Christie Schweinsberg

Associated Editor,

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

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.
BMW Carbon-Fiber JV to Triple Output 
The German automaker's supplier of carbon fiber is to sharply expand output at its Washington state plant.
FCA Sees Higher Revenue, Margins in 5-Year Plan
Total FCA volume is predicted to grow to 7.0 million units in 2018, up from 4.4 million in 2013, largely driven by the Jeep brand.
FCA Wants to Grow NAFTA Sales to 3.1 Million, Sees Jeep Overtake Dodge
Jeep should sell 800,000 units in the NAFTA region by 2018, eclipsing Dodge, which is seen falling below 700,000.
Hyundai Aiming Genesis Straight at Germans
To attract more premium buyers, including those driving an A6, 5-Series or E-Class, Hyundai plans to pitch the Genesis as “valuable” rather than it being a good “value.”
Toyota’s April: Light Trucks Rule Again, as Does Lexus
While Toyota cars managed a slight gain, trucks saw the bigger growth, as has been the pattern all year.
Toyota Confirms Texas Move, Restructuring
The No.1 Japanese automaker is bringing together various U.S. units into one location in the Dallas suburbs.
Hyundai Comes Into Own With Genesis
Hyundai gives the second-generation Genesis a unique, if polarizing, face, and furthers the sedan’s reputation for being the best-for-the-buck entry in the Mid-Large Luxury segment.
Kia Sells Its Soul for Best Interior
The latest installment in our series on 2014 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors winners takes a look at the ’14 Kia Soul, the boldest and perhaps most bang-for-the-buck interior we’ve tested.
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