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UPDATE: The new site will take a few minutes to appear and operate correctly for everyone. Unfortunately, it really isn't as simple as flipping a switch, but be patient and keep reloading.

Autoblog is celebrating the debut of its latest redesign today, the fifth complete overhaul of the site since it launched way back in July of 2004. Since then, Autoblog has grown to become the largest enthusiast website for automotive news, reviews and event coverage in the world, with over 6 million unique visitors every month.

The latest Autoblog redesign is an evolution of the same blog format that has made the site so appealing to its millions of regular readers, while updates to the design, simplified navigation and a slew of new features have been added. One new feature is called Quick Scan View, which lets readers view 30 articles at a time in an easily browsable tile format – great for when you've been away from the site for a day or two and need to catch up on what you missed.

Other new features include:
  • "Lazy loading" of images for quicker loading times
  • Automaker sections with pages for every model
  • Research new vehicles with info powered by AOL Autos
  • Download gallery images with one click
  • Attach images and videos to tips
  • Play the podcast in a separate window while browsing the site
  • Check out our all-new Long-Term Garage section
  • Share, Tweet, Email or Print any article

Autoblog readers themselves played a significant role in shaping the new site. A beta version went live months before today's launch, and readers have been providing the Autoblog team, its developers and designers valuable feedback to ensure the finished product is what they wanted.

Today has been the culmination of months of work, but is by no means the end. We will continue to listen to reader feedback, incorporate suggestions and fix any bugs found in the weeks and months to come. We'll also launch a completely new AutoblogGreen soon.

This redesign would not have been possible without an extremely talented and dedicated group of designers, developers and project managers. The entire Autoblog team would like to thank the following people for their hard work: Jay Moore, Brandon Goode, Tom Pitts, Debra Anderson, Ray Dorman, Apollo Nguyen, Andy Kahn, Sameer Patel, Katy Collins, Ryan Gatewood, Suhale Malang Khader, Pranav Butala, Ginger Lindberg, Margaret Porteus, Sae Kim, Mitch Hazam, Justin Wolf and Rudi Thun.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, a redesign that doesn't suck! Glad you guys didn't turn this into a Jalopnik-level disaster. I like the overall design - has a clean look to it. But if you guys went to the trouble of redesigning the site, why can you still not edit comments and why are there no email notifications when someone replies to you? Also bring back the up AND down rating on comments as well as the general rating on people's comments - you guys took away the community feeling when you took that feature away.
        John Neff - Autoblog
        • 4 Years Ago
        We're working on plans to add features back to the comments and generally make them not suck. The new commenting system isn't the gem I was promised it would be many moons ago, but we put our efforts into finishing the redesign and soon we'll be working on improving the comments again.
          • 4 Years Ago
          @John Neff - Autoblog
          Put some time into do a logo right. Go 80 pixels to the left of the A in autoblog and you will see. Someone was very lazy with photoshop.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Excellent design! I wish the Gizomodo group would learn from you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks good. Thumbs up.
      The Dude
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice job. Missing Google's +1 button though ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      not a fan of "lazy loading"
      Christian Garner
      • 4 Years Ago
      Loving this, thanks you guys.
      • 4 Years Ago
      With regard to picture "lazy loading", it may be worse for those like me who live outside the US because of the delay in loading the picture once I've scrolled. This means I start reading the article only to have the text move off screen when the picture is fetched. It would probably be ok if the page reserved space for the picture in advance, that way the lazy load wouldn't inflict a page re-layout. However, I always scroll the whole page so would really prefer having the ability to disable lazy loading. Otherwise keep up the good work - this has been my long time favourite blog site.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am indifferent to the new design, I would have been happy to keep the old one but what-evs. I'm just glad to be rid of the 'You are on Autoblog Classic - You are on Autoblog Beta' bottom bar. That drove me nuts. I have been reading articles through the Feedr or Google Reader apps on my android phone lately anyway, opening them in a browser for more info.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Congrats team.
      Paradigm ♂♂
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great design.
      Lee F.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Agree with some of the other comments. The site would be great if the "lazy loading" was gone. If I click outside of the browser (onto a finder window, itunes, ect.) and come back to Autoblog, when I scroll the pictures stop loading and I must reload the page. A huge step backwards in functionality in my opinion. Other than that, love the new site.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've now tried the site on multiple computers and browsers and still have say the new design is fine if the "lazy loading" weren't involved. Maybe I have a faster connection than most, I don't know, but I never experienced slow load times before so I didn't see a problem. I don't hate but I really strongly dislike the way the site scrolls now.
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