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Autoweek Magazine Cover
Final issue of Autoweek (November 4, 2019)
EditorNatalie Neff
Former editorsRory Carroll, Dutch Mandel
Total circulation285,000
First issueJuly 16, 1958 (1958-July-16)
Final issueNovember 4, 2019
CompanyHearst Communications
Country United States
Based in Detroit [1]
ISSN 0192-9674

Autoweek is a car culture publication and magazine based in Detroit, Michigan. It was first published in 1958 and in 1977 the publication was purchased by Crain Communications Inc, its current brand licensor. The magazine was published weekly and focused on motor sports, new car reviews, and old cars, events and DIY. Autoweek now publishes Autoweek brand 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. [2]

As of November 2019 the publication went digital and was no longer available in printed format. Hearst Magazines entered a multi-year licensing deal with Crain Communications to operate the digital and experiential businesses of Autoweek. [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. [7] In 1988, Leon Mandel was named Publisher, a position he held until November, 2001. [8] Leon's son, Dutch Mandel, joined Autoweek in 1997 holding leadership positions culminating with his time as publisher. [9] In 2016, Mandel left Autoweek and Rory Carroll became interim-publisher and later, publisher. In 2019, Patrick Carone became editorial director.

Editorial direction

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. [10] As of 2012, in addition to covering auto racing and auto shows, Autoweek covers vehicle trends, reviews and automotive lifestyle stories. [11]


  1. ^ " Crain Offices Worldwide Archived 4 May 2012 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"
  2. ^ O'Leary, Noreen (22 February 2010). "The App Flap". Adweek. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Autoweek To Be 'Operated' By Hearst, Ends Print Magazine". Jalopnik. 15 October 2019. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
  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. ^ "Crain Communications, Inc". Funding Universe. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  8. ^ Pace, Eric (8 March 2002). "Leon Mandel, 73, Former Publisher of AutoWeek, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  9. ^ "Dutch Mandel - Autoweek Magazine". WJR. Archived from the original on 2007-08-24. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  10. ^ MacQueen, Jim. "Red Eyes For A Jaundiced Eye". Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  11. ^ "Autoweek Press Room". Autoweek. Retrieved 6 March 2012.

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