Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Acura Expands AWD, Adds Sport Grade in TLX Refresh
A new A-Spec trim, with red leather or black Alcantara seats and door inserts, is new for ’18.
Infiniti Looks to Next QX80 With Monograph Concept
Horizontal lines, satin-copper skin, a wider and taller version of Infiniti’s double-arch grille and the brand’s signature human-eye headlamps are some of the vehicle’s design elements.
At Subaru, Design Now a Priority 2
“We’ve made great cars, but not necessarily the most beautiful. Now they’re really going to be emotionally appealing, to a level they haven’t been before,” a Subaru designer says.
Honda Pulls Cover on Civic Si Ahead of New York Show
Peak horsepower of 205 is the same as in the outgoing Civic Si. However, it arrives earlier than before.
Panelists: Sharing, Autonomy Will Help More Than Hurt Industry, Society
While drivers’ jobs may go away, new jobs to service and maintain shared fleets will be created, says Uber’s Marakby.
Hyundai Introduces New Engine in Ioniq, Niro Hybrids 2
Hyundai engineers make efficiency gains on direct-injection, cooled-exhaust-gas-recirculation systems that give the Blue grade of the Ioniq hybrid class-leading fuel economy in the U.S.
Buick Pulls Cover Off Regal 5-Door, New Wagon 1
Subaru and Volvo wagon buyers and utility-vehicle owners are seen as the primary source of sales for the new Regal wagon.
Honda Details Front-Engine, Front-Wheel-Drive 10AT on Odyssey
The new 10-speed automatic is destined for wide application within Honda’s U.S. lineup, including the next-generation Accord sedan and most Acuras, WardsAuto forecasts.
Toyota and Honda Sales Slip in March, Nissan's Rise
All three brands tout best-ever light-truck sales, but they also saw sharp declines in car deliveries.
Acura MDX Hybrid Set at Low End of Large-Luxury Scale
The new Acura hybrid CUV will undercut the Lexus RX 450h and Infiniti QX60, as well as plug-in hybrid CUVs from BMW, Mercedes and Volvo.
Refreshed Acura TLX NY-Bound
Design reflecting last year’s Precision concept car is expected, as is higher levels of technology, for the ’18 TLX.
Toyota C-HR Agile, But Imperfect 2
Toyota’s first swipe at the small-CUV segment in the U.S. is strong on handling and style, but needs a torquier engine and more interior color and technology.
The Big Story: The Edge of Mobility 1
Automakers are embracing and investing in mobility services, including hailing and sharing ventures. Will vehicle ownership become a thing of the past?
Ioniq Lineup a Good Value
Hyundai’s new dedicated green-car lineup has pricing going for it, as well as strong regenerative braking capability in plug-in hybrid and electric models.
Toyota: Ioniq Not Impacting Prius Yet; More Hybrid CUVs Studied
Pricing for all grades of Hyundai’s new hybrid car undercut similar grades of the Prius, which has seen sales slump this year as Americans flock to light trucks.
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