Paul Beranger’s epic work covers the entire history of the Australian auto industry from its fledgling beginnings to the present day. For those who may not be familiar with how cars are designed, he also devotes an entire chapter describing the process, from the time-consuming methods of the past, to current CAD design systems.
Paul builds his history on the lifestyle and needs of the Australian people and the attempts of the automotive industry to meet those needs while balancing corporate interests, often from the other side of the world.
Australia’s geographic isolation, world and local economic fluctuations, and wars also influenced car design and manufacturing.
Seven out of forteen chapters are devoted to decades from the 1940s to the present day and describe design studios, production facilities, and designers that shaped Australian design. Each chapter describes the development of GM Holden, Ford, Chrysler/Mitsubishi, BMC/Leyland, Toyota, Honda, and Nissan, during that decade. Harsh realities often shaped design criteria that determined a model’s success or failure.
Also in the book are twenty-three interesting biographies of influential designers that were personally interviewed by the author. The biography of GM’s Leo Pruneau, who was influential at Holden from 1969 to 1983, is included.