Christie Schweinsberg

Associated Editor,

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

Kia Debuts Soul-Based Trail’ster Hybrid Concept
The latest in a line of funky Soul concepts has a 2-tone color scheme, canvas rollback roof and uses an e-AWD system.
Acura Looks to Jump Start ILX With More Power for Less Money
The 2.4L direct-injected DOHC I-4 base engine has 51 more horsepower than the outgoing model’s 2.0L SOHC I-4.
Priorities Keep Eau Rouge, EVs Off Infiniti’s Table
Getting higher-volume, more mainstream models such as the Q30 compact car and Q60 midsize coupe launched take precedence, says a brand official.
Infiniti Hopes for Steady Sales in Year with No Product Launches
The all-new Q30 and a redesigned Q60 won’t arrive until 2016, but a new ad agency, refreshed versions of the Q70 and QX80, plus a new 4-cyl. for the Q50, should help stabilize 2015 sales.
New Murano: Skip the RX, for Thousands Less 1
The third-gen Murano has a sedate ride, above-average handling and an interior upmarket in both appearance and features, all for thousands less than a Lexus RX.
Acura Hopes for Enthusiasts Return With NSX, Ponders HR-V Derivative 5
Acura expects the NSX to draw in customers to its entire lineup, as the supercar once again casts a design and performance halo.
Nissan Planning for Post-EV-Incentives World
Renegotiating the quota for federal EV credits and making the Leaf more attractive are areas Nissan is exploring.
Honda: Old Pilot Hurt Us Last Year
The Japanese automaker’s midsize CUV is almost seven years old, and last year its volume fell 14.1% from 2013.
Subaru Targets Modest U.S. Sales Increase in 2015 1
The wait for added capacity at the brand’s sole U.S. plant, in Lafayette, IN, means growth won’t be as high as in recent years.
After Disappointing 2014, Hyundai Looks to Correct Mix Imbalance
Insufficient supply of light-truck models negatively impacted Hyundai’s 2014 U.S. sales, including its ability to incentivize its cars.
Hyundai to Redesign Sonata After Lackluster Start
The old Sonata’s exterior was “free advertising,” which Hyundai doesn’t get now with the ’15 Sonata, says U.S. CEO Dave Zuchowski.
New Honda EV, Plug-in Due by 2018
The new plug-in hybrid will be a dedicated model, Honda says, while the electric vehicle will be all-new.
Lexus Rolls Out Performance GS F Sedan 1
The mid-large sedan is the newest effort to establish Lexus as a serious performance competitor to BMW’s M, Mercedes’ AMG.
Nissan’s Ghosn: 2015 Will Be Tough Year in U.S.
Stiff competition will make every sale a hard-fought battle, says the Japanese automaker’s chief.
Hyundai Unveils Santa Cruz Crossover Pickup Concept
After more research than Hyundai says it ever has done on a concept, the Santa Cruz boasts some unique features, namely an extendable tailgate.
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