Christie Schweinsberg

Associated Editor,

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

Honda Looks to Regain Compact Crown With New Civic
The Japanese automaker admits it became too focused on the North American market and matching softer-riding competitors such as the Toyota Corolla.
Lexus Breaks Ground With RX’s Wood and Aluminum Trim
A laser etches away sapele wood to reveal an aluminum sub-layer, an effect the Toyota luxury brand calls “distinctly original,” emphasizing the RX’s “peerless next-level design.”
Toyota Sees Strong September Driven by Highlander, RAV4
It’s becoming harder to fulfill light-truck demand, as sales have been at record levels in the past two months and September looks to be another strong month for the sector, Toyota’s Bill Fay says.
Ford Sales Up 19.2% in September
Light trucks again outshone cars, with the former category rising 21.5% and the latter 14.1% vs. like-2014.
Lexus Seeing Global Growth, Europe Enamored With CUVs, Hybrids
“What we’ve really seen with Lexus over the last couple years is pretty much consistent, sustainable growth,” says Lexus International’s Matthew Callachor.
Infiniti Strives to Make QX50 a Contender With Refresh
Nissan’s luxury unit admits it let what had been one of the earliest entrants in a burgeoning segment languish, as luxury shoppers rejected its cramped backseat.
Nissan Says Altima Refresh One of Its Biggest
New exterior and interior styling, a reimagined center stack and center console and improved highway fuel economy for 2.5L models are just a few updates for ’16.
Honda Benchmarks Germans for 10th-Gen Civic Sedan
The upcoming ’16 Civic 4-door will get two new engines, a base 2.0L and, for higher trim levels, the brand’s first turbocharged mill in North America, plus have ride and handling characteristics to match higher-priced luxury C-cars.
New Infiniti Compact Breaks Cover Ahead of Frankfurt Debut
Although it’s a relatively inexpensive vehicle type, Infiniti says it spared no expense for its first C-car, promising “superior fit-and-finish details, both visible and tactile, across all grades.”
Krafcik Departs TrueCar for Google
The tech giant wants to get an autonomous vehicle in the market by 2020. It has put 1 million miles on prototypes, built by Roush in Livonia, MI, on California public roads with varying results.
Some Leafs See 23-Mile Range Increase
The change is effective with ’16-model SV and SL grades, and is due to a new 30-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
Lexus RX: Still Familiar, But With Bit More Spice
If the ’16 RX were a Thai dish we’d dub its level of heat “mild-plus,” with aggressive new sheet metal balanced out by light updates to its sport quotient.
Toyota Looks to Grow Prius Sales, Customer Base
Toyota sold 181,221 liftbacks, the original Prius body style, in 2007 in the U.S., but last year liftback and V wagon deliveries combined totaled 166,802.
New Prius Sees 10% Fuel Economy Improvement
A rating of 55 mpg gives the Prius best-in-class fuel economy among vehicles without a plug, Toyota says.
Toyota Investing $50 Million in Artificial Intelligence Research
Research areas will include improving the ability for intelligent vehicle technology to recognize objects around the vehicle in diverse environments, as well as the safe collaboration between vehicle occupants, other vehicles and pedestrians.
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