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What is Auto Edit?
Welcome to AutoEdit, a new and slightly more irreverent weekly feature from Wheelbase Media.
Rather than your pages being a collection of random auto stories, the AutoEdit feature is intended to be the glue that holds it all together. Just as your editorial page is intended to be the pulse of your newspaper, Auto Edit can also be the pulse of your auto pages.
Auto edit runs 500-550 words and is all about your readers becoming more familiar with our key staff members via their personal views on the automotive world. Of all 18 of our weekly features, AutoEdit is the only one intended to provide weekly commentary. Journalistically speaking, this is just common sense since such commentary does not belong in our other news-type features.
Whether your readers agree or disagree with what’s written, they’ll know exactly how the writers of AutoEdit stand on their chosen topics. And, quite frankly, a little spirited debate is a healthy thing and that seems to be missing from more and more newspapers these days. AutoEdit is all about soul, getting back to the basics of solid content and showing readers that there are real people behind the nine-point typeface.
Most minivan shoppers will likely scope out the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, Kia Sedona, Nissan Quest or the Chrysler Town & Country/Dodge Grand Caravan duo. As an alternative, the Mercedes-Benz Metris can also be added to the list. The Metris? Yup. As with the Ford Transit van, the Metris (it’s the Vito in Europe) is primarily intended for commercial work and can be ordered as such (i.e. stripped to the bone with only a couple of seats). However for an extra $3,500 or so, the Metris can be configured as a family people mover that can haul up to 1,875 pounds of people and/or cargo and tow nearly 5,000 pounds.