About The Author

Clare Dear

Clare Dear is an international and national award-winning journalist and photographer. Clare is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario’s Honours Journalism program. His experience includes nearly 30 years as a sports reporter, copy editor, automotive columnist and senior section editor with the London Free Press, as well as several years as a contributing writer to the National Post’s Driving section and other publications. He is President of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, a position he’s held for five years, and is a member of the Canadian Car of the Year program’s management group. Clare readily admits he’s a passionate “car guy,” having tinkered with cars since childhood, raced them for several years, and written about all forms of motorsports since he was a teenager. Born and raised in London, ON, Clare and his wife, Diane, have two grown children – a daughter and a son – and one grandchild.

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Recent Posts


FIRST LOOK: It’s ‘Wagons Ho!’ for Buick – but not in Canada

The Opel Insignia-based Regal will be offered in Canada in hatchback sedan form only, while American buyers will also have a wagon option.


Do 10 speeds and two turbos add up in 2017 Ford F-150?

This new engine-transmission package from the Blue Oval delivers the grunt traditional V-8 truck truckers expect and it’s more fuel-efficient too.


FIRST DRIVE: 2017 Mazda CX-5 ups the ante for compact SUVs

While it looks little different than its predecessor, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 has changed a lot. It’s all in the details – nearly 700 of them!


New Mazda MX-5 RF flips its top for fun

The MX-5 RF is not so much a roadster with a hard top; it’s more like an enclosed two-seater sports coupe with a retractable roof.


The weird and the wonderful at Toronto’s Motorama 2017

With more than 400 vehicles and 30,000 visitors over three days, Motorama has become a must-attend event for auto enthusiasts of all genres.


Hot Fords take the chill out of winter

No one, has really tested the mettle of these high-performance Fords in the snow and ice conditions familiar to Canadians – until now!


Subaru, Toyota, Porsche hold their value best of all brands

Depreciation is the single largest expense of owning a vehicle, which makes value retention hugely important in selecting what model to buy.


Sleet or freezing rain? Here's how to handle them

When road surfaces become skating rinks, even vehicles with winter tires, all-wheel drive and anti-skid technologies can’t always cope.


A skeptic’s review of Chevrolet’s all-electric Bolt

After driving it, our once die-hard EV skeptic concedes that having a Bolt in his driveway is not such a far-fetched concept after all.


Winter driving tips from a pro

Driving instructor Danny Kok shares some of his expertise on how to overcome fears of winter driving and be more confident behind the wheel.


Ram 1500 claims Canadian Truck King crown – again!

This victory is the fourth time in six years that the Ram 1500 has been the overall winner of the Canadian Truck King Challenge.


FIRST DRIVE: 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo

As Nissan’s best-selling sedan, the compact Sentra is getting a big boost in horsepower, torque and sportiness for 2017.


2017 Nissan Rogue gets more sophisticated

Nissan’s small CUV gets styling updates inside and out plus some advanced safety and convenience technologies usually found on more premium products.


All you need to know about the all-new 2017 GMC Acadia

More than just a refresh, the 2017 GMC Acadia gets a total makeover from the ground up, sharing nothing with its predecessor but its name.


Why Ford’s new F-Series Super Duty is a segment buster

An all-new Ford Super Duty is about to bust open the segment’s door with a truck that’s tougher and more capable than any heavy-duty rig ever offered.


Eclectic collector cars of the 2016 Fleetwood Country Cruize-in

The annual Fleetwood Country Cruize-in, held just west of London, ON, each June is acknowledged as the largest outdoor auto extravaganza in Canada.


Up close and personal with Toyota’s fuel-cell powered Mirai

The Mirai’s hydrogen fuel cell system may be the way of the future but there are still some huge hurdles to clear before such vehicles are practical.


AJAC EcoRun showcases latest fuel-saving technologies

Every vehicle in EcoRun surpassed its NRCan fuel economy rating, demonstrating that drivers can reduce fuel costs simply by driving more efficiently.


What you should know about the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9

Mazda is pushing the top-end trim of its flagship seven-passenger crossover to a premium level that rivals luxury brands at a more affordable price.


15 reasons to check out the 2017 Ford Escape

To sweeten its appeal, Ford has given the 2017 Escape numerous upgrades, including a fresh new look, new technologies and new levels of connectivity.

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