The Car Design Yearbook 3
by Stephen Newbury
[Merrell Publishers, £25]
Essential coffee table fare for lovers of automotive innovation, this attractive book illustrates and assesses every totally new concept and production car unveiled in the last 12 months.
With over 550 colour photographs complementing Stephen Newbury’s concise and knowledgeable commentary, the book details everything from the quirkily fanciful – such as Toyota’s one-man concept car the PM, to more mundane and functional creations like the Ford Freestyle.
With car manufacturers investing more heavily in design than ever before, the book is perhaps unsurprisingly dominated by concept vehicles. But this is no bad thing as it offers a tantalising glimpse of the kind of things we may be driving around in a few years down the line.
Indeed, for confirmation of this trend it’s particularly interesting to view the book, now in its third edition, alongside its predecessors. A great example is the Pontiac Solstice. First shown as a concept vehicle at the 2002 Detroit show, this curvaceous roadster has now entered series production. It is, says the author, destined to be a classic.
A word of warning though, while most of the cars in this book look great on the page, they’d look even better parked on your driveway. Some readers may come away frustrated.