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Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Young cop killed in Clarendon crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Young-cop-killed-in-Clarendon-crash_93550 MANDEVILLE, Manchester &mdash; Twenty-eight-year-old police constable, Jamie Robinson, lost his life in a motor vehicle accident on Thursday.<br /> <br /> According to the police, about 6:30 pm the policeman was driving his Nissan Skyline motor car along the Bustamante Highway in Clarendon when he lost control of the vehicle and was killed.<br /> <br /> Police reported that Robinson was in the process of overtaking a truck when one of the rear wheels of his motor car hit one of the front wheels of the truck.<br /> <br /> Police say he then lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a parked truck.<br /> <br /> Robinson, who was assigned to the St Catherine North Police Division, was pronounced dead at the May Pen Hospital.<br /> <br /> The deceased policeman is said to be an only child and resided in Hatfield, Manchester.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Alicia Sutherland http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13733976/266456__w300.jpg Local News Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:00 AM LIGHTS OUT http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/LIGHTS-OUT_93511 The <br /> <br /> Island Traffic Authority (ITA) says it will be intensifying activities against drivers who continue to operate vehicles with illegal lights.<br /> <br /> The authority says that this has become necessary in light of an increasing number of vehicles being detected with multi-coloured and flashing lights, which breach the Road Traffic Act.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Only emergency vehicles are supposed to have flashing lights, but you see flashing lights on various vehicles. We are also seeing a proliferation of blue lights and various coloured lights that are illegal and contrary to the specifications in the Road Traffic Act. So, we will be clamping down,&rdquo; said Ludlow Powell, ITA director.<br /> <br /> Powell also noted that there is an emerging trend with motorists installing a line of &ldquo;extremely bright lights&rdquo; at the front of their vehicles, instead of traditional headlamps. There is also concern that drivers continue to use very dark tints on their windshields, which prevent them from seeing clearly at nights, leading to the need for brighter than normal lights to maintain clear vision.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This contributes to many accidents, and while people think it&rsquo;s cute or even funny, it is a dangerous practice, so we will not issue a fitness certificate for any vehicle that is in breach of the regulations,&rdquo; said Powell.<br /> <br /> The ITA says that, during the campaign, drivers will be asked to have the correct lights fitted before the vehicle can be issued a certificate of fitness. He said too that the authority would be looking out for vehicles with these lights during spot checks.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;If we come across vehicles that are in breach, we will take action as the law permits us to do, and where we find that officers are not doing their job, the appropriate action will be taken and they will be held accountable,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> In the meantime, the police are reporting a high level of compliance with recently issued policy guidelines governing tinted public-passenger vehicles (PPVs).<br /> <br /> The guidelines were recently issued by the Government in support of existing regulations in the interest of public safety and security.<br /> <br /> Commanding officer of the Traffic and Highway Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Calvin Allen, indicated that although there have been a little over 4,500 prosecutions for tint violations, operators have been largely compliant.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Since the announcement, there has been a good deal of cooperation. Persons, voluntarily, right across the island, have been engaging in the removal of tints from their vehicles,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> SSP Allen pointed out that drivers found to be in breach of the guidelines are liable for prosecution. However, if they readily comply, they will be allowed to remove the tint on the spot, and receive assistance to do so.<br /> <br /> The stipulations outlined in the policy guidelines are as follows:<br /> <br /> 1. No tint on the rear windshield of cars or buses.<br /> <br /> 2. No tint on the front windshield of cars or buses, except for a visor that is allowed at the top of the windshield. For cars and 15-seater buses, the visor should not exceed six inches and for Toyota Coaster buses the visor should not exceed 10 inches.<br /> <br /> 3. No tint is allowed on the driver&rsquo;s door or the front passenger door of cars. A 30-grade tint, allowing a 70 per cent inward view, is allowed on the back-door windows.<br /> <br /> 4. For buses, no tint is allowed on the windows on either side of the back seat. Tint permitting a 70 per cent inward view is allowed on all other windows leading up to the driver&rsquo;s window.<br /> <br /> 5. On buses, there should be no tint on the windows by the driver&rsquo;s door, the conductor&rsquo;s door or the front passenger door.<br /> <br /> 6. Owners/operators of vehicles with factory tint (where the tint is ingrained into the glass and the removal of the tint means removal of the entire glass) have been given a one-year amnesty for removal of the tint. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13666230/260541_87007_repro_w300.jpg Local Auto Friday, March 24, 2017 12:00 AM Karting season begins http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Karting-season-begins_93506 THE 2017 karting season gets the green light at the Palisadoes International Raceway in Kingston on Sunday. The meet is slated to begin at 10:00 am.<br /> <br /> Christopher Williams, vice-president of the Jamaica Karting Association (JKA), is promising &ldquo;non-stop action&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Back-to-back Abe Zaide Memorial trophy winner Ryan Lue will see if he can create history and win three titles in a row, while there&rsquo;ll be a face-off between Jonathan Law and Justin Sirgany (in the Rotax senior class). And, of course, there&rsquo;ll be rivalry among the big names including Gore, Summerbell, Teach (Christopher McFarlane). It&rsquo;s gonna be an exciting season,&rdquo; Williams told Jamaica Observer&rsquo;s Auto magazine yesterday.<br /> <br /> The vice president said the current JKA executive is keen on growing sport.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Spectator attendance is up 200 per cent while the driver complement has grown 100 per cent. We have several sponsors onboard as well. During the breaks, spectators can get in on the fun by challenging their friends in a clean and safe environment,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Williams said of particular note is the development of the youngsters.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We (the current executive body) started with the youngsters. We see ourselves as a starter programme for Dover or even Formula One. We can be superstars in any sport we chose... We can have our own Louis Hamilton. We&rsquo;re inviting people to support them,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> He said there are positive spin-offs for kids involved in the programme.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There is the mental discipline of the sport. Motor racing requires a lot of mental focus. It helps them to concentrate. It&rsquo;s a good tool to teach them discipline and the kids look forward to practising,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> The VP said negotiations were under way with the Sports Development Foundation with a view to offer youngsters scholarships.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have had the initial discussion and, so far, the feedback has been good, as the sport is growing; it&rsquo;s alive; and there&rsquo;s spectator interest,&rdquo; Williams added. <br /> <br /> There will be eight meets for the 2017 season. Sponsors include TOTAL Quartz engine oil, MAXXIS, Purewater, Xsomo, Bell Communications Ltd, JPS, Proven Wealth, Toyota Jamaica, JETCON, Tru-Juice, Spanish Court Hotel and Pizza Hut.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13371559/234141_w300.jpg Local Auto Friday, March 24, 2017 2:00 AM JUTC to double the experience http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/JUTC-to-double-the-experience_93472 Jamaica Urban Transit Company&rsquo;s (JUTC) commuter bonanza promotion, Big Bacchanal Double Day, is for Saturday, March 25.<br /> <br /> Double Day involves commuters getting twice the top-up value they place on their SmarterCards for bus rides. The top-up amounts do not have an expiry date and there is no limit to the top-up amount applicable to the promotion. <br /> <br /> With an average daily ridership of 230,000, and a SmarterCard holder population of over 300,000 and growing, the promotion will be across over 100 point-of-sale locations within the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region and in Old Harbour and Linstead in rural St Catherine.<br /> <br /> These include the JUTC&rsquo;s flagship locations at the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre in St Andrew; the downtown Kingston Hub at East Parade; the company&rsquo;s Greater Portmore Mall office in St Catherine; and the Spanish Town Transport Centre, also in St Catherine.<br /> <br /> Additionally, the JUTC&rsquo;s mobile units will be in on the action across the Corporate Area and Portmore, and senior citizens and special-needs commuters within the Corporate Area will be specially accommodated at Stephanie Hall on Half-Way Tree Road. Shuttle service will be provided for the seniors and special-needs commuters from the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre to Stephanie Hall. <br /> <br /> As the bus company moves towards a fully cashless fare collection system, the Double Day Promotion plays a significant role in encouraging commuters to use the SmarterCard. <br /> <br /> Of significant note though, commuters will not be able to secure the &lsquo;Double Bubble&rsquo; effect without having a personalised and functional SmarterCard on Double Day, as no new or replacement card will be processed on Double Day. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13256241/225883_w300.jpg Local Auto Friday, March 24, 2017 2:00 AM Fewer motorcyclists dying http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Fewer-motorcyclists-dying_93462 Seventeen fewer motorcyclists have died on the nation&rsquo;s streets since the beginning of the year when compared to the corresponding period in 2016, representing a decrease of almost 50 per cent.<br /> <br /> Data from the Jamaica Constabulary Force Highway and Traffic Division show that, up to Thursday, March 16, 19 motorcyclists had been killed, compared with 36 over the similar period in 2016.<br /> <br /> Executive director of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) Paula Fletcher told JIS News that the decline in motorcycle deaths and crashes comes at a time when the NRSC is partnering with the Back to Basics Motorcycle Safety Mission to implement a biker safety awareness programme. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is strictly a social intervention and a first for us at NRSC, where we go to the community that we are trying to impact to sensitise them on the issues related to the spike in motorcycle deaths over the past four years,&rdquo; she explained. <br /> <br /> She said that, with the assistance of the NRSC, the social project has received funding from the National Health Fund, and workshops for motorcyclists are being staged in Kingston, Westmoreland, St Ann, and St Elizabeth, which are the parishes most affected by motorcycle crashes. <br /> <br /> The Insurance Association of Jamaica, the Road Safety Unit and Sandals Resorts International are also key stakeholders in the collaboration. <br /> <br /> According to Fletcher, when advised that they were considered to be among the most vulnerable road users, the motorcyclists were surprised to know that they were dying in such large numbers. <br /> <br /> She said that in the workshops the operators are taught the use of safety gears and techniques and precautionary measures necessary to operate on the roads in a responsible manner.<br /> <br /> She added that, through collaboration with the Island Traffic Authority, the biker safety programme will allow workshop participants to become licensed motorcyclists, as the ITA personnel are on location to administer the tests.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Most of them are not licensed. The current law has a loophole which allows motorcyclists to drive on a learner&rsquo;s permit indefinitely. However, that loophole will be plugged in the Road Traffic Bill that we are hoping to have passed shortly,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Fletcher noted that it was the spike in deaths of motorcyclists that had been causing the upward creep in road fatalities from 2013, with 2015 seeing more motorcyclists dying than pedestrians. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is significant that we have stopped that increasing trend, and we are hoping that it will continue, because the number (379 in 2016) is still too high for a country of our population, but it is encouraging that we are trending back down,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Fletcher informed that, over the years, pedestrians have accounted for a larger number of road fatalities than motorcyclists and, so far, there is just one more in that category with 19 when compared with 18 pedestrians to date.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We can&rsquo;t lose sight of the pedestrians, however, who are also vulnerable road users,&rdquo; she said, while pointing out that pedestrian deaths have increased by five with 13 over the similar period in 2016.<br /> <br /> There has also been a significant decrease in private motor car passengers dying, with three in 2017 to date, compared with 13 for the similar period in 2016. <br /> <br /> In 2012, some 260 people died in traffic collisions. In 2013, the number increased to 307, and to 331 in 2014. In 2015, the number increased by more than 50 to 382, but in 2016, the figure was reduced by three to 379. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13258466/226094_w300.jpg Local News Friday, March 24, 2017 12:00 AM Lyons is king http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Lyons-is-king_92662 TO say David Lyons is an automotive enthusiast would be an understatement.<br /> <br /> In fact, his business is solely dedicated to providing accessories for vehicles. <br /> <br /> So, it came as no surprise when he was the first person to purchase a Honda Ridgeline from ATL Automotive at its REVOLUTION car show held at its Oxford Road facility last weekend.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Honda has been known for reliability and it&rsquo;s a new model vehicle. It&rsquo;s a pick-up that has the versatility and comfort of a car,&rdquo; said the principal of The Body Shop Limited, located on Dunrobin Avenue in Kingston.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re gonna form a Ridgeline club... So it was important to me to get the first model so that we could start the club,&rdquo; he continued.<br /> <br /> Lyons said he has been the owner of Honda vehicles since the early 2000s.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve owned CR-Vs since 2002. Currently, we&rsquo;re waiting on the new CR-V to come. So hopefully, we&rsquo;ll get the first one also,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> The businessman shared what he would be doing with his newly acquired Honda Ridgeline.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re gonna use it for my personal use. Also to show off the accessories that are available for it... to help promote that brand throughout the island, in terms of a new concept pick-up.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Sam McKenzie, head of business for Honda at ATL Automotive, had high praises for the brand.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Honda is a brand that adds value to everyone&rsquo;s life. Not just because of its comfort, but how it functions and how it fits into your everyday operations,&rdquo; said McKenzie.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;When you look at David Lyons... he&rsquo;s not into accessories for vehicles; he&rsquo;s into pick-ups; and he travels a lot to the country for activities with his family, so the Ridgeline is not just a commercial vehicle; it&rsquo;s a hangout unit.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &mdash; Brian Bonitto http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13715380/263663_90848_repro_w300.jpg Local Auto Friday, March 17, 2017 2:00 AM Video: ATL on show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/ATL-on-show_92697 ATL Automotive said it is willing to participate in any event hosted by the new-car umbrella group, Automobile Dealers&rsquo; Association of Jamaica (ADA), providing that it is willing to embrace new ideas and the latest trends.<br /> <br /> "ATL doesn't want to participate in an old-fashioned auto show which not be able to generate the level of excitement Jamaica deserves. ATL Automotive's REVOLUTION was successful as its format was very refreshing and in keeping with where the auto industry should go &ndash; less about hard sells and more about embracing the excitement of cars and a huge lifestyle component. Going forward, I hope the ADA see and appreciate our event&rsquo;s success and include ATL in a similar format and not exclude us," Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International and ATL Automotive, told Jamaica Observer's Auto magazine yesterday. <br /> <br /> REVOLUTION refers to ATL's three-day, free auto show held at its Oxford Road facility in New Kingston last weekend. <br /> <br /> "We had a great weekend as we exceeded our target of 5,000 visitors... we got 7,000. A lot of people came out to support &ndash; and there was literally something for everyone. There was collaboration between manufacturers and prices, there were huge discounts from the banks and their representatives, and most importantly was the energy and excitement. We&rsquo;re talking about cars &ndash; you can&rsquo;t have a car event without thrills. There was a big educational aspect; we had seminars which were attended by women who sought solutions for their everyday car challenges as well as the entertainment side of the event. It was more than just the hustle of selling a motor vehicle," said Stewart. <br /> <br /> Reggae singer Tarrus Riley, Denyque, and Tosh Alexander entertained the audience in song, while the covers pulled from the Audi R8 Spyder, the MINI Countryman S, Honda Ridgeline and the Honda Pilot. <br /> <br /> "The CR-V was the volume leader. Interest in the Ridgeline, Pilot and Civic. There were hot leads for the $35-m Audi R8 Spyder... We're happy there was interest in the car, as our main motivation was to bring the vehicle here for people to touch and see &ndash; sure, most aren&rsquo;t looking to buy one but wow didn&rsquo;t it take the excitement to new heights?" Stewart said. <br /> <br /> In addition to Honda, Audi and MINI, ATL Automotive is the authorised dealer for Porsche, Volkswagen, and BMW. <br /> <br /> The CEO said the ADA erred by excluding his company from participating in the four-day ADA-led AutoCircuit auto show also held on the weekend and this is against the ADA charter.<br /> <br /> "They'll get a letter from us today ... we've sought an explanation. However, their lawyers seem to be skirting the issue. ATL is one of the largest members of the ADA and a paid up member... The board is not entitled to plan an event without informing us," said Stewart. <br /> <br /> The CEO said the ADA had planned an initial show, which his company declined to be part of by letter for a number of reasons.<br /> <br /> "That show was last minute, had no title sponsor; no marketing plan; no social media plan, no excitement, no wow factor... and after two-and-a-half years (since the last ADA car show) that's unacceptable &ndash; we all, dealers and the Jamaican public, deserve more. At the end of the day, our reputations and those of the brands we represent are all at stake. We wrote a letter to say were not interested in the old, dull format and wanted to move in a new, exciting direction more in keeping with the cars we sell. REVOLUTION&rsquo;s success supports that decision," Stewart told<br /> <br /> Auto. <br /> <br /> "We found about the ADA's revamped show in the media and informed them we would be willing to be part of this new format, which mirrored our own concept of having an event at our dealership location. But we were denied. I understand the chairman, Kent LaCroix, is saying he has a letter from us stating that "were not interested in the show" and the fact is that, no, we were not excited about the ADA&rsquo;s original plans for their auto show. No one was." Stewart continued. <br /> <br /> Kent LaCroix, chairman of the 10-dealer ADA, did refer to the letter and said he's always willing to work with ATL Automotive. <br /> <br /> "I'm a straight-forward person and I'm always willing to work with ATL," he said. "As for our car show, it was quite a success and we're quite pleased. We're still accessing the results, but we're quite happy." <br /> <br /> Last weekend, the ADA also held its show &ndash; dubbed AutoCircuit. The participating dealers were: Toyota Jamaica (Toyota and Hino); Fidelity Motors (Nissan); Kingston Industrial Garage (KIG) (Subaru, JEEP, Yamaha, and Ford); Stewart Motors (Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Land Rover, Suzuki, and Mitsubishi); and Magna Motors (Hyundai). http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13715354/264809_w300.jpg Local Auto Friday, March 17, 2017 2:00 AM 5 PRICIEST RIDES http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/5-PRICIEST-RIDES_92638 By now, everybody must have heard about the show-stopping Audi R8 Spyder. Well, it was among the most expensive rides at the recently concluded REVOLUTION show hosted by ATL Automotive last weekend. Here are the top five at the show.<br /> <br /> Make: Audi<br /> <br /> Model: R8 Spyder<br /> <br /> Price: $35,000,000<br /> <br /> When Audi moved into the supercar game, they came with the R8 and soon the model was being mentioned in the same breath as the other established players in the market. Already blessed with a powerful 540bhp V10 engine sitting in the middle of the chassis and plenty of grip from its standard Quattro four-wheel drive system, the Spyder adds the next level, the ability to electronically lower its retractable soft-top roof and listen to the sonorous notes from its exhaust system. At only $35 million, the R8 is a bargain to enter automotive nirvana.<br /> <br /> Make: Porsche<br /> <br /> Model: Panamera 4S<br /> <br /> Price: $29,650,000<br /> <br /> Need supercar performance, everyday livability, and the ability to transport four people in total luxury at any velocity. To quote Brian Bonitto, Associate Editor &mdash; Auto & Entertainment, who drove the Panamera in Mexico in January, &ldquo;trees at the side of the road appear to rush by as they try to keep pace with the 440bhp and 550 Nm of torque produced&rdquo; from the 2.9-litre V6 engine. So serious is the Panamera at its task, that it&rsquo;s strictly a four-seater sedan. The passengers are kept insulated in leather and have all the modern convenience features they could want.<br /> <br /> Make: Porsche<br /> <br /> Model: Cayenne Turbo<br /> <br /> Price: $28,000,000<br /> <br /> Many may think of the Cayenne as either a raised Panamera or the brand&rsquo;s infamous 911 Turbo turned into a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). They&rsquo;d be both right and wrong as Porsche leveraged its expertise in performance and luxury to put the real Sport in SUV. The figures speak for themselves with 520bhp, a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds and the comfort of a four-door sedan on and off-road.<br /> <br /> Make: BMW<br /> <br /> Model: 6 Series Gran Coupe<br /> <br /> Price: $19,950,000<br /> <br /> Want the space of a four-door sedan, but the sporty look of a coupe? Then there are few places to look other than the 6 series Gran Coupe. BMW themselves sum things up as a Coupe, expressed in four-doors. Of course, like every BMW, performance is embedded. However, custom options abound for those with deeper pockets.<br /> <br /> Make: BMW<br /> <br /> Model: M4<br /> <br /> Price: $19,800,000<br /> <br /> BMW may have decided to split the M-moniker across its sedans and coupes for better brand identification, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean they&rsquo;ve lost the plot. The M3 coupe may now be called the M4; however, other than that it shares the same philosophy as its four-door sibling, amazing performance in a mid-sized package. Having lapped the famous Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 52 seconds, the potent rear-wheel drive coupe is able to dash to 60mph in 3.9 seconds. <br /> <br />  <br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13715351/264622_w300.jpg Local Auto Friday, March 17, 2017 2:00 AM Chad-Ad happy with auto show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Chad-Ad-happy-with-auto-show_92739 Nicholas McKoy, general manager of Chad-Ad Distributors Ltd, said he&rsquo;s pleased to have been part of the REVOLUTION auto show held at ATL Automotive&rsquo;s Oxford Road facility in New Kingston last weekend.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Overall, the show was well executed; it was well advertised and we saw a lot of the visitors to the show visiting our booths. We did get some good responses. Even this week, a lot of the commitments we got on the weekend have come through. A lot of the people visited us since the show. So we&rsquo;re happy with the turnout we have got,&rdquo; McKoy told Jamaica Observer&rsquo;s Auto magazine.<br /> <br /> We were part of the last ADA (Automobile Dealers&rsquo; Association of Jamaica) show up on the mezzanine at the National Arena (in 2014). We did get some good responses then for that show. However, we would have been back on board if the ADA had kept their original show this year. But the ADA didn&rsquo;t include us in the whole AutoCircuit plan that they had with their dealers. So we were happy that ATL had invited us to come on board so we could be part of the automotive industry&rsquo;s weekend.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Chad-Ad Distributors are local suppliers of Maxxis tyres as well as batteries and lubricants.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We stock a wide range of tyres for all applications... industrial vehicles, tractors, trailers, cars, you name it,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Other tyre brands sold include Torque, Sumitomo and Falken.<br /> <br /> Started in 1997, Chad-Ad Distributors Limited has an outlet at Newport West and another on Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Maxxis tyres outperform the other brands on all fronts... consistency, durability, performance, and competitive prices,&rdquo; McKoy added.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Brian Bonitto http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13715381/264700_w300.jpg Local Auto Friday, March 17, 2017 2:00 AM REVOLUTION IN NUMBERS http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/REVOLUTION-IN-NUMBERS_92635 3<br /> <br /> Days of auto show<br /> <br /> 6<br /> <br /> Brands on show<br /> <br /> (Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, <br /> <br /> Honda, BMW and MINI)<br /> <br /> 4<br /> <br /> Model launches<br /> <br /> (Audi R8 Spyder, Honda Ridgeline, Honda Pilot, and MINI Countryman S)<br /> <br /> 271<br /> <br /> test drives<br /> <br /> 7,000<br /> <br /> total visitors <br /> <br /> $44m<br /> <br /> in total discounts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13715384/264621_90851_repro_w300.jpg Local Auto Friday, March 17, 2017 2:00 AM PHOTO FINISH: TRULY, A REVOLUTION! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/TRULY--A-REVOLUTION-_92627 There was plenty to see at last weekend&rsquo;s REVOLUTION auto show hosted by ATL Automotive at its Oxford Road facility in New Kingston. Guests were &ldquo;introduced&rdquo; to the new Audi R8 Spyder, the MINI Countryman S, the Honda Ridgeline and the Honda Pilot. The occasion also saw reggae singer Tarrus Riley as well as female acts Denyque and Tosh Alexander entertaining the audience.<br /> <br /> &rsquo;Twas a revolution indeed! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13714943/264533_w300.jpg Local Auto Friday, March 17, 2017 2:00 AM Tarrus Riley revs up auto show guests http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Tarrus-Riley-revs-up-auto-show-guests_92233 TARRUS Riley was the toast of Saturday&rsquo;s live performance segment at the ATL Automotive&rsquo;s free car show, dubbed Revolution, at its Oxford Road, St Andrew facility on the weekend.<br /> <br /> The singer, who dedicated his performance to the female guests, was a hit among them.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Dem say wha day yah was International Women&rsquo;s Day, but mi nah stop big up the women dem,&rdquo; said Riley before belting out the lyrics to his hit song She&rsquo;s Royal. The crowd sang along in unison.<br /> <br /> His nearly half-hour set comprised tracks including the John Legend cover Stay With You, Michael Jackson&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> Why, Just The Way You Are, Beware, and In My Going Out.<br /> <br /> Delighted at the crowd&rsquo;s participation, Riley would pay tributes in praise. &ldquo;Big up the Tarrus Riley choir!&rdquo; he exclaimed.<br /> <br /> He would subsequently do Free Up Yourself, with his &lsquo;choir&rsquo; filling in for deejay Zaga. The choir also filled in for Konshens in Good Girl Gone Bad; and Ellie Goulding in Major Lazer&rsquo;s Powerful.<br /> <br /> He ended his well-received set with Gimme Little One Drop.<br /> <br /> Prior to Riley&rsquo;s entry, the audience was entertained with abbreviated sets by emerging acts Denyque and Tosh Alexander. The latter connected with her audience with Cuz It&rsquo;s You and Ready Fi Dem, complemented with two back-up dancers.<br /> <br /> Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International and the ATL Group of companies, said the concert was a birthday gift to the public.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is our 20th birthday anniversary ... One Love and ATL appreciates you,&rdquo; said Stewart.<br /> <br /> The three-day Revolution auto show ended last night.<br /> <br /> &ndash; Brian Bonitto<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13705274/263870_90168_repro_w300.jpg Local Auto Monday, March 13, 2017 12:00 AM Video: Welcome to the Revolution! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Welcome-to-the-Revolution--_91985 As many may know, 2017 marks the 20-year anniversary of our company&rsquo;s rich history. We started in 1997 with just one great brand, Honda, and have since evolved into the ultimate automotive lifestyle brand with something for everyone. To mark the occasion, we wanted to create something that celebrated our love of Jamaica, our love of all things automotive and something that said &ldquo;thank you&rdquo; for helping us become the company we are today. Jamaica, welcome to the Revolution!<br /> <br /> For Revolution, we&rsquo;ve used every square inch of our huge Oxford facility to create a three-day automotive Disneyland that offers something for everyone. Amazing best-of-the-year sale prices, an indoor children&rsquo;s cr&Atilde;&uml;che with qualified/registered nannies, live concerts with performances from Jamaica&rsquo;s hottest musical acts, great bank deals, a food and drink court, car service workshops and auto detailing masterclasses, Motorsports Zone with the Le Mans-winning Porsche 919, Doug Gore&rsquo;s TT, and countless car launches introducing cars never seen in Jamaica before. <br /> <br /> Perhaps best of all, entry is completely free! It&rsquo;s our &lsquo;thank you&rsquo; to you. Come join us, bring friends and family and have a great time &mdash; we&rsquo;re looking forward to seeing you!<br /> <br /> &mdash; Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International and ATL Group http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13268580/220555_w300.jpg Local Auto Friday, March 10, 2017 3:00 AM No itsy, bitsy Spyder! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/No-itsy--bitsy-Spyder-_91968 Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders. However, that certainly doesn&rsquo;t apply to the Audi R8 Spyder which resides at the top of the food chain in supercar category.<br /> <br /> The current model is a visual delight, backed up by super levels of performance, which is afforded by its 540-bhp V10 engine and full-time AWD. This allows the Audi R8 Spyder to race to 60-mph under 3.5 seconds. The Spyder adds to the excitement of ownership with a folding roof that can be activated at 31 mph.<br /> <br /> Don&rsquo;t miss today&rsquo;s reveal. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13699058/263255_w300.jpg Local Auto Friday, March 10, 2017 3:00 AM Real world supercar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Real-world-supercar_91998 The Porsche 911 is a testament to German engineering and Porsche&rsquo;s car-building prowess. From its introduction in 1963 with powerful rear-mounted engine driving the rear wheels, many said such a layout would never work. However, the brand ignored naysayers and refined the car to be the benchmark for all other sports cars it currently is. The 911, in whatever form, exudes performance and luxury, all the way from the standard Carrera models to the 560hp Turbo S. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13699115/263371_w300.jpg Local Auto Friday, March 10, 2017 3:00 AM Chart your own course http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Chart-your-own-course_91972 Be the captain of your own vessel with the new Honda Pilot. <br /> <br /> The Pilot is considered the gold standard in the North American three-row sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment. It offers more space and versatility than the CR-V. It blends the convenience and comfort of minivan, with the urban awareness of a SUV. A multitude of features, such as all-wheel drive, a full suite of driver-assist technologies, towing ability, and the option of second-row captain&rsquo;s chairs are sure to make it a hit with those with larger families to haul. <br /> <br /> Its unveiling as well as the Honda Ridgeline will take place today. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13665907/260439_86863_repro_w300.jpg Local Auto Friday, March 10, 2017 3:00 AM The historic Porsche 919 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/The-historic-Porsche-919_91990 When it comes to motorsports history, two names are forever intertwined: Le Mans and Porsche as the brand has won it 17 times. <br /> <br /> In 2015, it took its 17th victory using the 919 hybrid. The car, which was built to contest the World Endurance Championship, is a technical tour-de-force utilising a two-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine assisted by a battery-based hybrid system. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13699113/263360_w300.jpg Local Auto Friday, March 10, 2017 3:00 AM Audacious Audi S3 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Audacious-Audi-S3_91991 <br /> <br /> Audi S3 is the top-of-the-rung, high-performance version of the Audi A3 sedan. <br /> <br /> Developed by Audi in 1996, the A3 sedan went on to achieve many accolades including the 2015 World Car of the Year. The S3 builds on that solid base with the improvements expected of an Audi S-badged machine.<br /> <br /> The S3 delivers zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds due to a two-litre, 290 horsepower turbocharged engine. 280lb-ft of torque is available from 1,350 rpm to 4,500 rpm. All that power is fed easily through the only transmission choice, Audi&rsquo;s six-speed, S-tronic Dual Clutch gearbox that allows both manual and automatic shifting. It wouldn&rsquo;t be a high-performance Audi without Quattro, the company&rsquo;s revolutionary permanent all-wheel-drive technology, now bolstered by the latest in electronics making it truly intelligent.<br /> <br /> Starting at $8,990,000, this includes 5 years&rsquo; warranty, 5 years&rsquo; service, 5 years&rsquo; roadside assistance, 3 years&rsquo; fuel.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13699114/263416_w300.jpg Local Auto Friday, March 10, 2017 3:00 AM Countryman in town http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Countryman-in-town_91974 The MINI Cooper Countryman S gives the best of both worlds: it is ideal for off-road journeys as well as urban streets. <br /> <br /> On the outside, the Countryman may give subtle hints on its temperament. However, the unmistakable personality of MINI Countryman is achieved through the expressive design and typical features of the new MINI family that includes optional LED headlights and daytime running lights, created for the first time by a light line completely surrounding the headlights.<br /> <br /> On the inside, the MINI is increased by 20 cm compared to previous models. Leather trim is dotted about and cannot be missed on the steering wheel that fits nimbly into the hand.<br /> <br /> Its three-cylinder 1499 cc gasoline engine reaches a power of 100 kW/136 hp with a maximum torque of 220 Nm, while the four-cylinder 1998cc engine reaches 141 kW/192 hp thanks to the maximum torque of 280 Nm. Given the MINI&rsquo;s low centre of gravity, it corners very well.<br /> <br /> Braking brings the MINI to a halt on demand, as it boasts a hydraulic two-circuit brake system with anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, and cornering brake control, dynamic stability control with brake assist, hill start assistant, brake dry function, fading brake support, dynamic traction control and electronic differential lock control. Handbrake impacts mechanically on the rear wheel.<br /> <br /> Don&rsquo;t miss today&rsquo;s big reveal! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13699112/263354_w300.jpg Local Auto Friday, March 10, 2017 3:00 AM Revolution! Schedule - Friday, Saturday and Sunday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Revolution--Schedule_91947 TODAY<br /> <br /> 2:00 pm &ndash; Open to the public<br /> <br /> 4:00 pm &ndash; Service seminar<br /> <br /> 6:00 pm &ndash; Kids&rsquo; Zone closes<br /> <br /> 7:00 pm &ndash; Service seminar<br /> <br /> 7:00 pm &ndash; Audi R8 unveiling<br /> <br /> 7:30 pm &ndash; Honda Ridgeline and Pilot launch<br /> <br /> 8:00 pm &ndash; MINI Countryman unveiling<br /> <br /> Till 10:00 pm<br /> <br /> SATURDAY, MARCH 11<br /> <br /> 10:00 am &ndash; Open to the public<br /> <br /> 10:00 am &ndash; Service workshop begins<br /> <br /> 10:30 am &ndash; Doug Gore TT<br /> <br /> 11:00 am &ndash; Giveaway<br /> <br /> 11:30 am &ndash; Auto Detailing Basics<br /> <br /> 12:00 noon &ndash; Service workshop<br /> <br /> 12:30 pm &ndash; Giveaway<br /> <br /> 1:00 pm &ndash; Service workshop begins<br /> <br /> 1:30 pm &ndash; Auto Detailing Exteriors<br /> <br /> 2:00 pm &ndash; Giveaway<br /> <br /> 2:30 pm &ndash; Motorsports<br /> <br /> 3:00 pm &ndash; Giveaway<br /> <br /> 4:00 pm &ndash; Service workshop begins<br /> <br /> 4:30 pm &ndash; Auto Detailing Exteriors<br /> <br /> 6:00 pm &ndash; Kids Zone closes<br /> <br /> 7:00 pm &ndash; Service workshop<br /> <br /> 7:30 pm &ndash; Performances begin<br /> <br /> 10:00 pm &ndash; Closes<br /> <br /> SUNDAY, MARCH 12<br /> <br /> 10:00 am &ndash; Open to the public<br /> <br /> 10:30 am &ndash; Service workshop<br /> <br /> 11:30 am &ndash; Auto Detailing Basics<br /> <br /> 12:00 noon &ndash; Motorsports<br /> <br /> 12:30 pm &ndash; Giveaway<br /> <br /> 1:30pm &ndash; Auto Detailing Exteriors<br /> <br /> 2:30 pm &ndash; Service workshop<br /> <br /> 3:30 pm &ndash; Giveaway<br /> <br /> 4:00pm &ndash; Motorsports<br /> <br /> 4:30pm &ndash; Auto Detailing Interiors<br /> <br /> 5:00 pm &ndash; Giveaway<br /> <br /> 5:30 pm &ndash; Giveaway<br /> <br /> 6:00 pm &ndash; Event closes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13699112/263354_w300.jpg Local Auto Friday, March 10, 2017 3:00 AM &lsquo;Polo&rsquo; position http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/-Polo--position_92004 The<br /> <br /> Volkswagen Polo follows three main elements: performance, practicality, and safety. Safety is foremost as the car has a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. With a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine, it&rsquo;s paired to six-speed transmission that offers a manual shifting via a tiptronic mode. On the practicality front the Polo has exceptional cargo space for its segment, can give up to 46 miles to the gallon, and is filled with plenty of technology such as Bluetooth and USB compatibility. <br /> <br /> Starting price: $2.865 million. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13699029/263384_w300.jpg Local Auto Friday, March 10, 2017 3:00 AM Gore on show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Gore-on-show_91999 H<br /> <br /> e<br /> <br /> may no longer be sponsored by ATL Racing, but Doug &ldquo;Hollywood&rdquo; Gore has never relinquished his affinity for the Audi brand, as he has continued to race his Audi TT-R DTM around the Caribbean to much success.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have captured local and international championships with this car, which is a testament to its reliability,&rdquo; Gore told Jamaica Observer&rsquo;s Auto magazine.<br /> <br /> The Audi TT-R DTM will be on show with Gore at the Revolution Auto Show at ATL Automotive&rsquo;s Kingston facility on Saturday. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13371571/235612_w300.jpg Local Auto Friday, March 10, 2017 12:00 AM ADA to host AutoCircuit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/ADA-to-host-AutoCircuit_91230 NEW-CAR umbrella group Automobile Dealers&rsquo; Association of Jamaica (ADA) will be hosting a four-day motorshow dubbed AutoCircuit in the Corporate Area from March 9 - 12.<br /> <br /> Long-time ADA chairman Kent LaCroix shared the details with the Jamaica Observer&rsquo;s Auto magazine at its launch held at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston yesterday.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This unique four-day auto experience will feature five of Jamaica&rsquo;s top automobile dealers in seven locations showcasing more than a dozen brands, with vehicles ranging from economy to luxury with a generous splash of utility in the middle,&rdquo; said LaCroix.<br /> <br /> The participating dealers are: Toyota Jamaica (Toyota and Hino); Fidelity Motors (Nissan); Kingston Industrial Garage (KIG) (Subaru, JEEP, Yamaha, and Ford); Stewart Motors (Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Land Rover, Suzuki, and Mitsubishi); and Magna Motors (Hyundai).<br /> <br /> The chairman said the AutoCircuit will follow a path, much like a race-car circuit, connecting the five participating dealerships.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;So over the four days, customers are invited to pick up their AutoCircuit &ldquo;passports&rdquo; at their first stop, whichever is nearest and most convenient dealer location closest to them. Each ADA Passport contains coupons with combined discounts values of over $20 million dollars. In addition, each passport will entitle one customer to some additional surprise offers if they test-drive at least one vehicle at each of the five dealerships or purchase a car from any one dealership between March 9 and 12,&rdquo; said LaCroix.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We anticipate that this will be a really great event and we hope to make the AutoCircuit an annual or a biennial staple.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Judith Denton, sales and marketing manager for KIG, is encouraging prospective clients to come visit her Spanish Town Road showroom for great deals.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ll have new and exciting models on display ... we&rsquo;ll have the American muscle car, Ford Mustang, in right-hand drive. We&rsquo;ll also have the all-new Ford Edge, The Explorer and Everest. For Subaru, there&rsquo;ll be BRG, the new Legacy, Outback, Forester, XV, and WRX STI. We&rsquo;ll be rolling the new JEEP Wrangler, the Grand Cherokee, Renegade, and presenting the Grand Cherokee STR, the performance variant,&rdquo; she said. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;In addition to deals from our passport summer picks, any model from any brand will get an additional $100,000 off any purchase.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Fidelity Motors&rsquo; marketing officer David Crawford was upbeat about his company&rsquo;s offerings for AutoCircuit.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Visitors to Fidelity Motors&rsquo; showroom should expect some spectacular deals, especially on the 4x4 (Nissan) X Trail... Our staff will be willing and ready to take them for a test drive,&rdquo; said Crawford.<br /> <br /> Fidelity Motors is located on 5-18 Hanover St in downtown Kingston.<br /> <br /> The ADA last hosted a motorshow in November 2014 with 16 new-car dealers. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13683121/261869__w300.jpg Local Auto Friday, March 03, 2017 12:00 AM &lsquo;GR8&rsquo; things from Audi http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/-GR8--things-from-Audi_91212 AUDI&rsquo;S sporty side will be on full display as the brand intends to make full use of its &lsquo;home court advantage&rsquo; for REV-olution scheduled to be held at the Audi Terminal on Oxford Road in New Kingston on March 10 to 12.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are looking forward to REV-olution, as we feel this will be the biggest car show in Jamaica ever,&rdquo; Damien Kerr, Audi head of business, told Jamaica Observer&rsquo;s Auto magazine.<br /> <br /> Audi will unveil three models at the event: the R8 Spyder; the RS Q3; and the TT.<br /> <br /> The R8 resides at the top of the Audi food chain and is the company&rsquo;s entry into the supercar market when it was first launched in 2006. The current model is a visual delight, backed up by supercar levels of performance which is afforded by its 540bhp V10 engine and full-time AWD. This allows the R8 to sprint to 60mph under 3.5 seconds. The Spyder adds to the excitement and drama of ownership with a folding roof that can be activated at 31 mph.<br /> <br /> The RS badge holds high worth in the Audi world and isn&rsquo;t simply placed on just any model lightly. RS, which stands for RennSport, translates into Racing Sport and endows the vehicle it&rsquo;s affixed to with the maximum performance treatment. As with all RS models, the Q3 sport utility vehicle gets a 2.5-litre, five-cylinder turbocharged motor and all-wheel drawing direct lineage to Audi&rsquo;s all conquering Quattro rally cars. This puts the RSQ3 within shouting distance of many sports cars, as 60 mph comes up in under five-and-half seconds before racing on to a top speed of 155 mph.<br /> <br /> Now in its third generation, the Audi TT continues to be one of the brand&rsquo;s pure sports coup&Atilde;&copy;s. Throughout its life, the TT has garnered multiple accolades such as Top Gear Coup&Atilde;&copy; of the Year 2006, World Design Car of the Year 2007, and Auto Bild Most Beautiful Car &mdash; for its impressive styling. The TT&rsquo;s beauty is skin- deep as it comes equipped with 2-litre turbocharged engine.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;REV-olution comes at the perfect time for anyone looking to get in these and any other Audi model as our More Sale runs until the end of the month,&rdquo; said Kerr.<br /> <br /> And more is exactly what any Audi buyer would be getting as the sale offers five years worth of service, warranty coverage, roadside assistance, and three years free fuel.<br /> <br /> The RS Q3 and TT are ready to roll off the showroom floor. However, the level of personalisation available for the R8 renders it special order only. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13683117/261824_88180_repro_w300.jpg Local Auto Friday, March 03, 2017 12:00 AM Maitland in charge http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Maitland-in-charge_90530 The JAMROCK Remote Control Car Club (JRRCCC) penultimate round of the Island Electric Series (IES) at Sovereign Centre on the Boulevard, Washington Boulevard in St Andrew, on Sunday, February 19, came to an abrupt halt due to rain.<br /> <br /> The original event was scheduled for Sunday, February 12.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We got rained out again and were not able to do the main finals,&rdquo; Denise Burton-Clarke, JRRCCC president, told the Jamaica Observer&rsquo;s Auto magazine.<br /> <br /> With that, the event results were determined by how the racers finished during qualifying. This led to Andre Blaine taking the 1:10 scale Electric GT class; the 1:10 scale Mini FWD being won by Gary Sailsman; and Chad Chang winning in 1:10 scale Electric Touring.<br /> <br /> Up until Sunday&rsquo;s meet, which was the fourth of the five-race series, it was Howard Maitland who held a slight margin in the series leading two of the three categories. In 1:10 scale Mini FWD, he led Clarke, by a mere two points, 301 to her 299. For the 1:10 scale Electric GT, Maitland sits tied with Gary Sailsman as both share a points count of 297. In 1:10 scale Electric Touring, Maitland sits four places behind leader Mike Clarke in fifth. This means an exciting battle, at least across the two classes, for Maitland at the next upcoming round.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Rory Daley http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13683279/260509_88206_repro_w300.jpg Local Auto Friday, March 03, 2017 12:00 AM