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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 DRIVE: 23 new things in the "newish" 2019 Ford Edge

Current-gen Edge, unveiled in 2015, gets mild makeover to extend life cycle Read More

New Cars Automotive Reviews
Oct 9, 2018, 11:00 AM

FIRST DRIVE: 19 things to know about Lincoln’s new Nautilus

Essentially a mid-cycle refresh, Nautilus replaces MKX in Lincoln lineup Read More

Automotive Reviews New Cars
Sep 21, 2018, 12:05 AM

17 reasons you need to attend the Woodward Dream Cruise

Detroit roadway overtaken annually by eclectic array of vehicles Read More

Classic Cars Auto Enthusiasts
Aug 19, 2018, 10:30 PM

Classic Mustang drive shows how things have changed

"They don’t make cars like they used to" is a blessing for today's drivers Read More

Classic Cars Automotive Reviews
Aug 18, 2018, 10:30 PM

New Mustang rockets into Woodward Dream Cruise

Limited edition Cobra Jet pays homage to dominating 1968 drag-racing legends Read More

New Cars Motor Sports
Aug 15, 2018, 10:30 PM

FIRST DRIVE: 18 reasons you might want to take a Bullitt

Ford adds limited Mustang edition to celebrate Bullitt's 50th anniversary Read More

New Cars Automotive Reviews
Aug 5, 2018, 7:55 PM

Infiniti changes the way an engine works

Variable compression ratios maximize peak power and efficiency as needed Read More

Auto Technology Luxury Cars
Jul 25, 2018, 2:30 AM

FIRST DRIVE: 20 items of note in the 2019 Infiniti QX50

Infiniti enhances new QX50 crossover with new spin on engine technology Read More

New Cars Automotive Reviews
Jul 25, 2018, 2:00 AM

2018 EcoRun surpasses all expectations

AJAC EcoRun continues to be showcase for fuel-efficient vehicles, driving Read More


FIRST DRIVE: 21 things you should know about Nissan’s new Kicks

Subcompact CUV becomes the entry point to Nissan’s lineup of 6 utilities Read More

Automotive Reviews New Cars
Jun 22, 2018, 2:30 AM

Movin'On summit exists to facilitate change

Global summit seeks solutions to ensure mobility is sustainable Read More

Green Cars Auto Industry
Jun 5, 2018, 3:10 PM

15 newsworthy displays at Michelin Movin'On

Sustainable-mobility summit featured an array of the latest innovations Read More

Green Cars Autonomous Driving
Jun 4, 2018, 11:05 AM

Electric paratransit bus unveiled in Montreal

Zero-emissions mini/midi-bus made global debut at Michelin Movin'On summit Read More

Green Cars Commercial Vehicles
Jun 3, 2018, 2:30 AM

Total tire recycling a target for Michelin

Company plans to manufacture tires with 80% sustainable materials by 2048 Read More


Jun 1, 2018, 2:30 AM

FIRST DRIVE: 18 things you should know about Ford's EcoSport

Built in India; massaged to meet the demands of North American buyers Read More

New Cars Automotive Reviews
May 18, 2018, 2:00 PM

FIRST DRIVE: 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke

You have to keep reminding yourself that it's a big diesel churning away Read More

New Cars
Apr 28, 2018, 9:30 AM

Ford F-150 diesel ratings a Power Stroke of genius

Ford’s new F-150 Power Stroke diesel posts top fuel efficiency ratings Read More

Fuel Economy New Cars
Apr 19, 2018, 12:05 AM

Ford hybrid delivers a greener shade of blue

Hybrid quicker to 160 km/h than Ford’s long-serving Crown Vic police car Read More


Ford shifts strategies to focus on hybrids, SUVs

New faces include include Shelby GT500, Bronco, F-Series HD and Ranger Read More

Auto Industry Green Cars New Cars
Mar 16, 2018, 7:55 PM

24 things you should know about the 2019 Ram 1500

First re-do since Ram became stand-alone brand in 2009 Read More

New Cars Automotive Reviews
Mar 15, 2018, 8:05 PM

70 Years of Porsche celebrated at Toronto auto show

Iconic models on display trace the marque’s rich heritage through seven decades Read More

Auto Shows Classic Cars Auto Enthusiasts
Feb 18, 2018, 9:35 AM

Exotic cars fuel dreams at Toronto auto show

AutoExotica collection on display is valued at more than $100-million Read More

Auto Shows Auto Enthusiasts Classic Cars
Feb 13, 2018, 3:10 AM

Chevrolet Silverado HD is 2018 Canadian Truck King

Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Colorado also earn Truck King Challenge honours Read More

Auto Awards New Cars
Feb 6, 2018, 11:25 AM

FIRST DRIVE: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV a game changer

The Outlander PHEV has the potential to shake up the compact SUV segment Read More

Automotive Reviews New Cars Green Cars
Jan 31, 2018, 7:55 AM

FIRST DRIVE: 2018 Lincoln Navigator is big in the best ways

The all-new 2018 Lincoln Navigator is a real contender in the ultra-luxe SUV segment Read More

New Cars Automotive Reviews
Jan 29, 2018, 7:50 AM