Christie Schweinsberg

Senior Editor,

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

Lexus Hopes JM Participation a Boon to Plus Program
The time may be optimal for non-negotiable pricing to take hold, says JM Lexus’ Jim Dunn, as Internet-connected smartphones have changed the car-buying process.
Bose Wants to Clear Up the Cabin
The audio-system supplier wants to filter out unwanted or annoying noises heard during phone calls and dictation.
Lexus UX Unveiled, Due in U.S. in December
New predictive technology is debuting for the first time on a Lexus hybrid, which learns a driver’s behavior, such as when he or she slowed or stopped in the past on a given route, to optimize charging and discharging of the battery.
Toyota Supra Concept Unwrapped in Geneva
Composite material is used to craft the car’s hood, bumpers, side skirts, rear wing, door mirror housings, front splitter and rear diffuser.
Prediction Missing Link for AVs, Toyota Says 1
Humans intuit teenagers on a corner attempting to cross a street may cross against the light, while a woman pushing a child in a stroller is more likely to obey the signal.
Toyota Climbs 4.5% in February, Honda and Nissan Fall
While the RAV4 and Rogue midsize CUVs powered Toyota and Nissan’s February, Honda saw a decline in CR-V deliveries.
Kia Says Cars Not Dead; Stinger Brand, A-CUV, Pickup Not on Table
“I think for a lot of folks going all the way down to an HR-V or a Trax or Soul doesn’t work for them,” says Kia’s chief U.S. product planner of why C-cars will endure.
Acura Touchpad Aims to Cut Confusion, Distraction
The new touchpad – lying horizontal in the center console, in easy reach with the driver’s right hand – aims to improve ease-of-use by corresponding directly to the screen: Touching the electronic pad is like touching the actual screen.
Hyundai Unveils Refreshed Sonata Hybrids, Expands Shopper Assurance
Redesigned front and rear fascias, a reworked center stack inside the car and added standard safety equipment are new for the ’18 model-year Sonata hybrid and plug-in hybrid.
Acura Aims for Slow and Steady Growth in 2018 and Beyond
A senior brand official is hopeful refreshes and variants, as well as the third-gen RDX, can stimulate sales.
Infiniti QX50 Fast, Fun
A torque-y new turbo 4-cyl., dialed-in ride-and-handling and a well-done interior are the high points of Infiniti’s second-generation midsize CUV.
Toyota, Nissan Sales Rise in January
Rising sales of light trucks, specifically midsize CUVs, once again were responsible for the vast majority of each automaker's monthly increase.
Infiniti: VC-Turbo Could Pair Well With Electrification
Infiniti is promoting the 4-cyl. VC-Turbo as giving V-6-like output but with the fuel economy of a 4-cyl.
Price Point, Interior Make QX80 Compelling
Infiniti’s 7 ½-year-old large SUV tries to keep pace against the fresh threat of the appealing new Lincoln Navigator.
Kia: Announcement on Telluride Due as Sportage, Sorento Decline
Sorento buyers, especially those with teenage kids and their associated gear, need more space, says a senior U.S. Kia executive.

Mar 8, 2018

Toyota Camry Hybrid 2.5L Atkinson 4-Cyl. – 2018 Award Acceptance

Masashi Hakariya, project manager-engine development at Toyota, accepts award for Toyota Camry Hybrid at 2018 Wards 10 Best Engines ceremony....More


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