Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Associated Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Subaru Targets Modest U.S. Sales Increase in 2015 1
The wait for added capacity at the brand’s sole U.S. plant, in Lafayette, IN, means growth won’t be as high as in recent years.
After Disappointing 2014, Hyundai Looks to Correct Mix Imbalance
Insufficient supply of light-truck models negatively impacted Hyundai’s 2014 U.S. sales, including its ability to incentivize its cars.
Hyundai to Redesign Sonata After Lackluster Start
The old Sonata’s exterior was “free advertising,” which Hyundai doesn’t get now with the ’15 Sonata, says U.S. CEO Dave Zuchowski.
New Honda EV, Plug-in Due by 2018
The new plug-in hybrid will be a dedicated model, Honda says, while the electric vehicle will be all-new.
Lexus Rolls Out Performance GS F Sedan 1
The mid-large sedan is the newest effort to establish Lexus as a serious performance competitor to BMW’s M, Mercedes’ AMG.
Nissan’s Ghosn: 2015 Will Be Tough Year in U.S.
Stiff competition will make every sale a hard-fought battle, says the Japanese automaker’s chief.
Hyundai Unveils Santa Cruz Crossover Pickup Concept
After more research than Hyundai says it ever has done on a concept, the Santa Cruz boasts some unique features, namely an extendable tailgate.
Next-Gen Hyundai Sonata, All-New Sonata Plug-In Revealed
Hyundai claims a 10% fuel-economy improvement with its Sonata hybrid, while the new Sonata plug-in hybrid will have better range than Accord, Fusion.
Next-Gen Toyota Tacoma Unveiled
A new 3.5L V-6 replaces the 4.0L V-6 in the outgoing Tacoma and has Toyota’s port- and direct-injection D-4S system.
Production Acura NSX Revealed in Detroit
The NSX has a carbon-fiber floor, and body panels are a mix of aluminum and sheet molding composite.
Nissan Unwraps Long-Awaited Titan Truck
The first model to go on sale late this year will be the Titan XD, which, depending on its configuration, classifies as medium-duty pickup per EPA standards.
Infiniti Gives Pre-Show Peek at Q60 Concept
The car has a variety of human-centric touches, including filaments of LEDs in its headlamps, which mimic the “lines of the iris radiating from the pupil.”
Lexus: No Expiration Date on Spindle Grille
The prominent and controversial nose of the luxury brand’s models will evolve as Lexus sees fit, says designer Yasuo Kajino.
Toyota Expects Slight Uptick in Sales in 2015
Toyota’s North American CEO gives his thoughts on what cheap gas means for the green automaker, why he likes the Mirai and why a repeat of 2008 is not in the cards for the industry.
Nissan’s Diaz: Sustainable Growth Mantra for 2015
“We don’t want to grow, and grow the wrong way, by giving our vehicles away,” says Nissan’s U.S. sales chief of this year.
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