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

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New York2019 Acura RDX: The Third Generation Makes its World Debut
The production version of the Acura RDX luxury midsize SUV, whose virtually identical prototype was seen at the Detroit Motor Show in January, has just been unveiled in nearly simultaneous premieres at the New York and Vancouver Auto Shows. The RDX is built on a brand-new architecture. The unibody design …
New YorkThree Faces for the New 2019 Toyota RAV4
Popular doesn’t seem like a strong enough term to describe the RAV4. Its worldwide sales numbers have doubled in the last five years. In Canada alone, the RAV4 is far and away the best-selling Toyota model. It became Canada’s top-selling SUV all categories combined two years ago when the hybrid …
DetroitMercedes-AMG 53 Series: Electrified and Electrifying
DETROIT, Michigan – So they aren’t exactly more affordable versions of the blistering, fully electric SLS coupe or the hybrid Project ONE for billionaires, but Mercedes-Benz is introducing three unprecedented models whose powertrains bring the AMG performance division into the electric age. The svelte CLS sedan as well as the …
Detroit2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class: Metamorphosis of a Rugged Icon
DETROIT, Michigan – The granddaddy of automakers chose the massive Michigan Theater with its ancient, spectacular and somewhat crumbling arches to finally unveil the updated version of the G-Class, its classic luxury all-terrain vehicle.A few weeks earlier, we were given a glimpse of its entirely redesigned cabin—now much more modern …
First Drives2018 Subaru BRZ tS: Better, Faster and More Exclusive4.5/5
DUNCAN, British Columbia – Let’s settle this right off the bat. The Subaru BRZ tS’ engine isn’t more powerful than the one that has equipped the BRZ since it was first introduced in 2013. It’s the same 2.0-litre flat-four that has to reach 7000 rpm to deliver 205 horsepower and …
First Drives2018 BMW i3s: The Technophile’s Sweetheart Gets Better4.0/5
LISBON, Portugal – It was a fantastic idea to unveil the sporty and dynamic version of BMW’s electric compact in the Portuguese capital. A wonderful city, some 2000 years old, Lisbon has a hilly historic centre with winding interconnected alleys that are barely wider than a small car’s sideview mirrors.
First Drives2018 BMW M5: Absolutely Fabulous4.5/5
ESTORIL, Portugal – Sorry to spoil the suspense, but “fabulous” is the only word that comes to mind after trying BMW’s new M5 sedan on the track. To be fair, I suspect it also had something to do with chasing fellow Canadian Bruno Spengler, 2012 champion of the infamous DTM …