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 Tufton to weed them out http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Tufton-to-weed-them-out_77167 Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton wants the g overnment to complete the process of decriminalising ganja (marijuana) and enforce provisions regarding drinking and smoking while driving. Local Auto Mon, 24 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Toyota, Suzuki explore partnership http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Toyota--Suzuki-explore-partnership_77124 TOKYO, Japan — Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp and Suzuki Motor Corp said they plan to explore a possible partnership, citing technological challenges and the need to keep up with consolidation in the global auto industry. Local Auto Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT BMW by design http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/BMW-by-design_77042 EVER wondered how BMW comes up with their bold yet elegant designs? Well, meet Karim Habib. He’s the man charged with the task of creating what tomorrow’s ‘ultimate driving machines’ will look like. Local Auto Mon, 24 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Parents, guardians urged to introduce children to road safety http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Parents--guardians-urged-to-introduce-children-to-road-safety_78044 THE Road Safety Unit is appealing to parents and guardians to introduce their children to road safety training as early as possible. Local News Sat, 22 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Let’s go electronic http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Let-s-go-electronic_77887 OPPOSITION Member of Parliament Dr Morais Guy said there is need for a system of electronic monitoring of road traffic. Local Auto Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT McConnell is champ, again http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/McConnell-is-champ--again_77848 Heroes of Speed could not have been a more appropriate title for the final race meet of the Jamaica Race Drivers Club’s (JRDC) 2016 season, which was held last Sunday at Dover Raceway, St Ann, as changeable weather and tight competition saw driving of such proportions. Local Auto Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT TOP 1 Oil backs Lue http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/TOP-1-Oil-backs-Lue_77057 TOP 1 Oil is endorsing high-flying, nine-year-old karter Ryan Lue. Local Auto Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Audi A4 sales up in September http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Audi-A4-sales-up-in-September_77877 AUDI AG closed the first three quarters with growth despite the difficult market environment: In September, the brand increased its deliveries by 1.7 per cent to around 173,850 units compared with the strong prior-year month. Demand especially in Europe (+6.3%) and North America (+4.1%) played its part in the positive sales balance. Within the product portfolio, the compact Audi models in particular were very popular. Combined sales of the Audi A3 and Q3 increased by 16 per cent in the month. Since January, the manufacturer delivered around 1,408,800 automobiles across all models to customers, an increase of 4.5 per cent. Local Auto Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Bringing your car back to new http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Bringing-your-car-back-to-new_77897 Today, we publish the first in our series of stories on companies within Jamaica’s automotive sector. Local Auto Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Marcus Garvey Drive delays http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Marcus-Garvey-Drive-delays_77882 Motorists travelling to Portmore, St Catherine, along Marcus Garvey Drive are to expect delays for the next two days. This delay stems from road work currently being carried out on the road, specifically the west-bound carriageway heading to Portmore Toll. Local Auto Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Photo Finish: Pulsating The Audi Q5 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Pulsating-The-Audi-Q5_74811 Picturesque Villa Ronai in St Andrew was the perfect backdrop for the new Audi Q5. Local Auto Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Release findings of bad gas probe, JGRA urges Gov’t http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Release-findings-of-bad-gas-probe--JGRA-urges-Gov-t-_77368 The Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA) is calling on the Government to release the findings and recommendations of the Petroleum Trade Reform Committee to the public. Local News Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Heroes of Speed to light up Dover Raceway http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Heroes-of-Speed-to-light-up-Dover-Raceway_77270 The upcoming Heroes of Speed Race Meet, which will be held at Dover Raceway tomorrow, will see several drivers and riders battling for top honours in their race categories. Local Auto Sun, 16 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Dover's final showdown http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Dover-s-final-showdown THE 2016 circuit racing season will come to an exciting close on Monday, October 17, at Dover Raceway in St Ann, with the Jamaica Race Drivers Club's (JRDC) Heroes of Speed. Local News Sun, 16 Oct 2016 13:37:42 GMT Remote-controlled action heats up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Remote-controlled-action-heats-up_77126 The second round of the Island Electric Series, hosted by the Jamrock Remote Control Car Club (JRRCCC), was completed at Sovereign Centre on the Boulevard, Washington Boulevard in St Andrew, last Sunday. Local Auto Fri, 14 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT MINI’s big moment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/MINI-s-big-moment_77021 BIG things come in small packages, and this is particularly true for the new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman, which had its debut at the Paris Auto Show (Modial l’Automobile Paris) currently on the French capital. Local Auto Fri, 14 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Road reopens, other plans ahead http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Road-reopens--other-plans-ahead_77153 Discussions are under way by the National Works Agency (NWA) to rebuild sections of Constant Spring Road in the Corporate Area. This is according to NWA’s m anager of c ommunications and c ustomer s ervices Stephen Shaw. Local Auto Fri, 14 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Constant Spring south-bound lanes reopen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Constant-Spring-south-bound-lanes-reopen_76725 MOTORISTS heading from Dunrobin to Half-Way-Tree should be able to use the south-bound lane of the roadway that was closed for repairs Thursday after a National Water Commission (NWC) sewage pipe burst in the area causing parts of the roadway to collapse. Local News Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT TRAILER MISHAP! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/TRAILER-MISHAP_76582 A trailer heading towards Spanish Town overturned along the busy Mandela Highway on Friday, temporarily bringing traffic to a crawl, caused primarily by curious motorists wanting to know what had happened. It was unclear at the time what caused the crash and how badly the driver of the vehicle had been hurt. Local News Sun, 09 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Indian billionaire says Formula E ‘spaceships’ are the future http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Indian-billionaire-says-Formula-E--spaceships--are-the-future_76496 MUMBAI, India (AFP) — Indian billionaire Anand Mahindra says Formula E’s futuristic, high-pitched “spaceships” are the future of motor racing as he sees the sport evolving away from F1 “dinosaurs”. Local Business Sun, 09 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Constant Spring Road work to last until Monday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Constant-Spring-Road-work-to-last-until-Monday-------_76561 Commuters in Kingston will continue to experience traffic delays on Constant Spring Road in the vicinity of Marketplace for another two days, as work to repair a collapsed sewer line continues. Local Auto Sat, 08 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Seeing green http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Seeing-green_76293 THERE were several other automakers which showcased their newest green technology vehicles at the expo. Local Auto Sat, 08 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT BMW M2 makes Jamaican debut http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/BMW-M2-makes-Jamaican-debut_76386 After much anticipation, the new addition to the BMW M family has officially arrived in Jamaica. The first-ever BMW M2 Coupé’s unmistakeable motorsport genes ring true to the core of BMW M GmbH. Released globally earlier this year to phenomenal reviews, the M2 combines top sporting prowess and classic rear-wheel drive with the precision and velocity of a modern M automobile. Local Auto Fri, 07 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Plugging into Paris http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Plugging-into-Paris_76263 HUNDREDS of automotive journalists made the biennial pilgrimage to Mondial de l’Automobile (Paris Auto Show) at Porte de Versailles ahead of its October 1 to 16 opening to see what the future of industry had in store. Local Auto Fri, 07 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Traffic woes - Section of Constant Spring Road collapses http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Traffic-woes_76427 CORPORATE Area traffic was brought to a virtual standstill yesterday, as commuters sought alternative routes due to yesterday’s closure of a section of Constant Spring Road. Local Auto Fri, 07 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT