Articles Written By Michael Bettencourt

Test Drive: 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL 350 BlueTec
By Michael Bettencourt
April 14, 2015

Here in North America, diesel engines are typically seen as an “alternative technology,” a more fuel-efficient powertrain choice often...

2015 Ferrari California T
By Michael Bettencourt
April 08, 2015

Returning the prancing horse to turbo power.

First Drive: 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG
By Michael Bettencourt
March 24, 2015

As the childhood tale of Goldilocks suggests, the search for something ‘just right’ often lies between two extremes.

Quick Fix: Mercedes-AMG C 63
By Michael Bettencourt
March 16, 2015

Less Benz, more AMG V8 power

First Drive: 2015 Mercedes-AMG C 63
By Michael Bettencourt
March 04, 2015

At the turn of the calendar to 2015, there was a bit of a lull in compact luxury sport sedan competition in Canada: the Mercedes-Benz C...

Quick Comparison: BMW i8 vs Tesla P85D
By Michael Bettencourt
February 18, 2015

Sometimes the planets all align in your favour, and for one afternoon of an already shortened time with the exotic BMW i8 plug-in sports...

Wish List Car: 2015 Lamborghini Huracán
By Michael Bettencourt
December 24, 2014

Lamborghini under the tree?

Quick Spin: 2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle
By Michael Bettencourt
November 24, 2014

Toyota has deservedly earned itself great credit for popularizing gas-electric hybrids, introducing the Prius in 1997 in Japan and three...

Quick comparison: 2014 BMW i3 vs Chevrolet Volt
By Michael Bettencourt
November 07, 2014

Volt's formula of healthy all-electric range plus generous road trip-ready gas tank has dominated all plug-in sales charts in Canada...

Quick Spin: 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Euro-spec)
By Michael Bettencourt
September 24, 2014

The warning came fast and clear: this Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid we were about to sample is a current European model, while the...

Preview: 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
By Michael Bettencourt
September 10, 2014

At a splashy ceremony in front of both AMG’s founding fathers, along with a brief appearance by Formula One driver and points leader Nico...

Comparison Test: Subcompact Hatchbacks
By Michael Bettencourt
March 14, 2013

The year 2010 saw an historic first: more humans now lived in cities than in rural settings.

About Michael Bettencourt

Michael Bettencourt has been writing about cars and automotive topics for over 25 years, with over two decades as a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). A journalism graduate of Ryerson University, he has won multiple awards for technical, vehicle testing, and green vehicle writing. Currently a judge for the Electric Vehicle Dealer’s Association awards, he bought his first EV in 2011, and follows the EV industry closely.