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Book Review - The Car Design Yearbook 5

The Definitive Guide to All New Concept and Production Cars Worldwide

By Stephen Newbury

Reviewed by James Riswick

The Car Design Yearbook 5

Like the cars documented within its covers, The Car Design Yearbook series gets better with each successive generation. From the $1.25 million Bugatti Veyron on the cover to the humble Dacia Logan sold in Eastern Europe, the fifth edition leaves no automotive stone unturned with more than 130 vehicles presented. The year's show-stopping concept vehicles are highlighted as well as the production cars introduced in the United States, Europe and Japan. Each gets two full pages with big, detailed photographs complemented by brief specifications and a small amount of text. Notable aspects of each car are discussed along with commentary on the design's overall look and significance. This series is not only great for those interested in automotive design, but car enthusiasts should enjoy collecting it for nostalgia reasons. In a few years, it’ll be fun to look back at the production cars shown on these pages in a "look how far we've come" sort of way, or to try and spot concept car attributes that eventually showed up in production models. It's a great gift for car geeks.

Price: $27

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