Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Nissan Forms Business to Explore V2G, Bidirectional Charging 
Businesses with large buildings potentially could save thousands of dollars by drawing energy from lithium-ion battery packs to stave off high electricity costs.
Wards Intelligence | Outlook Q4 2018: Charging, the Grid and Grading the OEMs 
Attendees and Outlook subscribers, download this presentation and video from the December 13 Wards Intelligence Outlook Conference, Q4 2018.
Toyota Plans More CUVs for U.S. 
LMC-Wards forecast data shows two new Toyota crossovers are due in coming years, including a joint product with another automaker.
UX, HMI Need to Get Better, Quick 
Industry players debate confusing icons, long development times, stressed software engineers and handling the threat of Apple and Google.
Total U.S. Plug-In Sales Approaching 1 Million; Tesla Dominates BEVs 
If monthly sales of BEVs and PHEVs mimic September’s rates (19,412 for BEVs and 10,062 for PHEVs), the 1 million mark should be reached by November.
Volvo: Middle-Territory Autonomy “Dangerous,” 2021 Intro for Level 4 
“We are too slow when we are not focused. It can take minutes to reactivate us. That is something we learned,” Volvo Cars' CEO says of human drivers.
Acura: CDX Too Small, RDX Just Right 
“For the most part a lot of the people that are buying those cars are settling for something smaller than (what) they really do want,” an Acura official says of small luxury CUVs.
Toyota Sales Drop 5.1% in May, Nissan Drop Less Severe, Honda Flat
Both Toyota and Nissan sold more than 38,000 units in May of their respective compact CUVs, the RAV4 and Rogue. Nevertheless, their brand totals were impacted by falling car sales.
FCA’s Benjamin Talks Wrangler Heritage, Why AVs Will Elevate Interiors
Elements of the earliest generations of the Wrangler can be found in the new ’18 model, including the trapezoidal surfacing of the 1954 CJ.
Changing Priorities, Autonomy, Computerization to Shift User Experience
As billions of dollars are being poured into creating autonomous vehicles, consumers wonder if they need to own a vehicle anymore.
Acura Sets Sights on Europeans With New RDX
Competing CUVs such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes GLC and Volvo XC60 were benchmarked for the third generation of Acura’s compact luxury utility vehicle.
Incremental Improvements to Leaf Helpful 
The car falls short of the Chevy Bolt on range and infotainment, but has a lovely interior with above-average materials and does well in suburbia.
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.
Market Intel
Jan 1, 2018
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2018 Commercial Vehicle Report  

A thorough examination on the state of the U.S. commercial vehicle market, highlighting risks and opportunities for industry players....More
Sep 18, 2017
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Commercial Vehicle Utilization Report  

Commercial Vehicle Brand Utilization Report provides analysis of available data to spot risks and opportunities and help guide business strategy and investment....More
Jun 30, 2017
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2017 U.S. Light-Vehicle Equipment Report  

Data and analysis covering five years of equipment take rates for powertrain, ADAS, safety and other major features....More
Market Analysis
Data
Jan 22, 2019
Datasheet
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% Powertrain Installations on U.S. Cars and Lt. Trucks, '18 Model Year  

U.S. powertrain installations on cars and light trucks by source, company, brand, model line for the 2018 model year. Includes number of cylinders, displacement, fuel system, configuration, transmission, brakes, 4WD/AWD, and stability control....More
Jan 22, 2019
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% Factory Installed Equipment on U.S. Cars and Light Trucks, '18 Model Year  

U.S. equipment installation rates on cars and light trucks by source, company, brand, and model line for the 2018 model year. Includes air conditioning, power equipment, leather seats, and styled wheels....More
Jan 22, 2019
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U.S. Cars and Light Trucks by Body Style, '18 Model Year  

U.S. vehicles by segment group, company, brand, and model line by body style for the 2018 model year....More

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