Toyota to revamp America’s top-selling car amid SUV boom

The 2015 Toyota Camry is introduced at the New York International Auto Show, Wednesday, April 16. (File Photo:AP)

DETROIT, United States (AP) — Toyota plans to reveal a new version of America’s top-selling sedan next month at a time when US buyers are moving away from cars toward SUVs and trucks. The Japanese automaker said yesterday that it will show off the 2018 Camry at Detroit’s North Ame ... Read More

LOS ANGELES, United States —  Ford’s all-new EcoSport for North America is seen during what the company says is the first-ever Snapchat vehicle reveal during a three-day event called ‘Go Small, Live Big’ in Los Angeles’ Hollywood district on Monday, November 14, 2016. Ford targets its newest SUV at younger buyers seeking a smaller SUV with a big personality, customisable to the buyer’s taste. EcoSport features an available 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, SYNC 3 infotainment system, and seven-colour ambient interior lighting.Photo: AP Ford reveals EcoSport
LOS ANGELES, United States — Ford’s all-new EcoSport for North America is seen during wh ... Read More

Gore rounded out the top three. (Photos: Rory Daley) Jackson on a high
After years of moving from circuit racing to local rallying, Joel Jackson captured Rallysport’ ... Read More

Hard top or soft top, the new 718 blends the classic lines of its namesake, the 1950s 718 RSK, with modern driving pleasure. Dawning of a new legend
The Boxster secured its place in the annals of Porsche history when it debuted in 1996 as it provide ... Read More

Porsche ready to pounce

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer | Friday, December 02, 2016    

George Wills (left), president and managing director, PLA with Tim Bravo, press and public relations manager. (Photo: Rory Daley)

As Porsche prepares to enter the Jamaican market under the ATL Automotive Group’s ATL Motorsports banner, regional managers of the German brand — Porsche Latin America (PLA) — are more than happy to welcome the island into the stable of 45 dealers across Latin America and the Caribbean. “We’re very excited to be in Jamaica because we believe part of our growth will be in the Caribbean, and Jamaica is integral to that,” George Wills, president and managing di ... Read More

Photo Finish: Flashback

Friday, December 02, 2016    

Shanay Mindly checking out the Vernamfield pits. (Rory Daley)

As the National Drag Racing Circuit prepares to close off the 2016 season on December 11 at Vernamfield, Clarendon, we take a quick look back at one of its past events. Read More

Street Scenes - December 1

Thursday, December 01, 2016    

A man and his wheels: The driver of this motor car attracted stares as he drove on Half-Way-Tree Road in St Andrew yesterday.

Photo1 : A MAN AND HIS WHEELS: The driver of this motor car attracted stares as he drove on Half-Way- Tree Road in St Andrew yesterday. Photo2 : HERE COMES THE MAT-MAN: A vendor walks on Orange Street in downtown Kingston yesterday while selling mats. (Photos: Garfield Robinson) Read More

Covert operations strategy being used to reduce road traffic violations

Monday, November 28, 2016    

In this photo published in last Monday's Observer, this Coaster bus
driver appears to be pleading his case to two police officers who
stopped him on Half-Way-Tree Road after they observed him overtaking a
line of traffic on Beechwood Avenue on Friday, January 7. (Photo: Marlon

THE Police Traffic Division is reporting success in the use of covert operations to reduce road traffic violations. This comes after over 1,073 tickets were issued across three key parishes for various driving offences, since the strategy was implemented over a month ago. The operations have been successful particularly in Kingston, St Andrew and St Catherine, netting traffic tickets for driving offences including improper overtaking, and exceeding the speed limit. Sometimes when motorists are ... Read More

Toyota brings transportation relief to rural school

Monday, November 28, 2016    

Toyota Jamaica Managing Director Tom Connor; Olympian Shelly- Ann Fraser-Pryce; Aberdeen Principal Prim Lewis; and Toyota Jamaica Marketing Manager Howard Foster at the handing over of the bus at the St Elizabeth school.

Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth — Aberdeen High and Primary School in St Elizabeth recently took the grand prize, a 2017 Toyoto Hiace bus in the Toyota Jamaica Bus Di School competition. School principal Prim Lewis said the vehicle was badly needed to assist students involved in extra-curricular activities. “This bus is needed to take the students to various competitions and activities safely and cost effectively. This helps us to make another important step as we strive to be seen as a ... Read More

Rosberg foils Hamilton to claim maiden title

Monday, November 28, 2016    

Staff members of Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team spray German driver Nico Rosberg (centre right) and his wife Vivian Sibold with champagne as they celebrate at the end of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit yesterday. Nico Rosberg won his maiden Formula One world title by securing second place behind his Mercedes arch-rival, Lewis Hamilton in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (Photo: AFP)

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (AFP) — Nico Rosberg clinched his maiden world title yesterday, finishing second in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, despite Lewis Hamilton ignoring team orders in his quest to foil the German. The 31-year-old Rosberg concluded the longest season in the sport’s history with a nail-biting second place under intense pressure after leader and ultimate race winner Hamilton had slowed the field to create a difficult finish. Hamilton reeled off his 10th win of th ... Read More

Rally Jamaica this weekend

Friday, November 25, 2016    

2014 Rally Jamaica Champion Kyle Gregg leads a field heavy with class JN8 cars.

The Richard Stewart Memorial Rally Jamaica will begin this Saturday at 8:00 am through the Tru-Juice Orchards, Bog Walk in St Catherine. The second leg is slated to begin the same time on Sunday. “This has been a challenging year for Rallysport on a whole. However, my team and I are committed to still putting on a show,” Lawrence Henriques, event organiser, said at the event launch last week Monday at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. The rally will see 23 stages covering ... Read More

Toyota puts Aberdeen on a high

Friday, November 25, 2016    

Prim Lewis (second right), principal of Aberdeen High and Primary School in St Elizabeth, accepting a brand new 2017 Toyota Hiace Bus on behalf of the students and staff of the school from double Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, brand ambassador for Toyota Jamaica’s Bus Di School competition; and Toyota Jamaica executives Tom Connor (left) managing director; and Howard Foster (right), general sales and marketing manager. Aberdeen High and Primary won the bus as the grand prize champions in Toyota Jamaica’s 2016 Bus Di School competition.

ABERDEEN High & Primary School in St Elizabeth won the grand prize of a brand new 2017 Toyota Hiace bus in Toyota Jamaica’s Bus Di School Competition recently. The school was one of four rural institutions earning top spots in the competition. They all received cash prizes totalling more than $7.5m. These were St Albans Primary and Infant School in Malvern, St Elizabeth; Garlogie Primary & Junior High in Banana Ground, Clarendon; and Mannings Hill Primary School in rural St Andrew ... Read More

Angus stays at JCCC helm

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer | Friday, November 25, 2016    

Classic cars at a previous show.

Shane Angus will serve a third term as head of the Jamaica Classic Car Club (JCCC). He was re-elected to the post at the club’s annual general meeting, held at Curphey Place in St Andrew, last Sunday. “It feels good to be re-elected. We have a lot to accomplish in the new year,” Angus told Jamaica Observer’s Auto magazine. Jason Lawson and Naresh Potopsingh also retained their positions of first and second vice-presidents, respectively. Completing the executive bod ... Read More

Tyre safety is key

BY KESI ASHER Observer writer | Friday, November 25, 2016    

Adrian Taylor, ATL Automotive workshop supervisor, using the Tyre Depth Tool to check the tread pattern on this tyre.Photos: Lionel Rookwood

Tyre safety can be the difference between life and death when driving on the road. A visual inspection, along with the use of tyre-checking devices, can determine a tyre’s condition to determine whether or not it is safe. Courtney Hedge, master technician at ATL Automotive – Honda, said a visual inspection may reveal a bulge which is a major defect to the tyre’s integrity. According to him, the tyre must be replaced as continuous friction with the road will cause it to blow o ... Read More



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