Christie Schweinsberg

Associated Editor,

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

Elantra: Good Guts, Underwhelming Appearance
Improved ride and handling, powertrains and comfort are sullied by a lack of design flair, inside and out.
Automakers Lean on Celebrities, Music, Oddities for Super Bowl Commercials
Kevin Hart, Serena Williams, Christopher Walken and singing ducks and sheep are just some of those who make appearances in automaker Super Bowl 50 TV ads.
Toyota Axes Scion 2
The iA, iM and FR-S will become Toyotas, while the tC coupe is being discontinued and the forthcoming C-HR will be badged a Toyota next year upon its release.
Hyundai Targets Increased Truck Share in Year of Car Launches
Zuchowski says making the Santa Fe midsize CUV at the automaker’s Montgomery, AL, plant alleviates the issue of having to build cars the market may not want to keep the plant running at capacity.
Toyota Up 3.3% in January, Lexus Slumps
Toyota Div.’s entire light-truck lineup also had a best-ever result of 84,841, up 12.6% adjusted.
Civic Up, CUVs Down for Honda, Nissan Rises
The CR-V compact CUV and Pilot large CUV both were in the red last month, down 10.4% and 24.7%, respectively, with both also losing volume from January 2015.
Hyundai Exploring A-Segment CUV as Accent Hatch Replacement
A Kia Soul-like box, but smaller, is being looked at to capture the attention of millennials. The U.S. sales arm of the Korean automaker also promises an imminent announcement on a production Santa Cruz.
Nissan Promises More Engines, Studies Hatchback for Sentra 2
A choice of powertrains and different body styles would align Nissan more closely with other U.S. C-car competitors including Honda, Ford, Chevy, Hyundai, Kia and Subaru.
Lexus Sees Another Record Year, Explores New Markets
In 2015, the Toyota luxury brand delivered a record number of vehicles in the U.S., China and Europe.
Toyota RAV4 Could Eat Into Camry Dominance
“If midsize car continues to outflow, we may end up selling a few less Camrys as time goes on,” says a top Toyota U.S. official.
Honda Clarity Price Tops Mirai
Not surprisingly, Honda will limit sales of the Clarity to the California regions with the best expected hydrogen refueling infrastructure.
Subaru Set for Another Record Year, But One Starting Slow
“Particularly now as you get into January and February, these next couple allocations are going to be on the weaker side,” Subaru’s U.S. COO says of expected low inventory.
RAV4 Hybrid Right Vehicle at Right Time
Despite some minor aggravations, the eighth hybrid model in Toyota’s U.S. stable marries great fuel economy with above-average interior materials and features.
Nissan Kicking Around Brazilian CUV for U.S.
Indicating a U.S.-bound Kicks may be further along than the study phase, WardsAuto product-cycle data shows Nissan will begin assembly this year of a B-CUV in Mexico.
Honda Says Better Light-Truck Supply Should Reverse Share Loss
The Japanese automaker has had slim inventories on the industry’s hottest sellers, CUVs.

Feb 11, 2016

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