Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Fear of Quality Missteps Keeps Titan Trickling Into Dealers
The second generation of Nissan’s fullsize pickup will be slowly filling dealer lots this year, with a wide variety of variants still to come.
Ghosn Takes Infiniti to Task
Ghosn won’t address whether Infiniti’s previously stated goal of achieving 500,000 global sales by 2020 still is in the cards.
Hyundai: We May Need to Incentivize Ioniq
“Nothing anymore sells itself, but the (low) fuel prices definitely create a situation where demand is lower than we’d like to see it,” Hyundai’s U.S. CEO says.
Nissan Reveals Gas-Engine Titan in New York
The second-gen Titan sees horsepower grow slightly from its 5.6L V-8 and later will add a new V-6 engine to the lineup.
Hyundai Gives Glimpse of Future Genesis Direction
Copper-colored accents inside and out, a 21-in. LG display screen and a user interface accepting swipes, circular motions and gestures are just a few of the luxury car’s features.
Impreza Sedan and Hatch Unwrapped in New York
The next generation of Subaru’s compact car lineup gets the brand’s all-new platform and design language, as well as direct injection of its 2.0L Boxer 4-cyl.
Ghosn Pulls Back on U.S. Share Goal
Nissan had been aiming to achieve 10% U.S. market share by the end of its next fiscal year in March 2017.
Acura Refreshes MDX, Adds Hybrid Powertrain
The MDX hybrid model should get 35 more horsepower and 7 mpg better city fuel economy than non-hybrid AWD grades.
Hyundai Ioniq Lineup Makes U.S. Debut
The Korean automaker’s Prius-fighting lineup includes hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric cars, based on the same compact platform as the new Kia Niro hybrid CUV.
Nissan Takes Wraps Off New, More Powerful GT-R
The Japanese automaker’s sportiest sports car gains 20 hp, better high-speed stability and reworked user interfaces.
Toyota Doubles Prius Plug-In Range
Toyota says the new Prius PHEV allows drivers to stay in EV mode in more situations. EV mode in the original Prius plug-in disengaged at speeds above 62 mph or with heavy throttle input.
Stronger, Lighter Cadenza Debuts
Major updates include a revision of the car’s tiger-nose grille, a new 8-speed automatic and a doubling of high-strength-steel body content.
Navigator Concept Hints at ʼ17 Production Model 1
The nautical-inspired large luxury SUV concept has over-the-top elements such as gull-wing doors, concertina steps and a “wardrobe management system.”
Sentra Snazzies Up
The Sentra improves for ’16 with an updated exterior and a heavily changed, more handsome interior.
New Infiniti Engine Makes Q50 Smoking Hot Ride
The new Nissan/Infiniti VR engine is a winner in the refreshed Q50 sport sedan but its neck-snapping gobs of torque, not 400 hp, is the real story.
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