Top Gear (magazine)

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Top Gear
Categories Automobile magazine
Circulation 150,884 (ABC July - December 2013) [1]
Print and digital editions.
First issueOctober 1993;27 years ago (1993-10)
Company Immediate Media Company
Country United Kingdom
Based in London
Language English
Website topgear.com
ISSN 1350-9624

Top Gear (stylised in magazine as Top Gear) is an automobile magazine owned by BBC Worldwide and published under contract by Immediate Media Company. It is named after the BBC's Top Gear television show. It was first published in October 1993 and is published monthly at a price of £4.35. As of March 2019 there have been a total of 320 issues published in the UK.

Contents

The major presenters of the television series — Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May — were regular contributors, along with the series' production staff. "Tame racing driver" The Stig also regularly features in their car tests, though only communicates his thoughts and feelings through the articles of others.

It is Britain's leading general interest car magazine in sales terms, with over 150,000 copies distributed each month in 2012, a drop of 50,000 from 2007. [1] Previous columnists have included former Top Gear presenters Quentin Willson, Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson.

Licensed editions are also published in China, the Czech Republic, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, the Middle East (with localized versions for each of the Arab countries), Indonesia, South Korea, South Africa, Russia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Thailand, India, Belgium, Romania, Finland, Sweden, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Singapore. On September 2004, the Philippine edition was released.

On 7 May 2007, it was released in Bulgaria, on 16 November 2007 in Italy, on 14 February 2008 in Poland. An Australian edition was brought out from June 2008 to October 2015. [2] A Hong Kong Chinese edition was released in October 2008. A Turkish edition which name is TopGear Turkey was released in May 2011.

More recently, Portuguese was released in June 2011. A German edition was released on 25 April 2013. After a year, the Polish edition is the third largest market, after the British and Russian editions. In January 2010, Top Gear magazine released its 200th edition, and a free 'best of TopGear magazine' supplement was included. In April 2014 the first issue of the Croatian edition was released, and in May 2015, a French edition was launched. In April 2016, the Spanish version was launched, edited by Axel Springer SE.

In May 2017 a Sri Lankan edition of the magazine was launched at an event held at the Taj Sumudra Hotel, Colombo. The English-language magazine is published by Capital Media Pvt (Ltd).

In July 2019 TopGear India ceased publication, with the agreement between Worldwide Media Pvt. (WWM) ending.

Content

Current regular features include:

Giveaways

Top Gear Magazine has been known to give away a number of items free with the purchase of the magazine, including a number of promotional DVDs, books and CDs. The following is a comprehensive list of all of the items given away.

DVDs

Books

CDs

Car of the Year

Car of the decade

Supercar of the Year

Men of the Year

See also

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References

  1. 1 2 "ABC Certificates and Reports: BBC Top Gear Magazine". Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  2. https://www.businessinsider.com.au/its-the-end-for-topgear-australia-magazine-2015-8 'It's the end for TopGear Australia magazine'