Christie Schweinsberg

Associated Editor,

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

Toyota Slumps in September, Falls to Fourth Place
A 60% decline in fleet deliveries last month harmed the No.1 Japanese brand’s sales, while Lexus continued its hot streak.
Lincoln Posts Best September in Four Years, but Ford Declines
The continued planned reduction in daily-rental fleet sales was the culprit behind many nameplate declines in September, Ford says.
Kia: Strikes Won’t Impact Inventory Like Last Year
Strikes at Kia’s plants in Korea are less severe than those a year ago, and shouldn’t impact the brand’s U.S. days’ supply too much, says a top U.S. Kia official.
Kia Sees Growth Opportunities With New Sedona 
The U.S. sales and marketing arm of the Korean automaker says it may be possible to return to the volumes it enjoyed with the minivan a decade ago.
Acura Relies on ZF for TLX Transmission  2
While parent company Honda is known for its engineering prowess, a ZF 9-speed automatic “was the best way to go” for the TLX, says the car’s chief engineer.
Honda, Toyota Play Catch-Up on Automated Driving Tech
The top two Japanese automakers demonstrate their latest automated technologies, with an eye toward a 2020 launch.
BMW’s Krüger to Head Infiniti
Krüger’s stint at BMW spanned from 1998, when he was hired as manager-Strategic Product Planning, to 2013, when he became senior vice president of the German sales region.
Infiniti’s Bartsch on Brewing Product Storm
The Nissan luxury brand’s top U.S. sales executive says while the brand is waiting for new product to arrive it is getting its design DNA in order.
Hefty Increase in RAV4 Sales Powers Toyota to Record August
Economic indicators give Toyota confidence heading into the fourth quarter, when its North American production will be the highest in seven years.
Infiniti: De Nysschen Departure Doesn't Slow Us Down
While the South African-born auto executive was executing a "mission and vision," it was a mission and a vision developed by Nissan’s top two executives.
TLX: Acura’s New-Old Car
The TLX is Acura’s new, technology-rich midsize sedan, but it looks a lot like the models it replaces, not a good thing when needing to stand out in a segment that is shrinking.
Infiniti Q40 Name to Stick Around; EV Intro Date Fuzzy
The car formerly known as the G37 is set to exit the lineup next year, but the name will live on, although on what type of vehicle is unclear.
ATS Coupe Another Compelling Cadillac
The new 2-door variant of the brand’s midsize sport sedan is a winner, and should draw more attention to the struggling ATS lineup.
Honda Calling Back ’15 Fits for Bumper Fix
Honda discovered welding wasn’t up to snuff after the Fit rated “marginal” in the most recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety small-overlap test.
Acura Looks to Get Back on Track
MDX growth of 55.5% and RLX gain of 7.1% through July were in stark contrast to the brand’s other models, which all posted declines.
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