I have always been interested in vehicle design but have only done a few basic side view sketches. What software would you guys recommend for a beginner like me. I would like to do some 3D vehicle designs for a hobby and maybe later try and study something similar! Thank you
For me as in the automotive field for a few year, It depends on the component you are assigned to do
For automotive body, It needs a good surface to represent its continuity, this cause the high-end software such as CATIA , Alias Automotive will be used.
For Engine section, it contains many solid body, sometime sheetmetal part such as heat protection for exhaust manifold, I recommend ProEngineer to do this work.
In your case , you design for your hobby which is not much complex, the middle level of CAD software is sufficient. I recommend to you is Solidwork, Inventor or alibre if you have not much money.
I'm so sorry JEFF , if something I wrote is wrong.
That's correct Jeff, Solidworks is considered mid level in the CAD industry which is produced by Dassault Systemes which also produce Catia thier high end CAD system, also with Siemens, NX=high and SolidEdge=mid nothing to be disheartend about they're all capable products however some industries need more hence high end CAD.
Here's a little article about it http://www.evanyares.com/what-is-high-end-cad/
The stylists / designers I worked with in the past used a big piece of paper and a roll of tape!