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 Championships to be decided http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Championships-to-be-decided_83065 It will be down to the wire for several drag racing class championships at Sunday’s Supligen Drag Racing Challenge #5, hosted by the National Drag Racing Circuit (NDRC), at Vernamfield in Clarendon. Local Auto Fri, 09 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT New Mini packs big punch http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/New-Mini-packs-big-punch_82902 SCORES of journalists from 11 Central & South American countries and Jamaica converged at the Casona Juarez in Mexico City, Mexico, for a first look at the new MINI Cooper S Countryman recently. Local Auto Fri, 09 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT ATL critical to BMW’s future http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/ATL-critical-to-BMW-s-future_82893 DR Alexander Werner Wehr, CEO of BMW and MINI for Latin America and the Caribbean, said he is pleased to be partnering with the Adam Stewart-led ATL Automotive as it will play an integral role in the luxury brands’ future in the region. Local Auto Fri, 09 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT Firemen here to help http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Firemen-here-to-help_83076 A FIREMAN is not only trained to put out blazes, but also in emergency rescue. Local Auto Fri, 09 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT Classics get busy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Classics-get-busy_83017 The Jamaica Classic Car Club (JCCC) will end the year with its first-ever Swap Meet at Lasola Farms in Portmore, St Catherine, on Sunday. Local Auto Fri, 09 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT Toyota to revamp America’s top-selling car amid SUV boom http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Toyota-to-revamp-America-s-top-selling-car-amid-SUV-boom_82271 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. Local Auto Sat, 03 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT Ford reveals EcoSport http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Ford-reveals-EcoSport_82277 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 threeday 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) Local Auto Sat, 03 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT Jackson on a high http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Jackson-on-a-high_82266 After years of moving from circuit racing to local rallying, Joel Jackson captured Rallysport’s greatest prize — the Richard Stewart Memorial Rally Jamaica 2016 — last weekend in Bog Walk, St Catherine. Local Auto Fri, 02 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT Dawning of a new legend http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Dawning-of-a-new-legend_82249 The Boxster secured its place in the annals of Porsche history when it debuted in 1996 as it provided a financial windfall for the company. In the current generation that feat has been paid forward as it has been entrusted with a nameplate of major significance in Porsche’s long motorsport history, 718. Simply put, Porsche has knighted the new car the 718 Boxster and its hard-top sibling the 718 Cayman. Local Auto Fri, 02 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT Porsche ready to pounce http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Porsche-ready-to-pounce_82248 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. Local Auto Fri, 02 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT Photo Finish: Flashback http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Flashback_82278 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. Local Auto Fri, 02 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT Street Scenes - December 1 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Street-Scenes_82161 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. Local News Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Covert operations strategy being used to reduce road traffic violations http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Covert-operations-strategy-being-used-to-reduce-road-traffic-violations_81690 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. Local News Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Toyota brings transportation relief to rural school http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Toyota-brings-transportation-relief-to-rural-school_81901 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. Central News Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Rosberg foils Hamilton to claim maiden title http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Rosberg-foils-Hamilton-to-claim-maiden-title_81907 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. Local Sports Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Rally Jamaica this weekend http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Rally-Jamaica-this-weekend_81587 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. Local Auto Fri, 25 Nov 2016 03:00:00 GMT Toyota puts Aberdeen on a high http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Toyota-puts-Aberdeen-on-a-high_81527 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. Local Auto Fri, 25 Nov 2016 03:00:00 GMT Angus stays at JCCC helm http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Angus-stays-at-JCCC-helm_81516 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. Local Auto Fri, 25 Nov 2016 03:00:00 GMT Tyre safety is key http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Tyre-safety-is-key_79268 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. Local Auto Fri, 25 Nov 2016 03:00:00 GMT Domino’s finds home at RUBiS http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Domino-s-finds-home-at-RUBiS_81584 PETROLEUM marketing company RUBiS Energy Jamaica has partnered with Wisynco Foods through their Domino’s franchise for the opening of the fourth Pizza Theatre location. Local Auto Fri, 25 Nov 2016 03:00:00 GMT ‘Remote’ meet gets thumbs up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/-Remote--meet-gets-thumbs-up_81515 The Local Auto Fri, 25 Nov 2016 03:00:00 GMT Karting season ends on high http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Karting-season-ends-on-high_81556 THE Jamaica Karting Association’s (JKA) 2016 season came to a fine close with the Abe Zaidie Memorial meet on Sunday at the Palisadoes International Raceway in Kingston. Local Auto Fri, 25 Nov 2016 03:00:00 GMT Hyundai marks 40th milestone http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Hyundai-marks-40th-milestone_81522 Hyundai Local Auto Fri, 25 Nov 2016 03:00:00 GMT Rosberg, Hamilton differ on crew swop http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Rosberg--Hamilton-differ-on-crew-swop_81580 ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) — Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton agreed yesterday to differ on the reasons for Mercedes’ decision to swop their car crews this year. Local News Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Two hotel workers killed in St Ann crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Two-hotel-workers-killed-in-St-Ann-crash_81382 OCHO RIOS, St Ann — A wave of sorrow gripped the management and staff at Bahia Principe Hotel in Runaway Bay yesterday following the deaths of two of their colleagues in a motor vehicle crash Tuesday night. Local News Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT