Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Acura Aims for Easier, Faster Interfaces
A capacitive vs. resistive touchscreen, redone graphics, rearranged hard buttons and faster access to satellite radio stations are new to the ’18 Acura midsize sedan’s infotainment system.
Lexus LC 500: Risk Rewarded 1
Soft tan leather and Alcantara everywhere. Beautiful sculpted trim and surfaces. Ordinary elements made eye-catching. Our judges find so much to love about Lexus’s bold new coupe.
Acura Studying CDX for U.S.
There are only four models in WardsAuto’s U.S. Small Luxury CUV segment, from Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Infiniti and Mercedes, but growth is projected.
Acura MDX More Sport Than Hybrid, But Compelling
Garnering 8 mpg more in city driving than its non-hybrid brother, and priced thousands below other green competitors that don’t handle as well, Acura’s new hybrid CUV should do well for the brand.
Honda Prepping New Ohio Wind Tunnel
The Japanese automaker will be making the new facility available to others as it notes it will have four secure bays.
Consumer Trust in Automated Tech Waning, Gen Z Embracing Mobility 2
The results of J.D. Power’s third annual Tech Choice study reveal a declining interest in automated tech by all generations save for Gen Y.
Honda Planning Short-Wheelbase Pilot 1
The strategy should allow customers to get into a Pilot at a lower price. For instance, Hyundai’s 2-row Santa Fe begins $5,000 below its 3-row version.
Genesis Reveals Fuel-Cell SUV Concept in NY
Key design features include a spine running through the center of the SUV from front to back, a diamond-mesh grille, wide-set horizontal quad headlamps and 23-in. mesh alloy wheels.
Hyundai Brings Refreshed Sonata to New York
Hyundai updates the car’s styling for ’18, bringing it visually closer to the sixth-generation model that put the brand on U.S. buyers' radar.
Honda Details Clarity PHEV, EV, Targets 75,000 U.S. Sales
The automaker calls for a 42-mile electric range for the plug-in Clarity and an 80-mile range for the Clarity EV.
Toyota Takes Wraps Off Urban 4X4 Concept
Vertical- and horizontal-opening tailgate doors, rotating door handles and vents, color-coded interior bins and removable lighting and audio system are key functional and design elements of the small CUV concept.
Kia Rio Gets U.S. Unveil
Both sedan and 5-door body styles grow modestly in overall length, but the slight increase boosts their wheelbases and improves interior volume.
Acura Expands AWD, Adds Sport Grade in TLX Refresh
A new A-Spec trim, with red leather or black Alcantara seats and door inserts, is new for ’18.
Infiniti Looks to Next QX80 With Monograph Concept
Horizontal lines, satin-copper skin, a wider and taller version of Infiniti’s double-arch grille and the brand’s signature human-eye headlamps are some of the vehicle’s design elements.
At Subaru, Design Now a Priority 2
“We’ve made great cars, but not necessarily the most beautiful. Now they’re really going to be emotionally appealing, to a level they haven’t been before,” a Subaru designer says.
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