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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 CarGuideWeb.com.

Most recent articles

First Drives2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500: Outrageous and Obedient5.0/5
LOS ANGELES, California— Those who worry about the Mustang since the launch of an electric variant shaped like a crossover need to know that the present and foreseeable future of their beloved pony car could hardly be in better hands. That’s what we found out a few hours before the …
Electric2021 Mustang Mach-E Kicks Off Ford’s EV Revolution
LOS ANGELES, California— The launch of an electric Mustang in the form of a crossover is another proof that revolutions are anything but quiet. More than 50 years after the spectacular debut of the original Mustang, here comes an all-new, radically different version powered by either a single- or dual-motor …
First DrivesPolestar 1: A Plug-in Hybrid Shooting Star4.0/5
SAN FRANCISCO, California— Some engineers and designers must have erupted with joy when they were asked to develop Polestar’s first vehicle as a standalone brand, operating under the stewarding of Volvo and China’s Geely. They would have generous resources at their disposal, not to mention the creative freedom to do …
Spotlight onPolestar 1: We're About to Drive a 619-hp Plug-in Hybrid Marvel
It’s no coincidence that The Car Guide is in San Francisco, California to test drive the all-new Polestar 1. This is the Swedish brand’s first-ever vehicle, a plug-in hybrid grand touring coupe, and it comes from an automaker ( Volvo ) that hopes to bust the traditional car ownership model …
First Drives2020 Cadillac CT5: In Need of More Horsepower3.0/5
ANN ARBOR, Michigan— While Cadillac dominated the 1950s and 1960s with big-bodied cars sporting fancy tailfins, the following decades were all about European luxury brands, especially those from Germany. Definitely not happy to play second fiddle, Cadillac has since tried pretty much everything to hopefully regain its enviable position, enjoying …
First Drives2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Already Fantastic4.5/5
ANN ARBOR, Michigan— Two pre-production copies of the new, mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray were among the three dozen vehicles submitted to the North American Car of the Year (NACTOY) jury for three days of testing. Both were 3LT models equipped with the essential Z51 performance package and virtually all …
First Drives2020 Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody: The Survivor4.0/5
SONOMA, California— SRT (Street and Racing Technology) is to FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) what AMG is to Mercedes-Benz or M to BMW. It’s an expert team of engineers, technicians and drivers who have become preachers of uncompromised performance. They have the brains, the skills, the tools and the financial resources …
First Drives2020 Porsche Taycan: A Civilized Electric Rocket4.5/5
HAMBURG, Germany— Four years after presenting the Mission E concept and announcing the development of its first electric sports car, Porsche unveiled the production version on three separate continents at the same time. Long, wide, low and racy, the Taycan is almost identical to the early designs and fulfills all …