About The Author

Marc Lachapelle

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.

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2018 NACTOY award winners – the details

The winners were chosen by an independent jury of 59 established automotive journalists from across Canada and the United States.

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

Numerous changes and upgrades applied to limited-edition sport coupe are aimed at improving driving feel, handling precision and overall performance.

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

Price aside, there are no other cars like the four variations of BMW’s i3 and they might be the very best you can get today, for city driving.

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Meet the new BMW M5 – the ultimate stealthy sport sedan

The sixth-generation BMW M5 super sedan is the first M car to feature all-wheel drive and a conventional automatic gearbox and it doesn’t disappoint

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

After 20 years spent designing and building the iconic, high-performance T-Rex, three-wheeler, Daniel Campagna keeps the high-performance evolution going.

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

The McLaren 570GT is arguably the manifest definition of the modern GT car – beautiful, fast, luxurious and sublimely civilized.

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Testing is underway for North American Car of the Year

Testing of the 29 vehicles vying for top honours in the annual North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year (NACTOY) program has begun.

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

An unexpected encounter clearly validates this Korean sedan’s mettle as a true gran turismo – a car well worthy of those famously overused initials.

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

The Ti Sport is an elegant, swift and sweet-driving AWD sport sedan, while the Quadrifoglio is a brawny and remarkably capable performance car.

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

Jaguar is going leaner, lighter and a bit more affordable with its until now high-performing F-Type sports car for model year 2018.

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

At once elegant, comfortable, solid and surefooted, the Velar is the perfect fourth-member addition to the Range Rover family.

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

Built for two different purposes, these Dodge Challengers represent the apogee of the American muscle car phenomenon – and they’re built in Canada!

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First Drive: Enthusiast-friendly 2018 Subaru WRX and STI

Now differentiated from each other more than ever, the WRX and STI are the high-value, high-performance standard bearers among compact sedans.

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EXCLUSIVE FIRST DRIVE: Canadian-built Talisman track car

Think of DC Competition’s Talisman track car as a credible alternative to an Ariel Atom 3 at less than half the price.

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The magnificent mutation of the new Land Rover Discovery

The stodgy Land Rover Discovery (aka the LR4) has mutated into a stylish, extremely competent and thoroughly modern all-purpose luxury ute.

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

Volvo chose the frozen roads and lakes of Sweden to show how capable, comfortable and exciting the V90 Cross Country can be even in harsh conditions.

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The most spectacular eye candy at the Montreal auto show

The bold and beautiful automotive sculptures that stood out from the rest at the 2017 Montreal International Auto Show.

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2017 North-American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year are…

The Chevrolet Bolt EV, Chrysler Pacifica minivan and Honda Ridgeline pickup are the 2017 North American Car, Utility Vehicle and Truck of the Year.

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On- and off-road in Ford's rapacious new Raptor!

Built on Ford’s aluminum-intensive F-150 platform, the all-new second-generation Raptor is seriously upgraded for both on- and off-road use.

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L.A. Retrospective – The Weird, the Wild and the Wonderful

Sometimes the most interesting vehicles at auto shows are the ones found off the beaten path. Here are some from the 2016 Los Angeles auto show.

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