Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Associated Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Volt, Prius, Sonata Triple Green Threat
The Volt and Prius represent big leaps forward in fuel economy (unsurprisingly), performance and reduction of noise, vibration and harshness, while the Sonata PHEV overshoots its specs like no PHEV we can recall.
Kia: Sportage U.S. Supply Improving With Downturns
U.S. sales of Kia’s compact CUV were up 20.3% through November, in no small part due to production givebacks in markets less robust than the U.S.
Ridgeline to Debut at NAIAS, Acura Prices NSX From $156,000
Acura will be auctioning off the first production NSX at next month’s Barrett-Jackson auto auction in Scottsdale, AZ.
Two Flavors of Twin-Turbo V-6 Due in Refreshed Infiniti Q50
The more powerful version of the engine hits 400 hp at 6,400 rpm and 350 lb.-ft. (475 Nm) of torque at from 1,600-5,200 rpm.
Scion Chief: Ignore Female Buyers at Your Peril
As its new subcompact attracts more women than expected, Scion’s vice president says brands that don’t recognize the purchasing power of females will “get punished pretty bad.”
Ford Beginning Shuttle Pilot Program in Dearborn
Ford will start with four shuttles, modified large Transit vans, picking up and dropping off employees at its Dearborn campus. It hopes to increase the number of shuttles to 21.
Nissan Moves Diaz to Trucks in Management Shuffle
Former Ram executive Fred Diaz will take a new role within Nissan as head of its North American trucks and light commercial vehicles.
Acura to Make Second Super Bowl Appearance 2
Acura made its Super Bowl ad debut in 2012 with a well-received spot that starred comedian Jerry Seinfeld and an earlier iteration of the NSX.
The Greener, Meaner Prius
It’s more fuel-efficient, predictably, but will non-Prius owners cotton to its new, more menacing appearance?
Toyota, Honda and Nissan See November Increases
Toyota credits its best Black Friday sales in eight years for an 11.7% gain last month, which had two fewer selling days than November 2014.
Toyota Aims to Knock CR-V Off Perch With Refreshed RAV4
The No.1 Japanese automaker has its sights set on selling 400,000 RAV4s in the U.S. in a couple of years, which would topple current volume of the rival Honda CUV.
CH-R Close Copy of Scion Production CUV
Unlike when the brand launched 10 years ago, Scion’s new vice president says today’s younger buyers like and want utility vehicles.
Hyundai Genesis Brand Selective, Separate Showrooms Not Forced
“We think the channel itself will evolve organically,” Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski says. “We don’t see us forcing dealers (to build) separate facilities.”
Nissan: Sentra Competitive Against All-New Compacts
While Nissan’s senior U.S. sales and marketing executive sees the Sentra standing strong against redesigned competitors, an analyst says the model may not be fuel-efficient enough for the competitive-but-stagnating compact class.
Mitsubishi Mirage, Outlander Sport Get Design Updates, New Tech
Both vehicles get new faces and improved interior fabrics, while the Mirage sees a slight bump in horsepower and better handling.
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