Marc Lachapelle

An automobile journalist with more than 30 years of experience, Marc Lachapelle joined The Car Guide after cutting his teeth as a motorcycle journalist and photographer. He spent years as the automobile columnist for Affaires Plus magazine and Les Affaires daily newspaper. In 2000, he became editor in chief of the MSN Autos Canadian websites (French and English) and worked there until 2008, when he returned to The Car Guide.

Marc became the first Quebecker to earn the title of Automobile Journalist of the Year from the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada in 1994 and he earned the title again in 2005. He was also the first to win the Most Professional Journalist award in 1996 and the Photography award in 1999. He has been involved in the AJAC’s annual award program and the North American Automobile Awards since their creation, and he sits on the international jury that selects the International Engine of the Year winners.

After a brief stint in motorcross—which took him up to the Expert category—Marc completed the Spenard-David Formula 2000 racecar driver’s course, registered his own car at the Honda-Michelin series, competed in the 24 Hours of Mosport five times and participated in several races as a guest driver. He drove the first hybrid car at the Newfoundland Targa Rally and won a gold plaque and a second Churchill trophy in 2009, his third year competing.

Marc is a regular contributor to the Guide de l’auto television program on MAtv, where he also presents reviews of sport and performance vehicles. He also writes for

Most recent articles

First Drives2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid: Successful Mutation4.0/5
EUGENE, Oregon— For years, we’ve heard how the colossal success of the Porsche Cayenne gave the company the financial resources to develop its prestigious and pricey sports cars, so it was about time the SUV got some love, as well. The 2019 model year ushers in the third generation of …
First Drives2020 Porsche 718 Spyder and Cayman GT4: The Star Players4.5/5
KNOCK HILL, Scotland – It’s simple, really: pound for pound, dollar for dollar, there are no better sports cars than the mid-engined Porsche Boxster and Cayman. They’ve been the undisputed handling champs since making their debuts in 1997 and 2006, respectively. The wizards in Weissach keep finding ways to increase …
First Drives2020 Ford Explorer: Five-pronged Attack4.0/5
STEVENSON, Washington— The Explorer is the most successful vehicle launched by America’s oldest manufacturer in the last 30 years. Sure, the Ford GT is spectacular and the Mustang deserves a lot of praise, but these two sports cars have not changed the daily lives of hundreds of millions of people …
First Drives2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC: Refreshed and Rejuvenated4.0/5
FRANKFURT, Germany— Don’t think for one second that Mercedes-Benz is going to rest on its laurels when it comes to compact luxury SUVs, a market segment that’s still growing rapidly. The GLC is the venerable automaker’s most popular SUV and a class leader everywhere in North America. After four years …
First Drives2020 Range Rover Evoque: More Than a Simple Redesign4.0/5
ATHENS, Greece – About eight years ago, the original Range Rover Evoque seduced car fans all around the world with a low, sloping roofline, a very high beltline and angular shapes that made it look like a tough little off-roader. As it turned out, you could hardly find one outside …
First Drives2019 BMW 3 Series: Subtly Better4.0/5
PORTIMÃO, Portugal – BMW hit the bullseye when it first launched the 3 Series in 1975. This lively and agile compact luxury sedan created a new category and went on to dominate it. So much so that the Bavarian manufacturer has produced more than 15.5 million units of the 3 …
Los Angeles2020 Porsche 911: A Classic and More Modern 8th Generation
Porsche’s decision to unveil the eighth generation of its flagship model as a prelude to the Los Angeles Auto Show was no accident. Not only have the 911 and California been inextricably linked for over half a century, but this state alone is one of the vehicle’s most important markets.