Arguably the biggest news, however, comes via the marketing and advertising mavens over at BrandRepublic. According to the industry website, Top Gear is looking to grow its franchise with the launch of a new version of its magazine targeted at children, as well as a smaller "travel-sized" edition – both for the European market.
In Western England and along the Scottish Borders, Top Gear is test-marketing a tween-focused version of its magazine that targets eight to 12-year-olds. According to BrandRepublic's sources, the kid's edition will feature "collector car cards themed around The Stig." Call us crazy, but if and when a subscription version is rolled out, we can see Dads everywhere racing to the postbox in an attempt to hoard said trading cards before Junior makes it home from school.
Finally, an A5 "travel-sized" issue (roughly half the footprint of the current magazine) is being test-marketed at British bookselling chain WHSmith, with the first copies of their May edition landing in magazine bins today. The more Tube-friendly compact issue will be on sale all summer.
[Sources: BBC; Brand Republic]