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Marc Lachapelle

Contributor, Autofile.ca

Marc Lachapelle has been an automotive journalist for more than three decades, after starting as a motorcycle writer and photographer. He has been published in magazines, newspapers and web sites, in both official languages. Marc has edited magazines, websites and also worked as a commentator and reviewer for television. He twice won the Journalist of the Year award by AJAC and the association’s first photography award, repeating twice since. He has long gathered performance measures for AJAC’s Car of the Year program and is a veteran juror for both the North American Car of the Year and International Engine of the Year awards. After an early stint in motocross, Marc has raced cars occasionally over his career. Highlights are five consecutive drives in the 24 Hours of Mosport endurance classic and three at Targa Newfoundland that resulted in a Gold Plate and two proudly-shared Churchill trophies.

Recent Posts by Marc Lachapelle

TEST DRIVE: 20 things that make Honda Insight mainstream

Adapted from the latest Civic can only mean good things for newest Insight Read More

Automotive Reviews Green Cars New Cars
Nov 2, 2018, 1:30 AM

NACTOY jurors road-test semi-finalists

Record crop of contenders available at drive event for 26th annual awards Read More

Auto Awards New Cars
Oct 22, 2018, 2:30 AM

Thrilling Canadian-built Talisman GV-1 good to go

Turbo 2-seater virtually matches Corvette Z06 in power-to-weight ratio Read More

New Cars Motor Sports
Aug 25, 2018, 10:30 PM

FIRST DRIVE: 25 features of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

Subtle and rational changes are the focus in reworked full-sized pickup Read More

New Cars Automotive Reviews
Aug 17, 2018, 12:55 PM

FIRST DRIVE: Maserati Levante adds muscle to Trident style

Introduced two years ago, Levante adds V-8 muscle in GTS and Trofeo trims Read More

Automotive Reviews New Cars
Jul 14, 2018, 10:30 PM

FIRST DRIVE: 2019 Jaguar I-Pace aces electric luxury

Grace and space with electric pace Read More

Luxury Cars Green Cars
Jun 19, 2018, 10:30 PM

Toyota mounts 3-faceted attack with RAV4

Toyota rolled out 3 distinct versions of all-new compact ute in New York Read More

Auto Shows New Cars
Mar 29, 2018, 5:00 PM

FIRST DRIVE: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

A tallish and thrilling Italian hotrod Read More

New Cars
Mar 10, 2018, 9:30 AM

FIRST DRIVE: Volvo XC40 SUV comes to Canada

Smart and stylish Swede joins the compact luxury SUV stampede for 2019 Read More

New Cars Automotive Reviews
Feb 26, 2018, 3:50 PM

2018 NACTOY award winners – the details

Honda Accord, Volvo XC60 and Lincoln Navigator scoop 25th annual awards Read More

Auto Awards New Cars
Jan 15, 2018, 11:30 AM

QUICK TAKE: 2018 Subaru BRZ tS a bundle of driving fun

Developed with expert help of engineers at famed STI performance division Read More

New Cars
Dec 22, 2017, 9:30 PM

QUICK TAKE: 2018 BMW i3s ups the ante for compact EVs

We sample the joys and delicious quirks of BMW’s pure electric hatchback Read More

New Cars Luxury Cars Green Cars
Dec 20, 2017, 7:45 AM

Meet the new BMW M5 – the ultimate stealthy sport sedan

The M5 carves twisty, undulating roads with surgical precision and exquisite ferocity Read More

Auto Enthusiasts New Cars
Dec 12, 2017, 1:30 PM

Affordable, Canadian-built Talisman track-day car gets a boost

Formula-like two-seater virtually matches a Corvette Z06 in weight-to-power Read More


What’s it like to drive the exotic McLaren 570GT?

The latest addition to the McLaren lineup is truly a civilized exotic Read More

Auto Enthusiasts New Cars Motor Sports
Nov 13, 2017, 6:25 PM

Testing is underway for North American Car of the Year

Continent-wide, independent, journalist-organized program evolves with 2018 crop Read More

New Cars Auto Awards
Oct 20, 2017, 8:40 AM

FIRST DRIVE: What makes the 2018 Kia Stinger GT so special?

Gorgeous new Korean luxury sport sedan punches well above its weight and status Read More

New Cars Auto Enthusiasts
Oct 16, 2017, 1:55 AM

A tale of two Alfas: which one is for you?

Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Sport or Quadrifoglio – the practical or the passionate? Read More


Is Jaguar’s four-cylinder F-Type a sacrilege? We find out.

It’s light-footed on the road, still gorgeous and will be easier on your bank account Read More


FIRST DRIVE: Land Rover’s all-new 2018 Range Rover Velar

Its smooth profile conceals a lush interior, slick technology and impressive capability Read More

New Cars Automotive Reviews Luxury Cars
Aug 11, 2017, 9:10 AM

Dodge Demon or Challenger SRT Widebody: Which is for you?

Which one of these scintillating speed devils is the one you're likely to lust after? Read More

Auto Enthusiasts New Cars
Aug 9, 2017, 12:25 PM

First Drive: Enthusiast-friendly 2018 Subaru WRX and STI

Subaru’s pragmatic performance leaders get meaningful upgrades for 2018 Read More


EXCLUSIVE FIRST DRIVE: Canadian-built Talisman track car

The Talisman by DC Competition is an affordable track wizard from the maker of the T-Rex Read More

Auto Enthusiasts Motor Sports
May 3, 2017, 8:00 AM

The magnificent mutation of the new Land Rover Discovery

We go on- and off-road in the latest iteration of Land Rover’s quintessential all-rounder Read More

New Cars Off Roading Automotive Reviews
Mar 13, 2017, 11:55 AM

First Drive: New Volvo V90 Cross Country star on home ice

Bred and born in Sweden, it will feel right at home in Banff, Kapuskasing or Chicoutimi Read More

New Cars Weather Driving
Feb 13, 2017, 5:05 AM