Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
'18 Hyundai Accent
Hyundai's subcompact car grows bigger and more featured in its fifth generation, while maintaining a basic but handsome exterior style.
VW Updates Infotainment Amid U.S. Sales Hot Streak
The refreshed Golf is the latest of VW’s U.S. models to get updated infotainment, while the brand’s U.S. sales are recovering from Dieselgate.
Hyundai Kona Could Arrive Early
The Korean automaker could use the sales infusion in the U.S. from its new subcompact CUV.
SEMA Sees Profit in Aftermarket ADAS 1
While at the OE level the price of ADAS technologies may be going down, and their availability across various model lines is going up, some still see aftermarket ADAS as necessary well into the future.
Hyundai’s First Twin-Turbo V-6 Arrives in G80, Stinger
The automaker’s direct-injected V-6, also bound for the smaller Genesis G70 sedan, features a sodium-filled stem and head on each exhaust valve, which the automaker says is an industry first among V-6s. The powertrain is one of more than 30 contenders in the 2018 Wards 10 Best Engines competition.
Electric, AI and Autonomous Feature Heavily in Tokyo
Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota and Lexus concepts feature one or more of the three technologies, while Mazda unveils new engine tech and Subaru hints at the next-generation WRX.
Continental: Speaker-less Audio Saves Weight 1
The German supplier has devised a way to take as much as 90% of the weight out of a traditional audio system.
GM Sees Less Downtime in 2018, Minus Pickups; Korea ‘Challenging’
GM shut down its pickup-truck assembly plants for six weeks in the just-ended third quarter to control inventory levels which ballooned in a slowing U.S. new-vehicle market.
Toyota Up, Cadillac Down, Chrysler and Tesla Rise in Consumer Reports’ Study
Transmission and infotainment problems were the top complaints in this year’s survey of vehicles by the publication’s readers.
Toyota Debuts Fuel-Cell Lounge Concept for Tokyo
Major exterior design cues include a diamond-shaped cabin (narrowing toward the rear of the vehicle, wider from the front to the center) and wheels pushed to the car’s four corners.
Japanese Growing CUV Dominance in U.S.
In calendar 2012, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler accounted for 11 of the top 15 best-selling light trucks in the U.S. Through 2017’s first three quarters, the Detroit brands occupied nine of the top 15 slots.
Are You Sure You Really Want to Do That? 1
Yes, voice assistant lady or man, I want you to set the destination I’ve requested and tell me how to get there.
Conti Sees Driver Analyzer as Automated-Driving Bridge
A camera, in conjunction with image-processing software and infrared sensors, looks at a driver’s eyes, mouth and even ears to judge his or her attentiveness.
Hyundai to Offer Money-Back Guarantee in Online Push
Shopper Assurance takes the car-buying process more online, something all brands are striving to do but perhaps not under an official program endorsed by the OEM.
Suppliers Aim to Turbocharge Connectivity
C-V2X, 5G and HDBaseT are just some of the technologies being targeted for speeding up and expanding data transfers between vehicles, infrastructure and the cloud.
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