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ATL Autobahn to give first look

2017 BMW X6 M

ATL Autobahn, home of BMW and MINI, will stage its first-ever model gallery display, at the dealership’s Orchard Road location, on Saturday, August 27. The showcase will give BMW and MINI enthusiasts an exclusive first look at some of the luxury brands’ hottest models for 2017. ATL Aut ... Read More

Kyle Gregg in action at a previous rally meet. Rally rivalries renewed
Rally of the Kings, the second rally of the year, is slated to take place this Sunday running eight ... Read More

It’s a Bolt moment for David Butler, CEO of Digicel Jamaica
(left), and Carlos Geourzoung, sales manager at Hyundai
Jamaica (right), as both companies gave away two vehicles as
part of Digicel’s Bring the Beat promotion, which concluded on
Saturday night at the Hyundai Showroom, Old Hope Road in St
Andrew. Winning a Hyundai Creta is Sandals employee Trudy
Brown (second left), with a Hyundai Tucson going to Orane
Beadle from St Elizabeth. (Photos: Rory Daley) Digicel brings the beat to Hyundai
TRUDY Brown and Orane Beadle were announced winners of Digicel’s Bring the Beat summer promoti ... Read More

Dani Sordo Hyundai advances WRC driver line-up
Hyundai Motorsport recently confirmed a two-year extension to its agreement with Dani Sordo, which w ... Read More

JN calling all used-car dealers

Friday, August 26, 2016    

Rudyard Whittaker (right) of the Used Car Dealers Association commands the attention of, from left, Jamaica National’s Ransford Davidson, Business Relationship and Sales Manager; Saniah Spencer, Senior Manager and Maureen Hayden-Cater, Executive, following the launch of the JN Road to Millions referral and rewards promotion for used-car dealers. The sixmonth- long promotion will see sales agents being rewarded with cash incentives for each successful auto loan referral. Additionally, the top-three performing sales agents as well as dealerships will be rewarded with cash prizes including a $1million cash prize for the top dealership and $350,000 for the top sales agent based on the number of successful auto loan referrals to Jamaica National. Partners, JN General Insurance and Jamaica Automobile Association are also on board to provide commissions for each successful referral for auto insurance and membership respectively.

As a relatively new entrant in the auto loans market, Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) has been stimulating the market to the benefit of new and used-car dealers. Last Friday morning, August 19, the society launched its six-month-long “Road to Millions” Referral and Rewards programme, to used-car dealers, with incentives and rewards for their successful direction of business to Jamaica National. This incentive offers sales agents cash awards for each successful auto loan ... Read More

TOTAL-ly committed to Jamaica’s education

Friday, August 26, 2016    

David Ducognon (second left), TOTAL Jamaica’s new managing director, poses with Kimone Townsend (left) and Jevon Dixon (right), 2016 scholarship recipients, and Stephania Saunders, last year’s awardee, during his company’s scholarship-presentation function at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesaday.

TOTAL Jamaica Limited’s Total Card has doubled its customer base since its relaunch in March and projections are on target for subscriptions to triple by year end, Network Manager Howard Henry told Jamaica Observer’s Auto on Tuesday. Henry made the revelation at the presentation of scholarships to two University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, students pursuing master’s degrees under the France-Caribe exchange-student programme, which is in its second year. “We have sin ... Read More

Honda spends on F1 upgrade

Friday, August 26, 2016    

Honda
spends on
F1 upgrade

Honda has spent seven of its Formula 1 engine development tokens on an internal combustion engine and turbo compressor update ahead of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, Autosport has learned. The Japanese manufacturer’s main focus is to improve combustion efficiency, so a large chunk of the tokens have been spent in that area. The remainder have been focused on the turbo, which follows a two-token spend on that component for Canada, with the target of improving harvesting efficien ... Read More

Russia gifts Olympic athletes with BMWs

Friday, August 26, 2016    

BMW X5

IT’S not all bad being a Russian athlete amid an Olympic doping crisis. Russia will award each of its medallists at this year’s Olympics Games in Rio a BMW sports utility vehicle and at least 1.7 million roubles ($A32,850), state news agency TASS reported on Thursday. Russia placed fourth in the overall medal count at the Games with a total of 56 — 19 gold, 18 silver and 19 bronze. Gold medal winners will get 4 million roubles and a BMW X6, which sells new in Moscow for abou ... Read More

Classic route planned for this Sunday

Friday, August 19, 2016    

The Jamaica Classic Car Club (JCCC) will host their post-Independence parade this Sunday starting at 1:30 p.m. from Devon House, St Andrew. (Photo: Contributed)

The Jamaica Classic Car Club (JCCC) will host their post-Independence parade this Sunday. The occasion, scheduled to start at 1:30 pm, will begin at the iconic Devon House in St Andrew. “The event is to celebrate Jamaica’s independence month of August,” Shane Angus, president – JCCC, told Auto. Cars will gather at the lawns of Devon House at midday and then begin the parade at 1:30 pm sharp. The route will take the cars across all the major heritage spots across Kingst ... Read More

Deadly Sundays

By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor — Auto & Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, August 19, 2016    

File photo shows an accident on one of the island’s roadways.

SUNDAYS — the day of worship for most Jamaicans — is proving to be deadliest on the island’s roadways, according the Road Safety Unit (RSU) in the Ministry of Transport and Mining. Of the 248 road fatalities recorded since the beginning of the year, 47 were on a Sunday. For the similar period last year, Sunday also led with 44 of the 239 deaths. RSU statistics list Saturday as second with 42. Last year, fatalities stood at 48. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Calvin All ... Read More

Karters burn up track

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, August 19, 2016    

Doug Gore returns to the Super Rotax class
in hopes of capitalising on the absence of
rival David Summerbell Jr in the points.

WHETHER day or night, the karting action is always hot at the Palisadoes International Raceway, Kingston. And Sunday’s sixth meet for the Jamaica Karting Association (JKA) was no different. In Comer 80 class, the news was shifting tides, as Brandon Finzi-Smith emerged top of the class after posting double wins for both his class race finals. Mark Moodie crashed the ‘Ryan show’ that is Rotax Minimax. Normally, Ryan Lue or Ryan Chisholm would be at the top of the class leader bo ... Read More

VW increases delivery figures

Friday, August 19, 2016    

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The Volkswagen Group grew deliveries in the first seven months of the year by 1.3 per cent compared with the previous year: 5.90 million vehicles were handed over to customers worldwide from January to July. 787,300 vehicles were delivered in the month of July. “Deliveries by the Volkswagen Group in July almost matched the prior-year level and continued the positive trend for the first six months. The Group’s broad brand portfolio is proving to be a great strength,” said Fred ... Read More

Rain halts Carib invitation meet

Rory Daley | Friday, August 19, 2016    



RC racers were in action over the weekend for the Caribbean Invitational at Sovereign Centre on the Boulevard, Washington Boulevard in St Andrew. (Photo: Rory Daley)

Inclement weather disrupted the finals of the second staging of the Caribbean Invitational at Sovereign Centre on the Boulevard, Washington Boulevard in St Andrew, last Sunday afternoon. The event was hosted by the JAMROCK Remote Control Car Club (JRRCCC). “We were able to complete two of the finals and the winners were determined. For the remaining two races that were not completed or started, the racers’ final positions were determined by their best qualifying time per the Radio ... Read More

REAL VINTAGE AUDI!

Sunday, August 14, 2016    

Group General Manager, the ATL Automotive Group Matthew Cripps (second right) shares some interesting facts about the 1984 Audi Quattro Race Car that is on display at the ATL Audi Showroom, to Jean Todt (right), the United Nations Special Envoy for Road Safety and President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), as José Abed (centre), President Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), North America and Central America (NACAM), Earl Jarrett (second left), President of the Jamaica Automobile Association (JAA), and Duane Ellis, General Manager of the JAA look on. Todt headed a delegation from the FIA that toured the ATL Showroom last Tuesday, as part of a one-day visit to the island to discuss motorsports and road safety issues.

Group General Manager, the ATL Automotive Group Matthew Cripps (second right) shares some interesting facts about the 1984 Audi Quattro Race Car that is on display at the ATL Audi Showroom, to Jean Todt (right), the United Nations Special Envoy for Road Safety and President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), as José Abed (centre), President Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), North America and Central America (NACAM ... Read More



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