You have enough on your hands surviving the auto business. So I'll spare you a rundown on the convulsions taking place in ours.
But allow me to share a fact: In the past year, we have posted more than 3,600 stories, blogs and columns on autonews.com. Most have come from our staff reporters.
We have kept you abreast of congressional hearings, bailouts, bankruptcies, dealer shutdowns, clunkers, management upheavals, surprise profits and staggering losses. Hundreds of those stories have come to you via breaking news alerts.
Much -- but not all -- of what appears online is available to anyone who registers on our Web site. This week through Sunday, Dec. 20, Automotive News is giving nonsubscribers a chance to explore all of autonews.com free of charge.
Then we have to evolve. Come Monday, Dec. 21, we're redesigning our Web site -- and changing the way we do business.
Two words now for Automotive News subscribers: Don't panic.
In 2010, you'll get the weekly print edition plus online access to news, commentary and reader comments for the same $159 a year. Data will become part of a different package; more on that later.
Online-only subscriptions will run $99 a year. They will include thousands of news stories as well as photos and stories from every major global auto show.
Like print subscribers, online subscribers also will get our digital edition -- a computerized version of the weekly print issue. To subscribe, go to autonews.com/subscriptions.
A new Automotive News Data Center package, autonews.com/data, will include access to all data produced by Automotive News, including monthly U.S. sales and weekly North American production data. Automotive News subscribers can add that for $59; they will get faster access to the numbers that will be provided in popular Excel files. For nonsubscribers, it will cost $199.
Subscribers will get complete details in the coming weeks.
If you don't subscribe, you'll miss out on a lot. You'll be able to open only a few stories each day, and your daily and weekly e-mail newsletters will be skimpier.
"What about Worobec?" you ask. Tom's daily Automotive News TV newscast will still be available to everyone, at no charge.