Christie Schweinsberg

Associated Editor,

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

Smarter, Lighter, Stronger Materials Seen for Future Interiors
Graphene to create conductive surfaces and seats using glass fiber and carbon fiber hybrid structural components are just two ideas seen for tomorrow’s innovative interior materials.
When the Wind Tunnel Is Not Enough
Massachusetts firm Exa promotes aerodynamic software simulation for faster, less expensive and what it says are more accurate results.
No Risky Business for Nissan Murano
On paper, the Murano’s distinctive Jasper Pearlescent trim clearly looks like a risk, but it works for our judges.
Toyota Announces Mirai Dealers
Eight California Toyota dealers will begin taking orders for the hydrogen-fuel-cell sedan this summer.
The Minivan, Reborn
Great colors, materials, ergonomics and creature comforts (footrests!) make the ’15 Sedona quite possibly the ultimate minivan.
Civic Concept Excitement Will Make it to Production; 3-Cyl. Still Under Study
The Civic lineup again will include 2- and 4-door body styles, powered by a new 1.5L turbocharged gasoline engine, as well as a hatchback for the first time in a long time and a U.S. Type R for the first time ever.
Honda HR-V: Generous Interior Space Trumps So-So Powertrain
Honda’s newest CUV, the HR-V, should benefit greatly from the reputation the automaker has established with its CR-V, the best-selling midsize CUV in the U.S.
Toyota Interiors: They’re Getting There
Models tested this year show Toyota a step behind rivals when it comes to lovely interiors, with the Lexus RC 350 coupe narrowly missing the 2015 list.
Honda Targets 70,000 Annual Sales of New HR-V
The Japanese automaker’s targeted volume would put the HR-V on a par with the Subaru XV Crosstrek, the best-seller in WardsAuto’s Small CUV segment in 2014.
Capacity Constraining Honda CUV Sales
The Japanese automaker is awaiting measures that will free up more capacity for the Pilot and CR-V CUVs, the latter the No.1-selling CUV in the U.S.
Just Work, Damn It! 1
Editor Christie Schweinsberg details her annoyances with various interior features for this year’s judging, then takes an aspirin.
Honda Lauds Tesla, Outsiders, Says Industry Should Meet Silicon Valley Challenge
Honda’s vision for future mobility includes an idea that one-ups Tesla founder Elon Musk’s hyperloop concept of a train traveling in a vacuum tube from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than an hour.
J.D. Power: Consumers Safety-Minded, Gen Y Most Open to Spending on Tech
Blindspot detection and prevention, night vision and enhanced collision mitigation were three of the top five technologies most desired on their next vehicle by 5,300 new-vehicle owners surveyed.
SAE Panel: ICE, With Increasing Efficiency, Here to Stay
Technologies such as direct injection and variable valve timing have made the internal combustion engine very efficient, panelists concur.
Toyota Latest, Not Last to Expand Small-Car Production in Mexico
Toyota joins fellow Asian automakers Honda, Kia and Mazda adding capacity south of the border.
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