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Following in the wake of Eddie Alterman's ascendancy into the Editor-In-Chief position at Car and Driver, the online auto outlet known as Motive is indefinitely "on ice." In a release (after the jump) published on the website's "About" page, its staff explained the situation and vowed to keep its forum properties (VWVortex, Fourtitude, Swedespeed, MWerks, etc.) humming along with new content inspired by the Motive model.

Back in December when Car and Driver magazine first announced that long-time editor-in-chief Csaba Csere was stepping down, among the first names that popped up as a possible replacement was Eddie Alterman, editor-in-chief of Motivemag.com and former EiC of the late MPH magazine. At some point, the whole story seemed to fade into the background as parent company Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. named one of its staffers as interim editor. This morning, however, Hachette has sent out an announcemen