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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Mercedes S550 Plug-in Hybrid Makes Executive Decision to go Green

Mercedes S550 Plug-in Hybrid Makes Executive Decision to go Green
Revealed today at the Paris Motor Show, an all-new gas sipping plug-in hybrid powertrain has been added to the list of options available in Mercedes’ flagship vehicle. The Mercedes-Benz S550 plug-in hybrid is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque, paired to an electric motor that generates 114...

Range Rover Evoque SW1 Lends British Flare to Paris

Range Rover Evoque SW1 Lends British Flare to Paris
Land Rover has unveiled a special edition Range Rover Evoque at the 2014 Paris Motor Show today, celebrating the brand’s heritage.  The Evoque SW1 is inspired by Britain, which is obvious thanks to the Union Jack graphics all over the car. Available in five different colors, each SW1 Evoque is fitted with these special British graphics...

Volkswagen Passat GTE Charged up for Paris

Volkswagen Passat GTE Charged up for Paris
Volkswagen is rolling out a new plug-in hybrid version of the Passat in Paris. The Passat GTE gets its motivation from a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-banger that makes 154 hp mated to a 113-hp electric motor. Combined, the system puts out 294 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. On the NEDC...

2015 Ford C-Max Debuts New Looks in Paris

2015 Ford C-Max Debuts New Looks in Paris
A new look for the Ford C-Max has been applied and revealed at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.   The biggest changes to the car are visual with the C-Max adopting the Aston Martin-like grille seen on many other cars in the Ford lineup along with new headlights and a new front fascia. At the...

VW Polo GTI Gets Third Pedal, More Power in Paris

VW Polo GTI Gets Third Pedal, More Power in Paris
Some tasty forbidden fruit from Volkswagen is getting even sweeter at the Paris Motor Show. The Volkswagen Polo GTI, little brother of the Golf GTI, has just been revealed at the Paris Motor Show with more power and a new manual transmission option. Power comes from a 1.8-liter turbocharged four cylinder that has been bumped...

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is Off-Road Ready in Paris

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is Off-Road Ready in Paris
You wouldn’t think that the VW Golf would be able to hack it off-road, but today at the Paris Motor Show VW showed off a new variant that is built for just that.  The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack adds an extra 20 mm of additional ground clearance compared to the standard car along with full-time 4MOTION all-w heel drive. The...

BMW 7 Series Individual Final Edition Makes Paris Debut

BMW 7 Series Individual Final Edition Makes Paris Debut
Before a full redesign comes to the 7 Series next year, BMW is trotting out one last special edition of the car here at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The 7 Series Individual Final Edition is a special package created by the BMW individual personalization department to show off some of the finest materials and options...

2016 Kia Sorento Unveiled in Paris

2016 Kia Sorento Unveiled in Paris
Kia has revealed its all-new Sorento, touting a quieter ride and a more luxurious feel, one day before the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The Korean brand calls the design inspiration for the new Sorento “Streetwolf,” even though the styling changes are mostly evolutionary. Long wrap-around headlights, more prominent fog lamps and a larger more upright...

Kia Rio Facelift Revealed in Paris

Kia Rio Facelift Revealed in Paris
A fresh new look inside and out for the Kia Rio has been revealed at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The brand’s tiger-nose grille is still present, though it has been tweaked along with the front bumper for an updated appearance completed by new foglights. Three new alloy wheel designs can now be had on...

Honda Civic Type R Spotted Testing in Spy Photos

Honda Civic Type R Spotted Testing in Spy Photos
While Honda is gearing up to show off a new version of the Civic Type R at the Paris Motor Show this week, the brand is also out testing prototypes of the car.  Power for this front-drive hot hatch will come from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that will crank out at least 280 hp....

2016 Chevy Camaro Hits the Ring in Latest Spy Photos

2016 Chevy Camaro Hits the Ring in Latest Spy Photos
Chevy is in Germany with prototypes of the 2016 Camaro, taking them around one of the world’s most grueling test tracks.  Spotted on the Nurburgring, Chevy is already shaking down a high-performance version of the new Camaro as evidenced by the quad tailpipes, large wheels, rear spoiler and hood vents seen on the test car. For...

GM Planning Special Edition Colorado, Canyon Pickups

GM Planning Special Edition Colorado, Canyon Pickups
GM is already planning special editions of its Colorado and Canyon midsize pickup truck siblings. Speaking at a recent press drive for the new trucks, Brad Schreiber, the ride and handling performance engineer for the midsize twins said there will be a special edition coming for the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado every year for...
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