At a glitzy awards do in central London last night, Car Dealer managing director James Baggott and editor James Batchelor picked up the gong from Headline Auto after beating off competition from Motor Trader, Fleet News, BusinessCar and Professional Driver.
It’s the second time Car Dealer has won the prestigious award, which is voted for by motoring journalists and manufacturer PRs, having previously scooped the title two years ago.
The magazine – which already enjoys the position of being Britain’s most-read motor trade publication – is currently read by more than 18,000 car dealers in printed and digital iPad editions, and earned high praise from judges.
Comments included: ‘Every mag the trade will ever need! Informative, entertaining, topical.’
‘There’s a slight lads-mag feel to this business title, but as it’s aimed at car dealers, that’s probably no bad thing. Visually the most engaging of these titles, and it balances the laddish content with some original, ambitious and useful content.’
‘No mistaking who the mag is aimed at. Original. Lovely mix of articles – serious and tongue in cheek. Very fresh layout and healthily cynical headlines. Comment pieces are entertaining. Manages to laugh at itself.’
‘A confident, well-designed publication that has brought a breath of fresh air into what is traditionally a stagnant segment.’
Car Dealer submitted some of its most powerful and punchy features in the past 12 months…
– James Baggott’s epic road trip across Russia with Mazda UK’s MD and two dealers. Click here to read it on your iPad
– A Day at Essex Car Company (as seen on Channel 4’s ‘The Dealership’) Click here to read it on your iPad
– Automotive Influencers 2014 – where we gathered together 11 car manufacturer bosses and leading trade suppliers to discuss what 2014 has in store. Click here to read it on your iPad
– World Cup – where James Batchelor and Dave Brown visited dealers who shared the same name as the 1966 World Cup-winning England squad. Click here to read more
Editor James Batchelor said: ‘Car Dealer Magazine is like no other publication in the business sector. That’s because we love the motor trade and aim to have fun every single month.
‘The fun and interesting features are bookended with the best industry news and investigations. The main focus of Car Dealer will always be about tackling the best news stories and issues in the motor trade.
‘We are absolutely delighted with winning this award for the second time. We acted upon comments posed in last year’s awards where we finished as a runner-up. It’s wonderful to see all of our hard work recognised.’
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