Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Associated Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
BMW Carbon-Fiber JV to Triple Output 
The German automaker's supplier of carbon fiber is to sharply expand output at its Washington state plant.
FCA Sees Higher Revenue, Margins in 5-Year Plan
Total FCA volume is predicted to grow to 7.0 million units in 2018, up from 4.4 million in 2013, largely driven by the Jeep brand.
FCA Wants to Grow NAFTA Sales to 3.1 Million, Sees Jeep Overtake Dodge
Jeep should sell 800,000 units in the NAFTA region by 2018, eclipsing Dodge, which is seen falling below 700,000.
Hyundai Aiming Genesis Straight at Germans
To attract more premium buyers, including those driving an A6, 5-Series or E-Class, Hyundai plans to pitch the Genesis as “valuable” rather than it being a good “value.”
Toyota’s April: Light Trucks Rule Again, as Does Lexus
While Toyota cars managed a slight gain, trucks saw the bigger growth, as has been the pattern all year.
Toyota Confirms Texas Move, Restructuring
The No.1 Japanese automaker is bringing together various U.S. units into one location in the Dallas suburbs.
Hyundai Comes Into Own With Genesis
Hyundai gives the second-generation Genesis a unique, if polarizing, face, and furthers the sedan’s reputation for being the best-for-the-buck entry in the Mid-Large Luxury segment.
Kia Sells Its Soul for Best Interior
The latest installment in our series on 2014 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors winners takes a look at the ’14 Kia Soul, the boldest and perhaps most bang-for-the-buck interior we’ve tested.
Honda Shows First Glimpse of New HR-V CUV 1
New B-segment CUV will share many attributes with the Fit, including second-row “magic” seats and a roomy interior.
Subaru Shows Off Fifth-Generation Outback in New York
Hill-start assist now is standard on the wagon, as are ventilated rear brake discs. Passenger and cargo room in all grades is larger, and more creature comforts are available across the board.
Hyundai Stages U.S. Debut of New Sonata
A quieter cabin, less fussy styling and more creature comforts are key features of the next-generation sedan.
Heavily Revised Toyota Camry Breaks Cover in New York
Two new grades, a more upscale interior, and ride and handling improvements are key features of the refreshed sedan.
Infiniti Refreshes Biggest Models
The Q70 adds a new long-wheelbase variant with 5.9 ins. more rear legroom, while the QX80 sees changes to its interior wood trims.
New Kia Sedona Revealed
A more powerful engine, second-row seats with flip-up bottom cushions and high-end grade are new for '15.
Nissan Details New Murano Ahead of New York Debut 1
The Japanese automaker's midsize CUV is all-new for '15, getting longer, lower, wider and more aerodynamic, but keeping its 260-hp 3.5L V-6.
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