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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Hyundai Teases 708-HP Sonata for SEMA

Hyundai Teases 708-HP Sonata for SEMA
Hyundai and tuning company Bisimoto are at it again, creating another insane car for the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas.  Following in the footsteps of the 1,000-hp Genesis Coupe that was revealed at last year’s show, the folks at Bisimoto have managed to squeeze 708 hp out of Hyundai’s 2.4-lite r “Theta-II” four-cylinder engine and install...

2016 Jaguar XF Spied Testing in the Heat

2016 Jaguar XF Spied Testing in the Heat
Jaguar is doing some hot weather testing for it all-new XF model out in Southern Europe.  Our spy photos show off the XF in its production body though it is fully covered in camouflage. The car is migrating to a stretched version of the new iQ[Al] aluminum platform that underpins the Jaguar XE, and will be...

Mercedes to Spread Plug-In Hybrids Across Lineup

Mercedes to Spread Plug-In Hybrids Across Lineup
Mercedes is planning to sell just about every vehicle that it makes with the option of a plug-in hybrid powertrain.  “We will have a plug-in hybrid version of every volume model,” R&D chief Thomas Weber told Automotive News. The next models to receive electrified powertrains will be the current C-class, the next E-class and replacement models for...

Toyota Turning to Aluminum for Future Models

Toyota Turning to Aluminum for Future Models
It looks like Toyota is the next major automaker pinning its hopes to aluminum for some of its most important vehicles. According to Automotive News, the Toyota Camry is set to receive an aluminum hood in 2018. Before the Camry gets its new hood though, Toyota’s luxury arm Lexus will use the lightweight material for the hood...

BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 Review

BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 Review
The term off-roading encompasses a huge variety of surfaces. Not only do off-road tires need to be ready to tackle sand, dirt, mud and gravel, in today’s automotive world these rubber chariots are also expected to ferry our vehicles on paved roads comfortably and quietly. To test such a tire, a simple gravel road would...

Ford Offers Surveillance Mode Tech to Competitors

Ford Offers Surveillance Mode Tech to Competitors
Ford is letting one of its latest technologies out of the bag, making it available to all of its competitors in an effort to make policing safer.  Surveillance mode, which was introduced on the 2014 Ford Police Interceptor, uses a rearview camera and a radar to detect when a person is approaching a vehicle from...

Dodge Challenger Hellcat gets 22 MPG Highway Rating

Dodge Challenger Hellcat gets 22 MPG Highway Rating
Official fuel economy ratings have been doled out for new 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat, pegging the car at 22 mpg on the highway.  To gain that 22 mpg rating, the car must be fit with the eight-speed automatic transmission. Paired with six-speed manual, the Challenger Hellcat is good for 21 mpg on the highway. SEE ALSO: 2015 Dodge...

Apple Watch Deemed Distracted Driving Hazard in UK

Apple Watch Deemed Distracted Driving Hazard in UK
Apple has given drivers an all-new device to distract them while driving, and UK authorities are already weighing in on penalties for using it.  If the operation of an Apple Watch while driving results in a fatal crash, drivers can face up to two years in prison according to British authorities. If you are caught...

Lightweight Steel Still Has Future in Pickups: Supplier

Lightweight Steel Still Has Future in Pickups: Supplier
In response to Ford cutting weight from its new F-150 using aluminum body panels, the world’s largest steelmaker has released a design study to prove that lightweight steel can also play in the pickup truck market. ArcelorMittal was able to cut 383 pounds from the weight of a pickup truck by using advanced lightweight steels. The company...

House Report Slams NHTSA Over GM Recall

House Report Slams NHTSA Over GM Recall
A new report prepared by the U.S. Energy and Commerce Committee has concluded that NHTSA made “critical mistakes” in the GM ignition switch recall case.  “NHTSA had ample information to identify a potential safety defect as early as 2007,” says the report. Four key failures were identified as the leading causes of the undiagnosed safety...

Limited-Edition Porsche Super Sedan Planned

Limited-Edition Porsche Super Sedan Planned
Porsche is getting ready to release a limited-edition Panamera of which only 30 units are destined for the U.S. market.  Porsche Exclusive, the brand’s bespoke ordering program, is putting together 100 special-edition units of the Panamera, a source inside Porsche revealed to Automobile. No specific details were revealed, but it is safe to assume that the car...

2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible gets M Sport Treatment

2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible gets M Sport Treatment
For those that want the looks of the top-of-the-line M235i Convertible but don’t want to pay the price, BMW is now offering the M Sport Package.  The package can be fitted to the BMW 228i Convertible and includes a full body kit with large air intakes in the front bumper, new side sills, a rear diffuser,...
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