Christie Schweinsberg

Associated Editor,

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

Toyota Announces RAV4 Hybrid to Join Lineup
The RAV4 becomes the Toyota brand’s fourth hybrid version of a standard model in the U.S., joining the Camry, Highlander and Avalon hybrids.
More Power, Bang for the Buck Elevate ILX
Acura finally gets the formula for the ILX correct, with right engine at the right price.
Scion iM, iA on Tap for New York Show
Scion, suffering from a lack of new models, has seen sales slide in recent years. The last all-new Scion was the niche FR-S sports car, which debuted in spring 2012.
Popular Cars See Inventories Bloat 1
Honda’s Civic and Hyundai’s Elantra and Sonata used to fly off dealer lots, but this year the models are lingering, with days’ supply of the Civic and Sonata exceeding 100.
Honda Working on Better Recall Strategy
Broad-based media campaigns may be used to reach owners of older vehicles, but that isn’t always a perfect approach either, as some owners may not speak English.
Honda: Not Concerned Whether Overtaken By Nissan 2
Although last year Honda delivered 100,000 more units in the U.S. than Nissan, this year Nissan is ahead of its Japanese rival, selling 201,226 units through February vs. Honda’s 182,676.
Toyota: 4Runner and Highlander to Fill Venza Void
In 2014, Venza sales fell 16.3% to 29,991 units, while 4Runner and Highlander deliveries rose 49.0% and 14.5%, respectively.
Toyota Sees Biggest Increase Since August 2013 1
Toyota’s February increase could be put down to light trucks, sales of which increased at the Toyota and Lexus brands.
Lexus Hints at Subcompact CUV with LF-SA Concept
The concept has seating for four, but with a driver-centric layout to emphasize the fact drivers at most times are the sole occupant in urban vehicles.
Acura Piloting Mystery Customer Satisfaction Program 1
Acura already performs well on third-party surveys of customer-retail experiences, but a brand official says how luxury vehicle owners are treated is where the sector’s winners and losers will be determined.
Honda Expects to Make Up Lost Output; OK With February Sales Results 1
Only two Honda North American plants were not back to full production as of the middle of last week, both building the inventory-rich Civic compact car.
Recall Completion Rates Steadily Improving
Analysis by SRR shows from 2004 through 2013 the percentage of recalls completed rose from 75% on average to roughly 79%.
Infiniti QX30 Breaks Cover Ahead of Geneva Debut
The QX30 is part of Infiniti’s 2-pronged approach to the burgeoning entry-luxury segment.
Bartsch Out at Infiniti
New Infiniti Vice President Randy Parker is the third leader for the Nissan luxury brand in the U.S. in three years.
Acura Ups Luxury Content for Refreshed RDX
A new high-end grade is added for ’16, and includes such items as remote-engine start, rain-sensing wipers and parking sensors.
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