Jonathan Spira was bitten by the automotive bug at a young age. He began building full-size cardboard dashboard mockups at the age of five and has remained fascinated by all things automotive since then. In a career that in part parallels his work as chief analyst at research firm Basex, Spira began writing about automotive technology almost ten years ago, first serving as the Roundel’s technology correspondent. In addition to his position as editor at The Diesel Driver, Spira is automotive editor at both Business Traveler and Executive Road Warrior magazines.
When it comes to things automotive, Spira likes to be first. He had the first auto in the U.S. with factory Bluetooth (a BMW 5er Series), the first BMW with Sirius Satellite radio, and was the very first customer to take delivery of a new car at the BMW Welt delivery center in Munich
Spira is a widely published author and acclaimed speaker who makes frequent appearances speaking on the future of technology and has authored hundreds of papers on technology issues.
He is the co-author of The History of Photography (Aperture, November 2001), which was named a best book of the year by the New York Times, and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude. He conducted graduate-level research at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität (Munich), Institut für Neuere Geschichte.