Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

Christie covers Asia-based auto makers and the U.S. heavy-truck market.

Articles
Mazda CEO: Rotary to Return Soon, EV Due Around 2020 2
The rotary could generate electricity in future propulsion systems, as well as remain a great powertrain for sports cars.
Infiniti Gets Electrified in 2021
Parent Nissan has been a pioneer in battery-electric technology, retailing one of the earliest EVs in the world, the Leaf, since December 2010.
Toyota Introducing Apple CarPlay on New Avalon
Toyota will roll out the connectivity feature to the rest of its lineup on a model-by-model basis, and also is exploring adding Android Auto to its vehicles.
Hyundai Takes Wraps Off Veloster Redesign
Hyundai’s subcompact coupe moves in a sportier direction, helped by a more powerful base engine and a standard multilink rear suspension.
Stinger-Inspired Kia Forte Debuts
The third generation of Kia’s compact sedan debuts a new type of variable transmission, helping its fuel economy grow 3 mpg from ’18.
Acura RDX Prototype Revealed
A new body, platform, engine and transmission, as well as a thorough rework of the brand’s center stack, can be found on the next-gen CUV.
Nissan Unveils XMotion Concept SUV
Elements of Japanese design and nature are prominent in the SUV’s appearance, including an image of Mt. Fuji that is revealed when the third-row door is opened.
Lexus Hints at Flagship CUV with Limitless Concept
The luxury brand describes the look of the LF-1 Limitless concept as fusing “the organic shapes of liquid metal with the sharp edges of a traditional Japanese sword.”
2018 Winner: Kia Stinger 3.3L Twin-Turbo V-6
The new engine has 376 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,300-4,500 rpm, making entering freeways and passing slow-moving trucks a breeze.
Toyota, Mazda Confirm Alabama Home to New Plant 1
Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda infers the automaker’s 15-year presence in Huntsville, where it has operated a 700,000-unit annual capacity engine-manufacturing plant since 2003, played a key role in the automaker selecting the city.
ZF Advances ProAI Controller, Announces Customer
The 102-year-old German supplier further moves away from its traditional businesses, announcing an unnamed Chinese automaker will install its ProAI supercomputer in a vehicle with Level 3 autonomous driving features for the Chinese market.
Toyota Closes Out Flat 2017 With December Decline
For the first time in 28 years the Camry wasn’t Toyota’s best-selling model, although it had a record December.
Infiniti Q Concept Partially Revealed
The concept car, showcasing Infiniti’s new design language, will be unveiled at this month’s Detroit auto show.
Titan V-6 Intro Date Unclear; Return of Xterra?
A smaller engine option for the Titan could be tied to the debut of the new Frontier, while Millennial males represent an opportunity to introduce another off-road model.
Improving Dealer Relations Tops Hyundai Exec’s To-Do List
In a WardsAuto Q&A, Hyundai Motor America’s new COO Brian Smith speaks about improving dealer confidence and decreasing use of incentives.
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