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Scotiabank’s cocktails and conversations

Dermatologist Dr Carol Burrell excitedly takes her turn at getting the feel of the Audi R8 Spyder.()

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Scotiabank took time out on March 16 to treat “premium banking” clients here to an intimate evening with members of the division. The occasion, called “Cocktails and Conversations”, was to reassure customers, many of whom have been longstandin ... Read More

Francisco Torres, managing director of Audi Regional Office, standing between the
Audi Q5 logo at Aldea Rodavento in Jalcomulco, Mexico, recently. (Photo: Mao Carrera) Audi lauds ATL’s superb work
GERMAN luxury brand Audi is lauding Jamaican dealership ATL Automotive for its exceptional work in t ... Read More

Martin Port (left), sales manager — Audi Regional Office; and Gabriel Ramirez, product and price specialist — Audi Regional Office, standing beside the 2018 Audi Q5 at its launch at the Hotel Casa Reyna in Puebla, Mexico, recently. (Photo: Mao Carrera) Audi Q5 raises the bar
SEVERAL journalists from Latin America, and the French- and English-speaking Caribbean jetted to Mex ... Read More

A fleet of Audi Q5 at Audi’s state-of-the-art plant in San Jose Chiapa in Mexico shortly before the test drive. (Mao Carrera) Audi eyes region
MARTIN Port, sales manager – Audi Regional Office in Mexico, said Jamaica plays a critical rol ... Read More

Dover stalemate

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer | Friday, April 21, 2017    

IT was one victory a piece for top Thundersport drivers Kyle Gregg, David Summerbell Jr, and Doug “Hollywood” Gore at the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) Total Lubricants’ Carnival of Speed held at Dover Raceway, St Ann, on Easter Monday . Gregg, however, could claim the better day as he walked away leading the Thundersport class and having set the new lap record, lowering it to one minute 16.127 seconds (from the one minute 17.019 seconds previously held by Gore), and havin ... Read More

NEW AUDI Q5: Redefined and reimagined

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto & Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, April 21, 2017    

A convoy of 2018 Audi Q5 makes its way through a small town in Jalcomulco in Veracruz, Mexico, recently. (Photos: Mao Carrera)

AFTER a tour of Audi’s state-of-the-art production plant in San Jose Chiapa, journalists from Latin America, French- and English-speaking Caribbean were given a chance to test-drive the new Q5 on the streets of Mexico. Our destination: Aldea Rodavento in Jalcomulco. “The Audi Q5 is completely new; new from the ground up. It’s larger in every dimension – both interior and exterior,” said Gabriel Ramirez, product and price specialist – Audi Regional Office. An ... Read More

PM urges road users to be vigilant during Easter holiday

Saturday, April 15, 2017    

HOLNESS... I urge all road users to drive, ride and walk responsibly

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is urging road users to be vigilant during the Easter holiday season. “I urge all road users to drive, ride and walk responsibly. Every individual must make a concerted effort to obey the speed limit and observe the traffic signs as they traverse the road network. Particular attention must be given to pedestrians and vulnerable road users, such as the elderly and our children,” Prime Minister Holness said. The prime minister, who is chairman of the Nat ... Read More

Government lauds JGRA’s work

Monday, April 10, 2017    

(From left) Philip Chung president of the JGRA, is engaged in conversation with Chris Dehring, CEO, Ready TV and Stephen Wedderburn, chief technical director, ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries, inside the Ready TV booth at the JGRA Trade Show at the Spanish Court Hotel last Wednesday.

The Government has commended the work of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA) in the development and expansion of the petroleum sector, saying Jamaica’s gasolene industry, through the work of the JGRA has become far more sophisticated and the trade has expanded over time, with more operators coming on board and retailers continuing to upgrade their facilities in response to the demands of consumers. Chief technical director in the Ministry of of Industry, Commerce, Agricultur ... Read More

Removal notice ignored

Sunday, April 09, 2017    

The Kingston and St Andrew Corporation notice to remove the vehicles is seen here.

A notice to remove derelict motor vehicles from the sidewalk on a section of Lyndhurst Road and Lyndford Avenue in Kingston within 24 hours has been ignored since the notice was issued last Thursday. Up to yesterday, the relics were still on the sidewalk blocking pedestrian access and, as the notice said, “causing public nuisance”. Copies of the notice from the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation are pasted onto most of the vehicles. However, the name of the person to whom the notic ... Read More

Bajan bombshell

By Rory Daley | Friday, April 07, 2017    

This 1998 Toyota Starlet Glanza V out of Barbados boasts a fully implemented ACIS manifold, marking its significance amongst its modified peers worldwide. (Photos: Rory Daley)

To say this 1998 Toyota Starlet Glanza V is one of the most important vehicles of its kind would be an understatement. The achievement that grants it such status is rooted in the acronym ACIS, instantly recognisable by Toyota-philes as Acoustic Control Induction System. This factory-developed mechanism has been adapted from other Toyota models and implemented in the Glanza to near perfection by the owner. ACIS was developed by Toyota to solve the issue of low- and high-speed performance in seve ... Read More

Mexican exporters jittery, awaiting Trump trade moves

Friday, April 07, 2017    

This January 1993 file photograph shows the assembly line at the Ford Motor Company in Cuautitlan Izcalli, 50 miles from Mexico City. In January, Ford cancelled the construction of a US$1.6 billion plant in Mexico. Mexico’s car-making industry hopes the US Government will set aside the protectionism advocated by President Donald Trump, admitting that they have no “Plan B”. The US leader wants to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), in effect since 1994. (Photo: AFP)

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AFP) — The bustling, cheap-labour assembly plants that dot the Mexican side of the US border are booming, but President Donald Trump’s stances on taxes and trade have them worried. Trump wants to renegotiate the NAFTA trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, which has been in force for a generation, and his Republican Party has floated tax reform ideas that would hurt Mexican companies. “Everyone is waiting to see what move the United States is going to ma ... Read More

GM keeps profit forecast despite headwinds in US market

Friday, April 07, 2017    

This photo provided by General Motors Company shows the 2017 Chevrolet Trax which is updated with contemporary front and rear styling, new instrument panel and gauges and more safety features than ever. It continues to set US sales records in the fast-growing small SUV market. (Photo: AP)

DETROIT, United States (AP) — Used car prices are falling, US sales are off to a slow start, car inventories are growing, and interest rates are on the rise. Still, General Motors is sticking to its profit forecast. Chuck Stevens, GM’s chief financial officer, told industry analysts yesterday that the company is optimistic for a number of reasons: The sale of its European unit will save GM money, it predicts US sales will rebound later in the year, and expects new SUVs to fetch high ... Read More

PHOTO: Porsche lights up New Kgn

Friday, April 07, 2017    

The new Porsche showroom on Knutsford Boulevard in New Kingston is seen from the Barbados Avenue side. Adam Stewart, deputy chairman of ATL Automotive, dealers of the luxury brand, says placing the showroom smack in the middle of the capital city’s financial hub will bring even more appeal to the area and the automotive industry as a whole. “I consider Knutsford Boulevard to be Jamaica’s ‘5th Avenue’; high footfall, huge volume of passing traffic and at the absolute heart of Kingston’s financial district,” said Stewart.

 The new Porsche showroom on Knutsford Boulevard in New Kingston is seen from the Barbados Avenue side. Adam Stewart, deputy chairman of ATL Automotive, dealers of the luxury brand, says placing the showroom smack in the middle of the capital city’s financial hub will bring even more appeal to the area and the automotive industry as a whole. “I consider Knutsford Boulevard to be Jamaica’s ‘5th Avenue’; high footfall, huge volume of passing traffic and at the ab ... Read More

Quarter-Mile Queens: 2017 Edition Quarter-Mile Queens: 2017 Edition

Friday, April 07, 2017    

As the National Drag Racing Circuit kicked off its 2017 season on April 2 at Vernamfield, Clarendon, only the ladies proved hotter than the drag racing action. Read More



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