Today is a sad day for the world of automotive print media, as Source Interlink, the parent company of Motor Trend, Automobile Magazine and Hot Rod, has reportedly shuttered Modified Magazine. It's feared that this is the first of many cuts within the company according to a report on Jalopnik.
Top Gear Magazine may find itself under new rulers soon. The BBC has put the magazine up for sale alongside titles like Radio Times and Gardeners' World, and so far four publishing houses have expressed interest in nabbing the lot. Chief among those are the rival German companies Bauer and Burda. According to reports, Bauer has submitted a bid of around £100 million, or around $161 million at current conversion rates. That figure tops the £70 million bid that British houses Haymarket
Motor Trend is keenly aware of the readership shift to online sources for up-to-the-minute automotive news, that's why it has a blog, a YouTube channel and a presence in social media. Despite the changing paradigm, there are still things that print outlets do more brilliantly than anyone else. There's no way to beat the compact form factor and high-quality display of a blissfully battery-free magazine. Carefully-edited copy, glossy photography from some of the best lenses in the business and eye
Reports that the editor-in-chief of Top Gear, Michael Harvey, is stepping down from his post have now been confirmed. Sort of. According to correspondence received from Harvey and the BBC by our El Camino-lovin' compatriots over at Jalopnik, Harvey will be resigning as editor-in-chief in favor of a more flexible position as Editorial Consultant and an as-yet undisclosed new part-time position on this side of the Atlantic.
A new site called Riceboy TV has hit the world wide web. It is brought to us by a couple of guys who jumped ship from Super Street Magazine shortly before Primedia sold off all its enthusiast titles. The website content is aimed at the same tuner market as Super Street, only delivered more speedily and a lot more animated. With founders known by such names as Nads and Rik Daddy, one can imagine that this site is not intended for the serious, uptight automotive consumer. Instead, it caters to tho
Lexus is billing the IS-F as "Everything you thought we weren't," and the potential is certainly there. The engine bay is filled with 5 liters of 4-valve V8 putting out 416 horsepower and 371 pound-feet of torque. The Minilite-esque wheels hide a Brembo braking system with six piston front calipers and cross-drilled rotors 14.2 inches in diameter. The sill extensions wrap up the front fenders to form a styling detail reminiscent of extractor vents, and the rest of the body has been tweaked in th
It's no newsflash that Jeeps are fun, and that's the new angle the brand is taking to move iron at a pace faster than crawling the Rubicon. Jeep's most recent figures show a 15-percent gain in June from last year, so it's not like they're sitting on their thumbs, but Jeep's been listening to feedback from their often-rabid owner base, and the new tag line will read thusly: "Have fun out there. Jeep." Previous advertising campaigns have pointed up the exclusive club you join by being a Jeeper. "T
In the ongoing struggle between magazines and websites, it should be immediately clear to anyone where we stand. With websites like ours getting constantly updated as the news emerges, magazines are increasingly becoming an outdated relic for delivering automotive news to enthusiasts (like yourself, reading this post).
"We all know the great drivers – they're the ones who win the world titles – but what about the truly quick ones?" That's the question F1 Racing magazine asked, and answered with a study published in the January issue. They surveyed the insiders – from team leaders to former world champions – and compared driver's stats to the performance of their team-mates to arrive at a list of the Top 50 quickest drivers of all time.
This month MINI is running ads in five magazines, the copy of which will only be known to current MINI owners. All 150,000-plus MINI owners have received a black box in the mail containing special glasses that will allow them to read the covert advertising. After the message is revealed, the ad instructs owners to asweseefit.com where they can enter their VIN number and get some sort of reward. MINI has always been known for making the most of its relatively small ad budget, and it plans to lev
The irreverent monthly car magazine MPH is reportedly road kill. The move by publisher American Media Inc. comes as Chairman David Pecker restructures the company, doing away with the upstart publication less than a year after its September launch. The changes at AMI will also see the demise of Celebrity Living (read: MTV’s ‘Cribs’ in print) and Shape en Español. The National Enquirer, an AMI mainstay will move its offices back to Boca Raton, Florida and change editors.