• Jul 10, 2008
No flowers, no cake, not even a eulogy. The Los Angeles Times has delivered its auto section an ignominious ending. Tucked among Dan Neil's Pulitzer-winning prose was a small, unceremonious Editor's Note notifying readers of the change in a matter-of-fact fashion. Circulation figures are down, advertising revenues are way down, and the LA Times' ownership, Chicago's Tribune Company, has been desperately slashing for years now, trying to return profitability. Fans of Dan Neil will now be able to find his Rumble Seat reviews and rants in the Business section, along with other automotive content. At least they're smart enough to hang on to one of the best automotive writers out there, even if he does occasionally give advertisers hissy fits. Thanks for the tip, Dave.

[Source: LA Times]


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      Jvijil
      • 6 Years Ago
      i just read the edmunds story linked in the story....damn that was amazing! haha wish i could read the review of the G6 lmao
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Jvijil
        Yeah, can we get that guy for American Top Gear? He may be the closest thing to Clarkson we have!
        Jvijil
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Jvijil
        yep he would be great addition to the top gear USA crew lol
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Jvijil
        Which is exactly the reason why I always have a bit of suspicion when it comes to the large circulation magazines like MotorTrend, Car and Driver, et al. Their pages are stuffed with manufacturer's adverts so does that mean they are a bit nicer in their criticisms in order not to disgruntle the people who give them their money? I feel that their comparison test come out in true, unbiased ranking but the write-ups - which we auto enthusiast take the most note of - could certainly be rounded off to keep the sharp stuff from making the automakers mad.

        It doesn't look like Autoblog is gets too much money from the manufacturers so I feel like we get pretty honest reviews for the "In the Autoblog Garage" post, but since Autoblog is now really starting to make a name for itself in the respectable automotive press and get quality test vehicles at higher frequency - does that mean the bloggers take it easy not to offend anyone in order to not dirty their ever increasing positive image? People may hate Consumers Report sometimes, but the fact that they purchase all the vehicles themselves and don't take a dime from advert money really makes me give their opinion extra weight at times.

        And maybe the LA Times should realize that maybe they are scaring away subscribers with their often slanted and biased news reporting. No body likes to be told what to think. At least they are keeping Niel's column abet moved to the business section.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I live in Los Angeles. The quality of the LA Times has gone down precipitously since Tribune took it over in 2000. Now with Zell owning it, it is becoming milquetoast.

      I realize that cost cuts are necessary, but why take out all the great stuff that differentiates the newspaper from everyone else?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Print is shedding jobs like crazy. With so much of the content shown online for free it has become pointless to buy the paper. It far easier for me to sit here at the computer and drink my morning coffee than struggle flipping through the paper. (Seriously I always hated reading part of an article only to be force to continue it 5 pages later) Many papers have canned the internal ad designers and outsourced to other companies. I think its mainly a transition to convince traditional print advertisers to take thier ads online without such a discounted price.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That was one of my most favorite parts of Wednesday was reading that part of the paper, :(. Thing is the section is only 3-4 pages while the food section is gargantuan.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The LA TIMES lost the AUTO section?! What is the world coming to?

        *mourns this new sadder existence*
      • 6 Years Ago

      Wonder what Farago has to say.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If, as an American citizen of modest intelligence, you do not understand advertising always is a "come on" in every industry I want you to stop by my business (not automotive) soon. I have several very nice items I would like to sell you at about a 500% markup.

      Most dealerships in America today a operating at around a 1% profit margin, they employ millions of your fellow citizens, do a lot of local charitable work, and are still the only place where that great old American tradition of "horse tradin" is practiced. "Caveat Emptor" bubba !!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      WHAT!!?!?!
      rjolly21
      • 6 Years Ago
      yea you sound like a car dealer, cocaine dealers are more respected with the public and have better customer service. All I can say is i used this service paid invoice less a 4500 dollar rebate and was out of the dealership in less than an hour, so why would i want to jump through a bunch of hoops to buy a new car?
      • 6 Years Ago
      LA Times = Slanted Reporting = Declining Readership
      • 6 Years Ago
      Point is battledu2... Chrysler sponsored a sales program designed to move those Rams. You asked what was meant by "sales B.S." & I gave you an example!

      I was not the average American stooge... I found my lowest price & that dealer made $$$ on the deal (also got my business again) so f*ck you & your offer of 500% mark up offer at your business, bud!

      As for MILLION being employed by dealerships... are you aware that there is not a MILLION working for the whole Big 3 as a whole?? Not that many car dealers in the USA to employ "millions"
      • 6 Years Ago
      baffledu2: You are correct no one has a gun to your head... but dealer BS you ask? Two quick examples off the top of my head.

      $$$ games: Dodge had a Chrysler backed sales "deal" on Ram trucks in '05... real cheap. Papers listed $XXX a month $XXX down. Went to three different dealers to get the advertised price. The other two dealers handled the deal different & required upfront fees.

      Knowledge: My friend went to a Ford dealer shoping for the SHO Taurus. The salesman said "Oh yeah... I can SHOW you a lot of Taurus models... what color ya want!"

      She had to explain what the SHO was... she left & went to a Ford dealer that new what they were selling.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It seems as if the days of print are coming to an end.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Doubtful ... take the Challenger post here on autoblog ... lifted from the Detroit News this A.M.

        A lot of what one can read online is taken from the reporting still only done by the print media. Easier format online but doesn't have the reporting expertise of print. May end up with fewer print outlets but the local ad spending, especially from local dealers, will keep most of them going.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Detroit News/ Free Press have online version of their "papers" as well. Some articles are posted online & not in the printed version.

        Yes, the papers are a good way to check for deals at local dealerships... but internet research is growing while papers readership decline.

        As for another info source... the sales brochure... autoextremist.com reported Chrysler will print many of its 2009 brochures in China!!!
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