Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Accord Hybrid: Too Green, Not Green Enough 1
The latest iteration of Honda’s midsize hybrid sedan may fall in between current trends: too green for the utility-vehicle lovers and not green enough for the eco enthusiasts.
Honda Cars Defying Gravity
Honda-brand car deliveries were 10.2% higher through June than the first six months of 2016, a period when Toyota’s car volume fell 10.8%, Ford’s was down 9.1% and Chrysler’s plunged 45.4%.
Nissan Hopes to Grow Pathfinder Sales; Small CUVs No Threat
Sales of large CUVs such as the Pathfinder fell 14.0% through June, WardsAuto data shows, while Small and Middle CUVs were up.
Nissan Updates Pathfinder’s Power, Looks for ’17
An increase in engine output, thanks in part to the addition of direct injection, helps boost towing capability to best-in-class, while safety technology is added and styling updated.
Prius’ Best Days in Rearview Mirror? 2
Despite an all-new generation that debuted in January, sales of the sedan were down 10.5% through June. Are the best days behind the industry’s most popular green car?
Fiat 124 Spider a Fun Ride 2
The automatic version is less than thrilling, but the manual-equipped drop-top 2-seater is a blast to drive, and with a base price of less than $25,000 it’s a relative bargain.
Toyota and Honda Down, Nissan Rises in June
Toyota blames low light-truck inventory for June downturn, while Honda and Nissan results diverge.
Connected Vehicles Ultimately a Good Thing, Says Covisint
If an automaker in partnership with a supplier using Covisint’s identity and access-management technology can detect failure patterns via examining smart-part data, then expensive and time-consuming disasters could be avoided.
Kia Takes Top Spot as Initial Quality Makes Biggest Jump Since 2009
Chrysler and Jeep are the most improved brands on the 2016 IQS, as domestic automakers outrank import automakers for only the second time in 30 years.
Noisy Latches No More 1
A leading door-latch supplier says most of its customers are beginning to turn an ear to the common device, and they don’t always like what they hear.
Smart Cities Coming, But How Useful Will They Be for Residents?
Are smart-city technologies an expensive boondoggle for cities or a way to make residents lives easier?
Fiat: Affordability, Heritage Spider Strengths
A new version of an old Fiat nameplate mixes heritage design with modern technology and updates the car from its Mazda cousin.
Supplier Demonstrates Always-On High Beams 2
Due to the hassle of having to switch between low and high beams with conventional headlight units, high beams are used just 10%-15% of the time by U.S. drivers.
Honda Built Ridgeline Bed for Fun, Durability 1
Audio, the ability to connect a TV and composite material that won’t mar easily are some of the innovations featured in the new midsize pickup’s bed.
Toyota Slips 2.0% in May While Honda Rises 
Toyota’s CUVs and SUVs have a best-ever month, Honda’s cars shine, but low supply and movement away from luxury cars hampers Lexus and Acura results.
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