Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Hyundai: Fuel Cell Partnerships Not Right for Us Now
Hyundai’s next-gen Tucson fuel-cell vehicle is a scant 16 months away. Meanwhile, the 26 eco cars Hyundai and Kia have planned by 2020 may not be enough.
Honda Debuts Next-Gen Automated Technology
The Japanese automaker will be testing the car and its updated technologies at the GoMentum station near San Francisco, which simulates an urban driving environment.
Hyundai Designer Enjoys Lack of Filter
Hyundai’s U.S. interior-design manager chats with WardsAuto about his relatively limitless company, the interiors of his favorite Hyundai and non-Hyundai models, and why dealers impact how flashy the interior of your next vehicle may be.
CR-V Sales Softening Amid More Aggressive Competition 1
For the first time in six years, the RAV4 outsold the CR-V in January through April, 106,274 to 100,101, registering an 18.2% 4-month increase against the CR-V’s 2.4% decline.
Designing for Fun, Flexibility Seen as Light-Truck Trend
Unique audio systems, flexible, elder-friendly features are envisioned for the light-truck interiors of tomorrow.
Coffee, Denim-Based Composites Could Be Visible In Your Next Interior
Materials that are sustainable, low-emission and lightweight will be the focus on automotive interiors going forward, say panelists.
Honda Looks to Meet, Maintain Ridgeline Sales Record
The pickup’s best annual volume was 50,193, but Honda manufacturing capacity may need to be adjusted to keep that figure consistent.
Toyota Flat, Honda and Nissan Gain in April
Strong light-truck sales could’t offset depressed car deliveries for Toyota, while Honda cars and a smattering of Nissan products put those two automakers ahead of year-ago.
Lexus RX: Great Materials, Great Value 2
Our judges’ socks are knocked off by the ’16 RX 350’s lovely mix of materials and fantastic content, all for a relatively reasonable price.
Honda Civic: Interior Redemption
The 10th-generation Honda Civic makes us forget all about the disappointing ninth-gen model’s interior, thanks to upmarket materials and style not normally found in a C-car.
Infiniti QX Sport Hints at Next QX70
Coupe-like styling on the outside is paired with a multi-material black-and-white themed interior.
More Than Ever, CUVs Seen as Long-Term Trend
“I don’t think (CUV growth is) a temporary change. I don’t think that’s driven by gas prices, it’s driven by lifestyles,” says Hyundai U.S. CEO Dave Zuchowski.
Honda Expands Clarity Lineup With PHEV, EV
The new Clarity-based series of cars will inform development of electrified versions of core models going forward.
Hyundai Teaming Up With Cisco to Advance Connected Car Tech
A goal of the Hyundai and Cisco pact is the creation of a vehicle-simulation test environment via basic research cooperation.
Varroc Pushes Adaptive Drive Beam for U.S. 1
Studies show ADB improves visibility 98 ft. at speeds of 45 mph, giving a driver 1.3 seconds more time to react to obstacles in the road, Varroc says.
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