Car (magazine)

This article is about the automotive enthusiast magazine named "Car". For other uses, see Automobile magazine.

Car (UK edition), September 2002 issue
Categories Automobile magazine
Total circulation
(June 2013)
First issue 1962 (1962)
Company Bauer Consumer Media[3]
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Car is a British automotive enthusiast magazine published monthly by Bauer Consumer Media. International editions are published by Bauer Automotive in Brazil, China, Greece, India, Malaysia (since December 2012, through Astro),[4] Mexico, the Middle East, Poland (under the title Cars), Romania, Russia, South Africa (under the title topcar), Spain, Thailand and Turkey.[5] A Japanese counterpart, Car Magazine (カーマガジン kaa magajin), is published by Neko Publishing.[6]

Car features a regular group test under the 'Giant Test' name, which was originally developed by the magazine in the 1970s. It also features 'newcomer' first drives of new cars, interviews with significant figures in the motor industry and other features.


The magazine was launched in 1962 as Small Car and Mini Owner incorporating Sporting Driver . It was renamed as Car in 1965.[7] In the 1960s Car pioneered the 'Car of The Year' (COTY) competition that was subsequently decided by motoring journalists on a Europe wide basis. In the 1970s and 1980s Car was far ahead of other motoring magazines for the quality and depth of its writing, artwork and photography. Significant contributors during the magazine's heyday included Henry Manney III, Douglas Blain, George Bishop, L. J. K. Setright, Ronald Barker, Mel Nichols, Steve Cropley, Russell Bulgin, Philip Llewellin, James May, Alexei Sayle and Rowan Atkinson. L. J. K. Setright in many insightful series of articles, linked the development and history of the motor car to its social, technological and historical contexts. Car was also renowned for its 'scoop' photos and drawings and took delight in the irritation it caused to car manufacturers by revealing significant new models ahead of time. Car regularly featured the spy shots of Hans G. Lehmann, featuring his work with its own image-stamp emblazoned with the words Hans G. Lehmann - Fotograf. In the 1990s and early 2000s (decade), the artist Hilton Holloway was responsible for a number of projected images of cars in development, first through graphic art, followed later by Photoshop compositing artwork. In 2001 one of his concepts for a Lotus Formula 1 was so accurate that 'Project Hilton' became the code-name for the F1 project within Lotus.

In 1992 Car was sold by FF Publishing to Emap.[8] Emap published in the magazine until 2007. In March 2009 the magazine's listings section (which gives details of new cars on sale in the UK) reverted to the name 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' – which it had used when it was created in the early 1970s – after an absence of nearly three years.


In the UK Car's sales have been in decline since peaking in the mid-1990s. Car's' circulation in 2012 averaged 54,500 copies a month, 37,500 of which are in the UK.[3]



  1. "Car". Bauer Media Group. Bauer Consumer Media. 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-09-25. Retrieved 2013-11-06. Car...
  2. "Mag ABCs: Full circulation round-up for the first half of 2013". Press Gazette. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  3. 1 2 "Consumer Magazines - Circulation Certificate - January to June 2013 - Car" (PDF). ABC. Audit Bureau of Circulations. June 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-05-22. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  4. "Malaysian issue of Car enters circulation". Autoworld Blog. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  5. "About Us". Car. Bauer Media Limited. 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  6. "Neko Web :: Bazar Online". Neko Publishing. Archived from the original on 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  7. "Car Magazines 1993: A Watershed". Magforum. Anthony Quinn. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  8. "Timeline". Magforum. Retrieved 19 August 2015.

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