Press release #Automotive Aftermarket

Bosch presents completely revised 29th edition of its Automotive Handbook

The comprehensive reference book has become an essential part of the automotive world

  • Revision focus on the chapters are “powertrain”, “operating fluids” and “seals”.
  • Editorial contributions of approximately 240 industrial, research and scientific authors.
  • A reliable source of information on state-of-the-art automotive technology for more than 80 years already.
Nico Krespach

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Karlsruhe - Since it was first issued in 1932, the Bosch Automotive Handbook has become one of the world’s most successful reference book for topics concerning automotive technologies. More than 1.5 million copies of the book with its traditional dark-blue cover have already been published in a total of 12 languages. Generations of students of engineering disciplines, automotive master students, engineers, motor-vehicle experts, researchers and developers at the automotive industry used it as a reference. The 10th and totally revised edition is now available at the bookshops since end of November 2018. The latest edition of the Automotive Handbook already comprises 1 780 content pages.

Focus of the revision

For this new edition, most of all the chapters “powertrain” and “operating fluids” were completely revised. Besides conventional types of transmissions for motor vehicles driven by combustion engines, powertrains of hybrid and electric vehicles have also been added. As they are described in detail, the chapter is now more than twice as long as it was before. The “operating fluids” chapter was complemented by comprehensive descriptions of alternative fuels, coolants for air-conditioning systems and urea-water solutions. In addition, there is also a new chapter about different seals installed at several different locations within each vehicle. This chapter is a completely new one as there was no such chapter before. Accordingly, the contents added deal with latest developments regarding automotive technologies.

The Automotive Handbook describes state-of-the art automotive technology

The main objective of the editorial team is to keep the book as up-to-date as possible by means of new editions. For this purpose and for reasons of clarity, contents dealing with historic technologies, which have not been used anymore for today’s motor vehicles for quite a while, are condensed or deleted.

240 industrial, research and scientific authors

For more than 20 years, Dipl.-Ing. Karl-Heinz Dietsche has been in charge of the Automotive Handbook as executive editor. Together with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Konrad Reif, the scientific advisor of the book, he ensures the compliance of the contributions of the collaborating authors – by now some 240 industrial, research and scientific authors – with the high quality standard of this publication. For the final editorial work, Dietsche was first supported by Matthias Thiess. As technical writer, he has been reviewing historic customer-service documents at Bosch Classic for many years. Based on these documents, he built up a database which already comprises more than 50,000 documents by now. Accessible via Bosch Classic website, it provides fans of classic vehicles with matching documents and spare-part information for almost any vehicle equipped with Bosch technology.

The 10th edition of the Automotive Handbook is published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. in the UK as well as by SAE International in the US.. As of November 2018, it is available at the bookshops.
In parallel with the English edition, the German edition featuring the same contents will be published by Springer Vieweg in Germany.
Translations into Japanese and Dutch are being prepared.

Contact person for press inquiries:
Nico Krespach
Phone: +49 721 942-2209

The Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with modern 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-specific products and services developed and manufactured in-house. About 13,000 associates in more than 150 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. AA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training courses, 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 15,000 workshops, and more than 1,000 “AutoCrew” partners.

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