Jim Mateja


A long-time veteran of the auto beat, Jim is based in Chicago and covers new product, sales, marketing and management issues.

GM Confident OnStar Hack Counterattack Successful
OnStar developed a software update to its RemoteLink app to patch the security flaw that had allowed hackers to control functions such as unlocking the doors and starting the engine.
Subaru Hitting on All Cylinders With All-Wheel Drive
Though CUVs are leading the way, marketing strategist Dave Sullivan says Subaru is benefiting from the all-wheel-drive technology employed in almost all of its cars yet is offered by few competitors.
Cadillac Exec Mum on Raising High-Performance Stakes
Tony Roma, chief engineer for the luxury brand’s new V-Series line, doesn’t say whether the automaker eventually might challenge Mercedes’ AMG Black Series.
New Scion Models Reflect Demographic Fine-Tuning
Group Vice President Doug Murtha says buyer demographics for the iA sedan and iM hatchback basically are the same as those for any car in the Scion lineup: people who want a high-mileage, affordable new small car that isn’t bare-bones.
Exec: Chrysler Won’t Cut Corners to Reach Mainstream 
Although Chrysler is moving the 300 toward the mainstream, the automaker still is targeting buyers of the near-luxury sedans it has rivaled in the past.
Mitsubishi Plans Cautious Product Push in U.S.
In addition to a new-gen Montero based on its Chicago concept vehicle, the brand plans a Mirage sedan and Outlander plug-in, and is discussing joint-venture deals with Renault and other automakers.
Toyota Freshens Up Avalon; Special-Edition Camry, Corolla in Plans
The lower-luxury Avalon gets some styling tweaks, most notably a new grille and lighting, plus some upgraded standard equipment. It hits the market later this year.
Chevrolet Expects to Sell All Colorado Pickups It Can Build
The new midsize trucks are leaving dealer lots in less than 17 days, says a top official, with 41% of buyers new to the brand.
Mitsubishi Concept Beefs Up, Electrifies Montero
The concept rendition is a gasoline/electric plug-in hybrid that teams a supercharged 3.0L, 335-hp gasoline V-6 and 8-speed automatic with a 94-hp electric motor powered by lithium-ion batteries.
All-New ’16 Honda Pilot Puts Accent on Technology 1
Infotainment hardware includes five USB ports, four with 2.5-amp output, to charge iPads or smartphones while in use; an auxiliary jack for most audio players; an HDMI port for a gaming console; two headphone jacks; and two 12V power outlets.
GM Exec Confirms Bolt to Be Built at Michigan Plant 3
GM North America President Alan Batey says the automaker will invest $200 million to bring out the Bolt, $160 million in tooling and equipment and $40 million for new dies at its Pontiac Metal Center facilities.
Redesigned Chevy Equinox Breezes Into Chicago
GM’s volume brand also shows in Chicago the Silverado Custom, a new variant for the recently redesigned pickup that seeks to strike a balance between equipment levels and affordability.
Illinois Dealers Win Cut in New-Vehicle Lease Tax
Customers who lease a vehicle now pay taxes only on money due at lease inception and on monthly lease payments, not on the vehicle’s full purchase price.
Illinois Dealers Get OK to Hike Fee
Retailers get a $2.16 hike, or 1.3%, in the paperwork fee they can charge to new-car buyers in 2015.
Tougher Ad Rules on Books for Chicago Auto Dealers 
The changes reduce the time dealerships have to correct violations in their ads and tighten the standards under which a violating dealer is referred to the Illinois attorney generalʼs office for discipline.

Apr 29, 2016

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