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 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.
First Drives2019 Mercedes-AMG E 53 Coupe: Fun and Surprises
AUSTIN, Texas – I hate to break this to you, Mercedes-Benz, but your E-Class has often been dull—despite the fact that it boasts numerous great qualities recognized the world over. This critique doesn’t apply to the AMG versions, of course, nor to the discreet and nonetheless unbelievable E 63 S …
First Drives2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe: All Bases Covered4.5/5
AUSTIN, Texas – About a dozen years ago, when Mercedes-Benz first introduced the CLS, a thoroughbred among sedans, it represented a radical departure from the classic sedan formula. Built on the same architecture as the E-Class, the CLS was not only beautiful, but it handled better and was more fun …
First DrivesMaserati in 2019: A Proven Recipe
PONTIAC, Michigan – Driving a Maserati has long been a sign of exclusivity due to the extremely small number of units sold in Canada. However, the noble Italian brand experienced its first solid growth in 2014 when it introduced the Ghibli sedan on the market—100 years after the foundation of …