Christie Schweinsberg

Associated Editor
WardsAuto

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

Articles by Christie Schweinsberg
Camry, RAV4, Tundra Power Up Toyota's March Sales
Thanks to the 4Runner, Highlander and RAV4, Toyota’s CUV/SUV segment had the best first quarter in company history, an executive says.
Honda Aims for Higher Lease Ratio
Honda has a much lower lease ratio, 25%, than Acura’s 40%-42%, a top company official says.
Toyota Canada Plants May Vote on Unionization as Early as Next Week
The Japanese automaker’s two vehicle-assembly plants in Canada could become their only unionized plants in North America.
Honda: Weather, Competitor Deals Hurt Accord 
The colder-than-average winter and the Altima's more generous rebates are two reasons for the Honda midsize car's underperformance this year, a company official says.
Chrysler Updates Sterling Heights' Plant Technology for 200 
Laser-brazing, an open-gate framer and a Quality Assurance Center are three processes or areas new to the suburban Detroit assembly plant.
Chrysler Sterling Heights Paint Shop Among Most Advanced 1
Auto-adjusting inspection lighting, a new type of conveyer system and recaptured air for spray booths are some of the innovations at the automaker’s remade Detroit-area assembly plant.
Hyundai Reveals Next-Gen Sonata in Korea
Softened sheet metal, a more angular interior look and refined ride and handling are key characteristics of the new midsize sedan, Hyundai says.
Toyota Settles With U.S. Government for $1.2 Billion
Part of the settlement is the requirement an independent monitor will review Toyota’s safety communication policies and procedures.
LG Chem Power Chief Worries About Too Little Capacity 
Future product programs by automakers are one source of Patil’s optimism, as is the choking pollution being seen in developing vehicle markets.
Chrysler Re-Opens Back-From-Brink Sterling Heights Plant
The investment provided badly needed updates, specifically in paint and body-assembly areas. An $850 million paint shop replaces 1980s and 1990s-era technology.
Whither Compact Cars?
While compact-car sales have slumped for six straight months, demand for compact CUVs has skyrocketed.
Kia Hybrid System Detailed in Geneva
An electric supercharger can increase power 15%-20% depending on the vehicle in which it’s placed, or it can be eliminated for easier packaging in small cars.
Subaru VIZIV 2 Concept Echoes Future CUV
The new concept pairs a 1.6L boxer diesel with direct-injection and turbocharging to three electric motors: one in front and two in the rear.
Japan Big Three Roll Out Youth-Focused Models in Geneva
Toyota’s Aygo A-segment car, Honda’s Civic Type R concept hatchback and Nissan’s new Juke CUV are unwrapped at the annual auto show.
Honda Yearns for TL-Like Success With TLX 
The brand hopes to return to volumes seen with its third-generation TL, which sold a record 78,218 units in 2005.
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