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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

Car nameplates that are as distinctive as the cars they define

A car's name may be important but the right script adds distinction to its character Read More

Auto Enthusiasts Auto Industry
Jul 28, 2020, 4:15 PM

10 futuristic concept cars that focused on the past

Concept vehicles typically offer glimpses of the future but some are rooted in the past Read More

Future Cars Classic Cars Auto Enthusiasts
Jul 10, 2020, 7:00 AM

Is Covid airborne? A good time to change your car's cabin filter

It makes good sense to clean or change cabin air filters regularly. Read More

Safe Driving Tips Car Safety Car Care
Jul 9, 2020, 4:00 AM

Nine iconic car models that became their own brands

When a model achieves great success, it sometimes gets an expanded role Read More


20 cars that have been immortalized in song

Cars and music just naturally go together Read More

Auto Enthusiasts Classic Cars
Apr 16, 2020, 8:55 AM

Volkswagen produces thoroughly modern electric classic in e-BULLI

The 1966 T1 spent its life in California, so it was in good shape for conversion Read More

Green Cars Classic Cars
Mar 20, 2020, 12:00 PM

Honda readies the 2020 CR-V Hybrid, its first in North America

Hybrid uses the third generation of Honda’s award-winning 2-motor hybrid system Read More

New Cars Green Cars
Mar 18, 2020, 12:00 PM

Classic Dodge Charger muscle car exquisitely restored by UK shop

Rusty 1969 Charger R/T was fully stripped down and rebuilt to modern standards Read More

Auto Enthusiasts Classic Cars
Mar 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

Ford introduces lane"less" keeping technology on new models

Road Edge Detection uses vehicle cameras to scan the road ahead and to the side Read More

Car Safety Auto Technology
Mar 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

Ford recalls 6,000 Rangers over faulty HVACs that could ignite

Pickups had HVAC motors replaced, but replacement parts could cause short Read More

Car Safety Auto Industry
Mar 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

Honda to introduce next-gen 2021 Odyssey minivan in New York

New minivan features new styling inside and out, enhanced technology and safety Read More

Auto Shows New Cars
Mar 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

Fiat Chrysler to turn idle transmission plant into engine plant

Transmission Plant II in Kokomo becomes FCA’s first ever engine plant in Indiana Read More

Auto Industry Auto Industry People
Mar 8, 2020, 1:00 AM

Toyota recalls 3.2 million vehicles globally for faulty fuel pumps

Almost all Lexus, Toyota vehicles affected, with about 2 million in North America Read More

Car Safety Auto Industry
Mar 6, 2020, 1:00 AM

Volkswagen to introduce ID.4 electric crossover in New York

First ID model to be sold in North America will be built in new plant in the US Read More

Auto Shows Green Cars New Cars
Mar 4, 2020, 1:00 AM

Kia recalling over 420,000 vehicles in 3 actions due to fire risk

Sedona minivans named in two recalls; Sorentos and Optimas also affected Read More

Car Safety Auto Industry
Mar 2, 2020, 1:00 AM

VW goes on with Golf intro despite Geneva show cancellation

Golf GTI, GTE (hybrid), GTD (diesel) models were schedule for reveal at the show Read More

Auto Shows New Cars
Feb 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

Ford recalls a quarter million F-Series for a variety of issues

Issues include LED headlights, block heaters and insufficient rear axle lubricant Read More

Car Safety Auto Industry
Feb 27, 2020, 1:00 AM

Aston Martin shows a darker side of its DBX at Geneva auto show

Bespoke Q by Aston Martin division allows customers to create tailored options Read More


Hyundai develops predictive shifting for next-gen automated cars

ICT Connected Shift System uses software in the Transmission Control Unit Read More

Auto Technology Autonomous Driving
Feb 23, 2020, 10:00 PM

So-Cal hypercar Czinger 21C to debut on Geneva show stage

Lightweight 1,250-hp hybrid AWD hypercar will have production of just 80 units Read More


Volvo pushes universal safety regulations, shows safer controls

Volvo notes large gap between safety in developed and in developing nations Read More

Car Safety Auto Technology Auto Industry
Feb 19, 2020, 10:00 PM

GM pulls plug on Holden and pulls Chevrolet from Thailand

Australian-based company started marketing cars in 1908 and joined GM in 1931 Read More

Auto Industry Auto Industry People
Feb 17, 2020, 10:00 PM

Ford recalls 230,000 vehicles over rear suspension issues

Issue affects Ford Taurus SHO and Police Interceptor, Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT Read More

Car Safety Auto Industry
Feb 13, 2020, 9:30 PM

Felino cB7R Canadian supercar to be unveiled at Toronto auto show

Just 10 units will be produced in Montreal to customers’ specs for $360,000 Read More

Auto Shows New Cars Auto Enthusiasts
Feb 11, 2020, 10:30 PM

Mercedes-Benz unveils its first pop-up camper in North America

Metris-based van can perform duties from daily driving to road trip vacation Read More