• Dec 16, 2008
According to Los Jalops, Car and Driver's Editor-In-Chief, Csaba Csere, will be nailing his driving shoes to the wall at Hachette Filipacchi on January 1, 2009. No official reason has been given as to why Mr. Csere is departing the C&D ranks after working for the buff book since 1980 and taking the reigns in 1993. While feelings are mixed about his departure, we're all for Jalopnik's suggested successor, Eddie Alterman, former head of MPH, contributor to the NYT and the gentleman currently manning the helm at Motive. And if Alterman is unavailable, we'd like to throw Sniff Petrol's Troy Queef into the ring, assuming he can leave his gig at Dab of Oppo. Submit your own suggestions in the comments.
UPDATE: Press release posted below the break.

[Source: Jalopnik]

PRESS RELEASE

CSABA CSERE, VICE PRESIDENT, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, CAR AND DRIVER WILL BE LEAVING HACHETTE FILIPACCHI MEDIA U.S. AT THE END OF THE YEAR

John Owens, Senior Vice President, Group Editorial Director for the Men's Titles, Named Acting Editor-in-Chief

New York City (December 16, 2008) – Alain Lemarchand, President & CEO, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. (HFM U.S., www.hfmus.com) announced today that Csaba Csere, Vice President, Editor-in-Chief, Car and Driver, will be leaving the company at the end of the year. Senior Vice President, Group Editorial Director John Owens will be Acting Editor-in-Chief until a permanent replacement is named.

"Csaba is widely respected as one of the top authorities on cars and the automotive industry, making regular appearances on national television programs like The Today Show, NBC and CNN to comment on new models as well as the business of the automotive industry. We thank Csaba for his contributions at this magazine and wish him all the best in the future," commented Lemarchand.

Car and Driver's expert editorial team is recognized by car enthusiasts and automotive manufacturers as credible journalists who practice to the highest standards. The magazine is published by Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. (www.hfmus.com) twelve times each year delivering an audience of over 10 million readers monthly (source: MRI Fall 2008). With a circulation of over 1.3 million copies (ABC Jan-June 2008), the Car and Driver is the world's largest monthly automotive magazine. The magazine is a leading publication for in-market buyers, and the Car and Driver brand extends to many platforms including websites, mobile sites, radio, custom marketing programs and an integrated marketing database.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Best wishes to Casaba, who,s getting out while the gittin is good.
      Info on paper is not long for this world.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've read C&D since it was Sports Car Illustrated. Wait a minute, I TRY to read C&D but with their switch to that light gray font, it become really difficult. Whoever takes over, they need to return to what made C&D the best; comparison tests, insightful, objective reporting and great columns.

      BTW, a change in graphical design wouldn't hurt. Way too glitzy! C&D should have remembered; glitz doesn't sell magazines to their readers; substance does.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Congrats on a long and illustrious career! Now can any one tell me, once and for all...HOW TO PRONOUNCE HIS NAME?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Chubby Cheddar

        I know, you don't believe it. It's foreign.
        • 6 Years Ago
        CHA-buh CHAIR-uh
        • 6 Years Ago
        "chuba Cheda" I think is the correct pronunciation.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Old hat"

        ...I keed. Duodenum gave the pronunciation that I've heard.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think Csaba was forced out. How old is he, 55? That's way too young to retire. I've noticed that C/D's ad pages are notably down over the past year and it's not unlike magazine and newspaper publishers to blame poor ad revenue on editorial. Also, I think they lost a lost of subscribers after the redesign. The guy I know who knows things says that this means that they'll be moving the magazine back to NY in the near future. He says the French don't care much for satellite offices and they'll save a ton by integrating staff with other publications.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Davis, excuse me, Mister David E. Davis, could probably bring CC back to it's former luster, but having to put up with that arrogant ass again would be difficult.

      I'm one of those rare guys that likes Bedard's editorials. Don't read his car reviews tho, he hates Ford products and I'd like more balance.

      I think the printed word isn't dead yet, but right now there is room for a auto rag that doesn't mince words and tells it like it is, instead of kissing the ass of every mfgr to get cars to review. I'm sick of reading reviews that sound like Larry King interviews.
      • 6 Years Ago
      While I appreciate Mr. Alterman's accessibility and his enthusiasm for the subject, MPH was quite simply a mess.

      Not only was the writing uneven and the layout eye-spearingly hideous, the publication had almost no sense of direction. It veered across a tonal spectrum and never seemed to find its feet. Every issue offered one or two terrific articles, but they were often surrounded by dreck, or spaced around miserable photography, or poured on the page in a way that turned them into an headache generator (seriously, whoever did the art direction at MPH must have had a side contract with an ophthalmologist).

      All of which gives the impression that I didn't like the magazine. Which is true enough. Worse, I really -wanted- to like the magazine, but could never get past the problems.
      Sauber Kraut 76
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's good that CC is going the way of the Do-Do. he killed what was once a very enjoyable magazine. I stopped reading several years ago right after he ousted Mr. Yates. That, connected with the redesign made me choose to never read C&D again. I wouldn't even use it to wipe my own ass.
      • 6 Years Ago
      John Phillips shoud get the promotion. Guy's got just enough screws loose to turn that rag around.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Amen, brother. Tap John Philips, although I suspect he'd say no. I've been a monthly reader of C&D the past eight years or so. Thank God they got rid of blowhard Yates, hopefully Bedard is next. I get something out of about one of Bedard's every four columns. The rest is so much toilet paper. Csaba, eh, I don't really have an opinion of ... and that is not good.
      • 6 Years Ago
      P.J.O'rourke +20

      But he'd never take it. Too independent. Love the guy tho. What a great talent with the written word.

      In truth it's probably the bottom line. The parent organization doesn't give a wit about what CD is about, nor do the bean counters of that large parent know or care about "car guys." You know... sort of like Chrysler.

      So... it boils down to, "Does keeping this rag make economic sense?" If not, then good bye.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good riddance...

      Can we go back to reviewing cars for car aficionados and dropping the right wing crap?
      • 6 Years Ago
      He could retire... on all that money that BMW paid him to write all the incredible and unbelievable things about their average-at-best cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why do so many people seemingly dislike Csaba Csere?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well let's see:

        sanitizing and commoditizing car reviews. God, those things have all the soul of a Consumer Reports review. When they strive for humor or insight or innovation or controversy it's usually forced and lame.

        Chasing away the talent (for the bottom line).

        Keeping the old war horses past their prime (Yates, Bedard)

        Generally sucked out the soul of the magazine. Their data is fine, but it stopped being fun to read

        CC was a good investment for shareholders, but god, C/D went from a comfy chair in the den read to a toilet read under his reign of inoffenseiveness.

        Never let an engineer run a magazine.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I used to love Car and Driver, but under Csere's leadership, the magazine's layout suffered, and its content became increasingly politicized with an obvious right-wing bent. They were becoming anti-environmental to a pretty ridiculous extent. Automotive rags should be non-partisan.
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