Just about every automotive publication names its own Car of the Year, but some take a slightly different approach. Here at Autoblog we focus on the automotive technology, in Europe a bunch of publications from different countries team up to name their joint favorite, and at Automobile magazine, the editors don't just name one – they name ten as part of their annual list of All-Stars. And they've just announced this year's crop.
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.
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Employing complex scientific formulas and methodologies probably best described as "Whatever we felt like choosing," Automobile has named its All-Stars for the 2013 model year. The 11 vehicles earned their trophies for being "the best and most significant" offerings to the mag's staff and contributors, and while we were surprised to see a couple of them on the list, none of them were shocking. In no particular order, they are:
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Thanks to one very suspicious-looking press kit from Acura, the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan had a bit of a bomb scare on its hands this afternoon. The Japanese automaker sent a special-edition package to our friends at Automobile magazine in conjunction with the release of Thor. That kit happened to find its way into a recycling bin outside of the publication's Michigan office. A stand-up citizen reported what they thought was a bomb, which resulted in the evacuation of parts of downtown.
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