Car Design Europe is first in a series on world automotive history. Discover how European cars shaped the culture from the '30s to the present. Transport, status symbol and design object: cars have been all this--and more. The leading brands are show cased with top-notch photography. We learn about key technological and commercial breakthroughs. Portraits of top designers, entrepreneurs and drivers add an additional layer of interest. This is a fine tribute to Europe's car design heritage. Paolo Tumminelli is Professor for Design Concepts at the K ln International School of Design.