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.
North Texas – This, ladies and gentlemen, is Truck Country (make that ‘TRUCK COUNTRY’). And with that, the highways and byways of Texas’ Truck Country are littered with the pick’em-up truck: Home Depot’s delivery drive looks like a staging area for the Texas Auto Writers, while mall parking lots are liberally ‘malled’ by the F-Series, […]
As this is written, Toyota president Akio Toyoda is but a few weeks shy of his 58th birthday. And with that personal timeline Toyoda-san is fully within the throes (if a billionaire can ‘throe’) of middle age; as is, critics would note, most of Toyota’s automotive lineup. Whether considering the about-to-be-refreshed Camry, recently refreshed Highlander […]
The appeal of a coupe is anything but intrinsic. On some platforms shared with a more conventional 4-door the coupe absolutely shines, to the point you wonder why they’re not all done that way. And in just as many instances one wonders why the design and product teams bother at all. With typically longish doors […]
This fall, if the Japanese calendar still coincides with the U.S. calendar, Lexus will celebrate its 25th anniversary retailing cars in the U.S. It’s fair to say that few observers of the industry then could have suggested what Lexus would have looked like now. While Toyota’s retail ambitions were obviously high, the rollout – with […]
For fans of the existing A3 5-door, news of the ‘new’ 2015 Audi A3 was bittersweet. Obviously, in this hyper-competitive environment it would be a better car. And while cognizant of the obvious improvements, you couldn’t help but feel a pang of regret when noting the absence of a hatch, along with absence of a conventional […]
In the spring of 1986 executives at American Honda were perhaps the only collective outside of Reagan’s Cabinet still willing to place a bet on Ronnie’s trickle-down economics. Believing that a market existed for something above Honda’s best-selling Accords and Civics, but still well below the 5-Series BMWs and midsize Mercedes, Honda execs launched an […]
Santa Fe, New Mexico is one of the oldest cities in the U.S., while Hyundai’s Sante Fe is its newest 3-row crossover. New Mexico’s Santa Fe is known for its Native American population, rugged terrain, almost chronic individualism and Autoweek’s Denise McCluggage, while Hyundai’s Santa Fe is well regarded for its almost lavish appointment, accommodating interior and, at least […]
As Mazda celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Miata’s inaugural reveal (at the Chicago Auto Show in February, 1989) I’m reminded that – for me – the celebration for the then-new Miata went back much further. My affection was fostered in the mid-sixties by one Tom McCahill, testing for Mechanix Illustrated the then-new Lotus Elan. McCahill, […]
Ford, oh-so-famously, has its Edsel; GM’s discontinued Pontiac Division, infamously, had its Aztek; and Cadillac, god-bless-‘em, has its Cimarron. On showrooms from the fall of 1981 (as an ’82) and built through the spring of ’88, the compact Cadillac was built on a J-body platform (think Chevrolet Cavalier…or try not to), onto which […]
Audi has been defying common market wisdom almost as long as there have been Audis. No longer the stepchild in the Holy Trinity known as the German luxury segment, Audi is firing on all cylinders, beginning with the solidly received A4 sedan and Q5 CUV, and going right up the alphanumeric ladder via its A5 […]