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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

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 …
First Drives2018 Dodge Durango SRT: The Hellcat's Burly Cousin4.0/5
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – For Tim Kuniskis, head of the Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat and SRT brands for the Italian-American manufacturer FCA, it couldn’t be simpler. For him, the Dodge Durango is nothing more and nothing less than “a Charger with three rows of seats.” This brawny SUV is designed to stand …
First Drives2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody: the Next Logical Step4.0/5
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Three years ago, Dodge and its SRT performance division tapped into a massive market by launching the first Hellcat versions of the Challenger coupe and Charger sedan. Those who doubted the viability and safety of these big American cars with 707-horsepower turbocharged V8 engines were shocked at …
First Drives2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: Hell Hath No Fury5.0/5
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – An entire book could be written about the new Challenger SRT Demon and its bold personality, singular design and untold secrets. In fact, the fanatics at the SRT performance division have already written and printed this book for 300 lucky Canadians who have $110,000 to buy this …