Christie Schweinsberg

Senior Editor,

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

Honda Sees Electrification Gains With Education Campaign 
Last year, the Japanese automaker had its best sales result yet with electrified vehicles, as well as its best sales in the sector in 13 years.
Valeo Eyes Autonomous, Electrified Future With Advanced Filtration, Radiant Heat Concepts 
Sensors, filters, radar and cameras help clear the air inside a vehicle and warm and cool occupants.
Nissan to Announce Mobility Plan Soon 
While previous company leadership was skeptical about mobility-as-a-service, which encompasses car sharing, ride sharing and ride hailing, Nissan now sees potential value in the business.
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.
Market Intel
Jan 1, 2018

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

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

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
Mar 21, 2019

South America Vehicle Sales, January 2019  

South America vehicle sales by company region, company and country for total vehicles and light vehicles for January 2019....More
Mar 20, 2019

North America Production, February 2019 - UPDATED  

North America production by country, vehicle type, and manufacturer; by manufacturer, model line, and country; by manufacturer and platform; by manufacturer and plant; and by manufacturer and segment group for February 2019....More
Mar 19, 2019

U.S. Domestic Car and Light Truck Platform Designations, '19 Model Year  

North America light vehicle platform designations for the U.S. market by vehicle type, company, and model for the 2019 model year. Includes drive system and wheel base in inches....More

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