AA Cars Auto Blog Awards 2015 Nominees

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AA Cars' Auto Blog Awards 2015The AA Cars Auto Blog Awards 2015 are just around the corner and we want you to decide which of our nominees are the best. Here you’ll find more information about each of our five awards categories, as well as the nominees themselves.

From our rising stars to the leading posts on used cars and the sites with the best advice, take a look at our nominees and vote for your favourites.

Auto influencers

This selection features some of the most influential blogs in the automotive world from some of the most respected and expert bloggers.

Auto Blog http://www.autoblog.com – With over 364,000 followers on Facebook, Auto Blog is celebrated for its up-to-date and informative content on a wide range of vehicles.
BMW Blog http://www.bmwblog.com – As the name suggests, this blog is about all things BMW. With a great layout and regular insider news, this the go-to place for BMW enthusiasts.
Car Throttle http://www.carthrottle.com – Considered the equivalent of Facebook for car fans, Car Throttle offers you the chance to share posts and other engaging pieces of content with a wide audience.
F1 Fanatic http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk – Another favourite for a specific niche, F1 Fanatic is a leading Formula 1 blog site which offers only the best in news, reviews, quizzes and more about this excellent motorsport.
Jalopnik http://jalopnik.com – A well-established blog with over 229,000 Facebook followers, known for its unique and engaging content which covers everything from cars to planes and more.
Kia-World http://www.kia-world.net – What makes Kia-World so impressive is how they update their blog daily with new and interesting content. Like other brand blogs, they have access to all the latest news and information regarding Kia.
QuattroWorld http://www.quattroworld.com – With a huge social following and user interaction, as well as all you need to know about Audis, QuattroWorld is another excellent and highly detailed site.
Shmee150 http://www.shmee150.com – A hugely influential blogger in his own right, Shmee150’s site has an enormous following and is noted for the great posts and news, especially on supercars.
What Car? http://www.whatcar.com – For those seeking advice and reviews, What Car? is one of the most trusted sites in the UK. Well respected and established, they offer expert guidance on a range of vehicles.
Vote your favourite Auto influencers blog:
  • Car Throttle - http://www.carthrottle.com (65%)
  • Shmee150 - http://www.shmee150.com (13%)
  • Jalopnik - http://jalopnik.com (6%)
  • What Car? - http://www.whatcar.com (5%)
  • Auto Blog - http://www.autoblog.com (3%)
  • F1 Fanatic - http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk (3%)
  • BMW Blog - http://www.bmwblog.com (2%)
  • QuattroWorld - http://www.quattroworld.com (1%)
  • Kia-World - http://www.kia-world.net (0%)
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Car clubs

This category hosts the nominees for the best car club blogs. These are sites for owners and fans of specific brands to share advice, news and more. Here’s our selection:

Aston Martin Owners Club (AMOC) http://amoc.org – This is a base for fans of Aston Martin to discuss and share content about their beloved vehicles. Simple in its design, the site is regularly updated within new and interesting features.
BMW Car Club http://www.bmwcarclubgb.uk – The blog for the official BMW Car Club, which provides lovers and owners with news on current events, services and more. It also has quite a substantial social media following.
British Mini Club http://britishminiclub.co.uk – With more than 23,000 followers on Facebook, this site is great for social interaction in the Mini world. The blog accompanies the print magazine that members of the club receive.
Club Triumph http://club.triumph.org.uk – One of the best parts of this blog is the highly active members’ area which holds regular events and competitions for users. Triumph owners and enthusiasts can also share posts, media and more.
Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs http://fbhvc.co.uk – As its name suggests, this blog is for owners of historic British vehicles and proves to be a very important source of information and advice for its many users.
Fiat 500 Club http://fiat500club.org.uk – The Fiat 500 Club is where you can find all you need to know about these popular little cars. Members can also access the club magazine and share their views with others thanks to its big social following.
Mercedes-Benz Owners http://mercedesclub.org.uk – This is another site which has a big following and serves as the place for Mercedes-Benz owners to share content and discover the latest news and events. It also has a strong social media presence.
MG Cars Enthusiasts’ Club http://www.mg-cars.org.uk – What this site might lack in visuals, it more than makes up for with the wealth of great content you can read about MG cars. It is considered to be one of the most trusted sources online for information about this particular brand.
SAAB Owners’ Club (GB) http://saabclub.co.uk – This popular site is another place where owners can find all they need to know about their beloved vehicles. The gallery section is especially popular among members, where they share and showcase images of their SAAB cars.
Volvo Owners’ Club http://volvoclub.org.uk – The straightforward design of this site makes it easy to navigate and the forum of this blog is praised for its range of helpful articles. The forum is a hive of activity with members online around the clock.

Vote your favourite Car club
  • Mercedes-Benz Owners - http://mercedesclub.org.uk (48%)
  • Aston Martin Owners Club (AMOC) - http://amoc.org (13%)
  • BMW Car Club - http://www.bmwcarclubgb.uk (12%)
  • Club Triumph - http://club.triumph.org.uk (7%)
  • Volvo Owners’ Club - http://volvoclub.org.uk (5%)
  • British Mini Club - http://britishminiclub.co.uk (4%)
  • Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs - http://fbhvc.co.uk (4%)
  • Fiat 500 Club - http://fiat500club.org.uk (3%)
  • SAAB Owners’ Club (GB) - http://saabclub.co.uk (3%)
  • MG Cars Enthusiasts’ Club - http://www.mg-cars.org.uk (2%)
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Classic and retro car blogs

The candidates for this category are all about classic and retro cars. These focus on a variety of areas, from ownership to renovation and more.

Classic & Sports Car http://www.classicandsportscar.com – Visitors to this site can enjoy the many quality posts it has on classic cars and sports cars, as well as the stunning photography. It has a strong social following, with 25,000 followers on Twitter alone.
Classic Cars Magazine http://www.classiccarsmagazine.co.uk/With over 1.1 million likes on Facebook, Classic Cars Magazine is certainly a popular site. It has its neat layout and many excellent articles about classic cars to thank for this popularity.
Classic Driver http://www.classicdriver.com/en – This is another site which is celebrated for its excellent visuals and photography of classic cars. Its 40,000 email subscribers enjoy the expert advice pieces found here.
Classic Ford http://www.classicfordmag.co.uk – A hotspot for Ford enthusiasts, Classic Ford boasts a huge social following with nearly 1 million Facebook likes. It’s not hard to see why when you visit this site and discover the many quality blog posts about classic cars from this famous brand.
Classics Monthly http://www.classicsmonthly.com – What makes Classics Monthly so appealing is the fantastic advice it offers classic car owners regarding maintenance and restoration. The site is neatly set out and is easy to browse with some great photography too.
dep-o magazine http://www.dep-o.co.uk – The dep-o site gets a huge amount of social engagement on the posts it features, but this isn’t surprising given the exceptional quality of writing around classic cars. Visitors can also enjoy the many quality images of cars on the site.
Old Classic Car http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk – At over 10 years old, this site has a huge amount of blogs, articles, photographs and more just waiting for visitors to explore. Better still, the simple design of the site makes browsing them easy and more enjoyable.
Petrolicious http://www.petrolicious.com – Petrolicious has a wide range of interesting content and media, including videos, images and more. Here you can find the latest news on everything to do with classic cars.
Practical Classics http://www.practicalclassics.co.uk – This site has lots of great articles about classic cars, in particular, advice on buying and restoration. It has a strong social presence too, with over 10,000 likes on Facebook.
Retro Cars http://retrocarsmag.com – The Retro Cars online magazine features excellent articles, reports and blogs on classic cars and modified classic cars from decades gone by. They now have over 220,000 Facebook followers sharing and liking what they have to offer.
Vote your favourite classic and retro car blog
  • Classic & Sports Car - http://www.classicandsportscar.com (41%)
  • Petrolicious - http://www.petrolicious.com/ (19%)
  • Classic Cars Magazine - http://www.classiccarsmagazine.co.uk (9%)
  • Practical Classics - http://www.practicalclassics.co.uk/ (8%)
  • Retro Cars - http://retrocarsmag.com/ (6%)
  • Classic Ford - http://www.classicfordmag.co.uk (6%)
  • dep-o magazine - http://www.dep-o.co.uk/ (5%)
  • Classic Driver - http://www.classicdriver.com/en (3%)
  • Classics Monthly - http://www.classicsmonthly.com/ (1%)
  • Old Classic Car - http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk (1%)
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Corporate blogs

This list of nominations is for the best corporate blogs. These feature all the latest news and updates on different areas of the motoring industry, with some entries coming from car manufacturers themselves.

Aston Martin Blog http://www.astonmartin.com/en/live/blogThe Aston Martin blog is packed full of interesting and insightful articles around the make and industry. The smart design is as impressive as the 6 million Facebook likes it has.
Dream Magazine (Honda) http://www.dreammagazine.co.uk/This stylish website is brought to life by Honda and boasts a range of detailed news articles and posts about Honda’s cars and product offerings. The site is made all the more stylish by its excellent photography.
FordSocial http://social.ford.co.uk/Ford’s blog sees a great deal of user interaction thanks to the 239,000 Facebook followers offering their views and comments on the quality content. This includes infographics, videos, useful reviews and more.
Kwik Fit Blog http://www.kwik-fit.com/blog.aspOn the Kwik Fit Blog you can discover lots of really useful content around ownership and vehicle maintenance. They also run competitions from their site and use it to showcase their new and innovative technologies.
Mazda https://www.mazdarebels.com/en-gb/The design of this site is what sets it apart, with its balance of different types of content, from blogs to videos and more. The content on the Mazda blog is exceptionally interesting and informative.
Mercedes-Benz News http://news.mercedes-benz.co.uk/With over 475,000 followers on Facebook, the Mercedes-Benz news site sees a high level of social interaction with visitors sharing and commenting on the quality content you can find here. You can also explore its impressive video and image galleries.
Polished Bliss http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/blog/What’s so appealing about this blog is how useful its tips and advice can be. This is particularly notable around technical aspects, such as paintwork and paint protection. The neat style makes navigation easy.
Renault Group http://group.renault.com/en/news/blog-renault/The Renault Group blog has a huge following on Twitter and Facebook and has many well-written and entertaining posts for visitors to enjoy. The smart design of the site helpfully categorises content, making it easy to find.
Stoneacre http://www.stoneacre.co.uk/blogThe Stoneacre blog is another example of a site with a winning mixture of excellent content and nifty design. With the handy side bar, you can quickly filter the motoring articles and other media and then simply enjoy some fantastic pieces.
Toyota Blog http://blog.toyota.co.uk/Toyota’s blog contains many feature-length articles which effectively demonstrate and exhibit their vehicles and product offerings in a highly entertaining way. It also sees high social interaction and engagement from its quality blogs.
Ultimate Finish http://www.theultimatefinish.co.uk/car-care-blogThanks to the attractive look and well-structured layout of the site, as well as the wealth of useful tips, it’s not hard to see why it’s so popular. You can also find a number of striking images and interesting posts.
Warrantywise http://www.warrantywise.co.uk/blog/
The appeal of this blog is the wide range of content it has to suit an equally wide range of markets and interests. Warrantywise also continues to offer regular automotive news, making this one of the most up-to-date blogs around.
Vote your favourite corporate blog
  • Ultimate Finish - http://www.theultimatefinish.co.uk/car-care-blog (38%)
  • Polished Bliss - http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/blog/ (33%)
  • Mercedes-Benz News - http://news.mercedes-benz.co.uk/ (7%)
  • Toyota Blog - http://blog.toyota.co.uk/ (6%)
  • Warrantywise - http://www.warrantywise.co.uk/blog/ (5%)
  • Aston Martin Blog - http://www.astonmartin.com/en/live/blog (5%)
  • Dream Magazine (Honda) - http://www.dreammagazine.co.uk/ (1%)
  • Mazda - https://www.mazdarebels.com/en-gb/ (1%)
  • Stoneacre - http://www.stoneacre.co.uk/blog (1%)
  • Renault Group - http://group.renault.com/en/news/blog-renault/ (1%)
  • FordSocial - http://social.ford.co.uk/ (1%)
  • Kwik Fit Blog - http://www.kwik-fit.com/blog.asp (0%)
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Rising stars

The blogs in this category are those which have recently come to prominence and continue to go from strength to strength. Each of them features interesting content, including advice, reviews, forums and more.

Automotive Blog.co.uk http://www.automotiveblog.co.uk/In the five years since its inception, Automotive Blog has established itself thanks to the variety of great content it provides. Covering a range of automotive areas, you can find news, reviews, videos and more.
best selling cars blog http://www.bestsellingcarsblog.com/Launched in October 2010, this blog offers a huge range of content. On top of this, the site is updated daily with new content.
carwitter http://www.carwitter.com/Boasting insightful reviews and an attractive style, carwitter is a very popular site. Testament to this is the high number of Twitter followers at over 4,000.
EngageSportMode http://engagesportmode.com/Over the last three years, this site has aimed to provide automotive content for all audiences and features a range of high-quality posts, photos and journalism. This has led to an ever-increasing and impressive social presence.
Gmotors http://www.gmotors.co.uk/Gmotors’ success has come from its regular and consistent posting of detailed and interesting articles. It offers visitors the latest in motoring news and reviews and is also home to some incredible images.
MyCarGossip http://www.mycargossip.com/blog.phpAimed at a female audience, this site allows visitors to rate and review different cars and post motoring news specifically for women. This means there’s lots of tips and advice to discover and a high level of social interaction.
Nick’s Car Blog http://nickscarblog.com/This is the blog of car enthusiast Nick Roshon where he regularly posts interesting blogs, especially around classic cars, Audis and Lamborghinis. The personal touch and interaction just adds to the appeal of this charming blog.
PetrolBlog http://petrolblog.com/Since it started in February 2010, PetrolBlog has seen an eclectic mix of posts looking back at classic cars of the past few decades. It also offers reviews and news on more recent vehicles. The blog focuses mainly on the British automotive industry. All posts featured on the site are entertaining and engaging.
The Car Expert http://www.thecarexpert.co.uk/Despite being just three years old, The Car Expert is packed with car news, reviews and expert advice. The quality of the blog has gathered a small social following which is expected to grow significantly in the near future.
Vote your favourite rising star blog
  • carwitter - http://www.carwitter.com/ (40%)
  • EngageSportMode - http://engagesportmode.com/ (30%)
  • The Car Expert - http://www.thecarexpert.co.uk/ (11%)
  • Automotive Blog.co.uk - http://www.automotiveblog.co.uk/ (7%)
  • PetrolBlog - http://petrolblog.com/ (4%)
  • best selling cars blog - http://www.bestsellingcarsblog.com/ (4%)
  • Nick’s Car Blog - http://nickscarblog.com/ (2%)
  • MyCarGossip - http://www.mycargossip.com/blog.php (1%)
  • Gmotors - http://www.gmotors.co.uk/ (1%)
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Now you know a little about our nominees, feel free to take a look at their sites and explore what they have to offer. Then, cast your vote for the entry you think is the best in each category.

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