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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Online Car Shopping is Eliminating the Test Drive: Study

Online Car Shopping is Eliminating the Test Drive: Study
At one time, prospective new car buyers placed most of their faith in the test drive, but modern-day car shopping is changing all of that.  A survey undertaken by DMEautomotive polled 2,000 new car buyers, 16 percent of which say that they did not test drive their new car before buying it. Car shoppers are...

Sinkhole-Damaged Corvette Display may be Permanent

Sinkhole-Damaged Corvette Display may be Permanent
GM and the National Corvette Museum will meet next month to discuss which of eight Corvettes that were damaged in a sinkhole should be repaired. The original plan was for GM to restore all eight Chevy Corvettes, but the damage on some of the cars is extensive. That combined with a request from enthusiasts to keep the...

Ford C-Max MPG Downgrade Hurts Sales

Ford C-Max MPG Downgrade Hurts Sales
Real-world fuel economy versus what the Environmental Prote ction Agency (EPA) claims a vehicle should get is a point of contention for buyers, and now it seems it is hurting sales for one American Automaker.  In August of 2013, Ford dropped the official fuel economy rating on the 2013 C-Max Hybrid from 47 mpg combined to 43 mpg...

Toyota Keeps Worlds Largest Automaker Crown

Toyota Keeps Worlds Largest Automaker Crown
Japan’s largest auto brand has once again captured the coveted title of world’s largest automaker. Toyota outsold both Volkswagen and General Motors once again in the first quarter of 2014, making that three straight quarters of sales supremacy for the Japanese brand. Sales at Toyota, including Hino Motors and Daihatsu Motor Co., were up to...

Volkswagen Passat to get Substantial Refresh in 2016

Volkswagen Passat to get Substantial Refresh in 2016
Some may have been underwhelmed by the refreshed Volkswagen Jetta that was recently unveiled at the 2014 New York Auto Show, but the next product overhaul will take things much further. The Volkswagen Passat will be refreshed for the 2016 model year, and newly appointed Volkswagen of America president and CEO Michael Horn told Motor Trend that the new...

Volkswagen R400 Concept Sketches Reveal 395 HP Hot Hatch

Volkswagen R400 Concept Sketches Reveal 395 HP Hot Hatch
Volkswagen is bringing a new concept car to Auto China in Beijing, teasing a sports car that goes well beyond anything the German brand has for sale right now.  The R400 Concept is based on the Volkswagen Golf R, but this car uses a reworked version of the Golf R’s four-cylinder engine to make 395...

Subaru WRX STI Global RallyCross Car Revealed in NY

Subaru WRX STI Global RallyCross Car Revealed in NY
Subaru dropped a teaser last week that showed off a WRX with a massive rear wing, and now we know it belongs to Subaru’s new Global RallyCross entrant.   This race-prepped WRX STI is being shown off at the 2014 New York Auto Show, and was built in collaboration with Subaru Rally Team, Red Bull...

Volkswagen Midsize Coupe Concept Sketches Released

Volkswagen Midsize Coupe Concept Sketches Released
Sketches bring many car designs to life, and Volkswagen has released a set to show off its latest concept car.  The VW Midsize Coupe Concept will be rolled out in Beijing at Auto China, exhibiting a mashup of current Volkswagen designs. The front end seems to be modeled on the Golf, while the rear end takes on...

2015 Volkswagen Touareg Revealed Before Auto China Debut

2015 Volkswagen Touareg Revealed Before Auto China Debut
While most of our attention is focused on the 2014 New York Auto Show, Auto China is starting up soon in Beijing, and there is some news from the Chinese show. Volkswagen chose Auto China to debut the new 2015 Touareg, which gains new style and updated technology features that range from the use of Google Earth...

2015 Acura TLX Revealed in NY as TL, TSX Replacement

2015 Acura TLX Revealed in NY as TL, TSX Replacement
Generally, a concept car is a distant precursor to the production model, but Acura didn’t take that tack with the TLX. You see, the production model, which debuted today at the 2014 New York Auto Show, looks and sounds almost identical to the concept that we saw at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The Acura...

Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 is All Show and No Go

Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 is All Show and No Go
Since Scion launched its affordable sports car in 2013, customers have been demanding a faster version, and the brand is finally delivering… sort of.  Enter the Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0, a special edition of the car which gets unique style and some track-focused bits like a custom aero-kit and lowering springs. Nothing happens to...

2015 GM HD Truck Bi-Fuel CNG Option Priced at $9,500

2015 GM HD Truck Bi-Fuel CNG Option Priced at $9,500
Compressed natural gas (CNG) makes a lot of sense for those that do a lot of miles in a year, especially for truckers.  General Motors has announced pricing for the bi-fuel CNG option on the both the 2500 and 3500 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, which starts at $9,500. With this upgrade, the trucks can...
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