Motor Trend magazine was published by Motor Trend Publications Inc. with the first address at 548 S. San Vincente Blvd in Los Angeles.  The original publishers were Robert E. Petersen and Robert R. Lindsay.

Its tag line was "The Magazine for a Motoring World".  It was a large format title printed monthly and covered a broad swath of automotive topics - Detroit production and concept cars, European general purpose and sports cars, classic cars and other automotive topics of interest to the target reader.

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The publisher provided net paid circulation data to various periodical compendia from 1951 to 2005 (which is the last year for which we have data at this time). Over this time period, annual print production grew from 154,000 to 2,500,000, a fifteen to sixteen fold increase. Motor Trend is an enduring brand that has always been in the top 3 automotive titles based on circulation data.

The magazine is still in print publication as of December, 2023, but only images through 2000 are presently included.