The June 2008 cover of Automobile.
|Founder||David E. Davis|
|First issue||April 1986|
|Based in||Los Angeles|
Automobile is a United States-based automobile magazine published by TEN. A group of former employees of Car and Driver led by David E. Davis founded Automobile in 1986 with support from Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation – using the credo No Boring Cars. Automobile distinguishes itself as more of a lifestyle magazine than the other automotive publications, an editorial theme that Davis greatly expanded upon from his tenure as the editor of Car and Driver.
Unlike most other automobile magazines, Automobile does not often do instrumented tests of cars or provide much technical data. Instead, the reviews of vehicles are subjective experiential reports with the cars in their naturally intended, real world environment. Additionally, Automobile reserves a good portion of each issue covering vehicles no longer in production, but still relevant to collectors or automotive history as a whole. For example, the magazine includes features such as "Collectable Classic," an in-depth review of a particular older car, and reports from recent classic and antique car auctions. Automobile also has a regular column by former General Motors designer Robert Cumberford, who analyzes styling elements of current production models and show cars, often linking their design to those of older cars.
Automobile was headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. For its first twenty-five years, it was housed in the building which formerly housed college dive bar, The Pretzel Bell and is published by Source Interlink Media LLC, which also publishes Motor Trend.
In May 2014, Automobile Magazine significantly cut staff and relocated from Ann Arbor to Los Angeles. In the process, it lost longtime editor-in-chief was Jean Jennings, who helped David E. Davis found the magazine. Jean was also editor-in-chief of the website JeanKnowsCars.com.
There is no relationship between Automobile and the similarly titled French publication L’Automobile Magazine, which was founded in 1946 and is published by Motor Presse France.
|1986 – 1991||News Corporation|
|1991 – 2007||Primedia|
|2007 – present||Source Interlink Media|
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- "Vile Gossip", Jean Jennings, Automobile, November, 2007
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