Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 New 2016 BMW X1 arrives http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/New-2016-BMW-X1-arrives_59242 ATL Autobahn, the exclusive dealer for BMW is announcing the arrival of the 2016 BMW X1. Local Auto Fri, 29 Apr 2016 02:00:00 GMT Hyundai in hyper speed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Hyundai-in-hyper-speed_59236 DESPITE the gathering of about 15 placard-bearing protesters across the road, Wednesday evening’s grand opening of the new Hyundai Jamaica Showroom on Old Hope Road in St Andrew went on as scheduled. Local Auto Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Henry calls for rural bus system http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Henry-calls-for-rural-bus-system_59289 MINISTER of Transport and Mining, Mike Henry is calling for local stakeholders in Clarendon to support the implementation of a dedicated school bus system for students. Minister Henry’s call comes against the background of a public passenger vehicle crash along the Parnassus main road in Clarendon on Wednesday morning. Four of 21 students from the Garvey Maceo High School sustained serious injuries. Local Auto Fri, 29 Apr 2016 02:00:00 GMT Jaguar pounces into luxury market http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Jaguar-pounces-into-luxury-market_59278 The 2016 Jaguar XF was welcomed to Jamaica at a media launch at the Jaguar Land Rover Showroom on South Camp Road in St Andrew last Tuesday. Local Auto Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Stronger than ever http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Stronger-than-ever_59312 The sound: inimitable five-cylinder. The performance: tremendous at 294 kw (400 hp). The traction: inexhaustible thanks to quattro drive. As the sporty spearhead of the TT series, the new TT RS* is to be marketed under the Audi Sport label. At the Beijing Motor Show, Audi is presenting its Coupé and its Roadster for the first time to the world’s public. Sales in Europe will begin in fall 2016. Local Auto Fri, 29 Apr 2016 02:00:00 GMT Third time, a charm http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Third-time--a-charm_59297 IT was a full day of racing for the nearly packed stands at Palisadoes International Raceway in Kingston for the Jamaica Karting Association’s (JKA) third race meet last Sunday. Local Auto Fri, 29 Apr 2016 02:00:00 GMT X5 Marks the Spot http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/X5-Marks-the-Spot_58446 If you are searching for that one vehicle that provides everything, from the intangibles to just pure practicality, then the 2016 BMW X5 could easily be on top of that list. Local Auto Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT ATL Honda gets facelift http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/ATL-Honda-gets-facelift_58375 ATL Honda, home of one of Jamaica’s best-loved brands, is undergoing an exciting new transformation at its Kingston showroom at 47-49 Hagley Park Road. Local Auto Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Double win for Audi http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Double-win-for-Audi_58444 AUDI scoops two prizes in the All-wheel Drive Car of 2016 reader survey from car magazine Auto Bild Allrad. Local Auto Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Mitsubishi admits to falsified data http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Mitsubishi-admits-to-falsified-data_58309 MITSUBISHI Motors Corp said Wednesday it had found evidence that employees falsified fuel-efficiency data for four minicar models, and that it had suspended manufacturing and sales of the cars. Local Auto Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Stunt Fest on Sunday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Stunt-Fest-on-Sunday_58442 JAMAICA’S finest bike and car stunters will have a showcase for their skills at the World Stunt Fest (WSF) at the National Stadium, St Andrew, on Sunday, starting at 10:00 am. Local Auto Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Rosberg romps to hat-trick in China http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Rosberg-romps-to-hat-trick-in-China_58048 Shanghai, China (AFP) — Nico Rosberg stormed to victory in a chaotic Chinese Grand Prix yesterday, methodically completing a hat-trick of wins to extend his perfect start to the 2016 Formula One season. Local Auto Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT A ‘classic’ affair http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/A--classic--affair_57783 THE Jamaica Classic Car Club (JCCC) had another good outing when it headed to the cool hills of Manchester to treat auto aficionados to an impromptu gathering at the Manchester Shopping Centre in Mandeville, on Sunday. Local Auto Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Endless Porsche-abilities http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Endless-Porsche-abilities_57764 IN a couple of weeks ATL Automotive will add another jewel to its crown: Porsche. Local Auto Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Airlines to share safety ideas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Airlines-to-share-safety-ideas_57811 WASHINGTON — U.S. auto safety and aviation regulators have invited automakers to a joint summit here on April 22 to examine whether airline industry safety practices can be adapted to help improve safety on the road. Local Auto Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘Teach’ taking the competition back to school http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/-Teach--taking--the-competition--back-to-school_57798 AFTER becoming the only Jamaican and outsider to win the Barbados Rally Club (BRC) Autocross Championship in 2015, Christopher ‘Teach’ McFarlane is well on his way to back-to-back titles after victory in the second round of the series on April 2 at Vaucluse Raceway, Barbados. Local Auto Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT 5 Porsche facts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/5--Porsche-facts_57790 1. The Porsche 911 was first designed in 1963 for the racetrack. Local Auto Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT PHOTO FINISH: Audaciously Audi A5 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/PHOTO-FINISH--Audaciously-Audi-A5_57753 Whoever Local Auto Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Women-only car firms fill niche http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Women-only-car--firms-fill-niche_57810 BOSTON (AP) — Ride-hailing companies catering exclusively to women are cropping up and raising thorny legal questions, namely: Are they discriminatory? Local Auto Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT St Ann stakeholders make call for licence of multiple ticket holders to be revoked http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/St-Ann-stakeholders-make-call-for-licence-of-multiple-ticket-holders-to-be-revoked_57251 Several stakeholders in St Ann are calling for the licences of drivers who have multiple tickets to be revoked. Local Auto Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Hyundai Creta enters the frame http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Hyundai-Creta-enters-the-frame_57043 Consumers have a wide choice when it comes to small Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV). And their options have just got a bit wider as Hyundai — through local dealers Magna Motors — have thrown their hat into this segment with the 2016 Creta. Local Auto Fri, 08 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT NRSC calls for new traffic act http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/NRSC-calls-for-new-traffic-act_57111 THE National Road Safety Council (NRSC) wants Minister of Transport and Mining Mike Henry to speed up passage of the long-delayed Road Traffic Act (RTA), to assist in containing the number of deaths occurring on the country’s roadways. Local Auto Fri, 08 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT ATL big on safety, says McKenzie http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/ATL-big-on-safety--says-McKenzie_57073 SAM McKenzie, head of business at ATL Automotive – Honda, says safety has always been a priority for his company. He was speaking to Auto about the recent recall for repairs on airbag inflators. Local Auto Fri, 08 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Toyota plans research hub http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Toyota-plans-research-hub_57049 Toyota’s in-house R&D division is setting up shop in Michigan. Local Auto Fri, 08 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Boston fumes over ‘driverless’ tests http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Boston-fumes-over--driverless--tests_57098 RHODE ISLAND, USA (AP) — With its Colonial-era street patterns, icy winters, notoriously aggressive drivers and high-tech talent, the Boston region would seem the perfect place to test self-driving cars and ensure they can handle anything thrown at them. Local Auto Fri, 08 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT