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


Adapted for the widescreen

Thanks to recent big-bucks spending on product placement in film, we may never again see vehicles made specifically for a movie.


Fiat Chrysler sets rules for Challenger Demon sales

Priority given to those who pay MSRP or below it, while those who pay more than MSRP will have to wait longer, presumably to prevent price-gouging.


Cadillac brings XTS in line with other recent products

Appearance changes make car more like new CT6, interior features latest connectivity, and chassis enhancements make cabin quieter and more comfortable.


Saleen is back with commemorative Mustang

Owner/racer Steve Saleen supercharged performance of 5.0-litre Mustang, then raced to SCCA Escort Endurance Series driver’s championship in 1987.


Fiat Chrysler fights back over on-road test results

Automaker says tests conducted at 50% higher speeds, with payloads exceeding those used in EPA testing, and on roads not representative of lab tests.


New Audi A8 comes standard as a hybrid

Belt alternator starter provides engine stop/start technology, shutting the engine down under certain circumstances — braking, slowing or cruising.


Jaguar expands XF line with new wagon

Gesture controlled hatchgate opens up 898 litres of cargo space behind the split 40/20/40 rear seatback (expandable up to 1,974 with sections folded).


Aston Martin offers awesomest Vantage ever

Limited to 300-car production — 100 V-12s and 200 V-8s — the high-performance cars are inspired by the FIA World Endurance Championship racing cars.


GM mass produces first autonomous vehicles

The 130 vehicles are destined for self-driving test fleets on the roads of San Francisco, Arizona and metro Detroit, joining 50 already on the road.


Hyundai's littlest SUV a tribute to Hawaii's big island

Accent-derived sub-compact SUV will borrow engines and under-pinnings, though things will be fine-tuned to allow for Kona's different usage potential.


Honda releases powertrain info for new Accord

Base engine will be 1.5-litre, linked to 6-speed manual or CVT, uptrim is 2.0 litres, controlled by 6-speed manual or optional 10-speed automatic.


Mazda recalls RX-8s for fuel line, suspension issues

69,447 RX-8s are being recalled to address fuel pump cracks, and 35,332 cars are recalled because of cracked sockets on lower front suspension arms.


Subaru offers limited edition BRZ, WRX STI

WRX STI Type RA enhances performance through weight reduction, and suspension and engine upgrades. BRZ tS delivers better control and stability.


Volvo recognized by NHTSA for safety record

Volvo has been collecting data from real-world crashes since 1970, with the aim of better understanding and addressing real-life traffic safety needs.


Kia teases new Rio-based mini-SUV

Due in second half of 2017, new SUV will share mechanicals and powertrains with Rio, while EV version due in 2018 will borrow from Hyundai Ioniq.


Nissan creates GT-R for Predators foundation

Specially created supercar done up in Nashville Predators colours and graphics is centre piece of prize package that includes 2017-18 season tickets.


Data shows higher priced used cars not always better

Of mycarcheck.com’s most checked, Fords registered warnings in just 37% of checks, while BMWs registered warnings in 58%, and Audis registered in 53%.


Over 345,000 vehicles recalled in Canada in May

Recalls from Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, Jaguar, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Ram and Volkswagen address issues from labels to fuel leaks.


Toyota recalls Tacomas over V-6 engine woes

Engine crankshaft rotor may have been produced with excessive anti-corrosion coating, leading to a sensor malfunction, engine misfiring and stalling.


Audi to begin autonomous driving tests in NY

Audi will test vehicles with Level 3 automation, which the SAE designates as capable of performing certain autonomous functions at highway speeds.

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