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 VW TRISTAR makes premiere http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/VW-TRISTAR-makes-premiere_17614056 HANNOVER, Germany: Multifunctional like a Swiss Army knife. Variable, reliable and an all-rounder: on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the first Syncro concept car, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles presents the TRISTAR, an unprecedented combination of all the good features of the current T model series. Its extreme off-road capability combined with flexible transport and storage capacities make the TRISTAR the perfect service, transport or surf mobile, at your choice. Local Auto Thu, 02 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Toyota recalls 690,000 pickups to fix rear springs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Toyota-recalls-690-000-pickups-to-fix-rear-springs_17654061 DETROIT (AP) — Toyota says it is recalling 690,000 Tacoma pickup trucks because the rear leaf springs could break, puncture the gas tank and cause a fire. Auto Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Rossi suffers concussion in crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Rossi-suffers-concussion-in-crash_17640116 ALCANIZ, Spain (AFP) — Seven-time premier class world champion Valentino Rossi was taken to hospital after suffering concussion in crashing out of the Aragon Grand Prix yesterday. Auto Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT New traffic bill gets reviewed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/New-traffic-bill-gets-reviewed_17614999 ONE of the provisions of the new Road Traffic Bill, states that drivers must have their driver's licence with them at all times, while driving. Local Auto Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Myers in seventh heaven http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Myers-in-seventh-heaven_17613442 IT was the trio of Thomas Issa, William Myers, and Colin Daley Jr that provided the action at Sunday's meet seven of the Jamaica Karting Association's championship season at the Palisadoes International Raceway, Kingston. Local Auto Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Smoother flow coming for Portmore http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Smoother-flow-coming-for-Portmore_17612622 DRIVERS who live in Portmore, St Catherine, and work in Kingston, should have an easier flow in the next two weeks. Local Auto Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Taking full control http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Taking-full-control-_17613288 Now in her second term, the two-year-old JamRock Radio Control Car Club (JRRCCC) has put their faith in president Denise Clarke to expand and lead the small club into the future. Local Auto Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Car club donates to Mandeville hospital http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Car-club-donates-to-Mandeville-hospital_17615220 MANDEVILLE, Manchester: Proceeds from last month's classic car show at the Brooks Park Sports and Recreational Complex in Mandeville have enabled the Mandeville Regional hospital to get a much-needed boost. Local Auto Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Bikefest this Sunday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Bikefest-this-Sunday_17613361 BILLED as the Best of the Best: Jamaica vs USA, Bikefest returns for its third staging at the National Stadium in St Andrew on Sunday. Local Auto Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Phew! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Phew-_17615279 THE normal flow of traffic on Michael Manley Boulevard in Kingston was disrupted Wednesday Morning when this trailer chassis slipped from the back of this truck, causing a scare for driver and sideman. Help was sought and man driving tractor in the vicinity responded and pushed the 'cargo' back in its place. (PHOTOS: MICHAEL GORDON) Local News Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO FINISH: Quarter-mile cuties http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Quarter-mile-cuties_17613497 Real drag racers may live their lives a quarter-mile at a time, but sometimes you have to slow down to take in the beauty around you. Local Auto Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Chrysler recalling nearly 189,000 SUVs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Chrysler-recalling-nearly-189-000-SUVs-_17598844 DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is recalling almost 189,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in the US to fix a fuel pump problem that can cause the SUVs to stall. Auto Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Crunch time for karters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Crunch-time-for-karters-_17570455 THE Jamaica Karting Association (JKA) championship season begins to wind down as the seventh meet in their nine-meet schedule takes place at the Palisadoes International Raceway in Kingston on Sunday. Local Auto Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:05:00 GMT JUTC to earn $1.3b per year from new fares http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/JUTC-to-earn--1-3b-per-year-from-new-fares_17572367 THE Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will make an additional $1.3 billion a year from the fare increase introduced in late August, except for this year when it will only rake in approximately $850 million more since the increases took effect nearly five months into the 2014/15 fiscal year. Local Auto Mon, 22 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Hamilton wins in Singapore, takes F1 title lead http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Hamilton-wins-in-Singapore--takes-F1-title-lead SINGAPORE (AP) — For Nico Rosberg, early retirement from the Singapore Grand Prix was painful. Seeing his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton win the race and snatch back the championship lead was agonizing. Local Auto Mon, 22 Sep 2014 01:03:06 GMT Macka Diamond in three-car collision http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Macka-Diamond-in-three-car-collision_17581007 DANCEHALL entertainer Macka Diamond on Friday escaped serious injury following a three-vehicle crash on Old Harbour Road in St Catherine. Local News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Audacious Audi S3 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Audacious-Audi-S3_17477207 THERE'S no clear way to say this than Audi has taken the concept of the high-performance sedan and rewritten the rules on expectations with the 2015 S3 sedan. Local Auto Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:05:00 GMT SSP Calvin Allen, new traffic divison head http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/SSP-Calvin-Allen--new-traffic-divison-head_17559056 THERE was no honeymoon period for Senior Superintendent of Police Calvin Allen, newly appointed head of the Elletson Road-based Police Traffic Division. Local Auto Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:05:00 GMT Pushing ahead http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Pushing-ahead_17568999 THE National Drag Racing Circuit (NDRC) and the Child Development Agency (CDA) have joined forces to ensure that the CDA's Pushcart Derby will be an exciting one for all involved. Local Auto Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT JAA revs up member support services http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/JAA-revs-up-member-support-services_17568936 HAVE you ever forgotten the date for your vehicle fitness renewal? If you have, then the thought of someone calling or sending you an e-mail reminder is probably a dream come true. The Jamaica Automobile Association (JAA) is making this dream a reality through its member support services, which include dispatching renewal reminders to its members each month. Local Auto Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:05:00 GMT JUCDA lawyers up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/JUCDA-lawyers-up_17567745 LYNVALLE Hamilton, president of the Jamaica Used Car Dealers' Association (JUCDA), said his organisation has retained the services of high-profile attorney-at-law Bert Samuels with regards to the impasse over the recently published ammendments to the Government's Motor Vehicle Import Policy. Local Auto Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:05:00 GMT Thomas Issa tests UK circuit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Thomas-Issa-tests-UK-circuit_17570375 THOMAS Issa, 2013 Abe Zaidie Championship winner, walked away with lessons learnt after participating in the recently concluded final round of the CIK-FIA European KF Championship at the PFI Circuit, United Kingdom. Local Auto Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:05:00 GMT 3-D car rolls off press http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/3D-car-rolls-off-press_17569136 AS Changing Technologies, Inc (CHGT) continues to explore opportunities in the multi-billion dollar 3D printing industry, the cutting-edge technology continues to amaze as the first 3D printed car was unveiled earlier this month. With global sales of passenger cars projected to reach 72.2 million vehicles this year, the fast-growing 3D printing industry promises to continue its upward trajectory as it enters the car manufacturing arena. Local Auto Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:05:00 GMT Photo Finish - Beauty streak http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Photo-Finish---Beauty-streak_17559255 Drag racing may be known for its lightning fast action, but our camera's slowed down to capture these lovely women at the recent Jamaica Drag Racing Circuit meet at Vernamfield, Clarendon. Local Auto Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:05:00 GMT The ins and outs of owning your dream car http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/The-ins-and-outs-of-owning-your-dream-car_17570337 LEAVING behind the stress of travelling by public transportation, or saying goodbye to your reliable taxi provider, in favour of your own car keys, is a dream for many individuals. Owning your own car can be a reality, sooner rather than later. Local Auto Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:05:00 GMT