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Extensive automotive expertise in compact form Bosch presents completely revised 28th German edition of its Automotive Handbook Major reference book since 1932

  • Larger scope of contents reflects recent automotive developments
  • About 200 expert authors from industry and science
  • Index strongly expanded
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  • May 08, 2014
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Vienna/Karlsruhe – An updated German version of the Automotive Handbook, which generations of technology enthusiasts have used as an automotive technology reference work, is now available following a two-year revision. The 28th edition is being presented to the public on the occasion of the 35th International Vienna Motor Symposium. The book has been completely revised and enhanced to include the most recent developments in automotive technology. The standard work is now 277 pages longer. The first edition was published in 1932, and was put together when Robert Bosch was still at the helm of the company he founded. It has since grown to a 1544-page volume, which contains numerous specialist articles that give detailed explanations about the functioning of all relevant vehicle components – from the internal combustion engine to modern driver assistance systems.

About 200 specialist authors contributed to the current edition. Their expertise covers the entire range of automotive topics. Some of the authors are Bosch or other automotive industry engineers, while others work at universities or colleges of applied sciences. They received support from Karl-Heinz Dietsche, an engineer and the book's editor, as well as from a scientific advisory board. Professor Konrad Reif assumed an advisory role, just as he did for the previous edition, when the external consultant provided support for the first time. The doctor of engineering is Director of the Electronic and Mechatronic systems program at the Ravensburg/Friedrichshafen campus of Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University. In cooperation with the editorial staff, he ensures that the high quality of the articles is consistent.

Even easier to read and look things up
For the latest edition, the book's format has also been revised: it is now 20 percent longer and wider, as this allows for a larger font size. This makes the texts and graphics easier to read. The index has also been strongly expanded to make looking up technical terms easier. In the 28th edition, the Automotive Handbook's index is now 75 pages long, one and a half times longer than in previous editions.

Broad readership: engineers, students, and budding master craftsmen
The Bosch Automotive Handbook is very popular with a broad readership. Students of engineering programs consult it, as do researchers and engineers in the automotive industry. Mechanics who are studying to become master craftsmen also use it as a reference work. Experts trust the well-founded and extensive expertise that can be found in the classic. The 28th edition (ISBN: 978-3-658-03800-7) will be available in bookshops at the time of book's publication on May 8, 2014. An initial 20,000 copies of the German edition have been printed. The English edition will follow in August, with an initial print run of 15,000 copies. Further licensed editions in other languages are set to follow. The Bosch Automotive Handbook is widely regarded around the world as a standard work for automotive technology. Until now, it has been translated into 11 languages.

Robert Bosch GmbH
Automotive Aftermarket
Phone 09001 942010

The Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with a complete range of diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Its product portfolio includes products made as Bosch original equipment, as well as aftermarket products and services developed and manufactured in-house. More than 18,000 associates in 150 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that some 650,000 different spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. In its “Automotive Service Solutions” operations, AA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training, and information services. In addition, the division is responsible for the “Bosch Service” repair-shop franchise, one of the world’s largest independent chains of repair-shops, with some 17,000 workshops. In addition, AA is responsible for more than 1,000 “AutoCrew” partners.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

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