Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Infiniti Aims at BMW With Expanded Q50 Lineup
The Nissan luxury brand will offer four powertrain choices, up from two, in its compact-sport-sedan lineup in the U.S.
Hyundai: Worst of California Hydrogen Infrastructure Woes Over
The U.S. arm of the South Korean automaker expects roughly 40 refueling stations to be open by the end of the year in California, up from 11 currently.
Acura to Unveil New MDX in New York
“Substantial design enhancements,” plus new powertrain technology and added comfort and convenience features are on tap, the Honda near-luxury brand says.
Acura Designer: Buttons Like a Cassette Player
Are the physical ways to control the features of a vehicle passé? Yes, says Dave Marek, but they won’t be going away too soon.
Zuchowski Hopeful Genesis Execs Get Autonomy Needed
“I think it’ll work. The Korean (management is) very, very interested in this brand…to the point where they’ve made significant investment in people, and they are making them in product.”
Hyundai App Looks to Supplement, Eventually Replace Owner’s Manual 2
Information on refilling windshield-washer fluid, how to pair a smartphone and how to operate Hyundai’s Smart Trunk is included in a new Virtual Guide.
Elantra: Good Guts, Underwhelming Appearance
Improved ride and handling, powertrains and comfort are sullied by a lack of design flair, inside and out.
Automakers Lean on Celebrities, Music, Oddities for Super Bowl Commercials
Kevin Hart, Serena Williams, Christopher Walken and singing ducks and sheep are just some of those who make appearances in automaker Super Bowl 50 TV ads.
Toyota Axes Scion 3
The iA, iM and FR-S will become Toyotas, while the tC coupe is being discontinued and the forthcoming C-HR will be badged a Toyota next year upon its release.
Hyundai Targets Increased Truck Share in Year of Car Launches
Zuchowski says making the Santa Fe midsize CUV at the automaker’s Montgomery, AL, plant alleviates the issue of having to build cars the market may not want to keep the plant running at capacity.
Toyota Up 3.3% in January, Lexus Slumps
Toyota Div.’s entire light-truck lineup also had a best-ever result of 84,841, up 12.6% adjusted.
Civic Up, CUVs Down for Honda, Nissan Rises
The CR-V compact CUV and Pilot large CUV both were in the red last month, down 10.4% and 24.7%, respectively, with both also losing volume from January 2015.
Hyundai Exploring A-Segment CUV as Accent Hatch Replacement
A Kia Soul-like box, but smaller, is being looked at to capture the attention of millennials. The U.S. sales arm of the Korean automaker also promises an imminent announcement on a production Santa Cruz.
Nissan Promises More Engines, Studies Hatchback for Sentra 2
A choice of powertrains and different body styles would align Nissan more closely with other U.S. C-car competitors including Honda, Ford, Chevy, Hyundai, Kia and Subaru.
Lexus Sees Another Record Year, Explores New Markets
In 2015, the Toyota luxury brand delivered a record number of vehicles in the U.S., China and Europe.
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