Christie Schweinsberg

Associated Editor,

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

Toyota Aims to Knock CR-V Off Perch With Refreshed RAV4
The No.1 Japanese automaker has its sights set on selling 400,000 RAV4s in the U.S. in a couple of years, which would topple current volume of the rival Honda CUV.
CH-R Close Copy of Scion Production CUV
Unlike when the brand launched 10 years ago, Scion’s new vice president says today’s younger buyers like and want utility vehicles.
Hyundai Genesis Brand Selective, Separate Showrooms Not Forced
“We think the channel itself will evolve organically,” Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski says. “We don’t see us forcing dealers (to build) separate facilities.”
Nissan: Sentra Competitive Against All-New Compacts
While Nissan’s senior U.S. sales and marketing executive sees the Sentra standing strong against redesigned competitors, an analyst says the model may not be fuel-efficient enough for the competitive-but-stagnating compact class.
Mitsubishi Mirage, Outlander Sport Get Design Updates, New Tech
Both vehicles get new faces and improved interior fabrics, while the Mirage sees a slight bump in horsepower and better handling.
Impreza Sedan Concept Unwrapped in Los Angeles
Much of Subaru’s growth in the past decade has been driven by the U.S. market. However, the Impreza hasn’t been a huge contributor to that growth.
Scion Unveils CUV Concept
Scion is aiming the wildly styled vehicle, which it is billing as the cure for boring SUVs, at “yuccies,” or young urban creatives inspired by design.
New Engines, Sonata-Inspired Styling for Redesigned Elantra
The next generation of Hyundai’s compact sedan will be powered by a 1.4L turbocharged and direct-injected 4-cyl. or a 2.0L Atkinson-cycle 4-cyl.
Nissan Debuts Refreshed Sentra, Juke Stinger
Updates to the compact sedan’s interior include a new steering wheel, with a design similar to the Nissan 370Z’s wheel, a revised center-cluster design, and new console, shifter knob and a higher-resolution LCD display.
Kia Sportage Makes U.S. Debut
Updated exterior and interior styling, revised suspensions and engines retuned for better fuel economy and mid-range torque are key changes to the small CUV.
Toyota Aiming for 30% Increase in Prius Sales
Average midsize-sedan buyers could be wooed by the latest generation of Toyota’s dedicated hybrid, which uses a lithium-ion battery in five of its six grades.
Optima Still a Stunner
Kia’s Optima remains an above-average competitor in the hotly contested U.S. midsize-car segment thanks to its sharp exterior and on-road performance, although interior design and comfort is mixed.
Nissan Hopes for 20% Take Rate With New Altima SR
Sport grades are important in the midsize segment because they typically attract a younger buyer, some of them 10 years younger than those of traditional midsize-sedan grades, and buyers who also may be new to the model.
Japanese Big Three Set October Sales Records
Deliveries of Acura’s RDX, Toyota’s RAV4 and Nissan’s Rogue all rose sharply in the month, illustrating the continued strength of smaller CUVs.
Hyundai Reportedly Plans Premium Brand
The South Korean automaker for years has discussed the possibility of its own luxury marque, telling media in 2008 the cost of such a venture was a prohibitive-at-the-time $2.5 billion.

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