Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Lexus Design Dazzles Again
Artfully patterned ‘diagonal-L’ perforated seats, stunning hand-pleated door trim, titanium-look metal bezels and plenty of leather and suede make Lexus’ flagship sedan a winner.
QX50 Subtle, Yet Daring
The beautiful, muted colors inside the Essential grade of the ’19 luxury CUV soothe our stressed minds upon entry, while a key material is used in a new and unique way.
Toyota Rises, Everyone Else Falls in OEM-Supplier Relations Study
Falling into the poor/very poor relations category is Ford, dropping 20 points to 250, while FCA and Nissan continue to slide.
JLR Melds Interior Simplicity With Tech
Multifunction “dynamic dials,” with small screens inside the dial, are something Jaguar and Land Rover have been using and advancing on their center stacks for roughly five years, but in the brands’ newest models the dials get slicker
Subaru Ascent Job One Rolls Off Line; Toyota Investing in Canada Plants
The Japanese automakers are expanding their production of CUVs, a vehicle type destined to make up 70% of the U.S. sales mix in calendar-year 2018.
Corolla Hatch: More Fun Outside Than Inside
The second generation of Toyota’s hatchback Corolla has a better engine and road composure than the first, but the youth-focused car’s interior needs more zing.
Toyota Sales Rise 3.2% in April; Nissan Dives
Light trucks again offset declining car sales at Toyota, while Nissan sees losses across the board.
Mitsubishi: Early Eclipse CUV Sales Promising
The small Japanese automaker nearly two years ago joined the Renault-Nissan Alliance, with which it will share platforms in the future.
New Corolla to Spur $170M Investment in Toyota Mississippi Plant
The new Corolla hatchback, assembled in Japan, goes on sale in the U.S. in July. Toyota has yet to reveal what the Mississippi-built next-gen Corolla sedan will look like.
Teardown Guru Finds Good, Bad in Tesla Model 3 Construction
“This thing is like way over-designed by normal standards,” says teardown-and-benchmarking specialist Sandy Munro of Tesla’s Model 3.
An Athletic Avalon? It's True 1
To make its biggest sedan alluring to younger buyers, the newest iteration of Toyota’s flagship car has an aggressive new exterior and an adaptive suspension for when more spirited driving is desired.
Toyota Aims for Bolder, More Exciting Interiors
Color and pattern are playing a bigger role than before inside the brand’s U.S. vehicles.
Toyota Hopes to Boost Compact Hatch Sales
The Japanese automaker sees more upside for its Corolla compact 5-door, which gets a new generation for ’19.
Nissan Declutters Altima Interior, Aims for Serenity
Nissan designers working on the Altima wanted fewer controls, or ones more logically placed, to create open-ness.
Wards 10 Best Interiors Nominees Color Our World
Green, orange, red, navy and shades of brown spice up the industry’s newest interiors. Forty all-new or significantly redesigned interiors are being evaluated this year.
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Mar 8, 2018
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