Christie Schweinsberg

Associated Editor,

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

LG Chem Details Cell-Making Process at Michigan Plant
To showcase the all-hands-on-deck nature of current operations and give some insight into the second-gen Volt’s lithium-ion cells, the Korean battery giant opens Holland’s doors to the media for a rare tour.
In the Future, Auto Cybersecurity Onus Could Be on Owners
A movement to shift liability for hacking to consumers already is under way in the banking industry, as data breaches and payouts increase.
Nissan IDS Concept Theoretically Doubles Leaf Range
Autonomous technology is a key element of the concept hatchback, whose cabin becomes more spacious in piloted drive as the steering wheel retracts into the instrument panel.
Lexus Reveals Fuel-Cell-Powered Hint at Next LS
The concept car carries automated technology similar to that of the Mercedes S-Class and gesture controls found in the latest BMW 7-Series.
Honda to Lease $64,000 Clarity FCV Next March in Japan
The cost is higher than the $57,500 price in Japan of Toyota’s rival Mirai sedan, which can be leased in the U.S. for $499 per month.
Kia Mum on Whether GT4 Stinger Among 22 Models Planned
While a performance car is an obvious hole in Kia’s lineup, the automaker’s chief U.S. product planner says as with any model a business case must be made for production.
Robust Volt Batteries Give GM Confidence in Bolt’s 200 Miles
GM surveyed 300 Volt owners after nearly three years of service and found they still were getting the car’s 35-mile EPA-estimated electric range and 15% were achieving 40 miles on battery power.
Kia Stays Course With Optima Styling
Kia takes an ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ approach to the appearance of its new Optima, fearing it could lose momentum with the midsize sedan with radically different sheetmetal.
Civic Duty Done: Compacts Reinvigorated
The 10th generation of Honda’s venerable C-car should be just the lifeblood the flat segment needs, with a fresh new look and great new turbo engine.
Civic Interior, Turbo Hard-Fought Wins as Americans Lead Development
The compact car’s interior direction was changed and its turbo engine pulled ahead, as the car’s platform for the first time was North American-led.
Despite Lost Sales, Infiniti Says Name Change Right Move
Waiting until a vehicle was all-new to change its name, or doing an ad campaign to communicate the name changes, are ways Infiniti could have improved the nomenclature switch, officials say.
Toyota Confirms Prius Battery Choices
Li-ions are the battery of choice for most EVs and some hybrids by other manufacturers, but up to now in the standard Prius Toyota only has offered NiMh batteries.
Honda Looks to Regain Compact Crown With New Civic
The Japanese automaker admits it became too focused on the North American market and matching softer-riding competitors such as the Toyota Corolla.
Lexus Breaks Ground With RX’s Wood and Aluminum Trim
A laser etches away sapele wood to reveal an aluminum sub-layer, an effect the Toyota luxury brand calls “distinctly original,” emphasizing the RX’s “peerless next-level design.”
Toyota Sees Strong September Driven by Highlander, RAV4
It’s becoming harder to fulfill light-truck demand, as sales have been at record levels in the past two months and September looks to be another strong month for the sector, Toyota’s Bill Fay says.

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