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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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What On Earth Is Alcantara?

What On Earth Is Alcantara?

Washington, D.C. – We will, of course, get to the answer in a minute. In the interim, for lack of anything else going on this past Wednesday, I rang the doorbell at the Italian Embassy in order to provide you, Dear Reader, a brief glimpse into the exclusive, high-end world that is Alcantara. Competing for […]

April 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Chevrolet Spark EV vs. Suburban: Shock and Awe

2015 Chevrolet Spark EV vs. Suburban: Shock and Awe

Founded in 1911, GM’s Chevrolet Division embraces its second century with about as much bandwidth – or brandwidth – as anyone (even the General’s founder, Billy Durant) might imagine. As the planet’s 4th-largest automotive brand, Chevrolet is sold in 115 countries, while its global client base can select from roughly 70 different models. In the […]

April 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
2016 Kia Sorento SX AWD Review: The Line Forms Here

2016 Kia Sorento SX AWD Review: The Line Forms Here

Less than 24 hours removed from the visual excess that comprised this year’s New York Auto Show (like, where should I start?), awaiting me at the D/FW Airport was – at least in stylistic terms – the proverbial breath of fresh air. In an era when a Camry is working overtime to be ‘bold’ (good […]

April 7, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Ford Edge Preview: There’s EcoBoost…and EgoBoost

2015 Ford Edge Preview: There’s EcoBoost…and EgoBoost

Scottsdale, AZ – On the sun-ripened streets of Phoenix it’s easy to be conflicted. Anne Murray’s Snowbird comes to mind (yeah, I know…but it won’t leave), while memories of Arizona senator Barry Goldwater still resonate, almost twenty years after his passing. Goldwater, a pilot, had a real affection for performance; a contemporary pic of him […]

March 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
Lexus NX 200t vs. Toyota RAV4 Limited: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide

Lexus NX 200t vs. Toyota RAV4 Limited: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide

Introduced to at least a portion of U.S. media in the hip, urbane environs in and around Seattle, the intentions of the Lexus PR team were immediately obvious (as – admittedly – they are in any number of automotive intros): Plug the Lexus NX 200t – the carmaker’s first compact CUV – into the Seattle […]

March 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Ford Expedition EL Platinum 4X4: Best Supporting Actor?

2015 Ford Expedition EL Platinum 4X4: Best Supporting Actor?

As you’ve probably noticed, Ford builds an abundance of well-regarded cars and the country’s best-selling (and most innovative) truck. And it also builds an absolute truckload of buzz, especially in the last twelve months. As you might expect, there’s much more to the Ford story than simply its iconic Mustang and an alloy-bodied truck. One […]

February 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
Jeep’s New Renegade: It Could Have Been – And Should Have Been – A Jimny

Jeep’s New Renegade: It Could Have Been – And Should Have Been – A Jimny

Seeing the first photos of Jeep’s new Renegade, I couldn’t help but wince. Although having no personal problem with ‘cute ute’ as a descriptive, and realizing that early Jeep CJs – in something other than government-issue green – were irreversibly ‘cute’, there was simply too much going on visually within the Renegade’s small footprint to […]

February 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Bentley’s New Infinite Fragrance: Does It Pass The Smell Test?

Bentley’s New Infinite Fragrance: Does It Pass The Smell Test?

If Scott Fitzgerald wasn’t the first to notice the difference between the rich and the rest of us, he was certainly the most widely read. It seems, however, money is only a small portion of the difference; the main component in today’s’ social stratification is how we smell. And for those wanting to smell like […]

February 3, 2015 | By | Reply More
The 2015 Washington, DC Auto Show: A Parade of Progress

The 2015 Washington, DC Auto Show: A Parade of Progress

  That the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, home to Washington, D.C.’s annual auto show, has no provision for parking should be the first warning. Sure, you can park at a nearby hotel – as I did – and watch an estimated parking tab of $30 inflate oh-so-quickly to $50. You can take your chances […]

January 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
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
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