Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Associated Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
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.
Danger Awaits If Driving Experience Doesn’t Mimic Personal Tech
As learning new technology comes to some buyers more naturally than others, automakers need to find ways to mimic the easy-to-use interface found in personal communication devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
Danger Awaits If Driving Experience Doesn’t Mimic Personal Tech
As learning new technology comes to some buyers more naturally than others, automakers need to find ways to mimic the easy-to-use interface found in personal communication devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
Kia Expects Only “Refinement” of Optima; GT4 Stinger Still on Table
Kia’s U.S. chief marketer believes the midsize Optima sedan, which was last new in late 2010 for ’11, won’t stray far from its current look.
Hyundai Kia Reconsidering Diesels for U.S.
Hurdles surrounding the engine technology aren’t necessarily gone but are better understood, a senior Hyundai/Kia official says.
Kia Electrifies Our Soul
Kia finally gives the U.S. market a roomy, affordable EV whose adventurous exterior reflects the fun-to-drive nature beneath its sheet metal.
Twenty Years On, Kia Finds Perception Changes Slowly 4
The Korean brand’s U.S. executives are finding the public’s perception doesn’t change as quickly as the speed at which it collects industry accolades.
EPA: Most Automakers Gain in ’13 Fuel Economy
Mazda repeated from ’12 as the top manufacturer, with a fleet average of 28.1 mpg (8.4 L/100 km), up from 27.1 mpg (8.7 L/100 km).
Honda Brings Advanced-Safety Tech to Mass-Market CR-V 
Six advanced technologies, including adaptive cruise control and collision-mitigation braking, will be standard on a new Touring grade of the CUV.
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