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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UK company plans for real-world emissions tests

Emissions Analytics recently appeared on the BBC motoring magazine program Top Gear to demonstrate its Portable Emissions Testing Systems (PEMS).

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Three artisanal cars to be displayed on National Mall

Cars reflect exceptional talent and unique cultures of the designers, artisans and mechanics that modified production cars for speed and style, says HVA.

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McLaren Toronto named tops in North America

Dealership beat out 19 North American locations in Retailer of the Year program that rates dealers on sales, customer service, aftersales and marketing.

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Finding odd-job careers in the auto industry

European manufacturer SEAT offers examples of auto-manufacturing jobs that require less formal training or, in some cases, more creative inclinations.

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Volvo plans for 2019 EV built in China

Volvo has committed to offer a hybrid of every model as it works toward selling one million electrified cars by 2025 (including full electric models)

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Mini tops list of top British vehicles of all time

When results were tabulated, the original Mini topped the list that included the Aston Martin DB5, Jaguar E-Type, Land Rover Defender and McLaren F1.

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BBR gives Mazda MX-5 an aftermarket boost

Turbocharger upgrade boosts 4-cylinder’s outputs from 155 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque to 248 and 236, respectively, lowering 0-100 time to 5.5 seconds.

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Toyota turns electric eye toward freight-hauling

Project Portal is a fully functional heavy duty truck that will be putting 670 hp and 1,325 lb-ft of torque capacity to use as a short distance hauler.

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MG looks to the past with futuristic concept

MG is calling E-Motion a glimpse of the future, presumably indicating a desire to produce it, but it could be a nod to its all-electric drivetrain.

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Ford looks at bamboo for sustainability

Known for its tensile strength (the ability to resist being pulled apart), bamboo is reportedly as strong as some metals and stronger than others.

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Mercedes explores A new 4-door segment

Concept A Sedan’s dynamic proportions (dimensionally close to those of Honda Civic) expands on traditional 3-box design with cabin offset rearwards.

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Ford gives the gift of Shelby Mustangs

Most track-capable, street-legal Mustangs will continue into 2018 with the 526-hp 5.2-litre dual overhead cam V-8 that also makes 429 lb-ft of torque.

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Geely readies first Lynk & Co cars for Shanghai debut

Vehicles were designed by Peter Horbury, best known for work on Volvo S70, V70, C70 and S80, Ford Fusion, Focus and Taurus, and Lincoln MKZ and MKX.

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Apple to test self-driving cars on public roads

Though it never made a formal announcement about developing its own self driving car, Apple began looking at autonomous driving a couple years back.

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Magazine says millions ignoring recall notices

UK motoring magazine Auto Express discovered many car owners are ignoring recall notices, even though repairs would be performed free of charge.

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Subaru ready to climb to new SUV heights with Ascent

Last large Subaru SUV was 2014's awkwardly-named Tribeca, with Ascent topping it in all dimensions. Power to come from a new turbocharged 4-cylinder.

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Genesis unveils concept crossover in New York

Cabin-length centre console separates semi-aniline leather interior, with quilted diamond stitching, into four individual spaces for cabin occupants.

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Audi turns to Eastern Europe to build new Qs

New Q8 will slot in at the top end of the line to become Audi's new flagship SUV, while Q4 will slot in between Q3 and Q5 to become Audi's first CUV.

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Ford looks at ways to alleviate motion sickness

Children are the worst hit, probably because they have their heads down looking at mobile screens or on-board display screens in the back of seats.

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Aston Martin takes flight with latest Vanquish

Aston Martin’s bespoke personalisation and customisation service, Q by Aston Martin, will make just 10 versions of the Vanquish S Red Arrows edition.

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