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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

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 13, 2018, 2:30 AM

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

Classic Cars Motor Sports Car Nuts Jul 4, 2018, 1:25 PM

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

Classic Cars Car Nuts Motor Sports Jun 4, 2018, 6:00 AM

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, 9:15 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

Auto Technology Auto Awards Car Nuts Jan 19, 2017, 10:30 AM

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


13 features you need in an ideal winter vehicle

These are the things we'd include on our winter vehicle wish list Read More


Driving Tips: Pickup trucks and winter

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


Toyota TRD trucks get serious about off-roading

TRD Pro trucks include limited numbers of Tacoma, Tundra and 4Runner models Read More

New Cars Off Roading Car Nuts Oct 31, 2016, 10:25 AM

Porsche Performance Tour fulfills your bucket-list fantasies

The Porsche Performance Tour is offered from two Canadian locations Read More

Car Nuts Auto Industry People Luxury Cars Oct 25, 2016, 12:15 PM

What you should know about Toyota’s plug-in Prius Prime

Is the latest generation of Toyota’s plug-in hybrid finally ready for prime time? Read More

New Cars Automotive Reviews Green Cars Oct 12, 2016, 12:55 PM

What’s new at Toyota for 2017?

Toyota is staking out a position as a company that makes safety a top priority Read More

New Cars Car Safety Oct 12, 2016, 9:15 AM

Plug-in Prius Prime not coming to Canada – yet!

Toyota is waiting on pending legislation in Quebec before introducing the Prime Read More

New Cars Green Cars Fuel Economy Oct 3, 2016, 11:00 PM

What’s to like about Porsche’s new 4-Cylinder Boxster/Cayman?

Message to Porsche purists bemoaning the loss of the flat-six: “Get over it!” Read More

New Cars Car Nuts Automotive Reviews Sep 23, 2016, 1:05 PM

Hybrid race cars develop technology with production car potential

World Endurance Championship is an incubator for innovative powertrains Read More

Auto Technology Green Cars Sep 22, 2016, 12:15 PM