McIntosh, Jil


Autofocus, Autosphere, Old Autos, National Post, Post Driving, Automotive News Canada,


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I've been writing about cars since 1983, and my work appears in a variety of places. I review new vehicles, write feature articles, and write about old cars.

You can catch me regularly in the National Post and; at (formerly Autos); in the antique-car newspaper Old Autos; in Automotive News Canada; and in the industry magazines Tire News, AutoJournal and Fleet Digest. For many years I was also the Assistant Editor for (formerly

I was a contributor to the Toronto Star's Wheels section beginning in 1987, and for Metro since 2009, until those outlets dropped their freelance writers in 2016.

I also write on other subjects. I'm a contributor to Pen World, a U.S.-based magazine for fountain pen collectors. In the past, I've also written about cocktails and collecting for Sharp magazine, on rural living for Rural Delivery magazine, and for Harrowsmith, Maclean's, Where New Orleans, Collision Management, Cars & Parts, and Canadian Street Rodder.

Join me on my website at, where you can find a link to all of my online car reviews and some of my stories.

Recent Articles:

  1. Are you guilty of these five dumb driving habits?

    Jil McIntosh

    If you are, or ride with someone that is, it's time to change your ways or call it out—it could save your life

  2. What it took to get rid of leaded gas

    Jil McIntosh

    Leaded gas first appeared in the 1920s, but although everyone knew it was an extremely toxic health hazard, it continued to be sold into the 1990s. What finally ended its reign at the pumps? Find out in my story at

  3. Building the last Volkswagen Beetles

    Jil McIntosh

    After the original air-cooled Beetle was laid to rest, a new front-engine one took its place. And now it's riding off into the sunset as well. I went to the plant in Puebla, Mexico and did some hands-on work on the line. Find out more in my story at

  4. The Fossmobile is the forgotten Canadian car you’ve never heard of

    Jil McIntosh

    A new project pays tribute to Canada's first home-grown gasoline-powered car

  5. How did cars get their names?

    Jil McIntosh

    You know there was a Henry Ford, but did you know there was a Walter Chrysler and three Maserati brothers? What about Audi, Aston Martin, Mazda, Subaru, and many more? Find out in my story over at

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The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) is an association of professional journalists, writers and photographers whose focus is the automobile and the automotive industry. The majority of our journalists test-drive, and report on, new vehicles on an on-going basis in various media across the country.

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