Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Hyundai Exploring A-Segment CUV as Accent Hatch Replacement
A Kia Soul-like box, but smaller, is being looked at to capture the attention of millennials. The U.S. sales arm of the Korean automaker also promises an imminent announcement on a production Santa Cruz.
Nissan Promises More Engines, Studies Hatchback for Sentra 2
A choice of powertrains and different body styles would align Nissan more closely with other U.S. C-car competitors including Honda, Ford, Chevy, Hyundai, Kia and Subaru.
Lexus Sees Another Record Year, Explores New Markets
In 2015, the Toyota luxury brand delivered a record number of vehicles in the U.S., China and Europe.
Toyota RAV4 Could Eat Into Camry Dominance
“If midsize car continues to outflow, we may end up selling a few less Camrys as time goes on,” says a top Toyota U.S. official.
Honda Clarity Price Tops Mirai
Not surprisingly, Honda will limit sales of the Clarity to the California regions with the best expected hydrogen refueling infrastructure.
Subaru Set for Another Record Year, But One Starting Slow
“Particularly now as you get into January and February, these next couple allocations are going to be on the weaker side,” Subaru’s U.S. COO says of expected low inventory.
RAV4 Hybrid Right Vehicle at Right Time
Despite some minor aggravations, the eighth hybrid model in Toyota’s U.S. stable marries great fuel economy with above-average interior materials and features.
Nissan Kicking Around Brazilian CUV for U.S.
Indicating a U.S.-bound Kicks may be further along than the study phase, WardsAuto product-cycle data shows Nissan will begin assembly this year of a B-CUV in Mexico.
Honda Says Better Light-Truck Supply Should Reverse Share Loss
The Japanese automaker has had slim inventories on the industry’s hottest sellers, CUVs.
Lentz Tells Some Dealers Don’t Deliver Mirai 2
In order to purchase a Toyota Mirai a potential buyer must live near a hydrogen refueling station, but there still are few publicly accessible stations in California.
Nissan: We Can Match Bolt 2
“We were very encouraged to see the Bolt – it means electrification is here to stay,” says new Nissan U.S. product planning chief Michael Bunce.
Precision Concept Hints at Future Acura Design Language
The large, coupe-styled concept has various floating elements, including taillights, rear seats and a touchpad.
Hyundai Pegs 2016 Growth at 3%, Ioniq to Be 50-State Model
Any U.S. Hyundai dealer can take an order for the Ioniq, but not all will carry it in their showrooms.
Kia Forte, Telluride CUV Concept Break Cover
The refreshed Forte sedan gets more fuel-efficient 2.0L, while the Telluride is fitted with passenger health sensors and a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Hyundai Genesis Brand G90 Makes U.S. Debut
The flagship model of Hyundai’s new Genesis luxury brand gets Hyundai’s first twin-turbocharged engine and scads of luxury content, including a 22-way power driver’s seat.
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