Christie Schweinsberg

Associated Editor,

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

New Tacoma Shines Off-Road But Not a Slam-Dunk Truck
The latest iteration of Toyota’s best-selling pickup not surprisingly maintains its tough and rugged image, but falls shy of the GM twins in various attributes.
Renault-Nissan and Daimler Break Ground on Mexico Manufacturing Plant
The automakers are investing $1 billion in the COMPAS JV, which will have an initial production capacity of more than 230,000 vehicles annually.
Lexus Targets German Brands With New RX F Sport
Performance enhancements for the fourth-generation CUV boost the F Sport trim level beyond just an appearance package.
Toyota Advances D4S With Self-Cleaning Feature on Tacoma 2
Drivers may hear the self-cleaning taking place during a hot idle, and the process could last from 10 seconds to as long as 10 minutes, depending on driving patterns and the amount of build-up on the injectors.
Lexus NX Supply to Remain Static; Dealers ‛Emotional’ Over LS Decline
Toyota builds the NX in Kyushu, Japan, for 89 markets and in 2015 could allot only about 40,000 units for export to the U.S.
EFG, Northwood Team Up for F&I Competition
Six teams of Northwood junior and senior automotive marketing and management undergrads will compete for $25,000 this fall.
Toyota: Tacoma Demand, Loyalty Stand Up to New GM Trucks 1
A Toyota official credits the Colorado and Canyon for some of the Tacoma’s 19.7% increase through July, saying the GM models have reignited interest in the segment.
Lexus's Segment Share Undercut Without 3-Row RX
Lexus’s Jeff Bracken says the Toyota luxury brand could make an announcement soon on a 3-row RX, seemingly confirming reports of the CUV’s existence.
Interiors Uncertainty Could Benefit Lear, CEO Says
“Everybody’s trying to figure out where the business goes as far as Johnson Controls,” Lear’s Simoncini says.
China Taking Intellectual Property Issues More Seriously 
Western companies are winning IP challenges in China as judges in the country become more knowledgeable and sophisticated on the matter.
Green Cars No Lost Cause…Or Are They? 2
While broccoli is good for people, they’d rather have doughnuts, much in the same way new-car buyers would rather drive light trucks than fuel-efficient small cars or hybrids, says Honda dealer Forrest McConnell III.
Lexus Piloting Negotiation-Free Sales 3
Negotiation-free, no-hassle car-buying already is in place, and has been for years, at Lexus’ sister brand Scion, where it is called Pure Price.
Have We Not Learned Our Lesson?
Industry analyst Michael Robinet says automakers once again lack enough flexibility, only this time it’s for cars and CUVs.
Hyundai Looks to Expand Tucson FCV Reach Despite Refueling Woes
The South Korean automaker’s U.S. sales and marketing arm may add dealers of its Tucson fuel-cell vehicle in Northern California, as Southern California owners express frustration with unreliable hydrogen pumps.
Panel: Styling Still Matters When Self-Drivers Hit in 2025-2030
Vehicle design is “still part of who you are,” Denso’s Patton says, no matter if you’re behind the wheel or asleep in the backseat.
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