Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Associated Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
One-Third of Early HR-V Buyers New to Honda 1
The automaker’s new B-segment CUV outsold most competitors last month, including new entrants from Chevy and Jeep.
Honda Discontinues Civic Natural Gas, Hybrid, Accord PHEV
The automaker is prepping for a new generation of eco-friendly models, including a battery-electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid due by 2018 in the U.S.
Mitsubishi Plant Fate Could Be Decided This Year 3
The Japanese automaker’s sole North American plant exports about half its annual production, mostly to Russia which is experiencing a lengthy downturn.
Lentz Says Privacy Concerns Behind Ford Tie-Up
“Who controls (the) data (created by using these systems)? We believe it’s the customers,” Lentz says when asked why Toyota would not use Apple or Google systems.
Sonata Hybrid Doesn’t Raise MPG Bar, Plug-In Does
The next generation of Hyundai’s midsize hybrid sedan is just on par with the Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry, and underperforms the Honda Accord. The plug-in, thanks to its class-leading range, is a winner.
Mitsubishi Explores Going It Alone on Next-Gen Lancer
If talks fail with another potential C-car partner, a redesigned Lancer would be “another year behind,” says a Mitsubishi U.S. executive.
Mitsubishi Aims to Get on Radar With 100 Spokespeople Campaign
Each spokesperson is a character who represents a particular advancement of the ’16 Outlander CUV, such as a ballerina touting a recalibrated suspension and a plastic surgeon a redesigned front fascia.
AWD Genesis Lures Equus Buyers
The second-most-expensive Hyundai car is cannibalizing sales of the most-expensive Hyundai car, as all-wheel drive proves alluring to buyers in cold-weather markets.
Exports Drive Honda Move to Garmin Navigation
The Japanese automaker upgrades its infotainment offerings with more featured navigation from specialist Garmin, as well as song-rewind and station-mix capabilities from SiriusXM.
Hyundai Sticking to 760,000 Target, Sees More Tucson Inventory Next Year
Hyundai has increased its car sales more than the competition this year, but fallen behind the growth of light trucks.
Hyundai: Light-Truck Relief Likely With Santa Cruz, Small CUV
A compact pickup based on a Detroit auto show concept vehicle and an all-new B-segment CUV are near-certainties for the South Korean brand’s U.S. lineup.
Honda Pilot: Great Powertrain, Compromised Interior
Honda’s 3-row CUV is all-new for ’16, but despite a more powerful V-6 and excellent automatic transmission, feels like a step backward as several interior elements are cheapened.
Hyundai U.S. Chief: NA Capacity Announcement in 60-90 Days
Two possibilities include an expansion of Hyundai's Montgomery, AL, plant or Kia assembling some Hyundais at its forthcoming Mexico plant.
Detroit Three, Nissan Supplier Relations Worsen
If FCA, Ford, GM and Nissan had achieved the same rise in the WRI ranking as Honda and Toyota, the four automakers collectively would have posted an estimated $2.02 billion higher operating income in 2014.
FCA’s Busse Finds Inspiration Outside Industry
The splatter from a paintball, a genuine Texas Ranger’s badge, the warm lights of the Middle East and Lake Michigan stones are just some elements that have influenced recent FCA interiors.
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