Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Associated Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Hyundai: Light-Truck Relief Likely With Santa Cruz, Small CUV
A compact pickup based on a Detroit auto show concept vehicle and an all-new B-segment CUV are near-certainties for the South Korean brand’s U.S. lineup.
Honda Pilot: Great Powertrain, Compromised Interior
Honda’s 3-row CUV is all-new for ’16, but despite a more powerful V-6 and excellent automatic transmission, feels like a step backward as several interior elements are cheapened.
Hyundai U.S. Chief: NA Capacity Announcement in 60-90 Days
Two possibilities include an expansion of Hyundai's Montgomery, AL, plant or Kia assembling some Hyundais at its forthcoming Mexico plant.
Detroit Three, Nissan Supplier Relations Worsen
If FCA, Ford, GM and Nissan had achieved the same rise in the WRI ranking as Honda and Toyota, the four automakers collectively would have posted an estimated $2.02 billion higher operating income in 2014.
FCA’s Busse Finds Inspiration Outside Industry
The splatter from a paintball, a genuine Texas Ranger’s badge, the warm lights of the Middle East and Lake Michigan stones are just some elements that have influenced recent FCA interiors.
Smarter, Lighter, Stronger Materials Seen for Future Interiors
Graphene to create conductive surfaces and seats using glass fiber and carbon fiber hybrid structural components are just two ideas seen for tomorrow’s innovative interior materials.
When the Wind Tunnel Is Not Enough
Massachusetts firm Exa promotes aerodynamic software simulation for faster, less expensive and what it says are more accurate results.
No Risky Business for Nissan Murano
On paper, the Murano’s distinctive Jasper Pearlescent trim clearly looks like a risk, but it works for our judges.
Toyota Announces Mirai Dealers
Eight California Toyota dealers will begin taking orders for the hydrogen-fuel-cell sedan this summer.
The Minivan, Reborn
Great colors, materials, ergonomics and creature comforts (footrests!) make the ’15 Sedona quite possibly the ultimate minivan.
Civic Concept Excitement Will Make it to Production; 3-Cyl. Still Under Study
The Civic lineup again will include 2- and 4-door body styles, powered by a new 1.5L turbocharged gasoline engine, as well as a hatchback for the first time in a long time and a U.S. Type R for the first time ever.
Honda HR-V: Generous Interior Space Trumps So-So Powertrain
Honda’s newest CUV, the HR-V, should benefit greatly from the reputation the automaker has established with its CR-V, the best-selling midsize CUV in the U.S.
Toyota Interiors: They’re Getting There
Models tested this year show Toyota a step behind rivals when it comes to lovely interiors, with the Lexus RC 350 coupe narrowly missing the 2015 list.
Honda Targets 70,000 Annual Sales of New HR-V
The Japanese automaker’s targeted volume would put the HR-V on a par with the Subaru XV Crosstrek, the best-seller in WardsAuto’s Small CUV segment in 2014.
Capacity Constraining Honda CUV Sales
The Japanese automaker is awaiting measures that will free up more capacity for the Pilot and CR-V CUVs, the latter the No.1-selling CUV in the U.S.
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