Christie Schweinsberg

Associated Editor,

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

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.
Honda Expects to Make Up Lost Output; OK With February Sales Results 1
Only two Honda North American plants were not back to full production as of the middle of last week, both building the inventory-rich Civic compact car.
Recall Completion Rates Steadily Improving
Analysis by SRR shows from 2004 through 2013 the percentage of recalls completed rose from 75% on average to roughly 79%.
Infiniti QX30 Breaks Cover Ahead of Geneva Debut
The QX30 is part of Infiniti’s 2-pronged approach to the burgeoning entry-luxury segment.
Bartsch Out at Infiniti
New Infiniti Vice President Randy Parker is the third leader for the Nissan luxury brand in the U.S. in three years.
Acura Ups Luxury Content for Refreshed RDX
A new high-end grade is added for ’16, and includes such items as remote-engine start, rain-sensing wipers and parking sensors.
Kia Debuts Soul-Based Trail’ster Hybrid Concept
The latest in a line of funky Soul concepts has a 2-tone color scheme, canvas rollback roof and uses an e-AWD system.
Acura Looks to Jump Start ILX With More Power for Less Money
The 2.4L direct-injected DOHC I-4 base engine has 51 more horsepower than the outgoing model’s 2.0L SOHC I-4.
Priorities Keep Eau Rouge, EVs Off Infiniti’s Table
Getting higher-volume, more mainstream models such as the Q30 compact car and Q60 midsize coupe launched take precedence, says a brand official.
Infiniti Hopes for Steady Sales in Year with No Product Launches
The all-new Q30 and a redesigned Q60 won’t arrive until 2016, but a new ad agency, refreshed versions of the Q70 and QX80, plus a new 4-cyl. for the Q50, should help stabilize 2015 sales.
New Murano: Skip the RX, for Thousands Less 1
The third-gen Murano has a sedate ride, above-average handling and an interior upmarket in both appearance and features, all for thousands less than a Lexus RX.
Acura Hopes for Enthusiasts Return With NSX, Ponders HR-V Derivative 5
Acura expects the NSX to draw in customers to its entire lineup, as the supercar once again casts a design and performance halo.
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