US$50-million investment

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (second right) is joined by (from left) minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Daryl Vaz; Alejandro Acevedo, regional vice-president, development, Mexico and the Caribbean, AC Hotel by Marroitt; Adam Stewart, ATL Group deputy chairman and CEO; and Dirk Biehler, sales channel development and customer relations director, BMW Group, Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean in breaking ground for the new US$50 million hotel and BMW/MINI multi-purpose facility on Lady Musgrage Road in Kingston yesterday. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

Ground was yesterday broken for a US$50-million complex in Kingston that will house a full-scale BMW/MINI international showroom and service centre, as well as a 220-room Marriott AC brand hotel. The project, which will provide 600 jobs in the construction phase and approximately 300 permanent posi ... Read More

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  BMW in high gear
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PHOTO FINISH - Grand ‘Sentra-L’

Friday, January 20, 2017    

Former Miss Jamaica World contestant Dyanne Brown found this well-maintained 1989 Nissan Sentra irresistable. Read More

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017    

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Porsche: Luxury meets performance

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor – Auto & Entertainment | Friday, January 13, 2017    

(Photos: Pablo Lomelin)

DRIVING through the streets of Mexico City is not for the faint of heart, as the term “give way” appears obsolete. But, test driving a million-dollar Porsche Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo on the right side of the road through the bustling thoroughfares is a whole different ball game. That was the task assigned to my Trinidad & Tobago counterpart, Aleem Khan, and myself on Wednesday morning. We would leave the comfort of Live Aqua Mexico City Hotel and Spa and trek for three ho ... Read More

Porsche takes aim at region

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor – Auto & Entertainment | Friday, January 13, 2017    

George Wills, president and managing director of Porsche Latin America Inc, at the launch of the new Panamera 4S at the Live Aqua Mexico City Hotel & Spa in Mexico, on Tuesday.

GEORGE Wills, president and managing director of Porsche Latin America Inc, says the Adam Stewart-led ATL Automotive is critical in the company’s thrust across the Caribbean region. “The Caribbean, we consider, is a very important area of development for us. ATL Automotive is a very professional organisation, and it was a fairly easy choice in the selection process,” he said. “We still have our eyes on other opportunities in the Caribbean — Cayman Islands, Barbado ... Read More

Denyque gears up for Polo Effect

Friday, January 13, 2017    

VW brand ambassador Denyque gets her new keys from and Dwayne McKenzie, senior sales executive at Volkswagen Jamaica. (Rory Daley)

VOLKSWAGEN ambassador, singer Denyque was presented a new VW Polo sedan at ATL Automotive’s showroom on Oxford Road in New Kingston, on Wednesday. The occasion was a mixture of sad goodbyes and happy hellos: she was parting with her VW Tiguan, which she named Tigger, for the Polo. “I’m a proud #VWGirl. Partnering with Volkswagen Jamaica has been such a thrill. We have the same vision, same goal, and as a team, we believe in great, responsible driving,” Denyque told Ja ... Read More

PHOTO FINISH: Ready, set, Porsche

Friday, January 13, 2017    

Porsche Panameras and Turbos in front of the Live Aqua Mexico City Hotel & Spa in Mexico, on Wednesday.

It was a mix of adrenaline, comfort and luxury as Porsche unveiled its new Panamera 4s and Panamera Turbo at Live Aqua Mexico City Hotel & Spa in Mexico on Tuesday. The following day, journalists were given the opportunity to test drive Porsche’s latest offerings at a stage of the La Carrera Panamericana rally in Valle de Bravo. Here are a few snapshots of that adventure. Read More

What women AUTO know ... Insurance issues - Pt 1

Monday, January 09, 2017    

What women AUTO know this week features Mr Chris Hind, general manager of JN General Insurance Company, speaking on motor vehicle insurance issues especially for the female driver. Read More

JUTC bus lane reopen

By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor — Auto & Entertainment | Friday, January 06, 2017    

Jamaica Urban Transit Company buses

STATE-RUN Jamaica Urban Transit Company’s (JUTC) exclusive bus lanes have reopened along the Mandela Highway in St Catherine. Construction is currently underway to widen that major thoroughfare. “It was enforced yesterday (Wednesday) and today (Thursday) ahead of schools reopening next week,” Reginald Allen, JUTC marketing and communications manager, told Jamaica Observer Auto. To accommodate the bus lane, the westbound dual carriageway is converted to two-way traffic from C ... Read More

A MINI for all seasons

By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor — Auto & Entertainment | Friday, January 06, 2017    

Driving instructors Rodrigo De Lareguera (left) and Luis Eduardo at Centro Dinamico Pegaso racetrack in Toluca City, Mexico, recently.  (Photo: Brian Bonitto)

THE 2.2-kilometre track at Centro Dinamico Pegaso in Toluca City, Mexico, recently played host to 22 journalists from Central and South America, and Jamaica, who jetted in to test-drive MINI’s newest offerings. The line-up included the MINI Clubman, MINI Cooper S, MINI Cooper Countryman S, MINI John Cooper Works, and the MINI Convertible. Our instructor, Rodrigo De Lareguera gave a brief overview of the British automotive marquee owned by BMW. “The purpose of these exercises is to ... Read More

Video: What women AUTO know ... about tyres

Sunday, January 01, 2017    

Tyre care and identifying tyre flaws is our topic in this edition of our special feature: What women AUTO know. Our experts at ATL Automotive will, today, take you through the steps of identifying a worn tyre as well as information on the proper choice of rims. Read More



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