- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Merrell Publishers; 01 edition (1 Sept. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1858944767
- ISBN-13: 978-1858944760
- Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 2.8 x 28.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 666,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Car Design Yearbook: The Definitive Guide to All New Concept and Production Cars Worldwide Hardcover – 1 Sep 2009
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Beautifully produced and seriously informative...for most of us it is a catalogue of motoring enchantments, dreams and follies --Evening Standard
As a point of reference for car design, there's nothing better --Auto Express
About the Author
STEPHEN NEWBURY has played a leading role in the creation of an exciting range of vehicles, from such concepts as the 3PV to such production cars as the Renault Clio Sport V6. He now works as a writer and design consultant. TONY LEWIN has been writing about cars and the car industry for 30 years. He is a former editor of What Car? magazine, and launched Financial Times Automotive World.
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Top Customer Reviews
And I'm pleasantly surprised. It's essentially (apart from the expected introductory pages) an alphabetical guide to the new cars (both production and concept) of the past year. Each model gets a two-page spread with what I call proper photographs (i.e you can actually see the cars, from various angles - the photography's not absurdly 'artistic') and a half-page critique of the design. The designer's name is listed and one or two technical details. The critique is reasonably critical and informed, thankfully.
The design of the book itself, consiering the rather limiting format, is really good. It feels lavish and expensive. The graphic design is effective. It's like a giant Observer's Book of Cars in a way except for the inclusion of concept cars, but that's no bad thing sometimes. If you can afford to buy it every year, it would eventually make quite a collection I imagine.
This year, they've introduced their own awards section, which is a bit pointless, especially since they chose the Renault Mégane as the best production car design (must've been a bad year for design).
On the whole though, a very nice book if you like this style and format.
In summary this book is high high quality product, the definitive volume in it's field (Automobile Year overlaps to some extent but covers other areas - Motorsport etc.) and is great value. It serves as both a directory for the car design afficionardo and the general enthusiast.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a gift for a student studying Car Design and he was so excited to receive it as it was the latest edition. Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2013 by Ms
Very beautyful book. Gives you an overall look in the coming generations of new cars from all over the world.Published on 1 Feb. 2010 by Ketil Sundgaard Pedersen