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 Hyundai recalls 883,000 Sonata motorcars http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Hyundai-recalls-883-000-Sonata-motorcars DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai is recalling its popular Sonata midsize sedan to fix problems with the gear shift levers. Local Auto Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:33:04 GMT Nissan expands recall prompted by faulty air bag http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Nissan-expands-recall-prompted-by-faulty-air-bag-_17263679 NEW YORK (AP) — Nissan is recalling more than 226,000 additional vehicles over a defective air bag that has affected much of the global auto industry. Local Business Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Honda's quarterly profit surges http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Honda-s-quarterly-profit-surges_17263656 TOKYO (AP) — Honda's quarterly profit surged nearly 20 per cent on demand for remodelled cars in Japan and elsewhere in Asia. The Japanese automaker also raised its full-year profit and sales forecasts. Local Business Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Nissan profit rises on strong sales, cheap yen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Nissan-profit-rises-on-strong-sales--cheap-yen-_17263667 TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's quarterly profit rose nearly 37 per cent, helped by a favourable exchange rate and healthy sales in North America and China. Local Business Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Taxi protest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Taxi-protest_17260261 Taxi operators gather on Old Harbour Road in St Catherine yesterday as they protest over what they claim is the unprofessional conduct of police against cab operators in the parish. More than 300 taxi operators participated in the strike, leaving thousands of commuters across the parish stranded. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY) Local News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Ricciardo upstages Mercedes to grab thrilling victory http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Ricciardo-upstages-Mercedes-to-grab-thrilling-victory BUDAPEST, AFP — Australian Daniel Ricciardo upstaged the stars again Sunday when he won a thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix and claimed his second victory for Red Bull in five races. Ricciardo, 25, held off Ferrari's Fernando Alonso to take first place in a race which saw several high-speed crashes after a heavy downpour before the start changed the course of the race. Local Auto Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:18:40 GMT Toddler crashes Jeep, runs home to watch cartoons http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Toddler-crashes-Jeep--runs-home-to-watch-cartoons_17251252 MYRTLE CREEK, Oregon (AP) — Police say a toddler crashed a Jeep into an Oregon house, then ran back to his home to watch cartoons. Local News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Ferrari gamble puts Raikkonen near back of grid http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Ferrari-gamble-puts-Raikkonen-near-back-of-grid_17251082 BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Kimi Raikkonen has had little to celebrate in this Formula One season and an unsuccessful gamble in qualifying at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday will likely extend his cheerless run. Auto Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Nissan recalls more than 226,000 cars over faulty airbags http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Nissan-recalls-more-than-226-000-cars-over-faulty-airbags NEW YORK, (AFP) - Japanese carmaker Nissan said Saturday it was recalling 226,326 additional vehicles in the United States due to faulty airbags. Local Auto Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:26:59 GMT New drag record http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/New-drag-record-_17235332 HISTORY was rewritten at the third event in the National Drag Racing Circuit's (NDRC) 2014 calendar held at Vernamfield in Clarendon, on Sunday. Local Auto Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Auto show to make tourist capital home http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Auto-show-to-make-tourist-capital-home-_17236541 GIVEN the success of last weekend's Wealth Auto Show held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, organisers are planning to make it a calendar event. Local Auto Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT 12 injured in bus crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/12-injured-in-bus-crash-_17238913 Twelve people were injured yesterday when these two coaster buses transporting passengers collided on Spanish Town Road in Kingston. The buses, which were heading towards the Portia Simpson Miller Square in Three Miles, collided about 10:00 in the morning. Police said two of the injured were admitted to hospital in serious condition. (PHOTOS: TYRONE SIMMS) Local News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Oil falls on worries about US gasoline demand http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Oil-falls-on-worries-about-US-gasoline-demand_17238041 The price of oil fell near US$102 a barrel yesterday, erasing gains from the day before. Financial Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Prized possession http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Prized-possession_17185495 THE fifth generation Honda Civic is an icon in the tuner arena and is often credited for jump-starting the import performance craze on this side of the planet. Local Auto Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT No cash for concession fares on JUTC come September http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/No-cash-for-concession-fares-on-JUTC-come-September_17227580 The state-run Jamaica Urban Transit Company JUTC) said as of September 1 it will only accept payment of concession fares on its buses via its SmarterCard system. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT More road fatalities http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/More-road-fatalities KINGSTON, Jamaica – Based on statistics OBSERVER ONLINE received today from the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), there is a noticeably increase in the number of road fatalities for the period January 1- to July 22, 2014 when compared with the same period last year. Local News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:57:52 GMT Car enthusiasts flock Wealth Auto Show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Car-enthusiasts-flock-Wealth-Auto-Show_17200051 ROSE HALL, St James — The doors of the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall opened to eager car enthusiasts yesterday, as the Wealth Auto Show made its debut in western Jamaica. Local Auto Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Nasty crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Nasty-crash-_17194771 Two of the three vehicles involved in a crash last Thursday afternoon at Hart Hill in Portland. Drivers of two of the vehicles were seriously injured and were admitted to the Annotto Bay Hospital. Their condition was said to be critical. Police reported that firefighters had to cut one of the vehicles — a taxi — to remove the driver and a passenger. (PHOTO: EVERARD OWEN) Local News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT German Nico Rosberg wins home Grand Prix http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/German-Nico-Rosberg-wins-home-Grand-Prix_17207674 HOCKENHEIM, Germany (AFP) — World championship leader Nico Rosberg completed the happiest two weeks of his life yesterday when he won the German Grand Prix. Local Sports Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Big turnout for Subaru link-up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Big-turnout-for-Subaru-link-up-_17184261 SUBARU Owners Club of Jamaica (SOCOJ) had a banner turnout for their first public event for the year at the Mary Brown Corner Texaco in St Andrew, on Saturday. Local Auto Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Fun in the Son gets Xtreme  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Fun-in-the-Son-gets-Xtreme-_17185503 STUNT Rider Justin Homan was hurt in a freak accident during Saturday's Xtreme Sports session at Best Dressed Fun in the Son, bringing the action to an early close. Local Auto Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Wealth readies for show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Wealth-readies-for-show-_17184870 IT'S full steam ahead for this weekend's Wealth Auto Show 2014 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James. The event will run from July 19 to 20. Local Auto Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Kia recalling 52,000 Soul SUVs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Kia-recalling-52-000-Soul-SUVs DETROIT (AP) — Kia is recalling nearly 52,000 Soul small SUVs to fix a problem that can cause steering failure. Local Auto Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:25:28 GMT Toyota gambles on hydrogen car http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Toyota-gambles-on-hydrogen-car_17185496 TOKYO, Japan (AP) — Rocket science long dismissed as too impractical and expensive for everyday cars is getting a push into the mainstream by Toyota, the world's top-selling automaker. Local Auto Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT BMW recalls 1.6 m 3-Series for airbag problem http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/BMW-recalls-1-6-m-3-Series-for-airbag-problem DETROIT (AP) — BMW is expanding a recall of its most popular models to fix an air bag problem that is hitting much of the global auto industry. Local Auto Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:59:57 GMT