Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Camry Set for Detroit Debut
Carter says he expects the Camry to remain the top-selling car in the U.S. for the 15th straight year, but reiterates within Toyota it may succumb to the RAV4 compact CUV.
Japan Big Three U.S. Sales Falter in November
Toyota loses 4.1% on a daily-selling rate basis, while Honda and Nissan also fall below year-ago.
CR-V Better in Almost Every Way
The fifth generation of the U.S. auto industry’s best-selling utility vehicle is improved in almost every measure, minus a somewhat undersized engine.
Rogue Hybrid Almost No-Sacrifice CUV
Hybrid CUVs that offer better city-cycle fuel economy finally are becoming a thing, with the Nissan Rogue Hybrid going on sale in late December.
Honda Targets 90,000 HR-Vs Next Year
The Japanese automaker sees even more potential for its subcompact CUV, which debuted in the U.S. in 2015 and has become one of the best-selling models in a crowded segment.
U.S.-Market Toyota C-HR Rolls Out in Los Angeles
The automaker’s entrant into the exploding Small CUV segment has a diamond-themed design and promises sporty handling, but uses a naturally aspirated 2.0L engine.
Hyundai Reveals Autonomous Ioniq, Details Mobility Plans
The autonomous Ioniq shown in L.A. will be joined by two more due at January’s CES. Meanwhile, Hyundai will offer subscriptions and car-sharing of the Ioniq EV early next year.
Honda Unveils Civic Si Prototype Ahead of L.A. Show
The Si will use a high-torque version of Honda’s 1.5L turbocharged and direct-injected 4-cyl. from the Civic lineup. The mill, featuring dual variable cam timing, will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
Nissan Unveils Special Editions, Refreshed Small Vehicles in L.A.
The souped-up compact car should start below $25,000, Nissan says, while the Versa Note hatchback holds ’16 pricing for ’17.
Kia Unwraps Turbo Soul in Los Angeles
Hyundai-Kia’s 1.6L turbocharged 4-cyl. is the standard engine in the Soul’s top trim level. The engine makes 201 hp and 195 lb.-ft. of torque in the B-car.
Honda Calling for 50,000 Civic Hatch Sales
A booming compact hatchback sector in the U.S. is credited for Honda’s cheery outlook. New entrants besides the Civic include the Chevy Cruze hatchback and forthcoming Hyundai Ioniq lineup.
In Transition to Toyota, 86 Gets Souped Up, Sophisticated
The Scion FR-S gets a midcycle refresh as it joins the Toyota brand as the 86, with its manual-transmission model receiving engine updates and all grades getting better interior materials.
Toyota Slips in October, Honda and Nissan Rise
Record light-truck sales can’t offset slumping car demand at Toyota, while Honda and Nissan also set light-truck records.
Right Time for Prime
Toyota’s latest plug-in version of its venerable Prius hybrid has great bang-for-the-buck, and comes at a time when plug-ins are the hottest green-car segment.
Toyota’s Lentz: About 3,000 Workers Expected to Move to Texas 1
Toyota will have 4,000 jobs at the new Plano HQ, which will house sales, marketing, finance, accounting, engineering and technology functions, meaning approximately 1,000 positions will be filled with new hires.
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