Csaba Csere, Car And Driver Editor-In-Chief, Resigns

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Jalopnik has confirmed Csaba Csere, the famously unpronounceable Editor-in-Chief of Hachette Filipacchi Magazines' flagship moneymaker Car and Driver, will be resigning his position effective January 1, 2009. Why?

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We've been given no reason, but Csere has been in charge of Car and Driver since 1993 and with the magazine since 1980. Hachette will now be conducting a search for Csere's replacement.

UPDATE: The automotive pundictroacy is all atwitter about whether Car And Driver is looking to make the move out of Ann Arbor and out to sunny California to join their comrades at Road & Track. We've also learned Csaba may have taken issue with Hachette's desire to foster greater combining of assets with Road & Track in a bid to save money. We're still getting more and we'll share it when we've got it.

UPDATE 2: Hachette has issued an official press release about Csere's departure, its full text follows:

CSABA CSERE, VICE PRESIDENT, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, CAR AND DRIVER WILL BE

LEAVING HACHETTE FILIPACCHI MEDIA U.S. AT THE END OF THE YEAR

John Owens, Senior Vice President, Group Editorial Director for the Men's Titles,
Named Acting Editor-in-Chief

New York City (December 16, 2008) – Alain Lemarchand, President & CEO, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. (HFM U.S., www.hfmus.com) announced today that Csaba Csere, Vice President, Editor-in-Chief, Car and Driver, will be leaving the company at the end of the year. Senior Vice President, Group Editorial Director John Owens will be Acting Editor-in-Chief until a permanent replacement is named.

"Csaba is widely respected as one of the top authorities on cars and the automotive industry, making regular appearances on national television programs like The Today Show, NBC and CNN to comment on new models as well as the business of the automotive industry. We thank Csaba for his contributions at this magazine and wish him all the best in the future," commented Lemarchand.

Car and Driver's expert editorial team is recognized by car enthusiasts and automotive manufacturers as credible journalists who practice to the highest standards. The magazine is published by Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. (www.hfmus.com) twelve times each year delivering an audience of over 10 million readers monthly (source: MRI Fall 2008). With a circulation of over 1.3 million copies (ABC Jan-June 2008), the Car and Driver is the world's largest monthly automotive magazine. The magazine is a leading publication for in-market buyers, and the Car and Driver brand extends to many platforms including websites, mobile sites, radio, custom marketing programs and an integrated marketing database.

DISCUSSION

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Rob Emslie

Move CandD to California? Combining assets with R&T? That's like saying Toyota's buying Ferrari and moving the F430 to the Camry platform.

I used to get Car and Driver. I also subscribed to Motor Trend, and my Road & Track collection goes back to 1952 (no, I'm not that old, I bought the pre-1974 issues used.) and I got fed up with seeing the same reviews of the same cars with usually the same pictures in each magazine.

Motor Trend was the one I found most appalling with their thinly veiled advocacy of whatever brand had bought the most advertising that month. The fact, brought to light by former staff editor Len Frank, that the Car of the Year was determined by the Advertising staff rather than the Editorial staff was the end of the line for me. I won't even bother picking up an issue to browse at the Newsstand while there to grab a copy of Cheri or Gent.

Car and Driver, epitomized by the brash, unapologetic Brock Yates, was good, but the NASCAR-targeted writing style and greater desire to be clever over being informative eventually began to bore me.

I always loved Road & Track. The focus on European cars, the history, the editors- Henry Manny, Peter Egan, Dennis Simanaitis . . . all great writers and car enthusiasts. I wasn't too happy when they changed the format a few years back to that wider style. The paper stock is too thin and it sags while you read it. Oh well, still great photography.

There are many, many more car mags out there, past and present. Road Test magazine was good, Of course Hot Rod and the other drag-mags are good in that genre, and so many great foreign magazines: CAR, Auto Motor Un Sport, Veloce Today. All great stuff.

These days I get R&T and AutoWeek, but that's pretty much it. Every few years I get Automobile for a while and enjoy it, but there's no passion there. With the Internet, everything in the magazines regarding new cars feels out of date. I still like the classic car magazines, and I'll always get Road & Track, but I think that era of the great American Car Magazine may be in the past. That's kind of a sad thought.