There's been a big shakeup in the world of automotive media today, as Automobile's parent company, Source Interlink, has shuttered the mag's Ann Arbor, MI offices. Editor-In-Chief Jean Jennings has been fired, along with most of the publication's staff. The news was confirmed by Jennings, who called it "business" in a conversation with Jalopnik.
Mike Floyd of Source Interlink-owned Motor Trend will reportedly take the helm at Automobile. Deputy Editor Joe DeMatio is expected to move to a Royal Oak, MI-based Source Interlink advertising office. According to Jennings, a few of the remaining employees will be relocating to Los Angeles, to be closer to Motor Trend.

Automobile is an enthusiast magazine originally founded by "the dean of automotive journalism," David E. Davis, Jr., in the 1980s with the backing of Rupert Murdoch. Jennings, who had been a part of Automobile since the start, told Jalopnik, "We knew something bad was going to happen when those guys [Source Interlink] bought it."

There's been no official statement from Source Interlink or Automobile as of publication time. Stay tuned to this space for more news as it becomes available.

UPDATE: We've now heard from several folks familiar with the matter, including employees of both Automobile and its parent company, Source Interlink. Basically, here's what's up:
  • Automobile will still remain as a monthly print magazine, now under the direction of Mike Floyd.
  • Production of Automobile will be housed in Los Angeles, and the magazine's remaining editorial team will move to the Source Interlink office in Royal Oak, MI.
  • In addition to Jean Jennings, our sources only know of one other higher-level editor who was laid off as part of this move. The majority of layoffs at Automobile concerned the production team, as well as some freelancers, we're told.
  • Jalopnik has a new post detailing all of the changes at Source Interlink, which has since been rebranded, The Enthusiast Network.
UPDATE #2: The magazine's new Editor-In-Chief, Mike Floyd, has put an end to the scuttlebutt, posting this update to Automobile's website.


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      manure
      • 6 Months Ago
      SH/T. Automobile is the best of a dying breed. Their photography and features are/were always among the best or THE best. I like Jennings/ Lindamood she has always been authentic. Jamie Kitman is another strong suit IMO. These people should know we are on their side. Subscriber.
        Phil B
        • 6 Months Ago
        @manure
        And I loved Robert Cumberford's design articles. I never understood why a car's styling gets only a sentence or two at the beginning of a review, but either way I was happy Robert would break down the elements and lend some objectivity to a highly subjective matter.
          manure
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Phil B
          Agreed Roberts section is awesome. Also enjoyed the auction reports.
        Phil B
        • 6 Months Ago
        @manure
        And I loved Robert Cumberford's design articles. I never understood why styling only gets a couple sentences at the beginning of a review, but either way I enjoyed his breaking down the elements and adding a bit of objective analysis to a highly subjective matter.
        Phil B
        • 6 Months Ago
        @manure
        And I loved Robert Cumberford's design articles. I never understood why styling only gets a couple sentences at the beginning of a review, but either way I enjoyed his breaking down the elements and adding a bit of objective analysis to a highly subjective matter.
        Phil B
        • 6 Months Ago
        @manure
        And I loved Robert Cumberford's design articles. I never understood why styling only gets a couple sentences at the beginning of a review, but either way I enjoyed his breaking down the elements and adding a bit of objective analysis to a highly subjective matter.
        Phil B
        • 6 Months Ago
        @manure
        And I loved Robert Cumberford's design articles. I never understood why styling only gets a couple sentences at the beginning of a review, but either way I enjoyed his breaking down the elements and adding a bit of objective analysis to a highly subjective matter.
        Phil B
        • 6 Months Ago
        @manure
        And I loved Robert Cumberford's design articles. I never understood why styling only gets a couple sentences at the beginning of a review, but either way I enjoyed his breaking down the elements and adding a bit of objective analysis to a highly subjective matter.
          Phil B
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Phil B
          Boooo to Autoblog's comment system!
        Phil B
        • 6 Months Ago
        @manure
        And I loved Robert Cumberford's design articles. I never understood why styling only gets a couple sentences at the beginning of a review, but either way I enjoyed his breaking down the elements and adding a bit of objective analysis to a highly subjective matter.
      GeeDavy
      • 6 Months Ago
      What a shame as it was the only American automobile magazine with good writers.
      Shotgunner
      • 6 Months Ago
      That sucks. Just as I was trying to work up the courage to finally throw out all my volumes of old car mags. Now I just want to go buy a huge locking filing cabinet.
      Christopher Martin
      • 6 Months Ago
      Jennings was a great person for that magazine, for Car and Driver, and for automotive journalism, period. NVH is a fantastic column, now likely gone. My subscription is likely getting cancelled very soon.
      Fonin
      • 6 Months Ago
      I guess once DED passed it was bound to happen.
      artspeedperformance
      • 6 Months Ago
      I am actually about to cry. I have only picked up a copy and rad at the news stand without buying, but always meaning to get a subscription because I found that the magazine was the best of the US, general enthusiast magazines. Car and Driver writing style has always been juvenile, but Automobile has always been an aspirational-lifestyle and sophistication magazine. Motor Trend is, well, Motor Trend. Of course with everything automotive-related available online at no cost, its days are, unfortunately, numbered. I'm gonna take out that subscription now.
      ffelix422
      • 6 Months Ago
      I used to buy 35+ car magazines a month when I was younger. Now I barely read the few 5 that I subscribe to- I'm online.... I see Road & Track on this same course soon.
      imoore
      • 6 Months Ago
      Hopefully Jean will start her own magazine, and hire Allyson Harwood as well. Allyson is no longer with Motor Trend and Truck Trend.
      Sissyfoot
      • 6 Months Ago
      I haven't read Automobile in a very long time (and it sounds like plenty of people haven't), but this is still sad. I worked in Ann Arbor for a few years and parked in the same garage as their staff. I saw all sorts of excellent things parked up there. Back when the second-gen Viper was about to hit the market, when I still lived in Ann Arbor, I rolled up to a red light next to one with manufacturer plates on it. I am almost certain it was being driven by a magazine staffer, but I have no idea which magazine. Anyway, I don't do this sort of thing, but I revved my engine at him. In my Justy. We both had a laugh over that one.
      Kenwood
      • 6 Months Ago
      Well, guess it's time for ol' Jean Jeanie to follow in the footsteps of the Old Man and start her own damned magazine.
      d.hollywood
      • 6 Months Ago
      I've been a somewhat regular subscriber since the mag debuted in the 80's. Absolutely top shelf photography and graphics...supported by solid writing. I knew trouble was afoot when they announced the move out of "Car Cult Central".(Orange County) I think my current subscription is still on...but it appears I'll be looking for another print mag.
      lendersmith
      • 6 Months Ago
      I followed Davis E. Davis, Jr. since the "70's, and subscribed to "Automobile Magazine" from its birth until David E. left. IMHO, Davis was "Automobile", and once he was gone, so was the magazine. RIP David E., they truly threw away the mold when you were made.
        x19x19
        • 6 Months Ago
        @lendersmith
        Agreed. Was never the same after Davis E. departed. I still have all the extra "Great Drives" issues Automobile threw in with the subscription. Still love the feel of a paper publication in my hand but those days will soon be over.
        x19x19
        • 6 Months Ago
        @lendersmith
        Agreed. Was never the same after Davis E. departed. I still have all the extra "Great Drives" issues Automobile threw in with the subscription. Still love the feel of a paper publication in my hand but those days will soon be over.
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