Just as I was about to ask what became of it, DHL delivered a freshly printed copy of Automotive Management edited by Bernhard Ebel and Markus B. Hofer for Springer Gabler of Hamburg.
Ten years after the first issue, this ultimate compendium adds more professional insight into design strategies. I was happy to contribute with an essay on the development of car design. Sadly for non teutons, the book is written in and for German—but one that gives an outlook onto the global automotive world.
Bearing the very sachlich title "Automobildesign - Entwicklung und Formensprache" and as if to confirm that Harley Earl’s famous "I see, but I cannot hear" is no rule, my elaborations flow for as many as 16 pages without one single picture. With plenty of fancy charts and graphics, even the most serious engineering or management text, of which the book is full, looks frivolous in comparison.
This said, I can’t wait to to go through the remaining 542 pages of automotive intelligence and strongly recommend you do the same—at least, if you can read german.