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Enter the X2

PARIS, France — BMW’s coupe-like Concept X2 debuted yesterday at the Paris Auto Show. Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vicepresident for BMW Group Design, described the X2 as a “vehicle for active people looking for a combination of enjoyment and practicality”. Many major automakers are finding the Paris auto show, held in a city whose mayor wants to ban diesels to reduce pollution, as a fine place to show off new zero-emission electric cars. (Photo: AP)

PARIS, France — BMW’s coupe-like Concept X2 debuted yesterday at the Paris Auto Show. Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice-president for BMW Group Design, described the X2 as a “vehicle for active people looking for a combination of enjoyment and practicality”. Many major automak ... Read More

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra goes the stylish route in order to tempt buyers away from their default SUV options. (Photos: Rory Daley) Electrifying Elantra
While the crossover and sport utility vehicle market segments are white hot right now, the mid-sized ... Read More

Rookie or not, Timothy Stewart turned up the heat for some high-flying action. (Photos: Donavan Montague) Gregg aims big
With a win in the third and final Drivers Rallysport Club Rallysprint held last Sunday in Bog Walk, ... Read More

It’s a Summerbell sandwich as Justin Sirgany (front) battles hard for the Rotax Junior lead from Senna Summerbell and Joshua Sirgany.Photos: Rory Daley JKA in reverse
The Jamaica Karting Association (JKA) held its seventh meet for the year on September 18 at Palisado ... Read More

UK’s globalised car industry wary of Brexit impact

Friday, September 30, 2016    

PARIS, France (AP) — This should be a fine time for British carmakers, with sales on the rise, but for one major storm front — the impossible-to-predict ramifications of the country’s vote to leave the European Union (EU). As British industry leaders showed off their wares Wednesday beneath the Eiffel Tower ahead of the Paris Motor Show, Britain’s EU exit (Brexit) remains a vexing concern because it’s not clear how the complex and highly globalised auto trade will ... Read More

Electrics touted at PARIS CAR SHOW but await their moment

Friday, September 30, 2016    

PARIS, France — Volkswagen CEO Herbert Deiss introduces the new Volkswagen electric car during a press conference at the Paris Motor Show yesterday. Many major automakers are finding the Paris auto show, held in a city whose mayor wants to ban diesels to reduce pollution, as a fine place to show off new zero-emission electric cars.

PARIS, France (AP) — When will electric-powered cars become a practical choice for ordinary people? The question hangs in the air at the Paris auto show where Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and General Motors are showing off electric cars they hope are the on-ramp to a profitable future. The raft of new vehicles lends buzz to electric cars. But earlier over-optimistic predictions have also bred scepticism. Volkswagen compared its ID electric compact to its historic Beetle and mainstay Golf mo ... Read More

Diesel isn’t dead yet, says Renault-Nissan CEO

Friday, September 30, 2016    

PARIS, France — Nissan Motor Company President and CEO Carlos Ghosn addresses the media during the presentation of the Nissan Micra as part of the first press day at the Paris Auto Show yesterday. The Paris Auto Show will open its gates to the public from October 1 to 16. (Photo: AP)

PARIS, France (AP) — Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn isn’t ready to give up on diesel — though he admits that tougher emissions rules emerging from the Volkswagen scandal are a boon to his company’s bet on electric cars. In an interview yesterday with The Associated Press at the Paris auto show, Ghosn said, “Without any doubt we will continue to develop diesel,” particularly for SUVs and other high-range cars. Renault also invested early and big in electric ... Read More

ATL Autobahn West to showcase 2017 BMW and MINI in MoBay Saturday

Thursday, September 29, 2016    

The new
BMW 328i

MONTEGO BAY, St James — BMW and MINI enthusiasts will get a chance to see some of the luxury brands of vehicles in the 2017 model-year during the ATL Autobahn West’s 2017 Model Showcase to be held at the Bogue Showroom in Montego Bay on Saturday, October 1. The event follows the success of ATL Autobahn’s first-ever BMW and MINI 2017 model-year VIP viewing at the company’s Orchard Road Showroom in St Andrew in August. ATL Autobahn West’s Head of Business, Petren ... Read More

JUTC unleashes the Golden Dragon

Monday, September 26, 2016    

Chinese Ambassador to Jamaica Niu Qing Bao (left) and Transport Minister Mike Henry celebrate the handover of 35 Golden Dragon buses to the Jamaica Urban Transit Company, as the company’s chairman Gregory Mair (third left) and directors Theresa Turner and Errol Edwards share the occasion on Saturday. (Photo: Aston Spaulding)

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) on Saturday officially launched its new Golden Dragon buses, 35 of which were recently introduced to the bus company’s fleet. In a ceremony at the company’s Lyndhurst Road complex in Kingston, Transport and Mining Minister Mike Henry led a chorus in support of the very compact 39-seater Chinese-made units. Henry said the Golden Dragon buses were a well-needed addition to the company’s recently depleted fleet and represented continuity ... Read More

DRC finale on Sunday

Friday, September 23, 2016    

Kyle Gregg in action at a previous rally meet.

Drivers Rallysport Club (DRC) will hold its third and final sprint of 2016 on Sunday in Bog Walk, St Catherine, starting at 11:00 am. “This sprint will determine the winner of the DRC Sprint championship,” Warren Lamey, event organiser, told Auto. The event is scheduled to run the same format it did for the second sprint, with a massive 1.6-kilometre course which the drivers will have to complete three times. The course is deeper into the Tru-Juice Orchards and features several sp ... Read More

Tenth time’s a charm

Friday, September 23, 2016    

It’s what Honda fans have been dreaming about, the famous VTEC paired with turbocharging from the factory itself.

THE 2017 Honda Civic is like an old friend. It’s been lurking in the background for years but a chance get together quickly reminds you why it was your fave. For its 10th iteration, the Honda Civic has grown up, but not losing the key elements that brought it to the forefront of everyone’s attention in the first place, its fun and sporty nature. Externally, the car is curved like an athlete with a low, sleek, swooping line that defines the front grille all the way to its futuristic ... Read More

Henry calls for ACT-ION

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, September 23, 2016    

Ministerof Transport and Mining Mike Henry believes the newly tabled version of the Road Traffic Act is the last and should be in place by year-end. “The gestation period for the bill has been over 10 years. It is time for the baby to be delivered,” Henry told Auto yesterday. He said he craved the indulgence of his colleagues in parliament to ensure that “this time around” it is passed. Henry said he is satisfied that the new Bill tabled, when the House of Representat ... Read More

Pike heads ATL rental division

Friday, September 23, 2016    

Mike Pike

MARK Pike has been appointed to the position of general manager and head of business for ATL Automotive’s car rental division. Come November, Pike will be in charge of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental, and Alamo Rent-A-Car brands in Jamaica; a groundbreaking agreement that brings the entities to facilities in locations across the country for the first time ever. Pike heads the new team having joined from affiliate company Sandals Resorts International (SRI) where he developed ... Read More

Magna offering milestone deals

Friday, September 23, 2016    

Hyundai Creta

Magna Motors Dealership Limited has kicked off its first anniversary celebrations with a massive sales promotion; discounts, free service, and giveaways up to October 1. The anniversary special will feature a factory clearance on all 2016 models, inclusive of zero down payment, a special six per cent interest rate with NCB for 24 months, and 8 1/2 years to repay. Plus, up to 70 per cent off insurance and two years of free servicing by Hyundai-certified technicians at the world-class Hyundai Ser ... Read More



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