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Nissan Altima makes comeback

The Altima name is back on
Nissan’s family sedan for 2015.

THE Nissan Altima's nameplate is back on the local market for 2015 picking up where it left off, providing an alternative to the other mid-sized sedans from Japan's big two. On the surface, there doesn't seem to be much of a visual change from the previous Teana, but it was never an ugly vehicle to ... Read More

Joel Jackson in his Subaru Impreza WRX STi. Troops rally for final
Rally Jamaica 2014 will rev off tomorrow at 9:30 am in Bog Walk, St Catherine, with one of the large ... Read More

Fitz Jackson chaired the meeting of the joint select committee
(JSC) of Parliament reviewing the proposed traffic bill in the
absence of chairman Dr Omar Davies, and his deputy, Dr
Morais Guy. At right: Peter Townsend Call for brakes on traffic bill
GARTH Lyttle — lawyer for public transport groups Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and ... Read More

Kent
LaCroix Real deals for motor show
KENT LaCroix, Automobile Dealers Association (ADA) chairman, says he is encouraging patrons to visit ... Read More

Painful return for local racers

Friday, November 21, 2014    

Driver David Summerbell was sidelined by mechanical failure.

IT was a bad turn of events for the primary team of Peter Rae and David Summerbell Jr as they represented Jamaica at last weekend's finale of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) in Guyana. "My worst accident on track to date," Rae told Auto. In the first CMRC race of the day, on the first corner of the very first lap Rae's Mazda was hit by one car, only to be sent into the path of another oncoming racer. The final impact speared the car across the circuit, breaking Rae's right hand. ... Read More

Portlanders, a class act

Friday, November 21, 2014    

It was a testament to the love and care given to these
classic machines that they were able to make such a long
journey. (PHOTOS: RORY DALEY)

THE Jamaica Classic Car Club (JCCC) made the final of its monthly treks for the year to the Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonio, Portland, last Sunday. "The members loved the outing and, as a matter of fact, they want it to be an early event next year," Shane Angus, JCCC president, told Auto. Sixteen members from around the island, from as far as Mandeville, made the journey to show off their cars and classic bikes at the beautiful seaside location. Their enjoyment was bolstered by the signific ... Read More

'We don't want their junk'

Friday, November 21, 2014    

TOKYO, Japan — Port workers adjust the rope from a freight vessel moored at the pier of a container terminal in Tokyo on
Tuesday, July 8, 2014. The drop in oil prices helped trim Japan’s trade deficit in October, as exports of cars, ships and steel picked
up pace. (PHOTO: AP)

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) — The Antigua and Barbuda Government has defended the decision to ban the importation of used vehicles more than five years old into the island. Government Chief of Staff Lionel McHurst, appearing on a radio programme here Wednesday, said a car more than five years old imported into the country does not have a long life-span. "And therefore, it becomes a problem to dispose of," he told radio listeners, noting that Antigua and Barbuda no longer exports metal "like ... Read More

Photo Finish - Toyota Pay Day

Friday, November 21, 2014    

Nesha Irving couldn’t resist
the pull of the Toyota FT-86.

Toyota Day, recently held at the Falmouth Pier parking lot in Trelawny didn't only deliver large numbers of finely tuned cars from the brand, it also hit pay dirt with its lovely female fans. Photos: Rory Daley and Napthali Junior Photo Finish logo - Toyota Pay Day --> Read More

PHOTO FINISH - Flashback Friday

Friday, November 21, 2014    

Team Big Ship comprising (from left) Therese
Lindsay, Melissa Shaw, Kimberly Shaw and Trudy-
Ann Shaw are among the earliest outfits to arrive.

You've been asking for it, and we've decided to grant you your wish. Here are a few memories from the recently concluded interparish challenge, Ram Goat Run. Flashback Friday --> Read More

Hamilton says he is under no pressure ahead of title-decider

Friday, November 21, 2014    

HAMILTON... in terms
of the pressure, I
don't really feel
anything

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) — Lewis Hamilton has insisted that he is under no pressure ahead of the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend. Hamilton leads Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by 17 points and needs to finish second if Rosberg wins to secure the title. "I come into the weekend trying to win the race, like always. So nothing changes there," said Hamilton whose grandfather was born in Grenada. "In terms of the pressure, I don't really feel anything. I have be ... Read More

Photo Finish - Sold on Subaru

Thursday, November 20, 2014    

Judith Denton, KIG’s sales and marketing manager,
shares a photo op with Richard Panton, president of
Subaru Owners Club of Jamaica, at the launch.

The anticipation was in overdrive at the KIG showroom on Spanish Town Road in Kingston on Wednesday, as car and motorsport enthusiats turned out to see the 2015 Subaru WRX STI. They were not disappointed. Camera flashes welcomed the latest member of Subaru family as it made its way to the showroom. And as usual, Auto was there to capture the moments. Photos: Karl McLarty Read More

Gov't in car assembly plant talks, says Hylton

BY STEVEN JACKSON Business reporter jacksons@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, November 19, 2014    

HYLTON… they can assemble and add value in very important
ways here

A car maker is in talks with the Government to set up an assembly plant within the conceptualised logistics hub, Industry Minister Anthony Hylton has said. Hylton declined to name the company, but suggested that it would use the island to quickly fulfil orders to major markets. "If I would tell this audience that Jamaica could be a player in the automotive industry you would laugh, but it's true," Hylton said in an address to the 'Global Value Chain Management for Competitiveness' forum at the ... Read More

Toyota aims to replicate Prius success with fuel cell Mirai

Wednesday, November 19, 2014    

The Toyota Mirai, Toyota Motor Corporation’s first commercially available, mid-sized hydrogen fuel cell sedan, is seen
yesterday at a press preview in Newport Beach, California.

California, United States (Reuters) -- Toyota Motor Corporation on Monday said it will introduce its first mass-market fuel cell car in the United States next year, hoping to replicate the success of its Prius hybrid with a vehicle that runs on hydrogen instead of gasoline. The four-person sedan named Mirai, the Japanese word for "future", will be at California dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2015. Only 200 will be available in the United States next year, with volumes increasing to 3,000 ... Read More

Fewer deaths in Nov

Friday, November 14, 2014    

SSP Calvin Allen

THE month of November has seen a decline in road fatalities, according to the latest figures from the Road Safety Unit (RSU) in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing. Nearly half-way through the month and the fatalities stand at two. "It is early days yet. But we're hoping this positive and significant trend continues. We would like it to remain that way," said SSP Calvin Allen, head of the JCF Traffic Division. A total of 271 people have died since January, with the months of March an ... Read More



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