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


Ford recalls 3,000 trucks over seatback, door handle issues

One relates to Ford F-150 and Super Duty pickups, and Explorers with inadequate seat frame welds; other deals with chrome door handles on F-Series trucks.


VW boosts Tiguan engine to 2.0 litres

2.0 TSI is expected to show improved fuel economy, while returning 20% improvement in torque (now up to 221 lb-ft), thanks to modified Miller cycle.


Takata airbag recall moves closer to resolution

Settlements involve several requirements, which each manufacturer must fulfill, including speeding up repairs and covering out of pocket expenses.


GM pulls Chevrolet out of some world markets

GM focuses Indian manufacturing on vehicles for export only, sells African operations to Isuzu Motors, pulls Chevrolet out of both markets by 2018.


Fiat Chrysler updates diesel model software

FCA worked with EPA and CARB to clarify issues with emissions controls to come up with new software to allow the company to market Jeep and Ram models.


New GTI has VW lineup on up!-swing

Attendees of annual Lake Wörthersee GTI gathering will be first to see new up! GTI Concept, a production version of which is due in early 2018.


Bentley bespoke package takes flight

Kit fitted to Bentayga’s slide-out cargo floor includes two storage boxes - larger one is the master flight station; smaller one is a refreshment case.


Track performance package takes Camaro to new level

Extreme Track Performance Package adds racing-based suspension, aero technologies, and Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R performance tires, among others.


Fassbender pursues racing dreams in Ferrari Challenge

The star known for high-profile roles trained with Ferrari’s “Corso Pilota” driver training program and completed first round of single marque series.


Adventure drive of a lifetime along Norway's fjords

Inaugural Slartibartfast starts from Louwman Museum in The Netherlands, works way through Denmark, Sweden and Finland, and back down along Norwegian coast.


Ram pickups recalled over occupant safety

Underbody knock could lead software to conclude sensor failure. FCA aware of two crashes, with injuries and fatality, which may be related to issue.


Survey helps shoppers find their perfect cars

The survey starts with 11 questions about behaviour patterns, and then users get shortlists of vehicles that most closely match their lifestyles.


Lincoln extends chauffeured services

Service offers carefully screened, highly trained drivers to chauffeur Lincoln owners to engagements, then run errands while the owner is at the event.


VW Arteon offers protection from rear-enders

System uses blind-spot detection sensors to judge position and speed of vehicle approaching from behind and alerts cabin occupants to impending crash.


Ford goes back to school on interior design

Company reached out to Ravensbourne, the famous design college in London, to ask students to pitch interior design concepts for the new Ford Fiesta


Nissan offers ultimate selfie-mobile

X-Trail X-Scape features Parrot Bebop 2 drone, with “follow me” technology so drivers can concentrate on driving the vehicle, not flying the drone.


Study sheds light on mental health of delivery drivers

More than half reporting poor mental health said their condition was brought about by increased time pressures (52%) and increased workload (50%).


Volvo commits to ambitious sustainability goals

Company is following through on nine commitments that directly support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, agreed on by member states in 2015.


Chinese market could ensure EV superiority

Chinese government proposal that 8% of production must be electrified vehicles (fully electric or plug-ins) would add about 1 million EVs annually.


TV stars and the cars that made them

Television executives often called on auto customizers to create memorable cars for their programs. Some of those creations have become cultural icons.

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