Christie Schweinsberg

Senior Editor,

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

Toyota Up, Cadillac Down, Chrysler and Tesla Rise in Consumer Reports’ Study
Transmission and infotainment problems were the top complaints in this year’s survey of vehicles by the publication’s readers.
Toyota Debuts Fuel-Cell Lounge Concept for Tokyo
Major exterior design cues include a diamond-shaped cabin (narrowing toward the rear of the vehicle, wider from the front to the center) and wheels pushed to the car’s four corners.
Japanese Growing CUV Dominance in U.S.
In calendar 2012, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler accounted for 11 of the top 15 best-selling light trucks in the U.S. Through 2017’s first three quarters, the Detroit brands occupied nine of the top 15 slots.
Are You Sure You Really Want to Do That? 1
Yes, voice assistant lady or man, I want you to set the destination I’ve requested and tell me how to get there.
Conti Sees Driver Analyzer as Automated-Driving Bridge
A camera, in conjunction with image-processing software and infrared sensors, looks at a driver’s eyes, mouth and even ears to judge his or her attentiveness.
Hyundai to Offer Money-Back Guarantee in Online Push
Shopper Assurance takes the car-buying process more online, something all brands are striving to do but perhaps not under an official program endorsed by the OEM.
Suppliers Aim to Turbocharge Connectivity
C-V2X, 5G and HDBaseT are just some of the technologies being targeted for speeding up and expanding data transfers between vehicles, infrastructure and the cloud.
Embedded Navigation to Stick Around, Say Panelists 3
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay aren’t as easy to use as some car buyers may think, embedded-navigation-system suppliers say.
September U.S. Sales Rise for Toyota, Honda and Nissan
The Big Three Japanese automakers all saw positive results in the month of September, with CUVs fueling Toyota, cars driving Honda and a mix propelling Nissan.
Lear Seating Breaks Ground in Flint
This will be the supplier’s first new automotive seating facility in the state in 25 years, and Flint’s first new greenfield auto-supplier plant in 30 years.
CX-5’s Displays, ACC Dazzle
Mazda’s midsize CUV packs a lot of punch for $34,000, landing on our 2017 Wards 10 Best UX list as a winner.
New Accent Launching Amid B-Car Slump
Subcompact cars have experienced the steepest decline of any light-vehicle size class this year, but Hyundai wants to keep its used-car alternative around.
No Silver Bullet for Lightweighting
Lightweighting struggles will continue to weigh on the industry in the absence of new materials, and any dialing back of the CAFE 2025 goals will have no impact, say panelists.
Toyota Advances Autonomous Development
The Japanese automaker is targeting 2020 for launching vehicles with automated-driving technology suitable for highway driving.
Toyota Localizing Hybrid Transaxle Production in U.S.
Work on the facilities begins this year with a scheduled completion date of 2020.


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