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Steve Mertl

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

Who might buy Mercedes-Benz's 4 Vancouver dealerships?

Mercedes-Benz Canada is selling four of its 11 remaining corporately owned dealerships. The question now is: Who will buy them?

How a U.S. auto tariff would affect the used-car market

A threatened U.S. tariff on new vehicles and parts would disrupt the North American auto industry and send ripples throughout the used car market, experts say.

Vancouver's Mojio tech company to connect cars for MetroPCS in U.S.

Mojio, the Vancouver-based provider of connected-car technology and services, is partnering with MetroPCS to power the U.S. wireless provider's MetroSMART Ride app, which tracks a vehicle's health, performance and more.

Fintechs are new players in online auto purchases

Fintechs are information-technology providers specializing in applications delivering F&I products to customers via a dealer's website.

Porsche teams with video-game maker Epic Games in design tools breakthrough

Porsche has partnered with video-game maker Epic Games and NVIDIA, a leader in graphic processing hardware to demonstrate what they tout as a breakthrough in computer design rendering.

Electra Meccanica going public with a listing on NASDAQ

Canadian electric-vehicle maker Electra Meccanica has announced a US$10-million public offering and a NASDAQ listing to raise capital to fund volume production of its Solo single-seat electric car.

Toyota Canada aggressively hunting for vehicles with Takata airbag inflators

Toyota Canada has launched an aggressive campaign to encourage thousands of owners to bring their vehicles in for service to have potentially dangerous Takata airbag inflators replaced.

More than just VW's emissions scandal is killing the diesel engine

Volkswagen's emissions scandal coupled with heavy spending in electric technology and tightening emissions policies on a global scale have possibly put diesel on a slow road to oblivion.

Mercedes-Benz Canada selling its 4 Vancouver corporate stores

Mercedes-Benz Canada has put its four corporately owned Metro Vancouver dealerships up for sale. The plan also includes selling a company-owned body shop bundled with the North Vancouver store.

ZEV sales mandate, similar to Quebec's, said to be on horizon in B.C.

British Columbia could become the second province to introduce a zero-emissions vehicle sales mandate when it unveils an climate-change strategy this fall. The king-making Green Party is "convinced" a mandate is coming.

EV maker Electra Meccanica inks hotel deal

Electric-vehicle start-up Electra Meccanica has announced a tie-in with a Victoria hotel that will make its Solo cars available to guests at a small extra charge.

Canadian car buyers flock to online shopping tools

New online shopping tools are pushing more auto-sales transactions into the digital world, raising the question of whether the Internet will prove as disruptive to the car business as to other retail sectors.

A third of mid-size sedans sold in Canada end up in fleets, report finds

Light-vehicle fleet registrations grew fractionally in Canada in 2017, with slightly more than a third of all mid-size sedans sold ending up in fleets, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.

Electra Meccanica's single-seat Solo EV gets U.S. certification

Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp. reports it has won long-awaited U.S. certification of its Solo single-seat electric vehicle and its first unit has been sent to an unidentified customer in Los Angeles.

Canada's growing EV market dogged by product shortage

For people in the market for an electric vehicle in Canada, patience is a virtue. Yearlong waits for delivery are not unusual, and the scarce availability means few are even on lots for test drives.

Green is favourite colour at Vancouver auto show

Green is the primary colour at the Vancouver International Auto Show, even more now that gasoline tops $1.50 a litre here and automakers roll out more plug-in hybrid and zero-emission vehicles in key segments.

B.C. luxury dealers blindsided, angered by new 25% sales tax

Luxury sales make up 16.3 per cent of the B.C. market, above the national average of 11.6 per cent, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants. Luxury cars will face higher taxes starting April 1.

Vancouver to require EV charging stations for all new condo parking

New multi-family residential developments, such as condominiums, built in Vancouver next year will require electric-vehicle charging capabilities in every parking stall except those for visitors.

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