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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

17 cars with uniquely styled names

A car name can be fancy but the right script adds to the character Read More

Auto Enthusiasts Auto Industry
Jan 23, 2019, 2:30 AM

Hyundai channels superpowers with Kona Iron Man Edition

Limited editon model gets Marvel Iron Man themed exterior and interior cues Read More

Auto Industry New Cars
Jan 22, 2019, 2:30 AM

Volkswagen takes orders on race-inspired GTI

285-hp Golf GTI TCR is named after Volkswagen’s touring car series racecar Read More

Auto Shows New Cars
Jan 21, 2019, 2:30 AM

Ford recalls 270,000 Lincoln Nautilus crossovers

2019 Nautilus technology may not detect when driver’s hands not on wheel Read More

Car Safety New Cars Auto Industry
Jan 17, 2019, 9:30 PM

Hyundai recalls 170,000 vehicles over engine woes

Recall affects Hyundai Santa Fe and Sonata, Kia Optima, Sorento and Sportage Read More

Car Safety Auto Industry
Jan 16, 2019, 9:30 PM

Another 3.3 million vehicles added to Takata airbag recall

Toyota recalling nearly 1.7 million vehicles; FCA adding over 1.6 million Read More

Car Safety Auto Industry
Jan 13, 2019, 2:30 AM

FIRST LOOK: New Explorer paces Ford into the future

Redesigned from the ground up on Ford’s new rear-drive unibody architecture Read More

New Cars Automotive Reviews
Jan 10, 2019, 9:30 PM

Ford subjects seats to sweaty-butt test

Robotic seat tester was developed in 2018 to test seat longevity in Fiesta Read More

Auto Technology Auto Industry
Jan 9, 2019, 9:30 PM

BMW shows riderless motorcycle at CES

Autonomous R 1200 can start, accelerate, corner and come to complete stop Read More


Hyundai tells utility vehicle to take a walk

Elevate concept has articulated legs allowing it to go where others can't Read More


Nissan helps drivers see the invisible at CES

Invisible-to-visible uses information from sensors and data from the cloud Read More

Auto Technology Autonomous Driving
Jan 6, 2019, 9:30 PM

Toyota to debut Lexus LS-based autonomous car at CES

New P4 adds new cameras in the fenders, as well as two new imaging sensors Read More

Auto Shows Autonomous Driving
Jan 5, 2019, 9:30 PM

Ford adds 1 million cars to Takata airbag recall

953,000 cars from years 2010-2014 added; 87 EcoSports separately recalled Read More

Car Safety Auto Industry
Jan 4, 2019, 9:30 PM

Hyundai combines wireless charging with self parking

Hyundai concept lets EVs charge wirelessly then autonomously park themselves Read More


GMC Sierra takes luxury off-road with new package

All-new Off-Road Performance Package will be available on 2019 Sierra AT4 Read More

New Cars Off Roading
Jan 3, 2019, 2:30 AM

UK writers name Hyundai Kona EV Car of the Year

Kona EV named Car of the Year, Honda’s Urban EV city-car named one to watch Read More

Auto Awards Green Cars
Jan 1, 2019, 9:30 PM

CES set to displace NAIAS as first US auto show

CES gained the attention of the auto world in 2007, when Ford debuted SYNC Read More


Volkswagen to unveil mobile charging station

Charging station uses same battery storage as Volkswagen’s new line of EVs Read More

Green Cars Auto Industry Auto Technology
Dec 30, 2018, 9:30 PM

Car selling website combats fraud with facial recognition

Estimates put online fraud in Britain at about £10 billion annually Read More

Auto Finance Car Buying
Dec 29, 2018, 9:30 PM

McLaren offers inspiration for bespoke Speedtail

Each Speedtail aspect will be tailored to the buyer’s exact requirements Read More

New Cars Luxury Cars
Dec 28, 2018, 9:30 PM

Land Rover Defender returns to North America

New SUV starts North American tests in January 2019; goes on sale in 2020 Read More

Luxury Cars New Cars
Dec 27, 2018, 9:30 PM

Volkswagen acquires connectivity company from Volvo

WirelessCar is regarded as a leading specialist in vehicle connectivity Read More

Auto Technology Auto Industry
Dec 26, 2018, 9:30 PM

BMW and Mercedes team up for mobility solutions

German auto giants get antitrust approval for comprehensive mobility vision Read More

Auto Industry Auto Technology
Dec 25, 2018, 9:30 PM

Hyundai makes Santa Fe security personal

Technology uses fingerprint sensors on door handles and engine start button Read More

Auto Technology Car Safety
Dec 24, 2018, 9:30 PM

19 worthy replacements for Santa's sleigh

The sleigh is probably not the most efficient yearly-driver for Santa Claus Read More

Future Cars Auto Technology
Dec 23, 2018, 9:30 PM