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.