Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
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.
Hyundai: Genesis Can Make Money at Sub-100,000 Sales
The nascent Korean luxury brand initially is aiming for Tier 3 luxury, by volume anyway, and sees conquesting Japanese luxury owners as possible.
Nissan Armada Fashionable, But Falls Short for Families
The 7- or 8-passenger SUV returns for ’17, now on the Patrol platform with good mechanics but dated infotainment technology.
For Titan, Dealers Can’t Miss a Beat
The Detroit Three’s “huge” inertia in the fullsize-pickup segment has Nissan vowing to train, and keep training, its retailers.
Toyota Slips in July, Honda and Nissan Rise
Compact CUVs were hot, evidenced by the Toyota RAV4 setting a July sales record while the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue set all-time monthly pinnacles.
Ford Sales Fall in July Despite Van Surge
Aggressive discounting by key competitor Chevrolet is a culprit in the Blue Oval brand’s 3.1% sales decline last month, says a Ford official.
Nissan Readies Major Titan Promotion
A relative upstart in the fullsize-pickup segment in the U.S., Nissan intends to leave no stone unturned in promoting a model for which it has high hopes.
Nissan Enters Work Truck Fray With Single Cab Titan
The single cab will be available in the three-quarter-ton Titan XD or half-ton Titan configurations. Both have the same cab dimensions, plus an 8-ft. bed.
Accord Hybrid: Too Green, Not Green Enough 1
The latest iteration of Honda’s midsize hybrid sedan may fall in between current trends: too green for the utility-vehicle lovers and not green enough for the eco enthusiasts.
Honda Cars Defying Gravity
Honda-brand car deliveries were 10.2% higher through June than the first six months of 2016, a period when Toyota’s car volume fell 10.8%, Ford’s was down 9.1% and Chrysler’s plunged 45.4%.
Nissan Hopes to Grow Pathfinder Sales; Small CUVs No Threat
Sales of large CUVs such as the Pathfinder fell 14.0% through June, WardsAuto data shows, while Small and Middle CUVs were up.
Nissan Updates Pathfinder’s Power, Looks for ’17
An increase in engine output, thanks in part to the addition of direct injection, helps boost towing capability to best-in-class, while safety technology is added and styling updated.
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