Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Hyundai to Offer Money-Back Guarantee in Online Push
Shopper Assurance takes the car-buying process more online, something all brands are striving to do but perhaps not under an official program endorsed by the OEM.
Suppliers Aim to Turbocharge Connectivity
C-V2X, 5G and HDBaseT are just some of the technologies being targeted for speeding up and expanding data transfers between vehicles, infrastructure and the cloud.
Embedded Navigation to Stick Around, Say Panelists 3
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay aren’t as easy to use as some car buyers may think, embedded-navigation-system suppliers say.
September U.S. Sales Rise for Toyota, Honda and Nissan
The Big Three Japanese automakers all saw positive results in the month of September, with CUVs fueling Toyota, cars driving Honda and a mix propelling Nissan.
Lear Seating Breaks Ground in Flint
This will be the supplier’s first new automotive seating facility in the state in 25 years, and Flint’s first new greenfield auto-supplier plant in 30 years.
CX-5’s Displays, ACC Dazzle
Mazda’s midsize CUV packs a lot of punch for $34,000, landing on our 2017 Wards 10 Best UX list as a winner.
New Accent Launching Amid B-Car Slump
Subcompact cars have experienced the steepest decline of any light-vehicle size class this year, but Hyundai wants to keep its used-car alternative around.
No Silver Bullet for Lightweighting
Lightweighting struggles will continue to weigh on the industry in the absence of new materials, and any dialing back of the CAFE 2025 goals will have no impact, say panelists.
Toyota Advances Autonomous Development
The Japanese automaker is targeting 2020 for launching vehicles with automated-driving technology suitable for highway driving.
Toyota Localizing Hybrid Transaxle Production in U.S.
Work on the facilities begins this year with a scheduled completion date of 2020.
Hyundai Europe Keeping Eye on Chinese Brands
The Korean automaker, which entered the European market 17 years ago, has its sights set on becoming the No.1 Asian brand in the region by 2021.
PSA Figuring Out Branding, Wary of Electrification Regulations
Picking one technology “means you are preventing the societies from getting the benefit of having the creative power of all the scientific divisions of all the carmakers in the world,” says PSA CEO Tavares.
Hybrids Propel Toyota in Europe
Toyota has become synonymous with the word ‘hybrid’ in Europe, and that’s not a fluke, says a top official.
Honda Begins Next-Gen Accord Production
Honda also is investing $149 million at its Russells Point, OH, and Tallapoosa, GA, plants for the new Accord’s 10-speed automatic.
Ford Europe Sees Growth, Struggles With Diesel Shift
Ford’s sales in the region are up this year thanks to a heavily refreshed lineup, while the consumer shift away from diesel is keeping it on its toes.
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