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A-Z of 21st-Century Cars - Book Review

100 Years of Amazing Automobiles

A-Z of 21st-Century Cars by Tony Lewin

by Tony Lewin

Only 12 years into the new millennium, it may seem a little preemptive to some to write a book chronicling the car models of the 21st century. Luckily for writers like Tony Lewin, author of the Car Design Yearbook series, auto manufacturers have been in overdrive the past decade, cranking out new cars and exciting new innovations quicker than a Bugatti Veyron on a straightaway. In A-Z of 21st-Century Cars, Lewin does his best to compile all of the latest and greatest automobiles alongside relevant historical and biographical information related to their marques and designers, crafting a thorough yet eminently readable look into the current state of our cars.

From Italian badge Abarth to the now-defunct Russian limo maker Zil, Lewin leaves no garage unexamined in his comprehensive quest for car knowledge, covering roughly 150 of the most significant auto models in recent memory. Vehicle descriptions include the kind of anecdotes and insider info you don't learn at the dealership, and are supplemented with over 1,500 color photos. While the 540-page tome may appear daunting at first glance, A-Z is cleverly organized both alphabetically and with a unique color-coding system — a green color scheme delineates a designer or design studio, whereas blue signifies a brand and red a specific model. However, half the fun is had simply flipping through the sizable volume at random — here stumbling upon a Lamborghini Gallardo, there a hydrogen-powered Honda FCX Clarity. After spending an ample amount of time with A-Z of 21st-Century Cars, we were left with only one question: when can we expect a "part two?"

Reviewed by Nick Winfrey

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