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Battle for the Beetle
2000 Best Automotive Book of the year
Awarded by the Society of Automotive Historians

2001 Cugnot AwardThe Society of Automotive Historians found Battle for the Beetle so compelling that it presented Ludvigsen's work with the Society's highest award for a book. At the Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet this past October, the Society awarded Battle for the Beetle The Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot Award. The award is presented to the book "which represents the most outstanding writing and original research in automobile history."

In presenting the award, SAH Secretary Michael Berger called Battle for the Beetle "an exemplary piece of scholarship," while another declared: "To my mind this book is automotive history at its best." Berger continued, stating that: "In sum, Battle for the Beetle is fascinating and captivating for anyone interested in automotive history or, for that matter, the history of the era within which the Beetle was created." Unquestionably, Battle for the Beetle is one of the most readable and fascinating books to come along in years.

Karl Ludvigsen
Karl Ludvigsen

In addition to his motor industry activities as an executive (with GM, Fiat and Ford) and head of a consulting company, Karl Ludvigsen has been active for over 50 years as an author and historian. As an author, co-author or editor he has some four dozen books to his credit. Needless to say, they are all about cars and the motor industry, Karl's life-long passion.

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