Christie Schweinsberg

Senior Editor,

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

Honda Built Ridgeline Bed for Fun, Durability 1
Audio, the ability to connect a TV and composite material that won’t mar easily are some of the innovations featured in the new midsize pickup’s bed.
Toyota Slips 2.0% in May While Honda Rises
Toyota’s CUVs and SUVs have a best-ever month, Honda’s cars shine, but low supply and movement away from luxury cars hampers Lexus and Acura results.
Ridgeline All the Truck Most Need 1
It’s more fuel efficient than its predecessor and competition, and looks less toy-like, but will American midsize pickup buyers take to Ridgeline version 2.0?
Upper-Small Segment Slumping Despite Hot Civic 3
Sales of the Honda compact car are up, inventories are down, but that wealth isn’t spreading to other models in the segment.
The Black Holes of The Center Console
Interiors connoisseur Christie Schweinsberg says it’s become an awfully dark day for cupholders.
Hyundai: Fuel Cell Partnerships Not Right for Us Now 1
Hyundai’s next-gen Tucson fuel-cell vehicle is a scant 16 months away. Meanwhile, the 26 eco cars Hyundai and Kia have planned by 2020 may not be enough.
Honda Debuts Next-Gen Automated Technology
The Japanese automaker will be testing the car and its updated technologies at the GoMentum station near San Francisco, which simulates an urban driving environment.
Hyundai Designer Enjoys Lack of Filter
Hyundai’s U.S. interior-design manager chats with WardsAuto about his relatively limitless company, the interiors of his favorite Hyundai and non-Hyundai models, and why dealers impact how flashy the interior of your next vehicle may be.
CR-V Sales Softening Amid More Aggressive Competition 1
For the first time in six years, the RAV4 outsold the CR-V in January through April, 106,274 to 100,101, registering an 18.2% 4-month increase against the CR-V’s 2.4% decline.
Designing for Fun, Flexibility Seen as Light-Truck Trend
Unique audio systems, flexible, elder-friendly features are envisioned for the light-truck interiors of tomorrow.
Coffee, Denim-Based Composites Could Be Visible In Your Next Interior
Materials that are sustainable, low-emission and lightweight will be the focus on automotive interiors going forward, say panelists.
Honda Looks to Meet, Maintain Ridgeline Sales Record
The pickup’s best annual volume was 50,193, but Honda manufacturing capacity may need to be adjusted to keep that figure consistent.
Toyota Flat, Honda and Nissan Gain in April
Strong light-truck sales could’t offset depressed car deliveries for Toyota, while Honda cars and a smattering of Nissan products put those two automakers ahead of year-ago.
Lexus RX: Great Materials, Great Value 2
Our judges’ socks are knocked off by the ’16 RX 350’s lovely mix of materials and fantastic content, all for a relatively reasonable price.
Honda Civic: Interior Redemption
The 10th-generation Honda Civic makes us forget all about the disappointing ninth-gen model’s interior, thanks to upmarket materials and style not normally found in a C-car.


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