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Top Gear redesigns annual car awards issue

Writers such as Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond will continue to contribute to the ma

Top Gear magazine has decided to come out with a special redesigned issue for its annual car awards edition overseen by new editor Charlie Turner.

In the special issue, entire sections will be rebranded, for instance, the 'Metal' section will be replaced by 'The News' which will provide information on new cars.

Writers such as Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond will continue to contribute to the magazine. Their columns will now be featured in the new 'Planet Top Gear' section instead of the previous 'Faces' section.

Top Gear's art editor Charlie Turner, who took over as acting editor in June after the then editor Conor McNicholas resigned, spearheaded the redesign.

Elaborating the reason for the redesign, Turner said, "Our readers were still enjoying the product, but research showed there was room to redevelop and refine it - ultimately to deliver more value."

Moreover, since the awards issue usually brings in more revenue for advertisements, with strong newsstand sales, Top Gear had decided to overhaul the magazine for this annual issue.

The special issue, available on newsstands from 1 December at the usual price of £3.95, includes a cover-mounted Top Gear Supercar Calendar, with 12 different car models as monthly pin-ups.