Car & Driver
Car and Driver (CD or C/D) is an American automotive enthusiast magazine. Its total circulation is 1.23 million. It is owned by Hearst Magazines, who purchased prior owner Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. in 2011. Originally headquartered in New York City, the magazine has been based in Ann Arbor, Michigan since the late 1970s.
Car and Driver was founded as Sports Cars Illustrated in 1955. In its early years, the magazine focused primarily on small, imported sports cars. In 1961, editor Karl Ludvigsen renamed the magazine Car and Driver to show a more general automotive focus. 2005 marked the 50th anniversary of Car and Driver.
Car and Driver once featured Bruce McCall, Jean Shepherd, Dick Smothers, and Brock Yates as columnists, and PJ O'Rourke as a frequent contributor. Former editors include William Jeanes and David E. Davis, the latter of whom led some employees to defect in order to create Automobile Magazine.
Rather than electing a Car of the Year, Car and Driver publishes its top ten picks each year in its Car and Driver 10 Best.
Car and Driver is home to the John Lingenfelter Memorial Trophy. This award is given annually at their Supercar Challenge.
Today, Car and Driver is also published in Brazil, Greece, Middle East, and Spain. And The Spanish version just makes use of the Car and Driver name; no editorial direction is shared. China has an edition called 名车志 Car and Driver. The Middle Eastern edition is issued by ITP Publishing based in Dubai.
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