Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
For Sonata Interior, Hyundai Wants to Highlight the Highlight-able 1
With the sedan’s interior refresh, Hyundai targets a better balance of visual and tactile appeal.
Nissan Aims to Ease Stress of Heavy Traffic With ProPilot
The automaker is targeting a wide rollout of ProPilot Assist, with similar technology to be offered across its Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands.
Honda Accord Interior Opens Up
It was a deliberate decision not to use colors that contrast strongly against the Accord’s ivory, gray or black seating and trim choices.
Hyundai Goals: Reinvigorate Sonata, Resist Fleet
Production data shows Sonata builds were down 13.9% in the U.S. through May.
Honda Reveals 10th-Gen Accord
All-new exterior and interior design are designed to bring about a “premium” feel, the Japanese automaker says.
Civic Si: Affordable Fun
The latest iteration of Honda's performance compact Civic Si is bigger and torquier than its predecessor for a very reasonable starting price.
Toyota Vows Better Speed to Market, Employee Retention
Toyota’s move to Texas should not be a repeat of Nissan North America’s 11 years ago, says Jim Lentz, CEO-Toyota Motor North America.
Niro Leads Ioniq as Hybrid CUVs Sizzle
When Korean automaker Hyundai began development of its dedicated eco-vehicles nearly six years ago, Kia’s U.S. team was adamant the brand’s entrant be a CUV, not a car.
Japan Three Post Mixed June Results
The Japanese Big Three continue to see their U.S. sales powered by CUVs, while Honda and Nissan get a surprising boost from their luxury marques.
Hyundai Designer Talks Differentiation, Downside of Globalization
To progress, Hyundai’s models must be more distinctive, the Korean brand’s lead designer says, bemoaning a world where vehicles are too similar.
Korean Brands Top Performers on J.D. Power Initial Quality Study
Of the 33 brands surveyed, 27 see improvement, including many domestic brands, which overall outperform imports for the second year in a row.
N Will Strengthen Hyundai Brand, Says Exec
Hyundai has been dabbling in motorsports leading up to the i30N’s September debut, including putting a near-production version of the car in last month’s 24 hours of Nürburgring race.
Toyota Talks Low-Priced Autonomous, Preventing Pedal Misapplication 2
A top Toyota safety official says putting autonomous technology in base grades of less-expensive models is a way to keep self-driving vehicles within reach of mass-market buyers.
Hyundai’s Chung: Slowing Sales Opportunity to Leap Forward
The Hyundai vice chairman reiterates the desire to offer CUVs from A to E segments and says the new Kona B-CUV will get EV and FCEV versions next year in Korea.
Hyundai Pulls Wraps Off Kona CUV 2
The Korean automaker has a lot riding on its new B-CUV, which it notes is in a very competitive segment. The group includes the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3 and Jeep Renegade.
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