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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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...

Ford’s Operating Profit Falls in Third Quarter

Ford’s Operating Profit Falls in Third Quarter
Third-quarter financial numbers are in and Ford’s figures have shrunk. The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker’s pre-tax operating profit measured $1.18 billion, down 54 percent compared to last year. Lower sales and higher warranty costs ate into the company’s financial performance. Ford’s net income also dropped, 34 percent in this instance. It clocked in at $835 million....

Audi Recalling 850K A4s for Airbag Issue, Not the One You Think

Audi Recalling 850K A4s for Airbag Issue, Not the One You Think
Another day, another airbag recall and this time Audi’s taking the heat but not for the reason you probably expect. Globally the German luxury brand is calling back some 850,000 A4s from the 2012 model year onward. Surprisingly the airbag issue has nothing to do with Takata, overly humid climates or face-pulping shrapnel. Instead faulty...

Lotus Sells Out, Offers Exige S with Automatic

Lotus Sells Out, Offers Exige S with Automatic
In an effort to make its products more appealing to a broader audience Lotus has expanded its Exige range by offering a model with an automatic transmission. “Heresy!” We can hear you shouting clear across the interwebz, but it’s not going to change the company’s direction on this issue. The Exige S will be available...

Honda CEO’s Pay Cut 20 Percent Following Fit Recalls

Honda CEO’s Pay Cut 20 Percent Following Fit Recalls
In response to the FIFTH recall of the new Honda Fit the company’s board has cut CEO Takanobu Ito’s pay by a whopping 20 percent! In addition to this, a dozen other executives face a 10-percent reduction in wages because of the quality issues. This is not a good time for Honda. The Fit’s call-backs...

Subaru Says Aye’ to EyeSight in the Crosstrek Family

Subaru Says Aye’ to EyeSight in the Crosstrek Family
Attention Subaru fans, the company’s XV Crosstrek and Crosstrek Hybrid models are getting some new technology. Regrettably none of this stuff is terribly groundbreaking, but still, it’s nice to see the firm spreading some of its advanced features across their lineup. For 2015 the Crosstrek family gains the company’s EyeSight driver-assistance system. This technology was...

Mercedes GLC AMG Caught Wearing Odd Socks

Mercedes GLC AMG Caught Wearing Odd Socks
The upcoming Mercedes GLC AMG compact crossover was spotted frolicking in a black-and-white suit, but don’t think it’s doing a stint in prison. This high-performance vehicle is running free out on the road, ostensibly to get some real-world miles, or kilometers as it were. This is the company’s replacement for the GLK utility vehicle. Mercedes...

Mustang Stampede Galloping to SEMA

Mustang Stampede Galloping to SEMA
Arguably Ford’s totally redesigned 2015 Mustang is one of the most exciting cars to come out in the last few years. Further hyping this important launch the company will have a whole heard of them at next month’s SEMA show. Ford will showcase more than a dozen modified Mustangs in Las Vegas. Cars will be...

EPA Makes BMW Correct MINI Fuel-Economy Figures

EPA Makes BMW Correct MINI Fuel-Economy Figures
Hyundai and Ford aren’t the only manufacturers that have been forced to revise their fuel-economy scores. Now BMW is joining this hall of shame. The German luxury brand is adjusting the consumption figures of four different MINI models to make them more accurate. The EPA performed a fuel-economy audit on these cars and determined that...
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