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Richard Russell

Contributing Editor, Autofile.ca

Richard M. Russell is a graduate of the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology, a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals and American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association. He owns Advanced Driving Concepts, which designs, develops and conducts driver-training programs and related traffic safety products. Richard is a certified Driver Improvement Program instructor leader and has served as a primary consultant to the American Automobile Association (AAA) in the fields of curriculum development, instructor training and the establishment and operation of driving schools, Richard co-authored “Responsible Driving” - the high school driver training textbook used in American schools and edited the “How To Drive” manual used by most public and private driver training schools in Canada. He was a founding member and Past-President of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, chairs the Canadian Car Of The Year program and serves on the Canadian Automotive Technology of the Year and International Engine of the Year juries. Richard has been writing vehicle reviews, traffic safety and automobile industry articles for more than three decades. In the process he has driven more than 3,500 vehicles on roads and tracks throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

Recent Posts by Richard Russell

Driving tips for the first snowfall of the season

Here are some driving tips on how to deal with that first snowfall and all those that will follow Read More


2020 Porsche Carrera 4S changes pay attention to detail

Porsche designers have perfected the art of making the new look like the old Read More

Automotive Reviews Luxury Cars New Cars
Dec 15, 2019, 1:00 AM

2020 Toyota Corolla flashes some flamboyance to banish the beige

Beneath all that sporty stuff lies the Corolla we have come to expect and respect Read More

Automotive Reviews New Cars
Dec 8, 2019, 2:30 AM

Genesis G90 shows you don't need lots of choice when buying luxury

Hyundai’s audacious move into luxury market was initially met with derision Read More

Automotive Reviews Luxury Cars New Cars
Nov 23, 2019, 9:30 PM

Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss does just fine on the pavement too

Essentially a Silverado LT, it starts off with a Z71 off-road package Read More

Automotive Reviews Auto Industry
Nov 15, 2019, 4:30 PM

For something good and different, try Mazda's CX-5 Skyactiv Diesel

Mazda improves diesel technology and mates it with one of market's best CUVs Read More


Does your in-car cell connection need a boost? Here it is.

Drive Reach from weBoost amplifies weak cell signals when driving in fringe areas Read More


Canadian student wins Infiniti apprenticeship in UK

U of Calgary's Matthew Kemp won 2019 Infiniti Engineering Academy title Read More


Dyson adds another winner in new V7 Car + Boat

Exclusive-to-Canada handheld overcomes shortcomings of previous vacuums Read More

Car Care Auto Accesories
Jul 12, 2018, 10:30 PM

PHOTO GALLERY: 18 great images from the NY-to-NS Great Race

2018 vintage-car rally covered 3,500 km from New York to Nova Scotia Read More


AutoGlym a functional inexpensive Father's Day gift

Sample kit allows dad to sample several products for future car care needs Read More

Car Care Auto Accesories
Jun 7, 2018, 9:30 AM

Great Race to finish off in Nova Scotia on Canada Day

2018 vintage-car rally begins in Buffalo June 22 and finishes in Halifax Read More


14 ways to prepare for driving in extreme cold

Your vehicle doesn't like really cold temperatures any more than you do Read More


Get prepared for the first snowfall of the season

Here are some tips on how to cope with that first snowfall and all those that will follow Read More


What’s in a name? The new Lincoln Nautilus

Lincoln’s best-selling MKX will be known going forward as the Lincoln Nautilus Read More

New Cars
Nov 29, 2017, 8:30 PM

2018 Honda Odyssey amps up family appeal of minivans

Fifth-generation Odyssey checks off all the boxes for the needs of a young family Read More

New Cars Automotive Reviews Car Buying
Jun 8, 2017, 11:05 AM

Can Porsche’s compact Macan CUV really cost $110,000?

In 2017 Macan Turbo form with an optional Performance Package, yes it can! Read More

New Cars Luxury Cars Automotive Reviews
Mar 24, 2017, 5:15 AM

All you need to know about the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass

Jeep’s development team added a whole lot more ‘Jeepness’ to the new Compass Read More

New Cars Off Roading Automotive Reviews
Mar 6, 2017, 6:30 AM

FIRST DRIVE: Hyundai Ioniq raises the hybrid/electric bar

Hyundai’s all-new Ioniq comes in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully-electric flavours Read More

New Cars Green Cars
Feb 21, 2017, 7:00 AM

At Porsche Camp4 winter driving is all about control

Even if it is too slippery to stand, you can control a car with the proper technique Read More


The best new technology you've never heard of!

Mazda's G-Vectoring Control named AJAC's Best New Innovation Technology for 2017 Read More


Lost in the ‘50s in a brand-new Porsche Panamera

There is a lot that is new in Porsche’s four-door, four-seater for 2017 Read More


13 tips for driving safely in winter whiteouts

Plan ahead and check weather forecasts before setting out on the road Read More


Get great gifts for gearheads and do a good deed as well!

Proceeds from online auction to benefit auto journalist Mark Atkinson and his family Read More


Driving Tips: Pickup trucks and winter

Proper tires and weight distribution are keys to maximizing control in winter Read More