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WASHINGTON -- Automakers' time-honored system of handing out early photos and specs of vehicles to the media and embargoing their release for maximum exposure during the Detroit auto show has been thrown asunder this year by the blogosphere and the heightened competition among media to be the first to show photos of hot new cars.

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So far this year, information about the Chevy Malibu sedan, Dodge Viper sports car, the Lincoln MKR concept and the Chevy Camaro convertible has leaked out early on the Web and in car magazines.
How is this any different then any other year? :lol:
 

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If they want to keep a lid on it, then kep a lid on it.

Have an appointed day and time when official media materials are released. No more honor system. Bar the ones from the obtaining media packets that have demonstrated they have no honor.
 

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Will never happen because the print media would whine to high heaven about becoming irrelevant since the interweb publishes instant and it takes Car and Driver 2.5 months to go from editors to newsstands.

But the point they are missing is that they are pretty much already irrelevant in terms of cutting edge info. There is still a great role for magazines but breaking news isn't it.
 

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What oh what can we do, it is a shame!
 
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