Christie Schweinsberg

Associated Editor,

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

New iA, iM Fresh Blood Scion Needs
New B- and C-cars have high-quality interior materials and scads of standard features most competitors lack, although their engines could benefit from more horsepower and torque.
Scion xB Calling It Quits
The first-generation xB is near-iconic and became the face of the Scion brand in its early years, but the second-generation model didn’t have the same acceptance.
Mirage Success Surprising Even to Mitsubishi
The Japanese automaker delivered roughly 12,000 Mirages through May, higher than the year-to-date volume of the Tesla Model S, BMW i3 and all Land Rovers.
Mitsubishi Sets Sights on 100,000 Mark, Reducing Fleet Sales
The Japanese automaker is in the midst of resurgence in the U.S., where sales have increased month-over-month for 15 straight months.
Kia, Hyundai Surpass Japanese Brands in Initial Quality
Porsche again leads the closely watched study, which finds voice-recognition systems still the area most perplexing to vehicle owners.
One-Third of Early HR-V Buyers New to Honda 1
The automaker’s new B-segment CUV outsold most competitors last month, including new entrants from Chevy and Jeep.
Honda Discontinues Civic Natural Gas, Hybrid, Accord PHEV
The automaker is prepping for a new generation of eco-friendly models, including a battery-electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid due by 2018 in the U.S.
Mitsubishi Plant Fate Could Be Decided This Year 3
The Japanese automaker’s sole North American plant exports about half its annual production, mostly to Russia which is experiencing a lengthy downturn.
Lentz Says Privacy Concerns Behind Ford Tie-Up
“Who controls (the) data (created by using these systems)? We believe it’s the customers,” Lentz says when asked why Toyota would not use Apple or Google systems.
Sonata Hybrid Doesn’t Raise MPG Bar, Plug-In Does
The next generation of Hyundai’s midsize hybrid sedan is just on par with the Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry, and underperforms the Honda Accord. The plug-in, thanks to its class-leading range, is a winner.
Mitsubishi Explores Going It Alone on Next-Gen Lancer
If talks fail with another potential C-car partner, a redesigned Lancer would be “another year behind,” says a Mitsubishi U.S. executive.
Mitsubishi Aims to Get on Radar With 100 Spokespeople Campaign
Each spokesperson is a character who represents a particular advancement of the ’16 Outlander CUV, such as a ballerina touting a recalibrated suspension and a plastic surgeon a redesigned front fascia.
AWD Genesis Lures Equus Buyers
The second-most-expensive Hyundai car is cannibalizing sales of the most-expensive Hyundai car, as all-wheel drive proves alluring to buyers in cold-weather markets.
Exports Drive Honda Move to Garmin Navigation
The Japanese automaker upgrades its infotainment offerings with more featured navigation from specialist Garmin, as well as song-rewind and station-mix capabilities from SiriusXM.
Hyundai Sticking to 760,000 Target, Sees More Tucson Inventory Next Year
Hyundai has increased its car sales more than the competition this year, but fallen behind the growth of light trucks.
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