Christie Schweinsberg

Associated Editor,

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

Lexus Unwraps Topless Roadster Concept in L.A.
Multilayered paint over various planes, edges and curves create different characters when viewed in differing lighting conditions, designer Yasuo Kajino says.
Nissan: Mexico Supply Base Ready for Luxury
The Japanese automaker has been manufacturing in the country since 1961 and uses a local management team.
Lentz: Cheap Gas Shouldn’t Harm Mirai, Prius; 2015 Sales Up Slightly
“But I think in the long run, when everyone is trying to sell (FCVs) in fairly large volume, it would be problematic to have a huge drop in fuel price,” Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz says.
Toyota Prices Mirai at $57,500
A certain subset of fuel-cell vehicle intenders want to own, not lease, new-technology vehicles, a top Toyota official says.
Honda Next-Gen FCV Now Due in 2016 in Japan
The technical specifications of the latest Honda concept closely mimic those of last year’s L.A. show vehicle, including a range of 300 miles.
Toyota in Partnership for Northeast Hydrogen Stations, Names FCV Mirai
The Japanese automaker is partnering with Air Liquide of France for 12 hydrogen stations spread across Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.
Nissan’s Martin on Going Miles and Miles and How They Got That Look
The Japanese automaker’s North American manufacturing chief discusses lessons learned in his stints overseas and shaking down the new Murano.
Nissan Ready to Satiate Americans’ CUV Appetite
With the launch of Murano production in Mississippi, and assembly of the Rogue CUV in nearby Smyrna, TN, Nissan is well-positioned for the move away from cars to CUVs, a senior manufacturing official says.
Kia Sedona Still a Minivan, But a Good One
Kia’s first new Sedona is nearly nine years is an intriguing, modern interpretation of the family workhorse.
Nissan Begins Murano Production in U.S.
Some 1,300 jobs, including 400 supplier positions, have been added at Canton to support production of the Murano, whose first generation launched in 2002 as an ’03 model in Japan.
Toyota Sees Best October in Seven Years
Light trucks and the Camry were strong for Toyota last month, while Lexus sees its weakest result of the year and Scion continues to struggle.
Hyundai/Kia to Pay $360 Million Penalty for 2012 MPG, Emissions Restatements
The U.S. arm of Hyundai blames erroneous fuel-economy ratings from ’11-’13 on a “data processing error” and the faulty “regulatory interpretation” related to coastdown testing as the method used to calculate a vehicle’s resistance or road load.
Inside Toyota’s North American Crash-Test Facility 
Roughly 700 tests have been conducted at the automaker’s sole crash-test facility outside Japan since its August 2008 opening.
Toyota Sticking With Album Art for Now
A Toyota engineer says he and his colleagues in infotainment keep tabs on what the public is saying about the feature, and notes feedback presently is divided.
Kia: Soul EV Not a Compliance Car 
When sales expand beyond California is not determined, but Kia is hopeful it won’t be long based on customer chatter and demand for its non-EV Soul.
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