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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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
2015 Acura TLX Review: From Marysville, not Merrysville

2015 Acura TLX Review: From Marysville, not Merrysville

In reporting Acura’s business history, past products and present lineup, notes on that history typically chronicle those instances when Honda’s upscale division has lost its way. Whether touching on the well-established ‘Legend’ nameplate and the decision to replace it with ‘RL’, or discontinuing the entry-level RSX not long before rival automakers (notably, BMW and Mercedes) fully […]

October 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Lexus and its Coupes – From Sport Coupe to Radical Concept

Lexus and its Coupes – From Sport Coupe to Radical Concept

Alexandra, VA – It’s a fall afternoon, and I’m at a light just north of Alexandria’s Old Town. To my left is an early ‘90s Lexus SC, in what looks to be immaculate condition; behind the wheel is a 20-something that makes him a toddler when the car was first sold. His window is down, and […]

October 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Manual Transmission: Get ‘em before they’re not…

The Manual Transmission: Get ‘em before they’re not…

In the November issue of Automobile magazine, an editorial celebration of Ferrari’s 60 years in America devotes one of five Ferrari articles to a privately-owned 599 with manual transmission. In that the last Ferrari with a manual transmission rolled off the assembly line in 2011, finding an example wasn’t a walk in the park…it was a drive […]

October 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
EPA Regs, Consumer Fleet Pump U.S. Up!

EPA Regs, Consumer Fleet Pump U.S. Up!

WASHINGTON – In a report issued by the Environmental Protection Agency last Wednesday, new vehicles sold in the U.S. achieved an all-time high fuel economy in the 2013 model year. The average – 24.1 miles per gallon – represented a .5 mile per gallon improvement over 2012, and reflects an almost 5 mile per gallon […]

October 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
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