Author Archive: David Boldt

David began his automotive career in a BMW showroom (1979 thru 1985), followed by management positions for Ferrari, Lotus and Alfa Romeo dealerships. He moved to automotive journalism in 1993, building an automotive section for a small network of Dallas-area community newspapers. In the almost twenty years since, David has written for a variety of regional and national outlets, and managed media relations for a Japanese OEM.

Away from the laptop, he enjoys motorcycles (his current ride is an ’04 Guzzi V11 LeMans), bicycling (Salsa road bike, Soma hardtail) and reading (CarBuzzard.com). His wife Tina is an executive director for an accounting firm. Tina and Dave have two adult children; son Sean is in the U.S. Army, while daughter Lauren pursues a LA-based career in dance.

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2015 Kia Sedona and Toyota Sienna: Rooms To Go

2015 Kia Sedona and Toyota Sienna: Rooms To Go

If there exists a better shuttle between home and airport than a minivan, I haven’t seen it. With its big-box volume, low step-in height and (relatively) easy access to its third row, a minivan is just the ticket for holiday get-togethers when most of the ‘together’ is arriving from out of town. For this year’s […]

January 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
Progressive International Motorcycle Shows: Goin’ With the Flo…

Progressive International Motorcycle Shows: Goin’ With the Flo…

While the rest of the small world known as ‘automotive media’ was packing its collective bag for the Detroit show, I was comfortably ensconced within the warm confines of Washington, DC’s Convention Center. There, most of what we regard as the North American motorcycle market was on display at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show, irrespective […]

January 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Honda CR-V Touring: So You Want A Baby Benz? Buy This Honda CUV

2015 Honda CR-V Touring: So You Want A Baby Benz? Buy This Honda CUV

Back in the day, working way too hard to sell BMW’s 528e against the Mercedes 300D, I didn’t fully appreciate M-B’s approach to sedan design. Relative to what BMW was offering in its midsize 4-door (even with the high-torque/low-revving ‘eta’ powertrain), I saw the Mercedes 300 as entirely too benign, with steering too slow, seats […]

January 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Mazda’s CX-9: Three rows, six cylinders…and nine model years

Mazda’s CX-9: Three rows, six cylinders…and nine model years

The Mazda press release for its CX-9 describes the 3-row CUV as the ‘elder statesmen’ of the Mazda lineup. And while not sure if I think Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid or Dick Cheney when reading that, I’m helped by the photo caption, where I’m told the “CX-9 looms large above the plucky Mazda2…and almost aloof […]

December 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
North American Car Of The Year: What If It’s Not A Car Of The Year?

North American Car Of The Year: What If It’s Not A Car Of The Year?

With Detroit’s auto show just around the corner, the buzz regarding the North American Car (and Truck) of the Year announcement is building, as that announcement is made – typically – in the opening minutes of the show itself. And lending support to that buzz is the posting of the North American Car of the […]

December 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Toyota Highlander XLE review: Giving thanks to a third row

2014 Toyota Highlander XLE review: Giving thanks to a third row

In a moment rare for its honesty, know that the subject of this reporting was intended to be Kia’s new Sedona. And while ‘Kia Sedona’ lacks the resonance of a BMW M4 or Lambo’s latest, we were planning a Thanksgiving Day trip from the D.C. area to Allentown, PA, carrying four adults; one elderly mother […]

December 12, 2014 | By | Reply More
Toyota and its 2015 Yaris: Making a French Connection

Toyota and its 2015 Yaris: Making a French Connection

For the dozens (OK, that may be optimistic…) of you still wishing for the chance to purchase something French not made by Chanel or Hennessy, know that Toyota’s updated Yaris with – you guessed it – a host of updates now hails from that portion of the Eurozone still known as France. And despite its […]

November 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Notes on the Economy Hatch: Your Door to More (Money)

Notes on the Economy Hatch: Your Door to More (Money)

At the end of 1966 my parents, having relocated to an Omaha suburb, found themselves in need of a second car. With money tight, the folks took what was at the time a no-brainer decision: the purchase of a brand-new VW Beetle. With a 4-speed manual and no a/c, the only option they popped for […]

November 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Ford Begins Production of New F-150: Alloy, Mate!

Ford Begins Production of New F-150: Alloy, Mate!

That Ford should begin production of its all-new F-150 on Veterans Day has to be more than coincidence; in both World Wars Ford Motor Company did much to establish the United States as the arsenal of democracy. And just as Veterans Day marks the end of what was the first conflict with global import, production […]

November 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
Porsche’s 911 Targa 4: What’s wrong with this picture?

Porsche’s 911 Targa 4: What’s wrong with this picture?

Let’s be clear: I don’t own a Porsche 911 Targa, nor have I driven one. As a fan of the 911 platform since Johnson (Lyndon – not Andrew) was in office, I’ll admit to finding the 911’s growing footprint and price mildly distressing, but that distress doesn’t minimize my very real affection for the 911’s […]

November 7, 2014 | By | Reply More
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