Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Hyundai Using Predictive Mapping for Ioniq
Tapping into topography data from the navigation system, the hybrid-electric model can better allocate its energy for maximized efficiency, executives say.
Hyundai: Ioniq Has Right Formula to Beat Green-Car Doldrums
The South Korean automaker says its new, dedicated green cars have competitive advantages on price, fuel economy/range and interior space.
Final Nissan Titan Variant Revealed in Chicago
King cab’s second-row seat can be deleted and replaced by tiedowns, making the pickup more suitable for commercial use, the automaker says.
Hyundai Unwraps Next-Gen Elantra Hatch 1
The South Korean automaker adds a Sport grade to the Elantra GT’s lineup, with a higher-horsepower engine and an upgraded suspension.
Toyota Updates Tundra, Sequoia for ’18 With Standard Safety
Enhanced safety, as well as LED daytime running lights on higher-end grades and a new outdoor-oriented TRD Sport grade, are due for Toyota’s largest light trucks.
Toyota: Driver’s Training Should Educate on Autonomous Tech
Guardian-type autonomous systems that protect drivers by intervention should spur acceptance of true autonomous technology where vehicles operate on their own without restrictions.
Chinese Manufacturing Opposite What Expected; Time to End 50/50 JV
Pricey, well-appointed luxury cars may be what Chinese manufacturers start with here, while more reciprocity is needed between U.S. and China investment rules.
Honda Aims to Make Infotainment More User Friendly
Voice recognition is simplified and faster, while the display audio system has smartphone-like functionality.
Nissan Wants to Sell More of Murano; Titan on Target 1
Within the midsize CUV segment, the Nissan Murano was one of the lower-volume models in 2016, outsold by entrants from Chevy, Toyota, Subaru, Ford, Hyundai and Honda.
Toyota: Down Sales for Prius, Upside for RAV4 Hybrid
Toyota targets fewer Prius sales this year than last, while the RAV4 Hybrid could be hotter in 2017.
CR-V Trumping Civic? Not Without Fight
With multiple variants in its lineup, some still to come, the Civic may prove more popular this year than last.
Toyota Predicts Flat Camry Sales, Despite New Model
The increasing affinity for CUVs instead of cars by American buyers, combined with a flattening U.S. auto market, could prevent Camry from growing in 2017.
Toyota: C-HR Might Have More Potential, Flat Sales in 2017
WardsAuto’s Small CUV segment was one of the industry’s fastest-growing in 2016, up 26.0% last year from 2015, to 968,013.
Honda Not Saying If New Hybrid Reviving Insight
The forthcoming dedicated hybrid will not be part of the Clarity family, which includes fuel-cell, plug-in hybrid and all-electric models.
Nissan: Subcompact CUV Still Under Study, Also Looking at A-Segment
The new Rogue Sport small compact isn’t precluding Nissan from going smaller still in the CUV sector.
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