Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Ridgeline Full of Surprise and Delight
Stirring up a lot of emotion for our judges is the Ridgeline’s fabled in-bed audio system, which won us over for its huge fun factor.
Infiniti Reveals Full VC-Turbo Details
A multilink technology, with piston-connecting rods almost vertical during the combustion cycle, was created in 1998 and is one of 300 technologies Infiniti says it has patented for the VC-Turbo.
GMC Acadia Does It All, Well
The 3-row CUV scores highly for its adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, maps/navigation, controls and connectivity options.
Toyota Cuts Mirai Lease Price to Help Build Awareness
The monthly payment and down payment to lease Toyota’s first fuel-cell vehicle for retail customers falls for ’17.
Toyota Scrambling for More Light Trucks
The traditionally car-centric Japanese automaker predicts a record light-truck sales year in the U.S. and is on the hunt for more capacity.
Genesis G90 Mechanically Great, Technologically Lacking 2
A fantastic new twin-turbo V-6 and excellent ride and handling are sullied by yesteryear infotainment technology and me-too styling.
Nissan Unveils Refreshed Rogue, New Rogue Hybrid
The automaker foresees its compact CUV, which already has outsold the Altima in five of the past 11 months, becoming its No.1-seller in the U.S.
Genesis Emulates Lexus, Wants Its Buyers 1
A key to Lexus’ early success was its pricing strategy. The Toyota luxury brand launched the LS large sedan in 1989 at 60% of the price of the German brands’ large sedans.
Japan Big Three Fall in August
The RAV4 outsells the Camry for the first time at Toyota, while Nissan sees the Rogue top the Altima for the fifth time.
Genesis: We Have It Easier Than Cadillac, Lincoln 1
Starting from scratch, rather than trying to change people’s perceptions, may make the climb up the luxury ladder easier for Hyundai, says U.S. sales chief.
2016 Wards 10 Best UX: Rating Voice Activation
Voice-recognition systems are better than they used to be, per our ongoing testing for the 2016 Wards 10 Best User Experience awards. Still, there are some communication breakdowns.
Titan Half-Ton Ready to Duel
A revised 5.6L V-8, a throaty beast with good breadth across its power band, is a plus, as is an extended warranty that should offset competitive deficiencies in payload and towing.
Genesis Stand-Alone Dealers Likely in Five Years
The startup luxury brand from Hyundai foresees separate buildings necessary in only the biggest luxury-vehicle markets in the U.S.
Hyundai Small CUV Due Next Year, Santa Cruz Still on Table
The Korean brand hopes light trucks will account for 45% instead of 27% of its total U.S. sales, putting it on par with Japanese competitors.
Nissan Launching 5/100 Warranty for Titan
The Japanese automaker is looking for an aggressive guarantee to spur sales in a segment where it trails the Detroit Three by a wide margin.
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