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Steve Mertl

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

Canada could be on an emissions collision course with the U.S.

Canada could find itself drawn into the tussle over U.S. emissions standards if a review of current regulation leads to their relaxation.

National ZEV strategy coming, but Ottawa re-canvassing provinces

Transport Canada says some “breathing space” is needed to reassess an upcoming national ZEV strategy while the federal government hopes the plan will still be unveiled before the end of 2018.

National EV incentive program could cost billions, study finds

The Canadian government would need to spend billions of dollars if federal incentives were used to reach an"'aspirational goal" of seeing electric vehicles comprise 30 per cent of all new-vehicle sales.

Mazda CX-9 sales surge as its closest competition slides

Sales in the intermediate sport utility vehicle segment have dipped so far this year but Mazda's CX-9 three-row sport utility vehicle has been among those bucking the trend, Mazda Canada said.

Canadian Black Book offers Vin-UP's digital buy-back tool for dealers

Vin-UP scans a vehicle's identification number and can then generate a coupon giving the buy-back value for the vehicle and include dealer and automaker purchase incentives.

Mazda Connect upgraded for 2019 CX-9; retrofit offered for other models

Mazda is launching an upgraded version of its Mazda Connect infotainment system as standard equipment on the 2019 CX-9 intermediate SUV but also plans to offer retrofit kits for other models as far back as 2013.

Just 40% of defective Takata airbags in Canada have been replaced

About 2.3 million defective Takata airbags in Canada have been replaced, Transport Canada says. Toyota has launched its own campaign to reach thousands of owners who have not replaced their airbags.

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.

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