CAR DEALER Magazine has won the Best Business Publication 2012 title in the prestigious Headline Auto Awards.
The awards, which are voted for by journalists and motor industry professionals, this year saw more than 1,000 votes cast.
Car Dealer Magazine took first place in the Best Business Publication category beating off stiff competition from Motor Trader, Business Car, Dealer Update and Automotive Design.
Presenting the award, Headline Auto’s Andrew O’Kelly said: ‘The winning magazine brings its readership an insightful, engaging overview of their industry which entertains as well as informs. Described as an impressive and excellent publication, the winner is Car Dealer Magazine.’
Car Dealer submitted three magazines for the judges to assess. These included our ‘To Business’ issue which included interviews with 10 top automotive influencers, our Geneva Motor Show special which had 10 pages of interviews with top executives, and our 50th celebratory issue.
One of the nominations Car Dealer received said we have a ‘first-rate understanding of the readers with a great blend of insight, analysis, information and fun peppered with an occasional surprise’.
Editor James Baggott said: ‘We are thrilled to win this prestigious award. We’ve been nominated in this category every year for the last four years so to finally win it means a great deal.
‘We pride ourselves on producing a magazine that’s not only packed with business information for car dealers but is also a little bit of fun too. We have the best jobs in the world and every month try to share that with our valued readers in the magazine, on our free iPad and iPhone Apps and on our website.
‘We’re chuffed the team’s hard work has been recognised.’
Staff writer James Batchelor was also recognised in the Rising Star of the Year award, and Baggott in the Business Writer of the Year category.
Our picture shows Car Dealer editor James Baggott, centre, receiving his award from Graeme Fudge, PR director of Mazda, right, and Andrew O’Kelly, managing director of the Headline Group.