Toyota sets 10 million-vehicle sales record

TOKYO (AFP) — Japan’s Toyota, the world’s biggest auto maker, sold more than 10 million vehicles in the year to March for the first time, it said Wednesday, with last-minute buying ahead of a sales tax increase at home helping it break the key level. The announcement comes despite ... Read More

A worker cleans a Tesla
Model S sedan. (Photo: AP) Tesla delivers first China cars, plans expansion
BEIJING, China TESLA Motors delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China yesterd ... Read More

Andre Anderson’s Mitsubishi Mirage
in action at a previous meet. All roads lead to Dover
IT will be a test for both the 2013 circuit racing champion Andre Anderson, and Charles Chen, Jamaic ... Read More

SAMUDA... the Act should be amended to reflect “less than 10
years” instead of “10 years and under Gov’t settles on 10-year age limit for GCT on used cars
THE Government has decided to increase the age limit of second-hand sale vehicles to which General C ... Read More

Senior citizen dies in Manchester car accident; 2 other people injured

Saturday, April 19, 2014    

The crashed Honda seen resting on its side yesterday. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Sixty-nine year old Fay Swaby, a housewife of Chudleigh Housing Scheme in Manchester, died as a result of injuries she received in a motor vehicle accident in Mount Olivet in the parish late Thursday. Two other people, including the driver of the vehicle, were injured in the crash. According to the Christiana police, the vehicle — a grey Honda Odyssey — was being reversed when the driver allegedly lost control of it, resulting in a collision with a wa ... Read More

Toyota Camry gets a top-to-bottom makeover

Friday, April 18, 2014 7:48 AM    

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

NEW YORK (AP) — Shaken by the advances of newer, sportier rivals, the Toyota Camry is trying to shed its vanilla reputation. The redesigned 2015 Camry, unveiled Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show, is longer and wider, with a large, aggressive grille and chiselled sides. Toyota says it changed every exterior piece but the roof. The Camry has been the best-selling car in the US for the last 12 years, supported by loyal buyers wedded to a dependable family car. But Toyota ack ... Read More

‘Illegal’ roads?

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter | Thursday, April 17, 2014    


A NUMBER of roads across Jamaica, despite being operational, are probably not legal as they have not been gazetted since completion. "A lot of roads have been completed for years now but have never been gazetted, because they do them in bunches and the legislative process is very slow," a road traffic expert, who requested anonymity, told Auto last week. "Gazetting establishes ownership of the road. And until it is gazetted, it is unclear who is responsible for the maintenance, the signage and ... Read More

All set for Dover

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer | Thursday, April 17, 2014    

Peter Rae

THE Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) expects circuit-racing fans to enjoy the action at Texaco with Techron Carnival of Speed, Dover Raceway, St Ann, on Easter Monday. "It's been six months since the last circuit-racing event at Dover, and this paired with the new format implemented, will provide some of the best racing fans will experience in recent memory," Charles Chen, JRDC chairman, told Auto. Chen is buoyed by the turnout and registration numbers for the pre-event drivers' meeting. "It ... Read More

Bunting bats for revamp of ticket law

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter | Friday, April 11, 2014    

UNDER the new Road Traffic Bill provisions, late-paying traffic tickets holders may not have to go to court. Peter Bunting, Minister of National Security, says that the new Bill will include provisions for motorists who fail to pay the ticket fine on time, to pay extra for missing the deadline, instead of being automatically referred to the Traffic Court. "One area it will enhance is the payment of traffic tickets," the minister told the House of Representatives' Standing Finance Committee (SF ... Read More

Josimar Jackson is the Ultimate Honda Fan

Friday, April 11, 2014    

Josimar Jackson

"I'D never sell my Honda! It's a great car plus we have so much history together," said Josimar 'Jacko' Jackson. The 24-year-old UTech student is indeed a loyal man to his Honda and proved it by winning ATL Automotive's 'Ultimate Honda Fan' social media competition staged last month. Launched in tandem with their 'Jamaica Loves Honda' campaign, the social media competition put out a call to Honda owners in Jamaica to express why they loved the brand. "Josimar's entry was so heartfelt and passi ... Read More

Two-day Dover meet

By Rory Daley Observer writer | Friday, April 11, 2014    

Bikers will be out
in full force.

THE local circuit-racing season will open with two days of activities, the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) revealed at a press conference held at the Sports Development Foundation on Phoenix Avenue, St Andrew, on Tuesday. The event dubbed Texaco with Techron Carnival of Speed is scheduled for April 20 and 21 at the Dover Raceway in St Ann. "All qualifying will take place on Sunday, free to the public, with Monday being a full race day," Dean Corrodus, meet organiser, told Auto. The JRDC is t ... Read More

Ian Lyn goes new-car route

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor -- Auto and Entertainment | Friday, April 11, 2014    

Ian Lyn

IAN Lyn, managing director of the Constant Spring Road-based Carmax, has entered the new-car sector. Lyn — a former president of the Jamaica Used-Car Dealers Association — recently acquired the Peugeot brand, which was formerly owned by Progressive Motors, and the Tata brand, which was operated by Metis Motors. "I'll handle the sales and importation aspects for PeugEot for the next two years, while Progressive [Motors] will oversee the service and parts," he explained to Auto. The managin ... Read More

Key karting performances

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer | Friday, April 11, 2014    

Collin Daley Jr (left) chases Thomas Issa in Rotax Senior.

IN what was a day of top racing at the Jamaica Karting Association's third meet held at the Palisadoes International Raceway in Kingston, last Sunday, two names stood out at the end of the day: Ryan Lue and Jonathan Law. Seven-year-old Lue, who started his karting career late last year, has taken on the tough task of racing in both the 50cc and 80cc classes. "It's tough and each class requires a different driving style," Lue told Auto, during one of the few breaks between races. Contesting th ... Read More

Classic day out for Mandeville

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer | Friday, April 11, 2014    

Shane Angus

THE Jamaica Classic Car Club (JCCC) will head to The Vineyards, Mandeville, this Sunday, for what is expected to be one of their largest and most-anticipated meets for the year. "We should have about 40 cars on show," Shane Angus, JCCC president, told Auto. Kingston members will leave from the New Kingston Texaco at around 10:00 am and meet up with south coast members in Mandeville. The Vineyards always features a bumper crowd due to the collection of local resident Victor Dixon Jr. "At the ... Read More



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