Inside the machine

An engineer’s tale of the modern automotive industry


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Ever wondered what it takes to bring a successful modern car to market? This book gives a rare glimpse inside the automotive industry, through the development stories of three very different but highly significant vehicles – the Nissan Qashqai, the Renault ZOE, and the multi award-winning Alpine A110 sports car.

This book tells the story of the modern car industry from the inside. What is it really like to work for the carmakers – the industrial giants that influence the daily lives of millions? How are mass-production cars really designed, engineered, and manufactured? What does it take to engineer a successful vehicle?

The story is told through the author’s own journey around the globe – starting as a young graduate engineer working for Nissan in the UK, to working for Nissan in Japan and finally for Renault in France as Chief Engineer of their ‘halo’ sports-car, designed to relaunch the Alpine brand. It tells the behind-the-scenes story of three well-known vehicles, whose development teams were led by the author – the Nissan Qashqai, the Renault ZOE and finally the Alpine A110 – revealing some of the fascinating stories of how these vehicles came into being.

The book seeks to show the real work that goes on behind the glamour of the Motor Shows and the well-honed corporate press releases – work that is sometimes exciting, but often grindingly difficult.

  • A fascinating glimpse of the industry behind the glamour and glitz of the Motor Shows

  • The grit and the passion of engineering modern cars

  • The highs and lows of engineering a modern car

  • Focus, pressure and risk-taking: how to engineer a successful car

  • How to design a real car, by someone who’s been there and done it

  • A unique insider’s take on the modern auto industry

  • A tale of three sisters – the Nissan Qashqai, Renault ZOE and Alpine A110

  • A guided tour of the highs and lows of car-making

  • From backstage disasters to the pizzazz of car launches

  • UK, Japan, France – a whirlwind tour of the global auto industry


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