Christie Schweinsberg

Associated Editor,

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

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.
Autonomous Vehicle Interiors Offer Opportunities for Differentiation, Innovation
Game playing, relaxing and talking with family are all scenarios seen with the adoption of autonomous vehicles.
Suppliers, Automakers Need to Focus on Customer Wellness in Interior Space
Less-complicated infotainment systems, more personalization and fewer VOC emissions would improve customers’ well-being, say panelists at WardsAuto’s 2014 Interiors Conference.
Carbon Fiber Production Simple But Complex
The physical footprint of manufacturing lines is small. However, the carbon-fiber precursor material is delicate and must be handled with care and precision.
Kia U.S. Wants GT4 Stinger in Production 1
Features of the model include a 2.0L turbocharged and direct-injected 4-cyl. engine making 315 hp, a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission and Pirelli 20-in. P-Zero tires.
BMW Defends Carbon Footprint of Carbon Fiber; Would Entertain OE Customers
Carbon fiber may have a long supply chain, but BMW’s i electrified models as a whole are greener than conventional cars, says a senior official.
Tesla to Stop Supplying Batteries for Toyota EV
The RAV4 EV debuted in 2012 in California, and the automaker expected to sell 2,600 units to fleet and retail customers.
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