Christie Schweinsberg

Christie
Schweinsberg
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
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.
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.
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
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Sep 21, 2018
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Japan Vehicle Sales, June 2018  

Japan vehicle sales by vehicle type, company, and model line for June 2018....More
Sep 21, 2018
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% Factory Installed Electronic/ADAS Equipment on U.S. Cars and Light Trucks, '18 Model Year MIDYEAR  

U.S. electronic equipment installation rates on cars and light trucks by company, brand, and model line for the 2018 model year. Includes ADAS, navigation, sound, and entertainment systems....More
Sep 21, 2018
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% Factory Installed Equipment on U.S. Cars and Light Trucks, '18 Model Year MIDYEAR  

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

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