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Autoweek Magazine Cover
November 2018 cover of Autoweek
EditorRory Carroll
Former editorsDutch Mandel
PublisherCrain Communications Inc.[1]
Total circulation285,000
First issueJuly 16, 1958 (1958-July-16)
CompanyCrain Communications Inc.
CountryUnited States
Based inDetroit[2]

Autoweek is a car culture publication based in Detroit, Michigan. It was first published in 1958 and in 1977 the publication was purchased by Crain Communications Inc, its current parent company.[5] The magazine is published twice a month and focuses on motor sports, new car reviews, and old cars, events and DIY. Autoweek also publishes Autoweek is owned by Crain Communications Inc., publisher of leading industry trade publications Advertising Age and Automotive News, among others, and is based in Detroit, Michigan.

The Autoweek also includes an Autoweek iPhone and iPad app.[3]


Autoweek began publication in 1958 as a bi-weekly motorsports newsletter, titled Competition Press. One of the editors involved with the creation of the magazine was professional racer Denise McCluggage.[4] In 1964, distribution was changed to weekly, the title was changed to Competition Press & Autoweek, and vehicle reviews and industry news were included.[5] The name was shortened to Autoweek in 1975.[6]

In 1977, the paper was purchased by Crain Communications, Inc. and eventually changed into a magazine in 1986.[1] In 1988, Leon Mandel was named Publisher, a position he held until November, 2001.[7] Leon's son, Dutch Mandel, joined Autoweek in 1997 holding leadership positions culminating with his time as publisher.[8] In 2016, Mandel left Autoweek and Rory Carroll became interim-publisher and later, publisher.

Editorial direction[edit]

At its launch, Autoweek (then titled: Competition Press) aimed to provide information for car and racing enthusiasts that was not readily available through other media outlets. The publication gave thorough coverage of major and minor races, as well as auto shows. Auto racing coverage included full grids, qualifying times, speeds, and tires, for both amateur and professional races. As television and cable began increasing motorsports coverage during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s Autoweek began to focus more prominently on automotive enthusiasts.[9] As of 2012, in addition to covering auto racing and auto shows, Autoweek covers vehicle trends, reviews and automotive lifestyle stories.[10]


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  2. ^ "Crain Offices Worldwide Archived 2012-05-04 at the Wayback Machine." Crain Communications. Retrieved on January 6, 2011. "The company's corporate headquarters as well as headquarters for Automotive News, AutoWeek, and Crain's Detroit Business. 1155 Gratiot Ave. Detroit, MI 48207-2997"
  3. ^ O'Leary, Noreen. "The App Flap". Adweek. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  4. ^ Stone, Matt. "The Fastest Woman on Four Wheels". Road and Travel Magazine. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  5. ^ Neff, John. "AutoWeek going b-weekly, won't change name to AutoBiWeekly". autoblog. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Autoweek Covers 1974-1975". Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  7. ^ Pace, Eric (8 March 2002). "Leon Mandel, 73, Former Publisher of AutoWeek, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  8. ^ "Dutch Mandel - Autoweek Magazine". WJR. Archived from the original on 2007-08-24. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  9. ^ MacQueen, Jim. "Red Eyes For A Jaundiced Eye". Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  10. ^ "Autoweek Press Room". Autoweek. Retrieved 6 March 2012.

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