Christie Schweinsberg

Senior Editor,

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

Designing for Fun, Flexibility Seen as Light-Truck Trend
Unique audio systems, flexible, elder-friendly features are envisioned for the light-truck interiors of tomorrow.
Coffee, Denim-Based Composites Could Be Visible In Your Next Interior
Materials that are sustainable, low-emission and lightweight will be the focus on automotive interiors going forward, say panelists.
Honda Looks to Meet, Maintain Ridgeline Sales Record
The pickup’s best annual volume was 50,193, but Honda manufacturing capacity may need to be adjusted to keep that figure consistent.
Toyota Flat, Honda and Nissan Gain in April
Strong light-truck sales could’t offset depressed car deliveries for Toyota, while Honda cars and a smattering of Nissan products put those two automakers ahead of year-ago.
Lexus RX: Great Materials, Great Value 2
Our judges’ socks are knocked off by the ’16 RX 350’s lovely mix of materials and fantastic content, all for a relatively reasonable price.
Honda Civic: Interior Redemption
The 10th-generation Honda Civic makes us forget all about the disappointing ninth-gen model’s interior, thanks to upmarket materials and style not normally found in a C-car.
Infiniti QX Sport Hints at Next QX70
Coupe-like styling on the outside is paired with a multi-material black-and-white themed interior.
More Than Ever, CUVs Seen as Long-Term Trend
“I don’t think (CUV growth is) a temporary change. I don’t think that’s driven by gas prices, it’s driven by lifestyles,” says Hyundai U.S. CEO Dave Zuchowski.
Honda Expands Clarity Lineup With PHEV, EV
The new Clarity-based series of cars will inform development of electrified versions of core models going forward.
Hyundai Teaming Up With Cisco to Advance Connected Car Tech
A goal of the Hyundai and Cisco pact is the creation of a vehicle-simulation test environment via basic research cooperation.
Varroc Pushes Adaptive Drive Beam for U.S. 1
Studies show ADB improves visibility 98 ft. at speeds of 45 mph, giving a driver 1.3 seconds more time to react to obstacles in the road, Varroc says.
Toyota to Deploy Connected Vehicles in Ann Arbor
Toyota employees and their families will be invited to participate in AACVTE. Ann Arbor is home to technical centers for the automaker, as well as a design studio.
Word of Mouth, Marketing Fun Could Spur Electrified Vehicle Sales
Most people who drive the extended-range electric Chevy Volt find it fun and don’t extol its energy efficiency when surveyed, says GM’s Larry Nitz.
New Genesis Chief Embraces Hyundai’s Audacious Goals
Erwin Raphael, who joined Hyundai from the former Chrysler Corp. in 2009 to improve quality, is the first U.S. general manager of the automaker’s new luxury brand.
Origami, Kaizens Help Americans Build a Lexus
For Lexus’s first American-built car, it is relying on the skills of Toyota’s workforce in Georgetown, KY, home to the automaker’s oldest U.S. plant.


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