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 Toyota's new ground http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Toyota-s-new-ground_18311260 WITH a 40 per cent hold on Jamaica's new-vehicle market share, Toyota Jamaica (TJam) says it will not be resting on its proverbial laurels. On Wednesday, the company broke ground for the construction of a $400 million, state-of-the-art facility on Old Hope Road. Local Auto Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Trophy haul for VW http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Trophy-haul-for-VW_18311222 * Transporter named 'Best Crew Van' Local Auto Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT King reigns in MoBay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/King-reigns-in-MoBay_18311273 DARYL King was the big winner at the Montego Bay Motoring Club's (MBMC) Prize Giving at Pier 1 in St James, last Saturday, as he took home two awards Sprint Champion and the overall title of MBMC RallySport Champion. Local Auto Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT No more grace period for driver’s licence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/No-more-grace-period-for-licence_18311246 THE Joint Select Committee (JSC) of Parliament reviewing the Road Traffic Bill elected to support a police recommendation to remove the 48-hour grace period for motorists to produce their driver's licence. Local Auto Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Cashing in on success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Cashing-in-on-success_18311227 THE Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) market is hot right now as buyers want to downsize from larger Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV) yet not lose the features associated with the latter. That's where the 2015 Nissan Qashqai comes in, now in its second generation, it rides that sweet spot between a full-size off-roader and urban warrior. Local Auto Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT NDRC Night of Champions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/NDRC-Night-of-Champions_18311228 THE National Drag Racing Circuit (NDRC) celebrated its champions at its awards presentation for its recently completed 2014 drag racing season at the Valencia Courtyard, Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, recently. Local Auto Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Nissan, Ford recall hundreds of thousands of cars http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Nissan--Ford-recall-hundreds-of-thousands-of-cars WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – Nissan and Ford issued recalls of hundreds of thousands of cars Wednesday to address problem parts that could lead to injuries. Local Auto Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:42:22 GMT Auto braking for star rating http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Auto-braking-for-star-rating_18265470 WASHINGTON, USA (Bloomberg) -- US regulators will add automatic braking to a list of technologies considered in its influential star-rating advisory system for consumers. Local Auto Fri, 23 Jan 2015 03:00:00 GMT Double awards for Kyle Gregg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Double-awards-for-Kyle-Gregg_18264917 LAST week Saturday was another watershed moment for racer Kyle Gregg. He not only won the RJR Sportsman award in the motorsports category, but also was in Panama to receive a Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Americas Award. Local Auto Fri, 23 Jan 2015 03:00:00 GMT KEISHA’S NEW MISSION http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/KEISHA-S-NEW-MISSION_18265132 A BEAMING Keisha Lawrence collected her grand prize of a 2015 Audi A3 S-Line at ATL Automotive on Oxford Road in New Kingston, on Wednesday. She is the winner of the Digicel Ultimate Mission promotion. Local Auto Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Eagle bikes set to soar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Eagle-bikes-set-to-soar_18224301 AFTER years in the civil service, Clive Hines said his job became an exercise in boredom. He wanted something different. Local Auto Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Hyundai profits dip http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Hyundai-profits-dip_18265448 SEOUL, Korea (AFP) -- Hyundai Motor yesterday posted a steep drop of more than 20 per cent in fourth quarter profits as a strong won continued to blunt its price competitiveness against Japanese rivals. Local Auto Fri, 23 Jan 2015 03:00:00 GMT Jeff Gordon: Last full-time season http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Jeff-Gordon--Last-full-time-season_18265810 CHARLOTTE, NC -- Jeff Gordon tells The Associated Press that he decided in the middle of last season that 2015 would be his last as a full-time NASCAR driver. Local Auto Fri, 23 Jan 2015 03:00:00 GMT JATOO's 'loader men' programme illegal, says Transport Authority http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/JATOO-s--loader-men--programme-illegal--says-Transport-Authority_18254490 THE Transport Authority has branded as "illegal" a programme by the Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO), to regularise the services of loader men and women and has demanded that the association halt the project. Local News Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:01:00 GMT NWA urges caution during Ocho Rios roadwork http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/NWA-urges-caution-during-Ocho-Rios-roadwork_18249186 The National Works Agency (NWA) has advised motorists in Ocho Rios, St Ann, to expect minor delays during this week as patching work continues. Local News Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Digicel Ultimate Mission winner http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Digicel-Ultimate-Mission-winner_18239231 Group General Manager ATL Automotive Matthew Cripps (left) and Digicel Jamaica CEO Barry O'Brien (right) with Keisha Lawrence, winner of the 2015 Audi A3 in the Digicel Ultimate Mission on Saturday. General News Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:02:00 GMT Agent Fluffy Hustla wins Audi A3 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Agent-Fluffy-Hustla-wins-Audi-A3 KINGSTON, Jamaica – After enduring 48 gruelling hours locked in a tiny Volkswagen Bug with three other contestants, Keisha Lawrence, aka Agent Fluffy Hustla, was named the winner of the brand new 2015 Audi A3 from ATL Automotive in Digicel’s Ultimate Mission. Local Auto Sun, 18 Jan 2015 14:14:40 GMT Achtung! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Achtung--_18228749 ATL Automotive is revved up to launch its super-sexy, island-centric 'Drive German, Live Jamaican' campaign featurings its Volkswagen autos -- Amarok, VW Polo and Audi. Local Lifestyle Sun, 18 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Car of The Year for Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Car-of-The-Year-for-Jamaica_18227902 AFTER outpacing its rivals to claim the coveted North American Car of the Year title at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday, the highly decorated 2015 Volkswagen Golf hatchback is destined for Jamaican shores by mid-year. Local Auto Fri, 16 Jan 2015 03:00:00 GMT December 2014 deadliest month on Ja's roads in 3 years http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/December-2014-deadliest-month-on-Ja-s-roads-in-3-years KINGSTON, Jamaica — December was the deadliest month on the island's roads since 2012, with 40 recorded fatalities. This number was 11 more than the recorded 29 in December 2013 and 16 more than the 24 fatalities in December 2012. Local News Thu, 15 Jan 2015 18:59:45 GMT Gas prices to dip below $100? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Gas-prices-to-dip-below--100-_18224054 GAS prices could today drop to a three-year low of under $100 per litre following yesterday's announcement by the state oil refinery of a reduction of over $3 in the ex-refinery price of both the 87 and 90 blends of petrol. Local News Thu, 15 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Detroit names VW Golf car of the year http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Detroit-names-VW-Golf-car-of-the-year DETROIT, United States (AFP) - The Volkswagen Golf was named North American car of the year at the Detroit auto show on Monday, while Ford picked up the honours in the truck category. Local Auto Tue, 13 Jan 2015 06:37:41 GMT Jaguar Land Rover to create 1,300 jobs in Britain http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Jaguar-Land-Rover-to-create-1-300-jobs-in-Britain LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) - Indian-owned luxury car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover revealed plans on Monday to create  1,300 jobs in Britain to build Jaguar's first-ever sports utility vehicle. Local Auto Tue, 13 Jan 2015 08:37:27 GMT What cheap gas? Some automakers still push electrics http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/What-cheap-gas--Some-automakers-still-push-electrics DETROIT, United States (AFP) - Cheap fuel prices are not deterring some automakers from building up their offerings of alternative fuel vehicles. Local Auto Tue, 13 Jan 2015 08:51:27 GMT JUTC earns $84m from two December initiatives http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/JUTC-earns--84m-from-two-December-initiatives THE Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) earned more than $80 million from two initiatives implemented last month, even as the State-owned entity complained that illegal operators continued to eat into its revenues by as much as $20 million per day. Local News Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:39:39 GMT