Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Associated Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Toyota Latest, Not Last to Expand Small-Car Production in Mexico
Toyota joins fellow Asian automakers Honda, Kia and Mazda adding capacity south of the border.
Ford Holding Strong Against Van Competition; FCA Forecast to Grow
In small and large commercial vans, Ford still leads, gaining sales momentum while losing share.
Honda Ups Pilot Luxe Factor with New Elite Trim
A panoramic roof, heated front and second-row captain’s seats, ventilated front seats and LED headlights will be standard features.
Honda Kills Crosstour, Shifting Models Among Plants
Honda initially wanted to sell 40,000 units annually of the Accord-based CUV, but the vehicle’s best tally was 28,851 units in 2010, WardsAuto data shows.
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Showcases Updates to CUV for ’16 
The new hybrid variant is part of the refreshed RAV4 lineup.
Nissan Maxima Aims for Luxury Feel 1
Nissan’s large sedan soldiers on with a more premium look and upmarket features than ever before, including standard navigation.
New, Bigger Hyundai Tucson Debuts in New York
Hyundai’s small CUV now more closely matches the midsize dimensions of its competitors, and gets a torquier engine option.
Toyota Posts 9.1% March Gain
Both Toyota and Lexus gains were driven by strong CUV sales, including those of the RAV4, up 33.0%, and Lexus NX, which added 3,633 units to the brand’s March total.
GM Sales Inch Up in March
Chevy sales were flat with year-ago, Cadillac again saw a monthly decline and Buick and GMC posted increases.
Fourth-Gen Lexus RX Breaks Cover 3
The new RX is nearly 5 ins. longer than the model it replaces, and both conventional and hybrid RXs are expected to achieve 300 hp, up from 270 and 295, respectively, in the ’15 RX 350 and RX 450h.
Infiniti Unveils Refreshed QX50 CUV in New York
Changes to the QX50 for ’16 largely are cosmetic and space-related, with a roomier rear seat one of the key updates.
All-New Scion iA, iM Break Cover in New York
Both cars go on sale this fall in the U.S. and are the first new Scions since the FR-S sports car debuted in spring 2012.
Toyota to Offer $300-$635 Braking Safety Packages
Pre-collision braking, lane-departure alert, automatic high-beam headlights and adaptive cruise control are some of the technologies to be included in the new packages.
Murano’s Unique Interior Trim Part of Desire to Break Mold 1
Although initially derided by some within Nissan for looking too much like 1970s Formica, the Murano’s white plastic interior trim works in the end, says Chief Engineer Chris Reed.
Toyota Announces RAV4 Hybrid to Join Lineup
The RAV4 becomes the Toyota brand’s fourth hybrid version of a standard model in the U.S., joining the Camry, Highlander and Avalon hybrids.
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