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. Nissan said it was calling in for repair at least 640,000 Pathfinders, Infiniti JX35s, QX60s and Rogues, for two problems. On Pathf ... Read More

Auto braking for star rating
WASHINGTON, USA (Bloomberg) -- US regulators will add automatic braking to a list of technologies co ... Read More

Kyle Gregg with his FIA
Americas Award. He also
won the RJR Sportsman
Award for motorsports and
will be crowned the Rally
Jamaica 2014 winner on
February 7.
(PHOTO: RORY DALEY) Double awards for Kyle Gregg
LAST week Saturday was another watershed moment for racer Kyle Gregg. He not only won the RJR Sports ... Read More

Keisha Lawrence (right) collects the keys to her hard-earned
prize from Digicel Jamaica CEO Barry O'Brien (centre) as group
GM at ATL Automotive Matthew Cripps (left) looks on. KEISHA’S NEW MISSION
A BEAMING Keisha Lawrence collected her grand prize of a 2015 Audi A3 S-Line at ATL Automotive on Ox ... Read More

Eagle bikes set to soar

Friday, January 23, 2015    

A section of CG Eagle Cycle Ltd.

AFTER years in the civil service, Clive Hines said his job became an exercise in boredom. He wanted something different. "It became so monotonous," he said. He tried renting cars, but that tanked. He put a cab on the road, that didn't pan out either. In 2011, however, another opportunity presented itself. "A friend of mine found out that American retailer Pep Boys had an overstock of scooters and wanted to sell them out. It was supposed to be a one-shot thing where we get the bikes, sell the ... Read More

Hyundai profits dip

Friday, January 23, 2015    

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. Net profit for the October-December period was down 22.2 per cent from a year ago at 1.65 trillion won (US$1.51 billion), South Korea's largest automaker said in a statement. Operating profit also tumbled 7.6 per cent year-on-year to 1.88 trillion won, while sales rose 7.5 per cent to 23.6 tril ... Read More

Jeff Gordon: Last full-time season

Friday, January 23, 2015    

Jeff Gordon

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. The four-time champion says he was in talks with team owner Rick Hendrick when he came to the conclusion to race a 23rd and final season in the No 24 Chevrolet. Gordon says the timing is just right both personally and professionally. He delayed announcing his decision until yesterday, when he first told his two young children at home in ... Read More

JATOO's 'loader men' programme illegal, says Transport Authority

Thursday, January 22, 2015    

Park assistants in their marked vests at Mandela Park in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew, last week Monday.

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. Last week, JATOO announced that it had launched a pilot programme to ensure that 'parking assistants' -- the title given to the men and women who assist taxi and bus operators in the loading of their vehicles -- carry out their services in a professional manne ... Read More

NWA urges caution during Ocho Rios roadwork

Thursday, January 22, 2015    

NWA workmen carry out roadwork (File photo)

The National Works Agency (NWA) has advised motorists in Ocho Rios, St Ann, to expect minor delays during this week as patching work continues. NWA community relations officer Natalee Bloomfield said some 1,200 square metres of roadway will be patched throughout the town with asphaltic concrete. The programme is expected to last for two weeks and will cost $3.8 million. Among those to be repaired are Development Road, Main Street, Newlyn Street, Evelyn Street, DaCosta Drive and Graham Street. ... Read More

PHOTO: Digicel Ultimate Mission winner

Monday, January 19, 2015    

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.

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. After a gruelling 48-hour challenge in a VW Bug, Lawrence, affectionately dubbed Agent Fluffy Hustla, took home the coveted Audi A3. The event -- which started on Thursday -- saw Lawrence and three other finalists Andre Bowyer, Sacha Shaw-Cuthbert, and Patricia Gillings completing multiple physical ... Read More

Agent Fluffy Hustla wins Audi A3

Sunday, January 18, 2015 2:14 PM    

Matthew Cripps, group general manager of ATL Automotive (left) and Barry O'Brien, CEO of Digicel Jamaica (right) present Keisha Lawrence the key to her brand new 2015 Audi A3 after she emerged the top 'agent' in Digicel's Ultimate Mission.

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. “God was with me throughout the entire time,” said an excited Lawrence. “It wasn’t easy to stay in the car and do all of the challenges, but when you think about it, the car was across from us the whole ... Read More


Sunday, January 18, 2015    

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. Lensed by handpicked, in-demand local photog Dwayne Watkins, the multi-shoot campaign (showcasing such immediately scenic locales as Caymanas Polo Club, Skyline Drive, Hope Gardens and the Palisadoes strip) plays into the German brand's Jamaican ties and association with high fashion and sophistication. SO previews the soon-to- ... Read More

Car of The Year for Jamaica

Friday, January 16, 2015    

Michael Horn, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, poses with the
award-winning VW Golf and Golf GTI Win 2015 North American Car of the Year.

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. "It's the number one selling car in Europe and it is our fervent belief that Jamaicans deserve the best. The Golf will be arguably one of the best cars ever to hit Jamaica, but good things come to those who wait, and we are proud to announce to our ... Read More

December 2014 deadliest month on Ja's roads in 3 years

Thursday, January 15, 2015 6:59 PM    

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. In fact, according to the most recent figures released by the National Road Safety Council (NRCS), the number of fatal crashes and fatalities across the island in 2014 exceeded the number recorded in 2013. The statistics show that from January 1 to December 31 ... Read More



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