Author: Sarah Redshaw
Publisher: CRC Press
Release Date: 2017-09-29
Genre: Business & Economics
It has long been accepted that the social and cultural meanings of the car far exceed the practical need for mobility. This book marks the first attempt to contribute to road safety, considering, in depth, these meanings and the cultures of driving that are shaped by them. In the Company of Cars examines the perspectives that young people have on cars, and explores the broader social and cultural meanings of the car, the potential it is supposed to fulfil, and the anticipated benefits it offers to young drivers. From focus-group research conducted in Australia, the book takes up the views of young people on a range of topics, from media to car use to gender performance. The author looks at the ways in which driving has been defined by articulations of the car that emphasize valued features of the car-driver, such as gender, youthfulness, status, age, power, raciness, sexiness, ruggedness and competitiveness. The book takes a global perspective on mobility, considering the impact of cars and road safety policy on quality of life, and the value and significance of other modes of travel, in a range of countries.
Since 1945 Ford has dominated the British car industry. Ford's UK operation, given a high degree of autonomy by Henry Ford, produced models that gave sports car handling at family saloon prices. Despite the success of the UK operation, Ford decided to base Ford of Europe in Germany. This book follows the full story of the cars and the company in the UK, from the post-war high to the decline and final death knell, the end of Fiesta production in 2001.
Author: Lara Jo Regan
Publisher: The Countryman Press
Release Date: 2014-11-03
The pure joy of a dog with his nose to the horizon, in a moving car--captured on the page. First we had dogs underwater, then dogs shaking off water... so why not dogs soaking up the exhilarating no-holds-barred pleasure of a car ride? Photographer Lara Jo Regan began her pet project as a calendar, but the response was overwhelming and absolute: Her photographs of the cruising canines, taken from incredible perspectives, with tongues hanging and ears flapping, became a global Internet sensation. The energy of the photographs is impressive and visceral. In order to get these shots, Regan built a special light, which jutted out over the roof of the car, a harness that allowed her to lean out of the window, and various other contraptions to make the images come to life. This book will make you laugh out loud and want to share it with everyone you know. It’s full speed happiness.
Author: Curtis D. Anderson
Release Date: 2010-03-30
This illustrated history chronicles electric and hybrid cars from the late 19th century to today’s fuel cell and plug-in automobiles. It describes the politics, technology, marketing strategies, and environmental issues that have impacted electric and hybrid cars’ research and development. The important marketing shift from a “woman’s car” to “going green” is discussed. Milestone projects and technologies such as early batteries, hydrogen and bio-mass fuel cells, the upsurge of hybrid vehicles, and the various regulations and market forces that have shaped the industry are also covered.
This study chronicles the success of the Japanese car in America. Starting with Japan's first gasoline-powered car, the Takuri, it examines early Japanese inventors and automotive conditions in Japan; the arrival of Japanese cars in California in the late 1950s; consumer and media reactions to Japanese manufacturers; what obstacles they faced; initial sales; and how the cars gained popularity through shrewd marketing. Toyota, Honda, Datsun (Nissan), Mazda, Subaru, Isuzu, and Mitsubishi are profiled individually from their origins through the present. An examination follows of the forced cooperation between American and Japanese manufacturers, the present state of the industry in America, and the possible future of this union, most importantly in the race for a more environmentally-sound vehicle.
One of America's greatest business enterprises, the Pullman Company provided outstanding service aboard a vast fleet of railroad passenger cars that could be found in almost every nook and cranny of the United States. This illustrated history examines Pullman's diverse fleet, from its spectacular custom-built wooden cars of the nineteenth century to steel heavyweight cars in the prewar years and on into the lightweight streamlined era. Author Joe Welsh includes period photos, many in rare color, as well as car diagrams and ads that help trace the development, composition, and evolution of the historically and culturally significant Pullman fleet, including the gamut of sleeper, parlor, and restaurant cars. This is a fitting tribute to the former cultural icons aboard which strode giants of American life, such as Babe Ruth and Clark Gable, as well as first-time travelers from small-town America.
Author: Matt DeLorenzo
Publisher: Motorbooks International
Release Date: 2000
This fabulous, behind-the-scenes book explores more than a decade of creative Chrysler concepts, forward-thinking technologies, and the cars and trucks that emerged from them - Viper, Neon, Intrepid, Cirrus, Dodge Ram, Eagle Vision, PT Cruiser, and a full line of minivans. DeLorezo explains how these cars revived Chryslers image with Wall Street and the media, explores how they boosted internal morale, and introduces the craftsman who build them. A final chapter looks ahead to concepts that may be waiting in the wings in light of the Daimler/Chrysler merger. ** International Automotive Media Awards Gold Medal Winner **
This new revised and updated edition is the ultimate buyer's/seller's/user's guide for American automobiles manufactured from 1805 to 1942. With more than 5,000 photos and histories of cars and their companies written by one of America's most respected automotive historians, this is the most extensive automobile reference available.
Author: Debra Brill
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Business & Economics
From a small horsecar building firm established in 1868, the J. G. Brill Company grew to be a world leader in a rapidly evolving industry that at the time of the First World War was the fifth largest in the United States. Besides its very successful trolleys and other electric cars, Brill built horsecars, cable cars, streetcars, narrow-gauge and gas-propelled cars for railroads, and even buses. The Brill policy was to build whatever the customer wanted. No job was considered too small or too peculiar, which not only resulted in some delightfully wacky cars but gave Brill employees valuable experience and contributed greatly to their understanding of car building in all its varied aspects. As the transportation industry's motive power evolved from horse to cable to electric to gasoline, the Brill Company kept in step, gradually expanding their business, buying out trolley car builders in five states, and even establishing a plant in France. As they grew, they maintained their reputation for quality, to such an extent that when the company went out of business in 1944 its successor took the name for itself, becoming the ACF-Brill Motors Corporation. A fascinating variety of open, closed, convertible, and semi-convertible cars, propelled by horse, steam, cable, and electricity, parade through the pages of this book. These old cars have a hold on the affections of many, and hundreds of them have been preserved in museums throughout the world. Just about every type of Brill-built product mentioned here is represented in a railway museum somewhere. Appendix A lists many of the world's trolley museums and tourist trolley lines where Brill cars can be found, and gives a breakdown of cars built by the firm. Appendix B lists the trucks and specialities of the Brill company.