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Clare Dear

Contributing Editor, Autofile.ca

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.

Recent Posts by Clare Dear

First Look: 2022 Ford Expedition expands its lineup

Ford expands 2022 Expedition lineup to meet new consumer priorities Read More

New Cars Auto Enthusiasts Luxury Cars
Sep 21, 2021, 2:25 PM

Porsche Taycan’s electric performance can be shocking

Engage launch control and hang on – the response is instantaneous! Read More


Ford Bronco aims to buck Jeep’s off-road dominance aside

There’s a serious challenger to Jeep’s off-road supremacy galloping into the picture Read More

New Cars Off Roading Automotive Reviews
Aug 19, 2021, 7:40 AM

Technology upgrades, more luxury enhance new Lincoln Navigator

Lincoln is refining its flagship Navigator luxury SUV inside and out for 2022 Read More

New Cars Luxury Cars Automotive Reviews
Aug 18, 2021, 6:50 AM

Compact Maverick pickup is Ford’s solution to downsize demands

Ford's-all new compact pickup features front-wheel-drive and a hybrid powertrain Read More

New Cars Auto Industry Auto Enthusiasts
Jun 8, 2021, 6:00 AM

Timberline off-road sub-brand makes debut on 2021 Ford Explorer

Timberline is a new Ford SUV sub-brand that gives its customers more off-road capabilities Read More

New Cars Off Roading Auto Enthusiasts
May 26, 2021, 8:40 PM

Nissan charts new course with next-gen Pathfinder and Frontier

Nissan aims to make its vehicles more aspirational as it relaunches the brand. Read More

New Cars
Feb 8, 2021, 11:45 AM

Upgraded Raptor on the prowl for Ram’s TRX

Ford’s 2021 F-150 Raptor ups the ante for desert/off-road performance pickups Read More

Auto Enthusiasts Off Roading New Cars
Feb 3, 2021, 11:00 AM

2021 Lincoln Nautilus upgrades focus on serenity

Designers at Ford’s flagship luxury division have taken Lincoln interiors to a new level Read More

New Cars Luxury Cars Auto Industry
Nov 20, 2020, 12:30 PM

Ford E-Transit full-size van offers fully-electric efficiency

The fully-electric E-Transit offers clear business advantages to fleet customers Read More

New Cars Commercial Vehicles Auto Industry
Nov 12, 2020, 12:20 PM

Bronco is back to challenge for off-road supremacy

First Look at the 2021 Ford Bronco and its junior-sibling Bronco Sport Read More

New Cars Auto Enthusiasts Off Roading
Jul 13, 2020, 8:00 PM

First Look: 2021 Ford F-150 Pickup

Ford's flagship pickup gets hybrid powertrain in 2021 makeover Read More

New Cars Auto Enthusiasts Auto Industry
Jun 25, 2020, 8:00 PM

New Michelin X-ICE SNOW tire designed by and built for Canadians

Quebec blizzard gives new Michelin tire a tougher than expected real-world test Read More


GM designer’s Buick set to turn heads at Amelia Island Concours

This one-off 1956 Buick Century X was custom-built for GM styling director Bill Mitchell Read More

Classic Cars Auto Enthusiasts Auto Shows
Feb 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

Race cars and exotics make sweet eye candy at Toronto auto show

AutoExotica is the most popular feature of the Canadian International Auto Show for attendees Read More

Auto Enthusiasts Auto Shows Classic Cars
Feb 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

Toyo proves its tires have the nuts to tackle winter driving

New Toyo Observe GSi-6 winter tire is designed for and exclusive to Canada Read More

Car Tires Weather Driving Car Care
Feb 18, 2020, 12:20 PM

FIRST DRIVE: 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty draws a new benchmark

Ford heavyweights’ capacity to tackle the tough stuff is even more enhanced Read More

Automotive Reviews New Cars
Jan 21, 2020, 2:00 AM

Winter driving tips from a professional

Forget the fear, says veteran driving instructor Danny Kok, “you can be in control.” Read More


FIRST DRIVE: Shelby GT500 the wickedly wonderful "real" Mustang

That's what bolting a 2.7-litre supercharger on the 5.2-litre V-8 gets you Read More


FIRST LOOK: Pony badge or not, Mustang Mach-E's a ground breaker

As with the original pony car, this vehicle is certainly a game-changer Read More

Green Cars New Cars
Nov 20, 2019, 9:30 PM

FIRST DRIVE: Compact Corsair delivers full-size Lincoln luxury

Corsair uses the Ford Escape platform, as did its predecessor, the MKC Read More

New Cars Luxury Cars
Nov 19, 2019, 7:05 PM

Ford's SYNC 3 technology has Canadian connections

Connectivity and Innovation Centre in Waterloo works on latest-gen system Read More


First Drive: 2020 Lincoln Aviator flies into luxury SUV dogfight

Three-row midsize Aviator set to challenge prime luxury SUV segment leaders Read More

Luxury Cars New Cars
Oct 11, 2019, 10:30 AM

Does 2020 Ford Escape have the bat-speed to outswing RAV4?

Ford touts its new Escape as the smartest, best-performing, most versatile ever Read More

New Cars Automotive Reviews
Sep 19, 2019, 2:00 AM

Can Porsche Taycan overcome $73000 premium to rival Tesla Model S?

Taycan Turbo starts at $173,900 in Canada, and flagship Turbo S at $213,900 Read More

Green Cars New Cars Luxury Cars
Sep 6, 2019, 10:30 PM