NEW YORK, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to changing consumer
behavior, a dynamic marketplace and new technology, the venerable magazine
brand Car and Driver, established in l955, is reinventing itself to appeal
to a broader audience while still appealing to its traditional readers, the
With the December issue on newsstands this week, Car and Driver, the
world's largest car magazine, debuts its most extensive redesign for the
print magazine in twenty years. Hachette has also made a significant
investment in expanding the magazine brand's website adding new features in
the Buyers Guide with more opportunities for advertisers. Car and Driver's
website, along with new mobile phone content to be launched next month,
delivers information designed to appeal to people who are preparing to
purchase a vehicle and who use the web to research the nearly 400 cars and
trucks on the market to make smart buying decisions.
Jack Kliger, President and CEO, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. said:
"Csaba and his team are viewed as the leading authorities about all things
automotive, and their independent expertise is respected by consumers.
Enthusiasts like to be knowledgeable about the newest models, how they are
designed and how they drive. People who are getting ready to make one of
their biggest purchases want advice in order to make a solid decision, and
they value the third-party, unbiased tests and reviews from Car and Driver
editors. Hachette invests millions of dollars in this area -- more than any
other automotive magazine brand -- and now we can monetize this investment
by serving a greatly expanded new audience through our various digital
CarandDriver.com will feature previously-unpublished editors' test
sheets and actual recorded performance data from the road tests, one of the
most highly-valued sections in the magazine. The enhanced online Buyers
Guide has useful shopping information including specs on more than three
hundred and fifty 2007 vehicles with direct links to editors' road tests
and reviews. The website also includes audio podcasts of the weekly Car and
Driver radio programs as well as special events. Car and Driver Mobile, set
to launch next month, will offer consumers automotive news, reviews, photo
galleries and high performance car images on wallpaper. The service will be
free-of-charge and supported by advertising. Car and Driver has also
reached a licensing agreement with Yahoo Autos (autos.yahoo.com) which will
carry branded content from the magazine and the website.
Csaba Csere, Editor-in-Chief, Car and Driver, commented: "Our goal with
this new design is to make the magazine as visually interesting and
engaging as the stories we publish. To this end, we've overhauled our look
from top to bottom, the biggest change in twenty years, and our coverage
provides even more compelling information.
"For instance, our road tests have been a Car and Driver staple for
years. We put a great deal of effort into our testing activities because we
believe that it is important to have a strong objective foundation to
support our subjective observations. With this new design, we have made our
presentation of test results more prominent and clearer than before by
highlighting in yellow the information that Car and Driver editors have
measured and recorded.
"We moved one component of our road test from the magazine to the web
-- the bar graph which compared the road-test vehicle, in five parameters
with three competitors that we also tested. With more room and flexibility
on CarandDriver.com, we are providing an expanded version of the bar graph
for every road test. We are also, for the first time, posting our technical
department's test sheets which show the actual recorded performance data as
well as weather conditions during the tests and several other tidbits of
useful information. These expanded road test results expand upon popular
content already featured on the site such as breaking automotive news as
well as daily coverage on car races and auto shows."
Nick Matarazzo, EVP, Group Publishing Director, Hachette
"With these new channels of distribution, we are able to broaden the
audience and deliver branded content that is credible, authoritative and
influential wherever, whenever and however, the consumer wants it. In
addition to advertising in print, online, mobile, radio and branded events,
we have created custom programs that deliver other creative ways for
clients' to present their products."
Two of the new custom marketing programs include:
* Word of Mouth Marketing -- "Car and Driver First Drivers Club"
Car and Driver is the first media property to team up with Renegade
Marketing Group and BzzAgent, a leading word-of-mouth (WOM) marketing
company, to develop "Car and Driver First Drivers Club." The magazine
offers clients the opportunity to engage Car and Driver's audience when
readers sign up as part of a network to receive exclusive access to
information on new products and vehicles featured in the advertiser's
campaigns. Readers then spread the word on these products and report
their WOM activities. The "First Drivers Club" delivers important
metrics to the advertiser including NET Promoter Scores, sales-based ROI
and WOM frequency and reach.
"Car and Driver readers are viewed as automotive experts and as a result
are incredibly influential," explains Rob Houghtlin, VP/Publisher. "They
advise an average of 18 people each year on which products to purchase.
Through our word-of-mouth channel we can harness that influence and more
importantly, measure it. Additionally, it provides a new way for the
magazine to communicate more frequently with our loyal readers and
collect valuable purchase information."
* CarandDriver.com -- "Virtual Test Drive"
CarandDriver.com is offering clients the opportunity to sponsor a
custom-produced online virtual test drive of their vehicle. Through the
online virtual test drive, automotive manufacturers can engage both
enthusiasts and in-market buyers with an interactive video experience
online that simulates the popular Car and Driver ride and drive events.
Users can first virtually explore the interior and exterior of the
vehicle hearing what magazine editors think of the features. They then
join well-known motor sports personality Tommy Kendall as he takes the
vehicle out for a test drive pointing out key features as discussed in
the magazine. The three-minute sponsored video segments provide direct
links to the advertiser's site.
About Car and Driver
With a circulation of 1,300,000 in the U.S., Car and Driver is the
world's largest, most comprehensive automotive enthusiast publication with
six international editions which combine unsurpassed editorial and
technical expertise with the ability to place readers in a virtual driver's
seat. Car and Driver is a vibrant brand which currently offers interaction
with its audience through a website, radio, mobile, podcasting and events.
Over 10.5 million people read the magazine each month and more than 1
million go online for CD content. Car and Driver is available on Sirius and
XM satellite radio and on Podcastgo. Also, enthusiasts interact with the
brand through the ride and drive events conducted for auto manufacturers.
Car and Driver is published by Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. whose
enthusiast brands reach over 50 million consumers in the U.S. Other
Hachette brands include American Photo, Boating, Cycle World, ELLE, ELLE
Decor, ELLEgirl, Flying, Home, Metropolitan Home, Popular Photography &
Imaging, Premiere, Road & Track, Shock, Sound & Vision and Woman's Day. In
addition to the print magazine, each brand has a digital edition and
website. A number of Hachette brands have extensions in television, radio,
mobile services and consumer branded events. Hachette Filipacchi Media
U.S., Inc., the New York- headquartered subsidiary of Hachette Filipacchi
Medias S.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lagardere SCA, also includes book
and custom publishing, integrated marketing, database and market research,
as well as licensing. The Hachette website address is www.hfmus.com.
SOURCE Car and Driver