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Joe Duarte

News Editor and Contributor, Autofile.ca

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.

Recent Posts by Joe Duarte

Off-roading in Ford pickups just got a lift

New suspension kits for Ford Ranger and F-150 improve ground clearance Read More

Auto Accesories Off Roading
Sep 23, 2019, 2:30 AM

Should shop class teach EV principles? Apparently, it should

NJ shop-teacher had the idea to teach students how to electrify a vehicle Read More

Auto Enthusiasts Green Cars Auto Industry
Sep 22, 2019, 2:30 AM

Volvo survey shows parent drivers fear for children's safety

Survey showed 69% of parents feel distracted when driving with their kids Read More

Car Safety Auto Industry People
Sep 21, 2019, 2:30 AM

Hyundai adds to its utility stable with sub-compact Venue

Similar and distinct, Venue slots in below Kona at bottom of Hyundai lineup Read More

New Cars Auto Industry
Sep 20, 2019, 2:30 AM

Are you ready for a new high-performance German sports car?

Low-volume sports-car maker Wiesmann back in production with Project Gecko Read More

Auto Enthusiasts Luxury Cars New Cars
Sep 18, 2019, 10:30 PM

Toyota invests another $400 million to build pickups in Texas

The latest cheque brings investment in the plant to over $3 billion Read More

Auto Industry Auto Industry People
Sep 17, 2019, 10:30 PM

Bentley delivers Flying Spur to Russia with love

Bentley Rooms penthouse, atop Tverskaya Residence proved perfect for the intro Read More

Luxury Cars Auto Industry People
Sep 16, 2019, 10:30 PM

Cadillac launches 2020 CT4 sport sedan through social media

New compact sedan is based on the GM rear-drive architecture used on Camaro Read More

New Cars Luxury Cars
Sep 15, 2019, 10:30 PM

Abarth adds a more potent stinger to 2020 Fiat 500

Newest performance offering from Italian customizer endowed with more power Read More

New Cars Auto Enthusiasts
Sep 14, 2019, 10:30 PM

Sharp seat tracks force Ford to recall 2017 Explorer in Canada

Power-seat frames may cut people reaching in between seat and centre console Read More

Car Safety Auto Industry
Sep 13, 2019, 10:30 PM

Delphi has figured out how to halve EV charge times, extend range

At the 800-volt inverter’s heart is a patented silicon carbide power switch Read More

Auto Technology Green Cars
Sep 12, 2019, 10:30 PM

Volvo is the first automaker with a PHEV of every model

Front drive XC40 T5 Twin Engine is first use of Volvo’s CMA for a hybrid Read More

New Cars Luxury Cars Green Cars
Sep 11, 2019, 10:30 PM

Concept 4 shows what new BMWs are going to look like

The grille draws immediate attention to its wide-variation from current cars Read More

Auto Shows Future Cars New Cars
Sep 10, 2019, 10:30 PM

All-America icon Ford Mustang sets world-record meeting in Belgium

Ford welcomed 1,326 Mustangs from across Europe at its Lommel Proving Ground Read More


Believe it or not, Mercedes-Benz sets the electric minivan bar

Basically an electric version of Mercedes’s combustion-engine van, Metris Read More

Auto Shows Green Cars Luxury Cars
Sep 8, 2019, 2:30 PM

Will electric cars work in the cold? Ford dispels myths

Ford survey indicates poor perception about electric cars in some conditions Read More

Green Cars Weather Driving
Sep 6, 2019, 10:30 PM

Volkswagen offers old Beetles new life as electric cars

Volkswagen Group Components to supply electric components from VW’s e-up! Read More

Auto Shows Classic Cars Green Cars
Sep 5, 2019, 10:30 PM

What happens if a bug splats on an automated driving sensor?

One good splat could seriously impact the system’s ability to do its job Read More

Autonomous Driving Car Safety Car Care
Sep 4, 2019, 10:30 PM

Refreshed Volvo XC90 for 2020 can go farther on electricity

Flagship SUV of the Volvo stable gets new front end, exterior trim and colours Read More

New Cars Luxury Cars Green Cars
Sep 3, 2019, 10:30 PM

BMW i Series models get special treatment for 2020

BMW i3s Roadstyle, i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition limited to 900 and 200 units Read More

New Cars Luxury Cars Green Cars
Sep 2, 2019, 10:30 PM

Karma Revero goes out in a blaze of colour

Four custom Reveros commemorate end of production for Karma’s first model Read More

Green Cars Luxury Cars
Sep 1, 2019, 10:30 PM

Volkswagen ID.3 electric car ready for its Frankfurt debut

Rear-drive ID.3 is a Golf-sized electric hatchback expected to market in 2020 Read More

Auto Shows Green Cars New Cars
Aug 31, 2019, 10:30 PM

Ford issues 4 recalls affecting 665,000 vehicles

Issues affect rear seatbacks, power steering, front brakes and batteries Read More

Car Safety Auto Industry
Aug 30, 2019, 10:30 PM

Ford targets mobile entrepreneurs with 2020 Transit

Entrepreneurs who connect with customers online are choosing vans over stores Read More

Commercial Vehicles Auto Industry New Cars
Aug 29, 2019, 10:30 PM

Honda builds a better front passenger airbag

Features 3 inflatable chambers and fabric stretched between the outer parts Read More

Car Safety New Cars
Aug 28, 2019, 10:30 PM