Automotive News – Wikipedia

David Beckam

Automotive News is a weekly print newspaper written for the automotive industry, primarily individuals associated with automobile manufacturers and automotive suppliers.[2] Based in Detroit and owned by Crain Communications Inc, Automotive News is considered the newspaper of record for the automotive industry.[3] The brand has a team of more than 55 editors and reporters worldwide.

The company is headquartered at 1155 Gratiot Avenue in downtown Detroit.


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 changed from publishing fives times a week to twice a week – Wednesday and Saturday. He dropped the midweek edition in June 1938, and with the June 4 issue changed the paper’s name to Automotive News. Slocum also reduced the subscription price from $6 to $4 per year. 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 beginning 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 managing editor, editor, publisher and general manager during the next 35 years.

Slocum Publishing Co, ran the publication until 1971, when Crain Communications purchased it. Keith Crain became publisher and editorial director.

Today, Automotive News is part of Crain Communications’ Automotive News Group. Keith E. Crain is editor-in-chief of Automotive News and chairman of the board of Crain Communications. Jason Stein is the publisher.[5]


Automotive News Europe was started in 1996 focusing on the European auto industry.[6]

Automotive News China launched in 2006 and is published in both simplified Chinese and English.[7]

Automobilwoche is a print publication focusing on the German automotive industry.[8] 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]

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 provides automotive news updates.[10] Throughout the day, visitors will find news generated using the combined resources of Automotive News, Automotive News Europe, Automotive News China, Autoweek, Bloomberg, and Reuters business news.


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