Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Associated Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
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.
Minimal Near-Term Relief Seen for Brazil
Neither a better employment picture nor more widely available credit for car buyers is expected in 2015.
Asians Grow Share in 2014, Americans Flat, Europeans Down 
Audi, BMW, Jeep, Kia, Nissan, Ram and Subaru were some of the brands that registered market-share gains in the U.S. last year.
Toyota 2014 Sales Rise 6.2%, December Deliveries Up 1
Strong light-truck demand, led by record annual volume for the RAV4 CUV, propelled Toyota’s U.S. sales upward last year.
Toyota Mirai Mixed Bag
The FCV’s fun-to-drive nature is a surprise, but so is the compressor noise and limited passenger space.
Acura NSX Slated for Detroit Show
Like the last NSX, discontinued in 2005, the new model will serve as a halo car for the Acura brand.
Nissan’s Diaz: Former Disney Exec Right Man for Marketing Job 2
The hiring of Jeremy Tucker as Nissan’s vice president of marketing was an effort to bring fresh ideas and new ways of thinking to the field of automotive advertising.
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