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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

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

Supercharged start to drag racing season

By Rory Daley | Friday, April 07, 2017    

The National Drag Racing Circuit’s (NDRC) 2017 season got off to a strong start on April 2 at Vernamfield, Clarendon. “Full Throttle 1 was a successful race meet, with tremendous support in attendance of spectators and racers,” Stephen Gunter, executive member, NDRC, told Jamaica Observer’s Auto. From start to finish the lanes were full of exciting close racing for drag racing fans, as the meet saw all entry slots maxed out. “There were 180 racers at Full Throttl ... Read More

Gregg off the mark

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer | Friday, March 31, 2017    

It was “air-tight race” for Kyle Gregg and navigator Hugh Hutchinson as they came out victorious in the TRU-Juice DRC Rally held in Bog Walk, St Catherine, recently. (Mikey Spice)

Reigning Driver’s Rallysport Club (DRC) Sprint champion Kyle Gregg made his intentions known to his rivals when he and long-time navigator Hugh Hutchinson captured the overall win at the Tru-Juice DRC Rally #1 held in Bog Walk, St Catherine, recently. “This is two for two wins on gravel for us so far. The car had some issues, but we managed to scrape by with a 15-second win over a vastly improved Timothy Stewart,” Gregg told Jamaica Observer’s Auto magazine. Duri ... Read More

Toyota Coaster from coast to coast

By Rory Daley Observer writer | Friday, March 31, 2017    

The 2018 Toyota Coaster has a new look similar to that of the smaller Hiace.(Photos: Garfield Robinson)

A staple in Jamaica’s transport system, the 2018 version of the Toyota Coaster was launched at Toyota Jamaica Limited’s Spanish Town Road showroom in St Andrew last Thursday evening. The occasion saw Howard Foster, Toyota Jamaica’s sales and marketing manager, declaring: “Toyota Coaster runs the road!” “The Coaster is very important to Toyota Jamaica as it accounts for a huge percent of the transport needs for the Jamaican market... whether for the tourism s ... Read More

People paving own way

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor – Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, March 31, 2017    

A workman using a roller on the Pleasant Valley road in Red Hills, St Andrew, yesterday. (Photos: Rory Daley)

AFTER years of appealing to relevant authorities to assist in fixing their roads, residents of Pleasant Valley community in Red Hills are taking matters into their own hands. Yesterday they embarked on an ambitious project to pave the three-quarter-mile strip of roadway leading into that rural St Andrew community. Businessman Junior Dennis, who is in charge of the project, said positive things can happen when decent people come together. “Over the years, the road was so bad that peopl ... Read More

Full throttle for NDRC

By Rory Daley | Friday, March 31, 2017    

Drag racing at a previous meet at Vernamfield in Clarendon. (Photo: Observer File)

HOT on the heels of a successful 2016, the National Drag Racing Circuit (NDRC) will start its much anticipated 2017 season at Vernamfield in Clarendon, this Sunday. “NDRC drag racing experienced tremendous growth in 2016,” Stephen Gunter told the Jamaica Observer’s Auto magazine. Last year, the NDRC invested heavily in infrastructure at the Vernamfield Motorsports Park, amidst double-digit growth. According to data, the NDRC ended the year with 313 registered drivers, average ... Read More

St Ann feels the rush

Friday, March 31, 2017    

There was no shortage of wild machinery. (Rory Daley)

Speedway Rush Auto Show’s recent staging, held at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in Priory, St Ann, was a hit. Scores of auto enthusiasts from the island’s north coast poured into the venue for the event’s third annual staging. “There was nothing like this in St Ann when we started, and the aim was to bring a quality event to the community,” Snively Barrett, event co-organiser, told Jamaica Observer’s Auto magazine. “The plan is to be bigger and bet ... Read More



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