Did The Detroit Free Press Run A Sponsored Story As A Real One?

Media outlets these days can't get enough of sponsored content, or stories paid for and often written by advertisers in the style of actual articles. The outlets get paid and the brands get exposure. Everybody wins, except maybe the readers, who often feel duped into reading something that's really an ad. It all… » 7/07/14 10:47am 7/07/14 10:47am

Infiniti CEO Comes Clean About Their Juke In Best Response Ever

The most frustrating aspect of what we do as auto writers is the boilerplate response we get from car companies when we ask about future cars. That wasn't the case with Infiniti CEO Johan De Nysschen, who essentially had this to say about the rumored Infiniti version of the Juke: "Hell yeah, it's ours, and it's going… » 6/11/14 3:41pm 6/11/14 3:41pm

Here's What That Weird Ferrari Release Was Actually Trying To Say

Yesterday we saw an incredibly odd press release from Ferrari, ostensibly having to do with the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix. It referred to the "penetration" of Gilles Villeneueve, the "dribble" of Jean Alesi, and also a possible shapeshifter. It turns out that that press release just might have been auto-translated. » 6/03/14 9:38am 6/03/14 9:38am

Cool It With The 2015 Ford F-150 Awards 'Til Someone Actually Drives It

The New England Motor Press Association just bestowed the "Yankee Cup" award on the 2015 Ford F-150, reckoning it's "tougher, smarter and more capable," based on information that could only have come from Ford & Friends. Which only begs the question; what's the point of that? » 5/30/14 3:39pm 5/30/14 3:39pm

This Was A Banner Week For Lazy Viral Photos About Detroit

If someone had told me years ago while I was in J-School that in order to sustain a career in telling stories about my hometown, I'd have to copy and paste before-and-after photos of a few buildings, I'd have called you crazy. Oh, what a mistake I would have made back then. » 5/30/14 12:02pm 5/30/14 12:02pm

Here's How Former Source Interlink Mags Are Probably Reorganizing…

As we first reported Automobile fired its editor and much of its staff, and its parent company Source Interlink axed other employees (and possibly magazines). We also learned that Source Interlink was becoming The Enthusiast Network, or TEN. We've now obtained a copy of what appears to be the newly renamed company's… » 5/29/14 5:15pm 5/29/14 5:15pm

Automobile Magazine Cuts Staff And Fires Editor

Giving credence to yesterday's rumor, Automobile magazine's Michigan offices have been closed, much of its staff has been let go, and the Editor-in-Chief Jean Jennings has been fired. This comes along with Source Interlink (now called TEN or The Enthusiast Network), owner of Motor Trend, apparently closing other… » 5/29/14 12:45pm 5/29/14 12:45pm