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Automotive design is a set of typically non-professional vocations or occupations involved in the development of the appearance, and to some extent the ergonomics, of motor vehicles or more specifically road vehicles. This most commonly refers to automobiles but also refers to motorcycles, trucks, buses, coaches, and vans.
The functional design and development of a modern motor vehicle is typically done by a large team from many different disciplines included within automotive engineering however design roles are not associated with requirements for Professional or Chartered Engineer qualifications. Automotive design in this context is primarily concerned with developing the visual appearance or aesthetics of the vehicle, though it is also involved in the creation of the product concept.
Automotive design is practiced by designers who may have an art background and a degree in industrial design or transportation design. A Bertone Birusa concept car on display at an International Car Show.
A futuristic original sketch for Ferrari Modulo 512-S by Paul Martin in 1967. There are already many features of the final concept, including the reduced height, wheels coved for low drag and the characteristic entry system.