About The Author

Joe Duarte

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.

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Recent Posts


20 cars immortalized in song

Since the first radio was installed in a car, driving and music have been intrinsically linked. Listed here are 20 songs that celebrate the vehicle.


4 electrified powertrains make Wards Top-10 Engines

WardsAuto's Top-10 recognizes new or significantly altered powertrains in vehicles with MSRPs lower than $63,000 US, as well as winners from last year.


Volvo autonomous driving in the family way

As part of the program, Hain and Simonovski families agree to have Volvo engineers monitor everyday use and interaction with autonomous Volvo XC90 SUV.


New Mercedes-Benz G-Class to carry on styling tradition

Hallmark G-Class cues like round vents, grab handle in front of front passenger seat, and chrome switches for differential locks are again carried over.


Volkswagen teases new generation Jetta

Sketch shows a much sleeker sedan with a blunt nose, a rear window that slopes off gradually, and a character line that runs through the door-handles.


McLaren pays homage to F1 legend with Senna

Lightest McLaren road car since the F1is powered by most powerful engine ever - a 789-hp 4.0-litre twin turbo V-8, controlled by 7-speed paddle-shifter.


Timeless Mustang immortalized with wristwatch

Each watch comes with a bespoke video, and the car’s VIN and year of production on the face, with hands and numbers influenced by classic Mustang gauges.


Chevrolet adds protection to police Tahoes

Safety package includes five core technologies: automatic braking, collision alert, safety alert driver's seat, lane keep assist, and adjustable pedals.


Rinspeed plans to unveil another quirky concept at CES

Skateboard part can be turned over as needed, due to rapidly evolving nature of vehicle components; timeless pod transfers to new platform as warranted.


Motorists would be okay with frequent driver retesting

Rapid pace of auto technological advancements cited as primary reason for retesting drivers who may not completely know how their vehicles' systems work.


More than 125,000 vehicles recalled in Canada

Nearly 70,000 Odysseys recalled to fix issue with outboard second row seats, while over 39,000 Micras must counter inadvertent side airbag deployment.


Cadillac celebrates championships with special editions

Special cues include Cadillac V-Performance graphics on hood and rear spoiler, and carbon fibre front splitter. hood vent, rear spoiler and diffuser.


Ford recalls over 206,000 vehicles for various issues

Issues range from loose or incorrectly positioned seats, brake lines that could leak or suck in air, and side curtain airbags that could have tears.


Nissan announces Kicks as Juke replacement

Kicks will fit right in with Nissan's SUVs, with the face of the Rogue and Qashqai, though the rest of the body has a little bit of Juke still in it.


Maserati embraces night with new Nerissimo package

Package includes Nero (black) exterior paint accented with black chrome trim pieces, such as grille and window surrounds, and logos, scripts and badges.


Volkswagen announces compact SUV as first next-gen EV

Four-door SUV coupe shared stage with original I.D. concept concept and I.D. Buzz that points toward new MagicBus, which will follow the SUV to market.


Ford F-150 wins Motor Trend Truck of the Year again

Full-sized pickup wins prestigious award 2 years in a row, following last year's win by the 2017 Super Duty, marking the third straight back-to-back win.


New Mercedes-Benz models to come with virtual assistant

Ask Mercedes uses chatbot and augmented reality for provide owners with real-time help indentifying controls and offering instruction on how to use them


Simulator testing urged for advanced autonomous systems

Dutch driving simulator designer, builder and integrator Cruden believes testing advanced autonomous systems on public roads will put lives at risk.


Infiniti releases QX50 image ahead of LA show

Features first production variable compression turbo 2.0-litre engine that varies piston reach to change compression ratio between 8:1 and 12:1.

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