Christie Schweinsberg

Senior Editor,

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

Improving Dealer Relations Tops Hyundai Exec’s To-Do List
In a WardsAuto Q&A, Hyundai Motor America’s new COO Brian Smith speaks about improving dealer confidence and decreasing use of incentives.
Infiniti Hopes to Maintain QX80 Volume in Face of New Navigator
The brand hopes the QX80 will continue to sell roughly 1,000 units per month in the U.S., given the updates to the SUV and how it will be priced.
Mitsubishi Looking for Synergies With Nissan, Targets Growth
Figuring out how and when the two automakers will share features and technology still is being determined, although some non-vehicle changes already have occurred.
Hyundai: New Korean CEO Should Alleviate Inventory Issues
Reducing car inventory is high on new Hyundai Motor America COO Brian Smith’s to-do list.
Nissan Targeting High Kicks Volume Despite No AWD
The Juke-replacement Kicks originated as a CUV for the Brazilian market, where it appeals to families, so changes had to be made for the U.S.
Lexus Studying UX Small CUV for U.S.
Geared toward Europe, the diminutive Lexus UX concept is expected to be revealed as a production model at March’s Geneva auto show.
Toyota Building Hydrogen Generation Plant
The 100% renewable tag Toyota is applying to the project comes from its use of agricultural waste as a feedstock.
Toyota Projects Strong November; Camry Won't Lead
Younger buyers are embracing the Camry’s sportier grades, but it won’t be enough to put the midsize sedan back atop Toyota’s sales chart, says a senior executive.
Toyota’s Off-Roading Concept FT-AC 4
The concept utility vehicle has removable parts, including side-mirror cameras and fog lights doubling as flashlights.
Hyundai Kona Makes North American Debut, Better Availability Projected
While Hyundai has alternately called the Kona a small or subcompact CUV, the vehicle actually rides on the Elantra’s C-size platform.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Reborn As CUV
Its exterior has coupe-like elements that may harken back to the Eclipse sports car, but inside the automaker promises interior quality and refinement never before seen in a Mitsubishi.
Lexus Utility Vehicles Expand, Shrink Seating
Toyota’s luxury marque adds a row to its popular RX midsize CUV and takes a row away from its biggest SUV the LX.
Toyota Updates Standard Safety, Pratt Dispels Autonomous Myths
By mid-2018 Toyota will debut as standard equipment an updated version of TSS on certain unnamed vehicles in the U.S.
Hyundai: Electrical Consumption, Cost to Slow AV Rollout
On the market in Korea since 2015, Hyundai plans to bring its Highway Driving Assist feature to the U.S. in 2019, on a refreshed G90 and the next-generation Sonata.
Hyundai Launching Eight CUVs in U.S. by 2020
Diesel and electric CUVs are part of a group of new or redesigned models coming in the next few years.

Mar 8, 2018

Toyota Camry Hybrid 2.5L Atkinson 4-Cyl. – 2018 Award Acceptance

Masashi Hakariya, project manager-engine development at Toyota, accepts award for Toyota Camry Hybrid at 2018 Wards 10 Best Engines ceremony....More


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