About The Author

Joe Duarte

Joe Duarte has spent his entire journalism career reporting on the auto industry in various newspapers, business and lifestyle magazines, auto websites and in different broadcast media. Shortly after starting his professional career in 1987 at a start-up Metroland weekly auto-dealer supported newspaper in Toronto, he was recruited as the new editor of World of Wheels magazine (at the time, Canada’s only year-round magazine for auto-enthusiasts). He holds the distinction of being the longest serving editor of the magazine, guiding it to three design and layout awards, as recognized by the Automobile Journalists’ Association of Canada (AJAC). At World of Wheels, he also helped to found the Canadian Auto World trade journal and an annual auto industry directory digest. He left World of Wheels to start up the short-lived Drive upscale lifestyle glossy magazine before heading Canadian Tire’s Auto Club magazine Autoroute. Between 2000 and 2013 he wrote and edited automotive content for Sun Media, where he served in several management roles. Joe is a classically trained journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Waterloo and a Journalism degree from Durham College, and considers himself the voice of the sensible motorist, with his ability to spin a utility perspective on just about any vehicle available in today’s market.

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Recent Posts


Acura returns to prototype racing with Team Penske

The engine is a twin-turbo version of the production 3.5-litre V-6; bodywork was developed by a team led by Acura Global Creative Director Dave Marek.


Hyundai readies next-gen fuel cell SUV

Hyundai says new FCEV improves its efficiency level over Tucson FCEV by 9%, boosts horsepower to 161, and boasts driving range of more than 580 km.


Genesis owners can control cars remotely by voice

Mobile app will work through Google Home system, Android phones or iPhones, and can also be used through the on-screen keyboards on the latter two.


Volkswagen teases intro of new T-Roc SUV

Concept T-Roc was built on Volkswagen’s MQB platform, which is most notable for Golf, but is also used by Volkswagen’s existing compact SUV, Tiguan.


Steady dealerships selling fewer cars: report

With dealership count stable, the only thing affecting sales volume is consumer confidence, and current data indicates dealerships selling fewer cars.


Infiniti imagines a racecar from bygone era

Vehicle’s stunning bodywork is made up of bare sheet-metal body panels (wrapped around a steel ladder frame) forged into shape by master craftspeople.


High-tech vehicles force thieves to up their game

Armed with relay devices, a thief stands beside your vehicle and another beside your home’s front door, near which keys are often placed for the night.


Disguised BMW X2 sneaks out to meet public

Expected to be unveiled at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, it is rumoured to be powered by a selection of engines from the X1, on which it's based.


Camaro gets promoted to NASCAR top tier

Camaro ZL1 racecar will make its competition debut when the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series kicks off in February, with the Clash at Daytona.


Ford recalls Police Interceptor Utilities over CO issues

Vehicles may have unsealed or improperly sealed holes at the rear following aftermarket additions, which are allowing exhaust fumes into the cabin.


Nissan gets out of electric battery business

Deal is contingent on Nissan buying out battery operations minority shareholder NEC and its subsidiary NECED, and GSR Capital also acquiring NECED.


Chrysler partners with Kango for family ride-hiring

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will provide registered drivers for San Francisco app-based, on-demand ride service with affordable leases on hybrid minivan.


Volvo, Geely one step closer to forming Lynk & Co

Expected to be finalized in September 2017, Lynk & Co cars will use Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), which will be used by Volvo’s upcoming 40-Series.


Toyota, Mazda to build joint venture plant in US

Joint-venture plant in the US would have an annual capacity of 300,000 vehicles and create 4,000 jobs to produce Toyota Corollas and Mazda crossovers.


Over 388,000 vehicles recalled in Canada in July

Issues affect concerns over software glitches to airbag inflators, from alternators to power steering modules, from transmission mapping to fuel lines.


Germany to update emissions on 5 million diesels

At somewhere in the neighbourhood of $600 Million, the move is expected to save German automakers an estimated $4 Billion from hardware fixes.


Nissan Pathfinder reminds you to check the back seat

Rear Door Alert monitors rear door switches to check if doors were opened prior to the trip and then again after, alerting drivers visually and audibly.


Quiet Start makes Ford Mustang owners less annoying

Quiet Start features industry-first time-schedule, meaning drivers can fire up Mustang V-8 without tell-tale rumble between 11 pm and 8 am, for example.


Ford Raptor takes flight with one-off creation

Built by Brad and Doug DeBerti of DeBerti Design, the Ford F-22 F-150 Raptor borrows design details from the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter jet.


19 cars that are good from far but far from good

Cars are shiny things that often attract at first sight, but closer inspection sometimes proves that judging a book by its cover isn’t always good.

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