Christie Schweinsberg

Associated Editor,

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

Fourth-Gen Lexus RX Breaks Cover 3
The new RX is nearly 5 ins. longer than the model it replaces, and both conventional and hybrid RXs are expected to achieve 300 hp, up from 270 and 295, respectively, in the ’15 RX 350 and RX 450h.
Infiniti Unveils Refreshed QX50 CUV in New York
Changes to the QX50 for ’16 largely are cosmetic and space-related, with a roomier rear seat one of the key updates.
All-New Scion iA, iM Break Cover in New York
Both cars go on sale this fall in the U.S. and are the first new Scions since the FR-S sports car debuted in spring 2012.
Toyota to Offer $300-$635 Braking Safety Packages
Pre-collision braking, lane-departure alert, automatic high-beam headlights and adaptive cruise control are some of the technologies to be included in the new packages.
Murano’s Unique Interior Trim Part of Desire to Break Mold 1
Although initially derided by some within Nissan for looking too much like 1970s Formica, the Murano’s white plastic interior trim works in the end, says Chief Engineer Chris Reed.
Toyota Announces RAV4 Hybrid to Join Lineup
The RAV4 becomes the Toyota brand’s fourth hybrid version of a standard model in the U.S., joining the Camry, Highlander and Avalon hybrids.
More Power, Bang for the Buck Elevate ILX
Acura finally gets the formula for the ILX correct, with right engine at the right price.
Scion iM, iA on Tap for New York Show
Scion, suffering from a lack of new models, has seen sales slide in recent years. The last all-new Scion was the niche FR-S sports car, which debuted in spring 2012.
Popular Cars See Inventories Bloat 1
Honda’s Civic and Hyundai’s Elantra and Sonata used to fly off dealer lots, but this year the models are lingering, with days’ supply of the Civic and Sonata exceeding 100.
Honda Working on Better Recall Strategy
Broad-based media campaigns may be used to reach owners of older vehicles, but that isn’t always a perfect approach either, as some owners may not speak English.
Honda: Not Concerned Whether Overtaken By Nissan 2
Although last year Honda delivered 100,000 more units in the U.S. than Nissan, this year Nissan is ahead of its Japanese rival, selling 201,226 units through February vs. Honda’s 182,676.
Toyota: 4Runner and Highlander to Fill Venza Void
In 2014, Venza sales fell 16.3% to 29,991 units, while 4Runner and Highlander deliveries rose 49.0% and 14.5%, respectively.
Toyota Sees Biggest Increase Since August 2013 1
Toyota’s February increase could be put down to light trucks, sales of which increased at the Toyota and Lexus brands.
Lexus Hints at Subcompact CUV with LF-SA Concept
The concept has seating for four, but with a driver-centric layout to emphasize the fact drivers at most times are the sole occupant in urban vehicles.
Acura Piloting Mystery Customer Satisfaction Program 1
Acura already performs well on third-party surveys of customer-retail experiences, but a brand official says how luxury vehicle owners are treated is where the sector’s winners and losers will be determined.
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