Jim Mateja


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

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.
Chrysler Sees AWD as Key Selling Point of New 200  3
The automaker expects the take rate to exceed 15% in the snowbelt.
Dodge Rakes in Early Orders for Hellcat Lineup 
“We hope it will grow traffic to Dodge showrooms, where people can see how much better Dodge has become,” Brand Manager Bob Broderdorf says.
Isuzu Won’t Play Role in GM’s Next-Gen U.S. Pickups 
Even with tougher fuel-economy rules coming into play, officials apparently don’t believe future U.S. demand could be served with a pickup designed primarily for emerging markets.
Buyers Line Up Quickly for Corvette Z06 
GM drew 5,600 orders for the high-performance car in its first week on sale, more than the automaker can build for ’15, the car’s chief engineer says.
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