Joe Duarte-Freelance Writer

Joe Duarte

Freelance Writer

About Joe Duarte

Joe Duarte is a classically trained journalist who has been writing about the auto industry and car culture for over 35 years.
After a few years of covering cars locally, he was named editor of Canada’s then-only year-round automotive magazine, World of Wheels, where over the next decade he helped launch an auto-industry trade publication, an annual industry directory, and an auto website. He remains the longest serving editor of the now defunct magazine.
After a few years of first helping co-found Drive, a premium-lifestyle magazine focusing on premium autos, and a stint as editor of AutoRoute, the Canadian Tire Auto Club member’s publication, he was named content manager of, where he led the Sun Media-owned autos publication through various ownership changes for 13 years, including helping to set up a French version of the site for the car-crazy Quebec market.
Since being downsized from the now defunct website, he has spent the past decade crafting copy for clients on social media, posting auto news stories for a couple websites and writing press releases for auto-industry and motorsports clients.
In his down time, the prolific author writes speculative short-story science-fiction, focusing on the abuses of technology and power.

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2024 Buick Envista: Prices, Specs, And Features

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2014-2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Prices, Specs, And Features

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2018-Present Mercedes-Benz G-Class: Prices, Specs, And Features

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2023 Ferrari 812 GTS: Costs, Facts, And Figures

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2023 Ford Mustang EcoBoost And GT: Costs, Facts, And Figures

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2024 Ford Mustang: Prices, Specs, And Features

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2023 Dodge Charger: Prices, Specs, And Features

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Why The Extraordinary Audi S2 Should Be On Every Gearhead Bucket List

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Automakers spend billions on R&D of software-intensive cars, so they’re looking for new revenue streams, such as subscription fees for auto features.

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Why You Need To Buy A Merkur XR4Ti But Can’t Find One

When Ford brought the then-new Sierra sports coupe to North America, it and its customers didn’t perceive what a gem the XR4Ti would turn out to be.

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Here’s Why Synthetic E-Fuels Are Not The Answer To The Future Of Cars

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Why Audi Wants You To Forget It Ever Built The A2 Compact MPV

Audi thought the lightweight subcompact would appeal to upscale shoppers looking for a city-runabout, but high ownership costs turned buyers off.

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Why You Won’t Regret Buying A Used Kia Elan Today

The Kia Elan is one of those cars long forgotten but worthy of consideration for the tiny sports car buyer shopping for gems in the used car market.

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The Alpina B5 GT is the 634-HP BMW M5 Sports Sedan We Would Rather Buy

The Alpina B5 GT is an uprated BMW M5 enhanced with a 634-hp 4.4 twin turbo V8, improved agility and upgraded all-leather interior options.