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Car
Author: Gregory Votolato

ISBN: 9781780234526
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1 December 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 15.6 x 2.3
Description:
Love or despise them, our attitude to cars is contradictory: our attachment to and revulsion of automobiles arises in equal measure across the world and throughout history. Our relationship with the car has always been intimately connected with design and this book examines this complex and persistent bond. If many people today feel that our connection with cars is a vice, how then does this manifest itself in the design of the cars we buy or use? This book shows how and why the automobile has evolved since the late nineteenth century, becoming an object of unparalleled popular desire as well as the problem child of the modern world. Over the past century the internal combustion engine, the lightweight steam engine and the electric motor proved their value to industry and commerce by powering tractors, pickup trucks and delivery vans, while supporting civic order and public service in police vehicles and ambulances. Yet it was the private passenger car that became the most glamorous product of the industrial age, serving psychological, social and economic functions well beyond its utility as a means of transportation.Car introduces the automotive design process, exploring engineering in...

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