Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Associated Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Honda Calling Back ’15 Fits for Bumper Fix
Honda discovered welding wasn’t up to snuff after the Fit rated “marginal” in the most recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety small-overlap test.
Acura Looks to Get Back on Track
MDX growth of 55.5% and RLX gain of 7.1% through July were in stark contrast to the brand’s other models, which all posted declines.
Acura RLX Hybrid Delay 'Technical'
The Honda near-luxury brand hopes the car will arrive at U.S. Acura dealers in late summer, after missing its scheduled spring introduction.
Toyota Holding Off on Adding Capacity in U.S.
Improving its productivity to utilize existing machine capacity is Toyota’s “first priority” in North American manufacturing, a top company official says.
Diaz: Nissan Pulling Back on Altima Incentives
Deliveries of the Japanese automaker’s best-selling model in the U.S. fell 13.2% last month on a daily-rate basis but are up 2.9% for the year.
Toyota’s Nagata to Suppliers: Share Your Best Tech With Us
The No.1 Japanese automaker acknowledges there’s room for much improvement in its supplier relations.
First Element Sees Five-Year Path to Profitability
Not surprisingly, the initial FEF hydrogen dispensers mainly will be in major metropolitan areas, with a few exceptions.
Honda to Match Competitor Timing on Autonomous Vehicles
The Japanese automaker up to this point has publicly shown and detailed only semi-autonomous technologies.
Cadillac Looks to Grow Compact Presence With ATS Coupe
Style and driving dynamics are seen as key draws to the new 2-door ATS.
GM Testing Google Glass; Ready to Meet Higher Volumes
The automaker has two pairs of the high-tech glasses at its Orion Twp., MI, plant, saying they can be useful for a variety of hands-free assembly tasks.
Honda NA Updates Welding System, Takes Surgical Approach to Other Upgrades
Honda was able to make the new Fit’s body lighter and more rigid thanks to the new process, which will become the standard in North America.
Acura Brings Honda Stop/Start System to North America 
Acura decided to pluck the technology, dubbed Idle Stop, off Honda's shelf for its new TLX as a fuel-saving feature for the sedan's heaviest variant, the all-wheel-drive model.
Lexus: 300,000 U.S. Sales Probably Out of Reach
Lexus earlier this year announced a 2014 sales goal of 285,000 and the brand at its current pace is trending to hit 290,000-295,000, a top official says.
Sienna Goes Social for New Marketing Campaign 
Toyota forgoes traditional media outlets to promote its refreshed minivan, and employs social-media stars to get its message out.
Toyota’s Lentz Moseying On to Texas 
Jim Lentz will be among an initial group of 50 moving this year to Plano, TX, site of Toyota’s new North American headquarters.
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