Christie Schweinsberg

Associated Editor,

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

Honda to Match Competitor Timing on Autonomous Vehicles
The Japanese automaker up to this point has publicly shown and detailed only semi-autonomous technologies.
Cadillac Looks to Grow Compact Presence With ATS Coupe
Style and driving dynamics are seen as key draws to the new 2-door ATS.
GM Testing Google Glass; Ready to Meet Higher Volumes
The automaker has two pairs of the high-tech glasses at its Orion Twp., MI, plant, saying they can be useful for a variety of hands-free assembly tasks.
Honda NA Updates Welding System, Takes Surgical Approach to Other Upgrades
Honda was able to make the new Fit’s body lighter and more rigid thanks to the new process, which will become the standard in North America.
Acura Brings Honda Stop/Start System to North America 
Acura decided to pluck the technology, dubbed Idle Stop, off Honda's shelf for its new TLX as a fuel-saving feature for the sedan's heaviest variant, the all-wheel-drive model.
Lexus: 300,000 U.S. Sales Probably Out of Reach
Lexus earlier this year announced a 2014 sales goal of 285,000 and the brand at its current pace is trending to hit 290,000-295,000, a top official says.
Sienna Goes Social for New Marketing Campaign 
Toyota forgoes traditional media outlets to promote its refreshed minivan, and employs social-media stars to get its message out.
Toyota’s Lentz Moseying On to Texas 
Jim Lentz will be among an initial group of 50 moving this year to Plano, TX, site of Toyota’s new North American headquarters.
Nissan Says Making Progress on Remedying Pathfinder Judder 
The Japanese automaker has been updating transmission-control-module software, replacing torque converters and replacing entire transmissions to remedy the problem.
Lexus Sees Success With Less-Expensive GX
Lowering the price of the base grade for the GX’s ’14 refresh, by substituting fake leather for real leather and deleting some content, was key to this year’s sales jump, a company official says.
Lexus: We Can Keep Loyalists Happy Despite Performance Push 
Models like the IS, NX and RC don’t mean Lexus is abandoning its loyalists, who traditionally prefer softer-riding vehicles such as the RX, LS and ES.
Nissan Selling Replacement Batteries to Grow Leaf Appeal 2
Extending the Nissan electric vehicle’s range and improving the ability of its owners to charge while on the go are two areas of improvement.
Nissan Small Sports Car, Next-Gen Cube Up in Air 1
A production, rear-wheel-drive small sports car is difficult for the automaker to bring to fruition, a company official says, as its current RWD platforms underpin expensive models.
New Lexus NX Short on Sport
Lexus’ first small CUV is stylish inside and out but lacks the athletic sounds and feel of its main competitors.
Nissan Ponders Another Small CUV, Future in Minivan Segment 
The Japanese automaker may need a more utilitarian entrant in the burgeoning small CUV group, a top Nissan official says.
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