$3-b boost for JUTC

JUTC buses

JAMAICA Urban Transit Company (JUTC) commuters should expect major improvements to the service over the next few months, with government injecting an additional $3 billion into the company's finances in the new supplementary estimates. The grant of $2.927 billion makes the JUTC the main beneficiary ... Read More

Auto show opens today
FIFTEEN thousand motor vehicle enthusiasts are expected to make the pilgrimage to the National Arena ... Read More

Ludlow Powell ITA fees start Monday
COME Monday, the Island Traffic Authority (ITA) will begin charging administrative fees for services ... Read More

Kimberly Walker and
Ava-Marie Comrie take
in a modern rally
legend — the street
version of the VW Polo. PHOTO FINISH - Rally 'round the action
The orange groves of Bog Walk, St Catherine, came alive with the sound of revving engines as cars co ... Read More

Toyota recalls more cars for air bag problems

Thursday, November 27, 2014 8:01 AM    

Vitz, Yaris and RAV4 models made in 2002 and 2003 affected TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corporation recalled more than 40,000 vehicles in Japan on Thursday as part of a worldwide scare over defective air bags and officials are investigating a new type of air bag problem that could lead to further recalls. Toyota's recall for driver-side air bags is the latest in the widening safety problems related to Takata Corporation air bags. Toyota's recall involves three models: Vitz, Yaris and RAV4 v ... Read More


Wednesday, November 26, 2014    


A lack of patience appears to have led to this potential traffic snarl on Westminster Road in Kingston on Monday. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Read More

Mazda recalls US cars to fix tire pressure monitors

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 12:39 PM    

The 2015 Mazda6. (Photo:AP)

DETROIT (AP) -- Mazda is recalling nearly 100,000 midsize cars in the US to fix a problem with the tire pressure monitoring system. The recall affects certain Mazda6 cars from the 2014 and 2015 model years. The company says in documents posted Tuesday by US safety regulators that if the air pressure drops on all four tires at the same time, the monitoring system may not warn drivers of the problem. Low air pressure can cause a sudden tire failure. Mazda says the problem hasn't caused any cras ... 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

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

Nissan Altima makes comeback

Friday, November 21, 2014    

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 begin with, so the new Altima is simply an evolution exterior-wise. It's a pleasing blend of curves and muscular athleticism, with the massive shiny nose grill adding a premium feel to its presence. ... Read More

Troops rally for final

By Rory Daley Observer writer | Friday, November 21, 2014    

Joel Jackson in his Subaru Impreza WRX STi.

Rally Jamaica 2014 will rev off tomorrow at 9:30 am in Bog Walk, St Catherine, with one of the largest local contingents for the year, but without several overseas participants from the North American Central America (NACAM) Rally Championship. "Two of the cars were delayed in shipping from Columbia," Lawrence Henriques, event organiser, told Auto. At the driver's meeting held on Wednesday at the Knutsford Court Hotel in St Andrew, he revealed that Mexican NACAM drivers Ricardo Trivino and Fra ... Read More

Real deals for motor show

Friday, November 21, 2014    


KENT LaCroix, Automobile Dealers Association (ADA) chairman, says he is encouraging patrons to visit the ADA Motor Show for the best deals over three days. The ADA Motor Show is scheduled for the National Arena in St Andrew on November 28-30. The chairman said the deals will not be only on new cars, but pickups, trucks and motorcycles. "Trucks and pickups account for 12 per cent of the new-vehicle purchases," LaCroix told Auto. The chairman highlighted some of the advantages of owning a pick ... Read More

Call for brakes on traffic bill

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter | Friday, November 21, 2014    

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

GARTH Lyttle — lawyer for public transport groups Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO) — has compared the new Road Traffic Bill to a sledge-hammer the government is waiting to hit motorists with. "It is for Parliament to look objectively at these fines to try to keep people out of prison and, at the same time, encourage them to pay. It is not just a matter that we sit here and wield the sledgehammer and impose a fine and that is it," Lyttle pleaded with the ... 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

'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



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