'An Introduction to Modern Vehicle Design' provides a thorough introduction to the many aspects of passenger car design in one volume. Starting with basic principles, the author builds up analysis procedures for all major aspects of vehicle and component design. Subjects of current interest to the motor industry, such as failure prevention, designing with modern materials, ergonomics and control systems are covered in detail, and the author concludes with a discussion on the future trends in automobile design. With contributions from both academics lecturing in motor vehicle engineering and those working in the industry, "An Introduction to Modern Vehicle Design" provides students with an excellent overview and background in the design of vehicles before they move on to specialised areas. Filling the niche between the more descriptive low level books and books which focus on specific areas of the design process, this unique volume is essential for all students of automotive engineering.

Key Features

Only book to cover the broad range of topics for automobile design and analysis procedures Each topic written by an expert with many years experience of the automotive industry


Undergraduates in automotive engineering. HND students studying motor vehicle engineering. Other undergraduates studying automotive options.

Table of Contents

Automotive engineering development * Modern materials and their incorporation into vehicle design * The manufacturing challenge for automotive designers * Body design * Chassis design and analysis * Crashworthiness and its influence on vehicle design * Noise vibration and harshness * Occupant accommodation: and ergonomics approach * Suspension systems and their components * Control systems in automobiles * The design of engine characteristics for vehicle use * Transmissions * Braking systems * Failure prevention - the role of endurance and durability studies in the design and manufacture of reliable vehicles * Future trends in automobile design.


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© 2000
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About the editor

Julian Happian-Smith

Affiliations and Expertise

Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), UK


quote This book is an educational text which gives a brief introduction to a wide variety of areas whilst stimulating readers to pursue their studies...I have found the book easy and interesting to read and there are areas where I have picked up new knowledge...I would recommend this text to my automotive engineering students'. source Penny Taylor, formerly University of Hertfordshire, UK