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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Aston Martin Gains Crash Safety Exemption

Aston Martin Gains Crash Safety Exemption
Aston Martin dealers can now relax thanks to a new exemption granted to the brand from NHTSA.  Both the current-generation DB9 and Vantage will be sold for several more years in the US thanks to an exemption from new side-impact crash test safety standards which neither car could pass. Bringing both of these cars into...

Ferrari Fined $3.5 Million by Feds

Ferrari Fined $3.5 Million by Feds
The National Highway Traffic Highway Safety Administration has slapped Ferrari with a large fine over failing to submit early warning reports.  Ferrari will now pay a $3.5 million civil penalty over the matter. Federal law requires that automakers submit early warning reports on a quarterly basis and Ferrari has admitted it failed to submit them over...

Mercedes, VW Wary of Google’s Access to In-Car Data

Mercedes, VW Wary of Google’s Access to In-Car Data
Both Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz are calling on the auto industry to be cautious about letting Google have full access to their car’s data.  Both companies have stated their own intentions of developing a separate data platform to avoid giving up sensitive customer information to Google. “We seek connection to Google’s data systems but we still want...

Orange you Glad for the Scion tC Release Series 9.0?

Orange you Glad for the Scion tC Release Series 9.0?
Scion has rolled out a new special edition of the tC coupe just in time to flaunt its Halloween colors on the spooky day itself.  Just 2,000 units of the new Scion tC Release Series 9.0 will be built and offered for sale. To put the car together, Scion called on Jeremy Lookofsky of Cartel Customs...

Ford Recalls 205K CUVs Over Fire Risk

Ford Recalls 205K CUVs Over Fire Risk
Ford has issued a new recall today covering roughly 205,000 CUVs over issues with possible corrosion under certain reinforcement brackets.  The campaign affects 2007 and 2008 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles, but only those that reside in the corrosion States, or States that use salt on the roads during winter time. The reinforcement brackets for the...

Chrysler Recalling 566K Pickup Trucks and SUVs

Chrysler Recalling 566K Pickup Trucks and SUVs
Chrysler has announced two vehicle recalls covering roughly 566,000 vehicles. The larger recall announcement covers 381,876 Ram pickup trucks equipped with the 6.7-liter Cummins diesel. The recall is a result of two investigations into the trucks concerning fuel- heater housings that showed signs of overheating. Engineers found a terminal connector near the fuel heater that can corrode over time due...

Elio Motors Passes First Review Phase for DOE Loan

Elio Motors Passes First Review Phase for DOE Loan
Elio Motors has moved one step closer to getting its new three-wheel car on the road.  The American company has announced that its application for a Department of Energy advanced technology vehicles manufacturing loan has moved past the first of three phases of review and is now deemed ”substantia lly complete.” Elio Motors is seeking $185 million to...

Subaru Forester STI Teased in New Photos

Subaru Forester STI Teased in New Photos
An even hotter version of the Subaru Forester is on its way. Several teaser images of a Forester in full STI trim have been released by Subaru in a lead up to the car’s November 25 unveiling. Like other STI models, the faster Forester will features STI-branded upgrade brakes, bigger wheels, a front spoiler lip...

Cadillac Convertible Still Under Consideration

Cadillac Convertible Still Under Consideration
Cadillac is considering adding a convertible model to its lineup.  An image of such a car was shown to hundreds of dealers at a recent event held in Las Vegas by Cadillac’s new global chief Johan de Nysschen. If it does come to fruition, the convertible will be based on the same platform that underpins the...

Detroit Electric Releases SP:01 Final Design

Detroit Electric Releases SP:01 Final Design
Although its future was in doubt based on the company missing many self-imposed deadlines, Detroit Electric has released the final design of its upcoming sports car.  Billed as the “world’s fastest production electric sports car,” the SP:01 has finally been revealed in production form, though only from the back. It is supposed to be on...

Ford to Give Lincoln a $5 Billion Boost

Ford to Give Lincoln a $5 Billion Boost
Ford is preparing to give their ailing luxury arm a boost.  Over the next five years, Ford plans to pour roughly $5 billion into Lincoln in an effort to make the American luxury brand a true competitor to companies like Mercedes-Benz and BMW. A new vehicle platform that will underpin several future Lincoln models is...

Porsche 911 Lineup to Get Turbo Treatment in 2015

Porsche 911 Lineup to Get Turbo Treatment in 2015
Porsche is planning an update for its 911 sports car in 2015 and big changes are in store for the powertrains. When the updated 911 is revealed in autumn 2015, it will offer an all turbocharged engine lineup according to Car Magazine. The only model that will keep its naturally aspirated engine is the race-focused GT3 model,...
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