Christie Schweinsberg

Associated Editor
WardsAuto

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

Articles by Christie Schweinsberg
Honda Shifting Acura ILX to Marysville 
As demand has been lower than anticipated, output at Honda’s Greensburg, IN, plant fell 43.1% last year.
BMW 2-Series Winner of a Bimmer 2
The German automaker’s littlest car gets a new name, more power and more interior space, falling short only on interior design.
Nissan's Diaz Promises More Competitive Titan, With Greater Reach 4
The next-generation of Nissan’s fullsize pickup has been a long time coming, but should have a lot of the same configuration possibilities as domestic competitors.
Honda Begins Production at New Plant in Mexico
The new plant, in the city of Celaya, will allow Honda to build 95% of the vehicles it sells in the U.S. in North America.
Mazda: 100,000 CX-5s Within Reach; Smaller CUV Studied
Hitting the 100,000-mark with the CX-5 would put the automaker in rarefied company, joining others with small CUVs reaching or surpassing the figure, including the Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape and Honda CR-V.
Mazda Says Quality From Mexico Plant Good; Rotary ‘Pulse’ Still There 
Line speed gradually is increasing, and the first Mazda3s from Salamanca should arrive in the U.S. in late February or early March.
Toyota Tundra Set to Receive Cummins Diesel
Toyota’s fullsize pickup will get a version of the 5.0L turbodiesel V-8 coming in competitor Nissan’s Titan truck.
Mazda: Didn’t Want to Damage Clean-Diesel Reputation 1
The 2.2L diesel mill in the Mazda6 midsize sedan was set to arrive in the U.S. in late 2013, then spring 2014. Now the launch date is more murky.
VW Unwraps GRC Racing Beetle; Still No Decision on CUV Plant
The 560-hp Beetle derivative will be driven by Tanner Foust and Steve Speed in the Red Bull Global Rallycross series.
Volvo Unveils Polestar S60, V60 Variants in Chicago
Just 400-500 of the high-performance sedans and wagons will be made, with only 100 allotted to the U.S.
Next-Gen Subaru Legacy Unwrapped in Chicago
Both the 2.5i and 3.6R Legacy models see improved fuel economy for '15, and new standard safety equipment.
Nissan Unveils Frontier Diesel, New Versa Grades in Chicago 1
The automaker says consumer reception will decide whether the project Frontier, which has a 2.8L 4-cyl. turbodiesel engine, makes it to production.
Kia Gets Green in Chicago With Soul EV, Optima Hybrid Debuts
Sales of the new EV, which will be free to charge at participating dealers, will be limited to such coastal U.S. states as California, Oregon and New York.
Lexus: Lack of Performance Models Has Hurt Brand 
Toyota’s luxury brand will fix a deficiency this fall, when the new, 450-hp-plus RC F coupe goes on sale in the U.S.
Toyota Starts Off Year With Decline 2
The Japanese automaker’s core models, Camry, Corolla and Prius, saw sales decline last month, while light trucks enjoyed growth.
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