Marc Lachapelle has been a multiple award-winning automotive journalist, and an accomplished racer, for more than three decades. He started at Guide de l’auto, a best-selling buyer’s guide in Québec, after completing a Communication Arts degree at Concordia University and first establishing himself as a motorcycle writer and photographer. He has since contributed words and pictures to numerous magazines, newspapers and web sites, in both official languages, here and abroad. Marc was the founding editor at various magazines and websites, also working occasionally as a commentator, director and producer for television. He was hired by Microsoft in 2000 to help develop and launch both English and French MSN Autos web sites in Canada, staying on as Editor-in-chief until rejoining Le Guide de l’auto in 2008. He remains a regular contributor to the MSN Autos US site. Marc became the first journalist from Québec and the first francophone to be chosen as Journalist of the Year award by AJAC in 1994, repeating in 2005. He was the first and only recipient of the association’s Most Professional Journalist award in 1996 and won its first Photography award in 1999. Marc is a member of AJAC’s Car of the Year group and a juror for both the North American Car of the Year and International Engine of the Year awards. After a brief stint in motocross where he raced up to the Expert level, Marc graduated from the Spénard-David F2000 racing school, briefly ran his own car in the Honda-Michelin series, competed in the 24 Hours of Mosport for five years and entered a number of races as a guest driver. He successfully drove the first hybrid-powered car at Targa Newfoundland in 2007 and 2008 and took home a Gold Plate and a second Churchill trophy the following year. Marc is the proudest father of two and lives in Longueuil, Québec.
The magnificent mutation of the new Land Rover Discovery
March 13, 2017, 11:55 AM
The stodgy Land Rover Discovery (aka the LR4) has mutated into a stylish, extremely competent and thoroughly modern all-purpose luxury ute.
First Drive: New Volvo V90 Cross Country star on home ice
February 13, 2017, 5:05 AM
Volvo chose the frozen roads and lakes of Sweden to show how capable, comfortable and exciting the V90 Cross Country can be even in harsh conditions.
The most spectacular eye candy at the Montreal auto show
January 23, 2017, 8:35 AM
The bold and beautiful automotive sculptures that stood out from the rest at the 2017 Montreal International Auto Show.
2017 North-American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year are…
January 9, 2017, 7:40 AM
The Chevrolet Bolt EV, Chrysler Pacifica minivan and Honda Ridgeline pickup are the 2017 North American Car, Utility Vehicle and Truck of the Year.
On- and off-road in Ford's rapacious new Raptor!
December 7, 2016, 9:00 AM
Built on Ford’s aluminum-intensive F-150 platform, the all-new second-generation Raptor is seriously upgraded for both on- and off-road use.
L.A. Retrospective – The Weird, the Wild and the Wonderful
November 25, 2016, 6:10 PM
Sometimes the most interesting vehicles at auto shows are the ones found off the beaten path. Here are some from the 2016 Los Angeles auto show.
Everything you need to know about the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
November 21, 2016, 7:35 AM
With a starting price of $42,795 in Canada, reduced by some provincial incentives, and a range of 383 km when fully charged the Bolt is the real deal.
By Marc Lachapelle
FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
January 24, 2015, 10:20 PM
With a 2.95 second 0-to-60 mph time and a 10.95-second ¼-mile at 204 km/h, the new Z06 is the quickest front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car ever.
FIRST LOOK: 2016 Mazda2
January 15, 2015, 5:55 PM
In many ways the compact Mazda3 feels like a small luxury car and the Mazda2 promises to spread that magic in subcompact form.
FIRST DRIVE: 2013 SRT Viper
March 14, 2013, 5:00 PM
This brawnier, more modern Viper is safer and more refined but its fearsome, untamed character still lurks below the surface just waiting for release.