Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Acura RDX Prototype Revealed
A new body, platform, engine and transmission, as well as a thorough rework of the brand’s center stack, can be found on the next-gen CUV.
Nissan Unveils XMotion Concept SUV
Elements of Japanese design and nature are prominent in the SUV’s appearance, including an image of Mt. Fuji that is revealed when the third-row door is opened.
Lexus Hints at Flagship CUV with Limitless Concept
The luxury brand describes the look of the LF-1 Limitless concept as fusing “the organic shapes of liquid metal with the sharp edges of a traditional Japanese sword.”
2018 Winner: Kia Stinger 3.3L Twin-Turbo V-6
The new engine has 376 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,300-4,500 rpm, making entering freeways and passing slow-moving trucks a breeze.
Toyota, Mazda Confirm Alabama Home to New Plant 1
Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda infers the automaker’s 15-year presence in Huntsville, where it has operated a 700,000-unit annual capacity engine-manufacturing plant since 2003, played a key role in the automaker selecting the city.
ZF Advances ProAI Controller, Announces Customer
The 102-year-old German supplier further moves away from its traditional businesses, announcing an unnamed Chinese automaker will install its ProAI supercomputer in a vehicle with Level 3 autonomous driving features for the Chinese market.
Toyota Closes Out Flat 2017 With December Decline
For the first time in 28 years the Camry wasn’t Toyota’s best-selling model, although it had a record December.
Infiniti Q Concept Partially Revealed
The concept car, showcasing Infiniti’s new design language, will be unveiled at this month’s Detroit auto show.
Titan V-6 Intro Date Unclear; Return of Xterra?
A smaller engine option for the Titan could be tied to the debut of the new Frontier, while Millennial males represent an opportunity to introduce another off-road model.
Improving Dealer Relations Tops Hyundai Exec’s To-Do List
In a WardsAuto Q&A, Hyundai Motor America’s new COO Brian Smith speaks about improving dealer confidence and decreasing use of incentives.
Infiniti Hopes to Maintain QX80 Volume in Face of New Navigator
The brand hopes the QX80 will continue to sell roughly 1,000 units per month in the U.S., given the updates to the SUV and how it will be priced.
Mitsubishi Looking for Synergies With Nissan, Targets Growth
Figuring out how and when the two automakers will share features and technology still is being determined, although some non-vehicle changes already have occurred.
Hyundai: New Korean CEO Should Alleviate Inventory Issues
Reducing car inventory is high on new Hyundai Motor America COO Brian Smith’s to-do list.
Nissan Targeting High Kicks Volume Despite No AWD
The Juke-replacement Kicks originated as a CUV for the Brazilian market, where it appeals to families, so changes had to be made for the U.S.
Lexus Studying UX Small CUV for U.S.
Geared toward Europe, the diminutive Lexus UX concept is expected to be revealed as a production model at March’s Geneva auto show.
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Feb 23, 2018
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