Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Associated Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Nissan Ponders Another Small CUV, Future in Minivan Segment 
The Japanese automaker may need a more utilitarian entrant in the burgeoning small CUV group, a top Nissan official says.
Lexus Unfazed by LS Decline as S-Class, Tesla Model S Grow 3
The Toyota luxury brand’s flagship sedan was down 19.7% through May, while the Mercedes-Benz S-Class was up 81.8%, leading the segment.
QNX Hopes to Solve Voice Woes With New Acoustics Software 
Features of QNX’s Acoustics for Voice 3.0 software include echo cancellation and noise reduction, meaning in-car phone calls should become clearer on both ends of the line.
Lexus Targets 36,000 Sales With NX
Lexus sees more than half of NX buyers being non-Lexus owners, with the possibility of more than 70% of early customers being new to the brand.
Nissan Hopes More Generous LCV Warranty Will Boost Sales 
NV and NV200 sales are up through May but are a fraction of the volume generated by competing models from the Detroit Three.
Most Brands Decline in J.D. Power IQS
More than half of U.S. auto brands measured fell from 2013 to 2014, with all GM brands, Audi, Chrysler, Fiat, Honda, Toyota and Volkswagen losing ground.
Bringing Murano Design to Fruition a Battle 1
Some within Nissan favored a more conservative design that would make manufacturing easier.
Magna Staffing Up; Making Inroads With Asian OEMs
Areas where Magna is adding staff include program management, sales, marketing, engineering and R&D, James Tobin says.
Nissan Hopes to Expand Capabilities of Carwings 1
If the Leaf EV’s app were able to gauge the health of the car’s battery pack, Nissan could avoid incidents like those in Arizona two years ago.
Victims, Families Not Heard Inside GM Shareholders Meeting
No victims or families of victims injured as a result of faulty ignition switches in GM cars address company executives at the roughly 45-minute meeting.
Barra: Employees Taking ‘Ownership’ of Recall Issue
GM’s CEO met with employees for two hours via a 24-hour Web chat last week and fielded several emails.
Telenav Promotes Personalized Navigation as Next Frontier 
The software-and-services supplier is pitching potential customers on the system, which includes vehicle tracking and advertising.
Industry Debates the Future of Telematics 
Turning data into valuable information, expansion of voice commands and tailored experiences are three possible future avenues for growth.
Toyota Has Best Month in Six Years
Camry and Corolla see near-term record sales, while Lexus continues ascent and Scion slumps.
BMW i8 Not Quite Ready for Prime Time
BMW’s beautiful and complex i8 is a design and engineering achievement but wants for electric range.
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