Does Automotive Journalism Matter? — ROAD TESTAMENT

In a world where car enthusiasts have tons of raw information and fan forums at their fingertips, why do they need journalists? «Storify» stalk the New York Auto Show to ask members of the automotive media and industry pros to define what car journos must do to stay relevant. With Mike Spinelli and Leo Parente. More comments from DRIVE viewers on


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  1. I like to give everyone the benefit of doubt and see what they know and most auto journalist know a think or two but the real dead egg are the dealers. I’ve been sniping for a new car for some time now and every dealer I speek to doesent know Jake I ask a simple question like tire spec and they don’t know one Guy didn’t know the HP at all and that’s were the masses buy cars.

  2. Most journalists incl automotive journalists are over achiever, self riotous, ivory tower, ivy league know-it-alls that usually know very little about cars are are rarely enthusiasts, Chris Harris is an exception to this rule and that is why he is liked by so many «true» automotive enthusiasts. Most automotive journalists are out of touch with what the common person is interested in. Good automotive journalists need to be car enthusiasts first and journalists second IMO

  3. It’s like saying that movie reviewers aren’t relevant because of movie previews. You need someone who has similar taste to you that goes out and tries out cars, hits on all the points you care about so that you don’t have to waste your time.

  4. The price difference between those two cars is so vast a comparison is just silly. And the Veyron is a 4k pound, AWD space ship. It’d be like slaloming a very fast submarine. The 458 is one of the fastest yet most usable super-cars on the road. The only thing that does double-duty as well is a 911 turbo, but with it’s AWD it certainly has a different feel. I know what you’re saying, but the 458 really is that god.

  5. I love RT, but i can see how its above most people’s heads (not in a derogatory way). You really have to be someone who think deeply about cars and car issues to like RT, I am someone like that, but most people are not. On the good side, as a blogger (Mind Over Motor), I am glad to see my own approach is the way other people think the journalism is going. Press releases are boring, people want real stories and real opinions on cars and car topics. The whole Drive team does a great job with it.

  6. I can’t stand Spinelli. I don’t doubt he is intelligent, capable, and a great writer, but as soon as he gets in front of that camera, he annoys the fuck out of me. He looks unsure, nervous, babbles, never fully finishes his thought and therefore his sentence either. He doesn’t come across as someone who knows what he is talking about. The ending rant, he might as well never even started the show and just shown cuts of people he interviewed. Hate is a strong word, but damn, its getting close.

  7. «the car industry has gone down the tubes!» Just like today’s music and pretty much everything else in this world. I think one of the reasons might be that most of us settle for mediocrity. We have been fed cow poo for so long that it has become a delicacy. One in a while though, we realize what was on the plate after the last bite.

  8. I am an independent car-reviewer from germany with nothing but a Youtube-channel and a blog-site and I can definatly tell you: Automotive Journalism is alive !

    I am german, but I do english videos and so just my accent adds alot of fun to my reviews.

    If you read the comments people post to my videos, there is one thing that often comes up:

    They love reviews by real people !

    I couldn’t disagree more with Mr. Wert … Check out my channel and you understand why

  9. What do you mean dose it matter?! Of corse it matters! With out Automotive journalists I would never know what I know about all my favorite cars! Sure you can get stuff on the internet, but fourms are the worst of the internet. They are difficult to navigate and it is hard to find credible info on them. I like unbiased opinions and creative writing. You only need to watch Jeramy Clarkson to know how good an automotive journalist can be! Terrable topic for todays show.

  10. I think what everybody understands is a lot of the cars we love to read about are cars that we will likely never own or drive. Ultimately, the specs will never matter to most of us. Because we love cars for more than just the numbers. We love cars for the stories they tell when we’re with them. For the places we go in them. For the people meet in them. For how we feel about them.

    The autojournalist’s job isn’t to review the car, but to tell the tale of the car, the driver and of the drive.

  11. I think the automotive journalist is as useless ass tits on a bull! you all give the same reviews and gripe about the same things. we all know corvettes never win comparisons cause there seats suck and that a vw will win any comparison you put it in because it has plaid seats. i think real automotive journalists should also repair cars so they can tell you what is really wrong with the car not just that it has a nice interior or that it has a sexy shape. the car industry has gone down the tubes!

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