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 KIG eyes driving tourism market http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/KIG-eyes-driving-tourism-market_62113 WITH the growth of the adventure tourism automotive dealers Kingston Industrial Garage (KIG) believes they can help further increase that interest through their JEEP brand. Local Auto Fri, 27 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT The excellent BMW X1 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/The-excellent-BMW-X1_62121 The 2017 BMW X1 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) retains all of the primary attributes of its larger sibling the X5, albeit in just a smaller package. Local Auto Fri, 27 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Steve Chin fuels his passion http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Steve-Chin-fuels-his-passion_62156 Steve Chin’s passion for auto mechanics began more than 20 years ago. After reading a car magazine in high school, he realised his dream was to be in the industry. He got an early start at Excelsior High where he enrolled in the school’s technical programme, and then continued his studies at the Jamaican-German Automotive School (JAGAS). In 1994 his dream was beginning to come true when he was selected as an apprentice at the local Honda dealership, where he had the opportunity to participate in the Honda Certified Training Programme, undertaking extensive modules in vehicle repair. In 1997, ATL Motors, now ATL Automotive, came on-board as the new operators of the Honda dealership, and Chin was retained as a service technician. Local Auto Fri, 27 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Drag meet on Sunday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Drag-meet-on-Sunday_62124 It will be a big meet on Sunday for the National Drag Racing Circuit (NDRC) at Vernamfield, Clarendon, as they host the second event in their championship season, Drag Challenge #2. Local Auto Fri, 27 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Toyota’s day out http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Toyota-s-day-out_62117 Toyota Jamaica (TJAM) 4x4 Club’s first excursion for 2016 on May 22 to the Cinchona Botanical Gardens in the hills of St Andrew was a sizeable adventure from start to finish. Local Auto Fri, 27 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Dangerous men! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Dangerous-men-_61829 NINETY-FOUR per cent of the 19 drivers killed in private motor vehicle accidents since the start of the year are males. Local News Tue, 24 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Kyle Gregg opens account http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Kyle-Gregg-_61417 Kyle Gregg’s bid to make 2016 his year got off to great start when he bagged maximum points after winning the championship run in Sunday’s Tru-Juice/DRC Sprint #1, at Bog Walk, St Catherine. Local Auto Fri, 20 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Big CMRC weekend http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Big-CMRC-weekend_61416 MORE than 19 overseas drivers are expected to be in attendance for the first round of the 2016 Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) at JamWest Speedway in Westmoreland, on May 21 and 22. Local Auto Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT JAMROCK racers back from Curaçao http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/JAMROCK-racers-back-from-Cura-ao_60615 THE three-member JAMROCK Remote Control Car Club (JRRCCC)team, which competed at the recent 17th Annual Open Invitational International Radio Controlled On-road Competition in Curaçao, is calling the experience a positive one. Local Auto Fri, 20 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Gregg, the new face of Texaco http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Gregg--the-new-face-of-Texaco_61446 GB Energy, owners of the Texaco brand, unveiled their partnership with racer Kyle Gregg under the Team GB Speedy banner at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on Wednesday. Local Auto Fri, 20 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Heelz N Wheelz to pull out stops http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Heelz-N-Wheelz-to-pull-out-stops_61419 Car competition event Heelz N Wheelz returns this Sunday, May 22, to the National Stadium Car Park for what Andrew Leesing, event organiser, calls one of the best stagings ever. Start is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Local Auto Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Road safety markings must be approved by NWA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Road-safety-markings-must-be-approved-by-NWA_61427 THE National Works Agency (NWA) is advising communities and civic groups making plans to paint pedestrian crossings and other road safety markings on Labour Day that they must obtain authorisation from the agency before undertaking any such project. Local News Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Slippery Wen Wett slides to Portmore http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Slippery-Wen-Wett-slides-to-Portmore_61429 KINGSLEY Scott, organiser of the Slippery Wen Wett dexterity series, is hoping to bring the event to the Sunshine City this Sunday. Local Auto Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT PHOTO FINISH: Cocktails and Cars http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Cocktails-and-Cars_61448 Wednesday was a busy one on the automotive calendar in the Corporate Area. ATL Autobahn (ATL Automotive’s BMW/MINI division) hosted an exclusive cocktail event at their Orchard Road showroom in St Andrew. That same evening, GB Energy, through their Texaco brand announced their sponsorship of Kyle Gregg’s Team GB Speedy on the lawn of the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Here are a few moments from the events. Local Auto Fri, 20 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Gas prices - May 20 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Gas-prices_479772016-05-19T21-15-20 87 Local Auto Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Wealth Auto Show set for July http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Wealth-Auto-Show-set-for-July_60656 AFTER a two-year absence, Wealth Auto Show is scheduled to return to the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James on July 2 and 3. Local Auto Tue, 17 May 2016 00:05:00 GMT ‘I am bewildered’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/-I-am-bewildered-_61027 The Ministry of Transport and Mining is again imploring road users to adopt safe habits in order to reduce accidents and fatalities. Local News Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Verstappen becomes youngest ever F1 winner in Spain http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Verstappen-becomes-youngest-ever-F1-winner-in-Spain_61025 Barcelona, Spain (AFP) — Teenager Max Verstappen became Formula One’s youngest winner yesterday when he took full advantage of a spectacular first lap crash that eliminated both Mercedes cars, to claim a memorable triumph in the Spanish Grand Prix. Local Sports Mon, 16 May 2016 01:00:00 GMT Hamilton, Rosberg crash out in Barcelona clash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Hamilton--Rosberg-crash-out-in-Barcelona-clash_61023 Barcelona, Spain (AFP) — World championship leader Nico Rosberg and his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton collided and retired in a sensational crash, on the opening lap at yesterday’s Spanish Grand Prix. Local Sports Mon, 16 May 2016 01:00:00 GMT All set for a Mug Rally http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/All-set-for-a-Mug-Rally-_60637 The Jamaica Classic Car Club (JCCC) will hold its first Mug Rally for the year this Sunday at Hope Gardens, in St Andrew. Start time is scheduled for 3:00 pm. Local Auto Sat, 14 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Hyundai to take aim at Chinese market http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Hyundai-to-take-aim-at-Chinese-market_60774 Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors plan to launch three low-cost sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in China, their biggest market, from next year. Local Auto Sat, 14 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Safety expo for June 4 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Safety-expo-for-June-4_60755 The Jamaica Driver & Traffic Safety Expo 2016, scheduled for June 4 in Mandela Park, Half-Way-Tree, was launched Wednesday morning at the offices of the Ministry of Transport & Mining, St Andrew. Local Auto Sat, 14 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Audi Q5 reaches new heights http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Audi-Q5-reaches-new-heights_60780 JAMAICA’S leading automotive group, ATL Automotive created big waves both on and offline this week after unveiling one of the most creative marketing blitz ever. It featured an Audi Q5 driving 40 feet up the wall of Wyndham Kingston hotel, in the city’s financial district. Local Auto Fri, 13 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Big change for Sunday’s rally http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Big-change-for-Sunday-s-rally_60617 There’ll be changes at Sunday’s opener of the Tru-Juice/Drivers RallySprint Series at the Tru-Juice Orchards, Bog Walk in St Catherine. The event is scheduled for an 11:00 am start. Local Auto Fri, 13 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Sandals Resorts kicks off series of motorcycle safety workshops Sunday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Sandals-Resorts-kicks-off-series-of-motorcycle-safety-workshops-Sunday_60764 SANDALS Resorts International (SRI) has undertaken to sponsor a series of Back to Basics Motorcycle Safety Workshops, amidst the country’s startling statistics of motorcycle fatalities in recent years. Local News Fri, 13 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT