Christie Schweinsberg

Associated Editor
WardsAuto

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

Articles by Christie Schweinsberg
Honda Shows First Glimpse of New HR-V CUV 1
New B-segment CUV will share many attributes with the Fit, including second-row “magic” seats and a roomy interior.
Subaru Shows Off Fifth-Generation Outback in New York
Hill-start assist now is standard on the wagon, as are ventilated rear brake discs. Passenger and cargo room in all grades is larger, and more creature comforts are available across the board.
Hyundai Stages U.S. Debut of New Sonata
A quieter cabin, less fussy styling and more creature comforts are key features of the next-generation sedan.
Heavily Revised Toyota Camry Breaks Cover in New York
Two new grades, a more upscale interior, and ride and handling improvements are key features of the refreshed sedan.
Infiniti Refreshes Biggest Models
The Q70 adds a new long-wheelbase variant with 5.9 ins. more rear legroom, while the QX80 sees changes to its interior wood trims.
New Kia Sedona Revealed
A more powerful engine, second-row seats with flip-up bottom cushions and high-end grade are new for '15.
Nissan Details New Murano Ahead of New York Debut 1
The Japanese automaker's midsize CUV is all-new for '15, getting longer, lower, wider and more aerodynamic, but keeping its 260-hp 3.5L V-6.
Lexus NX U.S.-Bound With Turbo, Hybrid Variants
The new CUV’s turbo engine is a 2.0L gasoline unit but its specifications are unknown. The hybrid likely will use the 2.5L 4-cyl. gasoline engine from the ES 300h sedan.
Honda Targets 70,000 Fit Sales Annually in U.S.
The Fit has enjoyed stronger demographics than its subcompact competitors in the U.S., and Honda expects that trend to continue with the new generation.
Kia Offers Glimpse of New Sedona
Kia’s picture released today again references an MPV, further suggesting the brand wants to move away from the “minivan” segmentation of previous generations.
Hyundai Continues to Study Genesis CUV; Plans U.S. Product Blitz 
A Genesis CUV would sit on the same showroom floor as Hyundai’s existing Santa Fe CUV, which could make the former a “much more difficult sale,” the U.S. CEO says.
Toyota Initiates Massive Global Recall
The issues, reportedly uncovered in routine testing, include cables for driver-airbag modules that may become damaged, loose steering-column brackets, and seats that won’t stay locked in place.
Honda Fit Goes Back to Roots
The smallest Honda, now in its third iteration, maintains its fun-to-drive character and segment-up interior, but comes in a roomier package.
Insight Lacked Marketing Effort; Accord Hybrid Capacity Constrained
A senior executive figures Honda sold many Insight hybrids to brand loyalists “but didn’t necessarily draw a lot of conquest business in.”
Hyundai: Sonata Doesn't Have to Shout for Attention Anymore 
The Korean automaker pulls back on the design of the latest iteration of its midsize sedan.
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