Christie Schweinsberg

Associated Editor,

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

Lexus Certain of Surpassing 300,000, Two NAIAS Debuts Possible
December is “absolutely the best month of the year” for Lexus, says Group Vice President Jeff Bracken.
Mitsubishi Reiterates Commitment to U.S, Unveils PHEV Concept
The concept shown here, the XR PHEV, has design language that will appear on ’16 Mitsubishi CUVs, including a production model debuting at the 2015 New York auto show.
Scion: FR-S Convertible, Turbo Engine Not Happening
Scion: FR-S Convertible, Turbo Engine Not Happening
Refreshed Nissan Juke Debuts in L.A.
A lower maximum torque peak, friction-reduction measures, and the addition of exhaust-gas recirculation improve the small CUV’s fuel economy for ’15.
Jaguar Sees Nothing But Gains in Future; Land Rover Discovery Unveiled
More production to satisfy demand should help the British automaker achieve its goals for the States, sales chief Andy Goss says.
Acura Upgrades ILX Power, Luxury Features
The Honda near-luxury brand’s smallest car gets just one powertrain for ’16, a 201-hp 2.4L 4-cyl. mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Mazda: CX-3 Business Incremental; Diesel Still Goal
Mazda is targeting a young, active buyer for the CX-3, and one living in an urban area that needs a vehicle smaller in size than the CX-5, but wants utility not available in the Mazda3.
Scion: Three New Models in Three Years Planned as iM Unveiled
The iM concept being shown at the L.A. auto show will spawn a production model due next year and set for a New York show debut.
Lexus Unwraps Topless Roadster Concept in L.A.
Multilayered paint over various planes, edges and curves create different characters when viewed in differing lighting conditions, designer Yasuo Kajino says.
Nissan: Mexico Supply Base Ready for Luxury
The Japanese automaker has been manufacturing in the country since 1961 and uses a local management team.
Lentz: Cheap Gas Shouldn’t Harm Mirai, Prius; 2015 Sales Up Slightly
“But I think in the long run, when everyone is trying to sell (FCVs) in fairly large volume, it would be problematic to have a huge drop in fuel price,” Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz says.
Toyota Prices Mirai at $57,500
A certain subset of fuel-cell vehicle intenders want to own, not lease, new-technology vehicles, a top Toyota official says.
Honda Next-Gen FCV Now Due in 2016 in Japan
The technical specifications of the latest Honda concept closely mimic those of last year’s L.A. show vehicle, including a range of 300 miles.
Toyota in Partnership for Northeast Hydrogen Stations, Names FCV Mirai
The Japanese automaker is partnering with Air Liquide of France for 12 hydrogen stations spread across Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.
Nissan’s Martin on Going Miles and Miles and How They Got That Look
The Japanese automaker’s North American manufacturing chief discusses lessons learned in his stints overseas and shaking down the new Murano.
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