Automotive News Europe - Crain PublishingIf there was ever an indicator that the tough automotive economy is taking effect on the industry that covers it, this is it. Crain Communications, publishers of Automotive News and all its various editions, has announced that it is canceling the print edition of its Euro-focused edition.

Like Automotive News, Automotive News China and AutoWeek, Automotive News Europe has been printed twice a month (every other week), but now its thirteen years of ink-on-the-fingers publication are coming to an end. It is not clear if any layoffs have resulted from the move, or if those associated with the print edition itself have been given other responsibilities.

Thankfully, the online version will continue on, and Crain affirms that the decision bears no effect on Automobilwoche, the German-language edition published alongside ANE in Munich, or on its upcoming European Congress in Brussels this summer.

The decision to make ANE an online-only publication came as part of a paring-down move that also resulted reportedly in the shuttering of FinancialWeek.com (which went online-only just this last December) and Business Insurance Europe.

[Sources: Automotive News - subs. req'd; PaidContent.org via Washington Post]