Automotive News

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Automotive News
Automotive News logo.svg
Editor-in-chiefKeith Crain
CategoriesAutomotive
FrequencyWeekly
PublisherKC Crain
Total circulation
(2011)
57,693[1]
First issueAugust 27, 1925; 96 years ago (1925-08-27) (as Automotive Daily News)
CompanyCrain Communications
Based inDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
LanguageEnglish
Websitewww.autonews.com
ISSN0005-1551

Automotive News is a weekly newspaper written for the automotive industry, predominantly individuals corresponding with automobile manufacturers and automotive suppliers.[2] Based in Detroit and owned by Crain Communications Inc, Automotive News is deemed to be the newspaper of record for the automotive industry.[3] The brand has a team of more than 55 editors and reporters globally.

The company has its headquarters at 1155, Gratiot Avenue in downtown Detroit.

History[edit]

George Slocum had felt for years that the auto industry needed a trade newspaper, and in 1925 he secured the financial backing to start one. Automotive News started as Automotive Daily News Slocum Publishing issued the first issue in New York on August 27, 1925, Slocum as its Detroit advertising manager. The chief backer of Automotive Daily News was Bernarr Macfadden.[4]

In 1933, Slocum purchased the other investors' interest, moved the paper to Detroit and switched from publishing fives times a week to twice a week - Wednesday and Saturday. He discarded the midweek edition in June 1938, and with the June 4 issue changed the paper's name to Automotive News. Slocum also brought down the subscription price from $6 to $4 per annum. In 1939, he changed the publication day to Monday.

Circulation was 5,000 when Slocum moved the paper to Detroit. It grew to 12,000 at the commencement of World War II, but fell to 8,748 during the war. During 1942-45, when there was no auto industry, Automotive News retained 73 percent of its circulation. From 1936, Pete Wemhoff served as the Managing Editor, Editor, Publisher and General Manager for the next 35 years.

Slocum Publishing Co, ran the publication until 1971, when Crain Communications purchased it. Keith Crain became the Publisher and Editorial Director.

Today, Automotive News is a part of Crain Communications' Automotive News Group. Keith E. Crain is the Editor-in-Chief of Automotive News and Chairman of the Board of Crain Communications. Long tenured Publisher Jason Stein stepped down in 2021 and was replaced by KC Crain.

Extensions[edit]

Automotive News Europe was started in 1996 focusing on the European auto industry.[5]

Automotive News China launched in 2006 and is published in both simplified Chinese and English.[6]

Automobilwoche is a print publication focusing on the German automotive industry.[7] It is distributed twice monthly on Monday and has a circulation of appx. 15,000.

Automotive IT was started in 1997 focusing on the auto IT industry and solutions.

Automotive News Canada launched in 2015 and focuses on the Canadian automotive industry.

Annual events[edit]

[8] The brand hosts several annual events including:

  • Automotive News World Congress
  • Automotive News PACE Awards
  • Automotive News LA Marketing Seminar
  • Automotive News New York Marketing Seminar
  • Automotive News Best Dealerships To Work For
  • Automotive News Canada Best Dealerships To Work For
  • Automotive News F&I Week Online Conference
  • Automotive News Europe Congress
  • Automotive News Rising Stars
  • Automobilwoche Konferenz
  • Automotive News Retail Forum: Chicago
  • Automotive News Retail Forum: NADA
  • Automotive News Fixed Ops Journal Forum
  • Automotive News Leading Women Conference
  • Automotive News Canada Congress
  • Automotive News All Stars
  • Automotive News Canada Canadians To Watch
  • Automotive News Care My Cars

Online[edit]

AutoNews.com provides automotive news updates.[9] Throughout the day, visitors explore news generated using the combined resources of Automotive News, Automotive News Europe, Automotive News China, Autoweek, Bloomberg, and Reuters business news.

References[edit]

  1. ^ ABC
  2. ^ Audit Bureau of Circulation, June 2011 statement
  3. ^ Lessenberry, Jack (October 1, 2015). "What happens next with UAW contract?". Michigan Radio. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "automotive news canada". srilankapostcard.com. Retrieved 2021-12-05.
  5. ^ "About Us". Automotive News Europe. 2018-12-04. Retrieved 2021-12-05.
  6. ^ "About us". Automotive News. 2018-11-07. Retrieved 2021-12-05.
  7. ^ Automobilwoche. "Automobilwoche.de". Automobilwoche.de (in German). Retrieved 2021-12-05.
  8. ^ "Event Listing | Automotive News".
  9. ^ "Automotive News". Automotive News. 2021-05-30. Retrieved 2021-12-05.

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