Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Korean Brands Top Performers on J.D. Power Initial Quality Study
Of the 33 brands surveyed, 27 see improvement, including many domestic brands, which overall outperform imports for the second year in a row.
N Will Strengthen Hyundai Brand, Says Exec
Hyundai has been dabbling in motorsports leading up to the i30N’s September debut, including putting a near-production version of the car in last month’s 24 hours of Nürburgring race.
Toyota Talks Low-Priced Autonomous, Preventing Pedal Misapplication 2
A top Toyota safety official says putting autonomous technology in base grades of less-expensive models is a way to keep self-driving vehicles within reach of mass-market buyers.
Hyundai’s Chung: Slowing Sales Opportunity to Leap Forward
The Hyundai vice chairman reiterates the desire to offer CUVs from A to E segments and says the new Kona B-CUV will get EV and FCEV versions next year in Korea.
Hyundai Pulls Wraps Off Kona CUV 1
The Korean automaker has a lot riding on its new B-CUV, which it notes is in a very competitive segment. The group includes the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3 and Jeep Renegade.
Mobility Tough Sell: Persuading Residents to Invest
Communicating how vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technology will improve the lives of city dwellers will be keys to its acceptance, panelists at an automotive technology conference say.
Odyssey Could Get Electrified as Honda Looks to 2030 Bogey
The planned massive increase by Honda in sales of electrified vehicles has engineers and executives hammering out the details of which models will get the green treatment.
Toyota, Honda and Nissan Fall in May
Light trucks continue to cook for the Japanese Big Three while car sales suffer. Toyota’s RAV4 midsize CUV racked up an all-time record 38,356 sales last month.
Acura Breathes New Life Into TLX
The near-luxury brand rights the wrongs of the first TLX, specifically by fixing its styling and in-vehicle technology.
Automakers Putting the Screws to Us 3
When I climb inside a new vehicle I want to be soothed not perturbed, but too often when I look up I’m staring at some craggy fastener that never should be seen.
Car Wars Study Forecasts Toyota to Have Highest Replacement Rate
A higher-than-average number of new models are due in the next four years, but with slowing new-vehicle sales and record numbers of leased vehicles due to return, danger lies ahead.
Toyota Hopes to Strengthen Relationships With New Supplier Center
Toyota hopes its new Supplier Center will cultivate even stronger, more fruitful relationships between the automaker and its suppliers, as well as lead to quality improvements and cost savings on vehicle programs.
Odyssey Functional Family Hauler
Ultra-configurable second-row seats, a camera to spy on your kids and improvements to powertrain and infotainment should appeal to Odyssey-buying parents.
Interior Manufacturing Innovations Reducing Noise, Costs
Optimal EV battery placement, a technology platform that reduces textile waste and a faster-drying adhesive are seen as ways to achieve quieter, less costly interiors.
More Sensors, More Positions, Better Comfort Seen for Future Seats
Biometric monitoring, or using sensors integrated into seats to gauge health, is fraught with danger, Adient engineer says.
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