Craig Cole
Born and raised in Southeastern, Michigan Craig was steeped in cars and mechanics from childhood, growing up around tractors, motorcycles and engines. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a keyboard. When he’s not providing AutoGuide with USDA prime content he’s out in the garage restoring his 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Some say he’s a changeling.

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Top 10 Trucks for Urban Cowboys

Top 10 Trucks for Urban Cowboys

Once upon a time trucks were built for work. They had manual door locks, crank windows and AM radios, if they had any sound system at all. Leather seats, air conditioning and voice-activated distractions were out of the question. Like a framing hammer, pickups were simple and effective. For decades they were purpose-made for hard-working...
Ask AutoGuide No. 3 – Dad’s Dilemma

Ask AutoGuide No. 3 – Dad’s Dilemma

Like veteran 911 operators AutoGuide’s expertly trained staff is here to help at anytime, day or night… as long as they can respond via e-mail and at their convenience. Ask AutoGuide is our newest weekly feature and it’s off like a prom dress. Literally tens of people have written in asking for assistance in purchasing...
2013 Lincoln MKZ Review

2013 Lincoln MKZ Review

With a flurry of new Lincoln product on the way, the 2013 MKZ is the first of this new breed. Can it get the brand back on the road to prosperity or is Lincoln a lost cause?

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Scion’s SEMA Showcase: FR-S, tC and xB

Scion’s SEMA Showcase: FR-S, tC and xB
Scion just unveiled the lineup of vehicles it’ll be showing off at SEMA next week. The brand’s tC, xB and FR-S models have received some notable aftermarket attention. Targa-Top FR-S The FR-S is a dedicated sports car that has become a darling of automotive journalists and enthusiasts alike. Adding another dimension to this coupe the...

Kia’s Karting-Themed Sedona to Debut at SEMA

Kia’s Karting-Themed Sedona to Debut at SEMA
SEMA is an annual event that allows automakers, tuner companies and aftermarket firms to showcase their hottest, most exciting products. Surprisingly the folks at Kia have decided to bring a modified minivan. SAY WHAT?! Sure, they may refer to their all-new Sedona as a “multipurpose vehicle” but its sliding doors and boxy dimensions betray its...

Nissan Leaf Sets New Electric Car Sales Record

Nissan Leaf Sets New Electric Car Sales Record
Nissan’s all-electric Leaf hatchback is racking up deliveries, in fact it’s the best selling EV in the United States. How well is this battery-powered car doing? Well, with more than two months remaining in 2014 the Leaf has already broken the record for most EV sales in a calendar year. The previous record was 22,610...

NSX Spied Testing, Now with 100 Percent Less Fire

NSX Spied Testing, Now with 100 Percent Less Fire
Honda and/or Acura’s upcoming NSX supercar has once again been spotted being put through its paces on the vaunted Nürburgring in Germany. Fortunately this time it didn’t catch fire. If you recall the last one they evaluated on the Green Hell burned to the ground. Does that mean it’s hot in more ways than one?...

Porsche Exclusive Series Panamera a Two-Tone Wonder

Porsche Exclusive Series Panamera a Two-Tone Wonder
Porsche is set to premiere a new limited edition of their Panamera luxury sedan and it’s called the Exclusive Series. Based on the Turbo S Executive model, production of these high-end four-doors is limited to just 100 units. Assembly is completed in the company’s unique Exclusive Factory. Under the hood Panamera Exclusive Series cars feature...

What Are IIHS Ratings?

What Are IIHS Ratings?
Sometimes safety takes a back seat to horsepower, vehicle design and luxury amenities but when you’re in a crash it’s really the only thing that matters. So what if you’re sports car can hit 60 miles an hour in less than four seconds? Who cares if your flagships sedan has a Champagne cooler in the...

10 Reasons to Buy a Crossover Instead of a Sedan

10 Reasons to Buy a Crossover Instead of a Sedan
Crossovers have come to dominate the market. In a lot of ways they’re like an invasive, non-native species. Over the years they’ve silently displaced traditional cars, becoming the go-to vehicle for many families. But are they really tantamount to Asian carp, zebra mussels or nutria? Some die-hard automotive enthusiasts may despise these elevated vehicles, but...

What Does a VIN Do?

What Does a VIN Do?
Cars and trucks manufactured today receive a vehicle identification number (VIN). These complex alpha-numeric identifiers may seem completely random but in fact they contain a treasure trove of information. These 17-character chains describe in surprising detail the vehicle they’re attached to, highlighting things like the manufacturer that built it, the engine that’s under the hood...

Mopar Blitzing SEMA with 14 Concept Vehicles

Mopar Blitzing SEMA with 14 Concept Vehicles
The 2014 SEMA show is just a few days away and Chrysler has BIG plans for this annual Las Vegas event. The Pentastar’s Mopar division plans to show off a wide array of vehicles in the desert city. Their booth spans an impressive 15,000 square feet and will highlight specially modified cars and trucks from...

Audi’s Future RS Lineup Wil Go Electric

Audi’s Future RS Lineup Wil Go Electric
No automaker is immune to ever-increasing fuel-economy legislation, not even luxury brands. To cope with these tightening regulations Audi is moving to electrify its entire range of high-performance RS models. This tectonic shift is expected to take place by 2020, slightly ahead of tighter European emissions laws that go into effect the year after. Unfortunately...

Toyota Sells Between Zero and All of its Tesla Shares

Toyota Sells Between Zero and All of its Tesla Shares
The other day Daimler divested itself from Tesla and now Toyota has followed suit … sort of. Mercedes-Benz dropped its nearly 4 percent stake in the California-based electric-vehicle builder but the Capital T didn’t do anything that drastic. It sold “some” of its shares in the company. Toyota invested $50 million in Tesla back in...

Nearly 102,000 Audi A4s Getting Recalled in U.S.

Nearly 102,000 Audi A4s Getting Recalled in U.S.
Yesterday we reported about Audi’s A4 recall, which affects some 850,000 cars worldwide. Today we know what the impact is here in the United States. It turns out nearly 102,000 A4 sedans in the U.S. are getting called back due to defective airbags. This action is totally unrelated to the other, much larger airbag recall...
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