Christie Schweinsberg

Senior Editor,

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

Mobility Tough Sell: Persuading Residents to Invest
Communicating how vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technology will improve the lives of city dwellers will be keys to its acceptance, panelists at an automotive technology conference say.
Odyssey Could Get Electrified as Honda Looks to 2030 Bogey
The planned massive increase by Honda in sales of electrified vehicles has engineers and executives hammering out the details of which models will get the green treatment.
Toyota, Honda and Nissan Fall in May
Light trucks continue to cook for the Japanese Big Three while car sales suffer. Toyota’s RAV4 midsize CUV racked up an all-time record 38,356 sales last month.
Acura Breathes New Life Into TLX
The near-luxury brand rights the wrongs of the first TLX, specifically by fixing its styling and in-vehicle technology.
Automakers Putting the Screws to Us 3
When I climb inside a new vehicle I want to be soothed not perturbed, but too often when I look up I’m staring at some craggy fastener that never should be seen.
Car Wars Study Forecasts Toyota to Have Highest Replacement Rate
A higher-than-average number of new models are due in the next four years, but with slowing new-vehicle sales and record numbers of leased vehicles due to return, danger lies ahead.
Toyota Hopes to Strengthen Relationships With New Supplier Center
Toyota hopes its new Supplier Center will cultivate even stronger, more fruitful relationships between the automaker and its suppliers, as well as lead to quality improvements and cost savings on vehicle programs.
Odyssey Functional Family Hauler
Ultra-configurable second-row seats, a camera to spy on your kids and improvements to powertrain and infotainment should appeal to Odyssey-buying parents.
Interior Manufacturing Innovations Reducing Noise, Costs
Optimal EV battery placement, a technology platform that reduces textile waste and a faster-drying adhesive are seen as ways to achieve quieter, less costly interiors.
More Sensors, More Positions, Better Comfort Seen for Future Seats
Biometric monitoring, or using sensors integrated into seats to gauge health, is fraught with danger, Adient engineer says.
Honda Sees Minivan Segment Stable as It Preps Odyssey 1
For many families, only a minivan will meet their functionality wants and needs, says a Honda product planner.
Subaru Gets Serious With Interior Redesign
Boxy, linear interiors are a thing of the past for Subaru, whose latest Impreza compact gets a serious dose of style and wows our judges.
Acura Aims for Easier, Faster Interfaces
A capacitive vs. resistive touchscreen, redone graphics, rearranged hard buttons and faster access to satellite radio stations are new to the ’18 Acura midsize sedan’s infotainment system.
Lexus LC 500: Risk Rewarded 1
Soft tan leather and Alcantara everywhere. Beautiful sculpted trim and surfaces. Ordinary elements made eye-catching. Our judges find so much to love about Lexus’s bold new coupe.
Acura Studying CDX for U.S.
There are only four models in WardsAuto’s U.S. Small Luxury CUV segment, from Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Infiniti and Mercedes, but growth is projected.


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