Steve Mertl

Vancouver Correspondent
Address: Automotive News Canada,
PO Box 243, Station A, Windsor, Ontario, N9A 6K7
Phone: (604) 551-8653
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Recent authored articles

Nissan takes advantage of Quebec incentives, launches used Leaf program

Nissan is launching a program to sell or lease used Leaf electric vehicles in Quebec, where they will qualify for the province's $4,000 Drive Electric inventive program if they are originally from out of province.

Honda sells its two millionth Civic in Canada

Honda Canada Inc. says it has sold its two millionth Civic since bringing the model to Canada in 1973. The automaker says the car was sold at a dealership in Winnipeg.

BMW Financial tops Canadian lending survey for 5th straight year

BMW Financial Services is the highest-rated captive lender in J.D. Power's 2017 Canadian Dealer Financing Satisfaction Survey. The Bank of Montreal topped the list of lenders not owned by an automaker.

VW dealers take on buffer role between customers and settlement

Volkswagen dealers in Canada are sweating the details to help eligible customers navigate the settlement process for their affected diesel vehicles.

Toronto's Pfaff auto to sell $270,000 Briggs Automotive track-day special

Pfaff Automotive Partners has formed a partnership with Briggs Automotive Co. (BAC) to import the U.K. company's Mono track-day special.

B.C.'s Ballard to supply fuel cell engine for Kenworth truck

Ballard Power Systems says Kenworth Truck Co. will use its FCveloCity-HD 85-kilowatt fuel cell engine to power a hybrid class 8 truck as part of a two-year demonstration project.

Former Honda Canada CEO Jerry Chenkin joins Dilawri Group as vice-chair

Jerry Chenkin, who joined Honda Canada in 1975, shortly after emigrating from Britain, said he will provide strategic direction for Dilawri Group, the country's largest dealership group.

Pfaff adds Toronto BMW and Mini dealerships to its portfolio

Pfaff Automotive Partners has acquired two suburban Toronto dealerships, bringing the group's portfolio to 14.

Doors open, orders begin to pile in for Solo EV

Electra Meccanica, which expects to begin delivering Solo single-seat battery-electric vehicles this spring, is open for business.

Why GM needs to get the Bolt right, out of the box

Expectations for the Chevrolet Bolt are high so the automaker has to deliver a vehicle that is not only technologically advanced but durable and reliable.

Subaru Canada continues growth by not being 'everything to everybody'

Subaru's market share in Canada has increased to 2.6 per cent from 2.4 per cent in the last 12 months. Analyst Dennis DesRosiers calls the automaker "truly one of the all-stars in our industry."

Fuel-cell maker Ballard extends contract with unnamed OEM

Canadian fuel-cell pioneer Ballard Power Systems says it has signed a follow-on contract with an unnamed “leading global automotive OEM” that further extends a deal first reached in 2014.

The $1 billion hidden cost of potholes keeps dealers busy

A pothole can damage wheels, tires, steering and suspension or simply knock wheels out of alignment. But there's little information available to help measure the scope of the pothole problem in Canada.

Third-party websites battle to host dealer inventories

UPDATED: 04/04/17 9:25 pm ET -- Correction

The internet, preferred entry point for the vast majority of vehicle buyers, has turned third-party auto-shopping sites into a fiercely competitive arena.

Subcompacts worth 37% after four years, Toyota FJ is 83%

The erosion of the market for conventional sedans in favour of utility vehicles is hurting the retained value of used models, a study says.

Ballard, never profitable, remains in the auto game

Ballard PowerSystems has never been out of the automotive business completely, but the hydrogen fuel cell pioneer has flown below the radar while growing its revenue base elsewhere.

Ballard inks $11 million deal to deliver 200 fuel cell engines to China

Ballard Power Systems says it has an $11 million deal to supply 200 of its FCveloCity fuel cell engines to Broad-Ocean Motor Co. of Zhongshan, China.

Survey finds 62% of Canadians in mood to buy a new vehicle

A poll by Ipsos found 62 per cent of those contacted were either very or somewhat likely to purchase a car or truck within the next two years, an 11-percentage-point jump over last year's poll.

Electra Meccanica teases Tofino electric roadster concept

Electra Meccanica, which is building the Solo single-seat three-wheel commuter EV, says it wants to build a racy two-seat electric roadster.

Vancouver International Auto Show sets attendance record

The Vancouver International Auto Show drew a record 115,608 visitors over its six-day run, up 13 per cent from last year's record attendance. Its success is credited to its ability to adapt to a changing market.

Dilawri Group expands presence in Quebec

Dilawri Group has expanded its presence in Quebec with the acquisition of Cadillac Chevrolet Buick GMC West Island in the Montreal suburb of Dollard-des-Ormeaux.

Toyota Canada campaigns hard for Mirai FCEV

The introduction of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles (HFCVs) in Canada continues to be stalled by the chicken-and-egg standoff: What comes first, the cars or the refuelling stations?

Toyota sweeps AJAC 'green' awards

UPDATED: 3/31/17 3:30 pm ET -- correction

Two Toyotas have swept the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada's 2017 “green” vehicle awards.

Kia Canada partners with Special Olympics at $500,000 a year

Kia Canada has entered into a multi-year partnership with Special Olympics Canada to support the participation of the intellectually disabled in sports.

Automakers have saved a couple debuts for Vancouver auto show this week

The Vancouver International Auto Show falls fairly late on the car-show calendar, but it doesn't mean automakers haven't saved a debut or two for consumers in B.C.