Design or Product Design reference. I have the Car Design Yearbook #3, #4, and #5 added into my collection. Kind of old school to have a physical book on a bookshelf..but something about that feeling makes me smile for now. Only flipped thru the book a couple of times..and loved it so much that I've kept my fingers off of it for preservation.
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