Christie Schweinsberg

Senior Editor,

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

Right Time for Prime
Toyota’s latest plug-in version of its venerable Prius hybrid has great bang-for-the-buck, and comes at a time when plug-ins are the hottest green-car segment.
Toyota’s Lentz: About 3,000 Workers Expected to Move to Texas 1
Toyota will have 4,000 jobs at the new Plano HQ, which will house sales, marketing, finance, accounting, engineering and technology functions, meaning approximately 1,000 positions will be filled with new hires.
Honda Unveils New CR-V, Prepares for Higher Volume 4
In addition to Greensburg, IN, which up to now has assembled only the Civic and the Civic-based Acura ILX, Honda will continue building the CR-V at its East Liberty, OH, and Alliston, ON, Canada, plants.
Toyota: HQ, Scion Transitions Going Well
Toyota expects to have about 1,000 employees in temporary office space in Texas by the end of this year.
Hyundai Expected to Build Genesis Models in Alabama
Hyundai has talked of expanding its existing 2 million-sq.-ft. vehicle-assembly plant or putting a second vehicle plant on the 1,744-acre site.
Potential From Monetizing Apps Too Great to Ignore, Says Panel
“If the vehicle became a channel for consumption, why shouldn’t the vehicle play a role in that transaction?” says an FCA executive.
Nissan Hopes to Match RAV4 Hybrid Ratio With Rogue
Hybrids made up 12.7% of the RAV4’s sales through September, accounting for nearly all the sales growth for the Toyota CUV this year.
Augmented Reality Next HUD Frontier
Projecting icons generated by advanced safety systems on the windshield is seen as a way to create safer driving.
Japan Big Three Post Mixed September Results
The Corolla outsells the Camry for only the second time, while all three automakers set September CUV records.
Toyota Brings Stop-Start to U.S. on Highlander, Expands D-4S
An up-to-1 mpg (0.4 km/L) improvement in city driving can be realized by leaving on Toyota’s stop-start.
Ridgeline Full of Surprise and Delight
Stirring up a lot of emotion for our judges is the Ridgeline’s fabled in-bed audio system, which won us over for its huge fun factor.
Infiniti Reveals Full VC-Turbo Details 1
A multilink technology, with piston-connecting rods almost vertical during the combustion cycle, was created in 1998 and is one of 300 technologies Infiniti says it has patented for the VC-Turbo.
GMC Acadia Does It All, Well
The 3-row CUV scores highly for its adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, maps/navigation, controls and connectivity options.
Toyota Cuts Mirai Lease Price to Help Build Awareness
The monthly payment and down payment to lease Toyota’s first fuel-cell vehicle for retail customers falls for ’17.
Toyota Scrambling for More Light Trucks
The traditionally car-centric Japanese automaker predicts a record light-truck sales year in the U.S. and is on the hunt for more capacity.


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