Stephen Elmer

Stephen grew up shadowing his award-winning auto journalist father who provided him with a bevy of mechanical wonders to play with as a child, sparking his interest in cars. He also taught Stephen the professional need-to-knows of the auto and powersports world, attending his first press launch at age eight. Today he is an avid Snowmobiler, ATVer, RVer and D/Z licensed truck driver. When not as his AutoGuide Desk, Steve can be found grooving with his bass guitar or beating on his drum kit.

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2013 Chevrolet Volt Review

2013 Chevrolet Volt Review

Billed as an electric car with an unlimited range, we head out on a 1,200 mile road trip to test just how efficient the Volt is on the open road.
Top Ten Best Car Porn Photos and Videos of 2012

Top Ten Best Car Porn Photos and Videos of 2012

Shaping and sculpting sheet metal into something both beautiful and functional is an intensive undertaking that automakers spend thousands of hours and millions of dollars on. And to bring these cars justice, photographers and videographers spend hundreds of hours capturing just the right angle, and finding that one magical location. So for your viewing pleasure,…

2014 Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra Preview: Best in Class Fuel Economy, Power Promised

2014 Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra Preview: Best in Class Fuel Economy, Power Promised

After seven long years, GM has finally given its lineup of half-ton pickups a refresh, both of which were revealed today. The new GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado will have three engine options, all of which will feature direct injection, variable valve timing, and cylinder deactivation as standard equipment, particularly a big deal for the…

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2015 Toyota Yaris Gets New Look, Small Price Bump

2015 Toyota Yaris Gets New Look, Small Price Bump
Toyota has pulled the wraps off the 2015 Yaris, revealing new style both inside and out along with a small price increase.  Still available as a 3- or 5-door model, the Yaris stays mechanically the same as the 2014 model, with power coming from a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 106 hp and 103 lb-ft of...

Buick Envision Crossover Revealed

Buick Envision Crossover Revealed
The latest addition to the Buick lineup has just been uncovered in China.  A crossover that will fit in between the small Buick Encore and the larger Enclave, the Envision (seen above in the middle) will launch in early 2015 in the Chinese market. It should make its way to the U.S. market by mid...

Nissan Planning New Quirky Car to Replace Cube

Nissan Planning New Quirky Car to Replace Cube
The demise of the Cube and Murano CrossCabriolet put an end to quirky, niche cars in Nissan’s lineup, but that deficit isn’t going to last.  Andy Palmer, Nissan’s chief planning officer told Automotive News that the brand needs a new car that will turn heads. “To be clear, we will morph this space in our portfolio into...

No NHTSA Officials Fired or Disciplined Over GM Recall

No NHTSA Officials Fired or Disciplined Over GM Recall
Although it looks like complaint data was handled improperly regarding GM ’s ignition switc h recall, no employees have been fired or disciplined at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In late 2007, NHTSA decided not to open a probe into a massive amount of GM cars, even after a senior agency official pointed out that four of the accidents resulted in...

Next-Gen Smart ForTwo Brabus Spied Testing

Next-Gen Smart ForTwo Brabus Spied Testing
German tuning company Brabus is already preparing a more powerful version of the freshly revealed Smart ForTwo.  Our spy photographers managed to snap some pictures of the upcoming Smart ForTwo Brabus out testing on public roads, identified by its dual exhaust setup. The car in the photos appears to be nearly identical to the standard car, although...

2015 Ford F-150 2.7L EcoBoost Makes 325 HP, 375 LB-FT

2015 Ford F-150 2.7L EcoBoost Makes 325 HP, 375 LB-FT
New details on the 2015 Ford F-150 have been released by the company, including power numbers for two engines and details on weight.  The biggest news of the day pertains to the all new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, which produces 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque. Maximum towing on this truck is pegged at 8,500...

2016 Acura NSX Spied for First Time at the Nürburgring

2016 Acura NSX Spied for First Time at the Nürburgring
New spy photos rolled in today showing a car we have been waiting on for quite some time, the all-new 2016 Acura NSX.  The first next-generation Acura NSX concept made its debut in Detroit back in 2012, and the car spotted today at the Nürburgring seems to carry over about 95 percent of that original design....

Chrysler Speeds Up Jeep Recall Repairs

Chrysler Speeds Up Jeep Recall Repairs
Chrysler says that it can have a recall to fix around 1.56 million Jeeps finished by March, much sooner than the timeline of a few years the company estimated as first.  The American automaker said as much in a statement on Wednesday, about two weeks after NHTSA pressed the company for an explanation on why it would take...

Mitsubishi Joins Takata Airbag Recall in US

Mitsubishi Joins Takata Airbag Recall in US
Mitsubishi has announced a recall for an undisclosed amount of 2004 through 2005 Lancer sedans over malfunctioning air bags supplied by Takata. Mitsubishi is the ninth automaker to recall cars that use Takata airbags in the United States. The issue stems from an inflator which can rupture, causing metal fragments to shoot at the passengers. Over the last...

GM Confirms Eight-Speed Auto for Pickups, SUVs

GM Confirms Eight-Speed Auto for Pickups, SUVs
While it was spread in rumors last week, GM has confirmed that its half-ton pickup trucks and full-size SUVs will both be available with an eight-speed automatic transmission.  There is a catch though. The eight speed will only be paired with the 6.2-liter V8 that makes 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, while both...

Maserati Sets 75,000 Unit Cap on Global Sales

Maserati Sets 75,000 Unit Cap on Global Sales
Most automakers strive to sell as many vehicles as they possibly can in a year, but that isn’t the case at Maserati.  The Italian carmaker owned by Fiat Chrysler has decided that once it hits its annual goal of 75,000 units moved in a year, it will put a cap on sales to maintain the...

2015 Ford Mustang Performance Pack Detailed

2015 Ford Mustang Performance Pack Detailed
Horsepower and torque numbers for the 2015 Ford Mustang were made official yesterday, and now more information on the car’s performance package are out. Only the EcoBoost turbo four cylinder and V8-powered Mustangs will be available with the package, in either coupe or convertible form. Adding the package will bring a host of changes to...
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