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.
Toyota’s Yaris product team, charged with doing something to reinvigorate the sales of Toyota’s entry-level Yaris, apparently stuck to the “don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater” dictum, ‘cuz their baby is still there. Despite new sheetmetal (“a bold new look”), interior upgrades (see headline) and a ‘distinct European flavor’, there’s still but 106 horsepower […]
In the U.S., predicting success within the subcompact class (known in the industry as the B-segment) is – at best – a prickly proposition. BMW’s Mini, based on sales, niche and profit, would seem to be the gold standard, but with the novelty worn off (Pippa gets more ink…) and offshoots proliferating, it was only a […]
When we last visited with Rob Tallini at Road Race Motorsports, he (or more accurately, his aggressively modified Fiat Abarth) was contesting the Silver State Classic at some super-illegal speed. Regrettably – at least for the Road Race developmental budget – that wasn’t enough; Rob and his team have recently unveiled the M1 Fiat Turbo. […]
Dearborn, MI – Ask for the name of the one company that best defined America in the last century and, in my mind, it’s a no-brainer: Ford. From its founding in 1903 to its introduction of the Model T, $5/day and Model A, no one company in America established a broader global footprint prior to […]
To be sure, I wasn’t there. But if fading memory serves, Odysseus did his ten years of outbound wandering (see The Odyssey) solo, with little more than what we now call a messenger bag for support. That the folks at Honda would tag their minivan ‘Odyssey’ speaks far more to marketing hype than historical accuracy. […]
It is, in a word, gorgeous. But don’t simply focus on the visuals, for Hyundai’s 2015 Genesis – in 5.0 V8 guise or the more pedestrian V6 – has much more going for it (and for its purchase) than simply sheetmetal. Instead, it enjoys a depth of engineering and preponderance of features rare at any level, […]
For those wanting to buy a competent midsize sedan this summer or fall, the number of choices has never been better. From Accord and Altima to Fusion and (recently redesigned) Legacy, consumers enjoy a veritable smorgasbord of options, although most of those options are written from the same monochromatic script. Offering – typically – longish […]
With an uptick in the economy, consumers are once again looking for an escape. And while there remain the traditional avenues – travel, dining and marijuana – few industries serve escapism quite as well as the powersports industry. Typically described as this broad combo of motorcycles, personal watercraft and ATVs, no one (arguably) supplies the […]
As Alfa Romeo was introducing its new 4C to ‘select’ media, time was taken by their executive team to announce the appointment of 86 Alfa Romeo dealers in the U.S. (Lower 33) and Canada. This, in and of itself, should make the hearts of Alfa loyalists – all 20 of them – beat a tad […]
If you’re searching (you needn’t search long) for a recent example of social stratification, look no further than your Buick/GMC showroom and its 2015 Yukon Denali. While Buick has long held a place in the hearts, minds and wallets of America’s executive class (or did until the 5-Series, E-Class and Audi’s A6 came along), the GMC lineup […]