Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Automakers Putting the Screws to Us 2
When I climb inside a new vehicle I want to be soothed not perturbed, but too often when I look up I’m staring at some craggy fastener that never should be seen.
Car Wars Study Forecasts Toyota to Have Highest Replacement Rate
A higher-than-average number of new models are due in the next four years, but with slowing new-vehicle sales and record numbers of leased vehicles due to return, danger lies ahead.
Toyota Hopes to Strengthen Relationships With New Supplier Center
Toyota hopes its new Supplier Center will cultivate even stronger, more fruitful relationships between the automaker and its suppliers, as well as lead to quality improvements and cost savings on vehicle programs.
Odyssey Functional Family Hauler
Ultra-configurable second-row seats, a camera to spy on your kids and improvements to powertrain and infotainment should appeal to Odyssey-buying parents.
Interior Manufacturing Innovations Reducing Noise, Costs
Optimal EV battery placement, a technology platform that reduces textile waste and a faster-drying adhesive are seen as ways to achieve quieter, less costly interiors.
More Sensors, More Positions, Better Comfort Seen for Future Seats
Biometric monitoring, or using sensors integrated into seats to gauge health, is fraught with danger, Adient engineer says.
Honda Sees Minivan Segment Stable as It Preps Odyssey 1
For many families, only a minivan will meet their functionality wants and needs, says a Honda product planner.
Subaru Gets Serious With Interior Redesign
Boxy, linear interiors are a thing of the past for Subaru, whose latest Impreza compact gets a serious dose of style and wows our judges.
Acura Aims for Easier, Faster Interfaces
A capacitive vs. resistive touchscreen, redone graphics, rearranged hard buttons and faster access to satellite radio stations are new to the ’18 Acura midsize sedan’s infotainment system.
Lexus LC 500: Risk Rewarded 1
Soft tan leather and Alcantara everywhere. Beautiful sculpted trim and surfaces. Ordinary elements made eye-catching. Our judges find so much to love about Lexus’s bold new coupe.
Acura Studying CDX for U.S.
There are only four models in WardsAuto’s U.S. Small Luxury CUV segment, from Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Infiniti and Mercedes, but growth is projected.
Acura MDX More Sport Than Hybrid, But Compelling
Garnering 8 mpg more in city driving than its non-hybrid brother, and priced thousands below other green competitors that don’t handle as well, Acura’s new hybrid CUV should do well for the brand.
Honda Prepping New Ohio Wind Tunnel
The Japanese automaker will be making the new facility available to others as it notes it will have four secure bays.
Consumer Trust in Automated Tech Waning, Gen Z Embracing Mobility 2
The results of J.D. Power’s third annual Tech Choice study reveal a declining interest in automated tech by all generations save for Gen Y.
Honda Planning Short-Wheelbase Pilot 1
The strategy should allow customers to get into a Pilot at a lower price. For instance, Hyundai’s 2-row Santa Fe begins $5,000 below its 3-row version.
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