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Friday, March 30, 2012    

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THE veils were pulled from three vehicles at the Scotiabank-sponsored ADA Motor Show at the National Arena in St Andrew much to the delight of the patrons last Friday.

First off the mark was the 328i bimmer.

"The new BMW 328i consumes 11 per cent less fuel than its predecessor," said Duncan Stewart, general manager of Stewart Motors. "The sixth-generation of three series offers a new four-cylinder of 1,997 cc with a maximum output of 180 kW/245 horsepower. It weighs up to 40 kilogrammes lighter."

As standard, it comes with six-speed manual gearbox and optionally offers a new eight-speed automatic one. The new bimmer reaches 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds — 0.3 seconds less than the previous model. Its CO2 emissions value is 147 grams per kilometres (-15 per cent).

According to Stewart, the 328i is $6.1m and carries a five year/100,000km warranty.

"We aim to please the lovers of sportmanship, elegance and comfort," he said.

The Spanish Town Road-based Kingston Industrial Garage (KIG) then took the bold step of introducing two new models — the Ford Focus and the Subaru XV.

Major Hugh Blake, general manager of KIG, said these vehicles are not only beautiful to look at but drive beautifully as well.

"They're ideal for the Jamaican roads," he said.

The Ford Focus comes with a 1.6-litre Ti-VCT or 2.0-litre Ti-VCT GDI I-4 engine. It has six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission with SelectShift manual control. The Focus has starter button and parking distance sensor. Price tag $3.1m.

The spacious and improved Subaru XV was next.

The XV has a 2.0-litre DOHC boxer engine, which has a maximum output of 110Kw (150PS)/6,200 revs per minute (rpm) and has a maximum torque of 196 Nm (20 kgfm)/4,200 rpm. The vehicle comes with a six-speed manual transmission or Lineartronic, AWD.

The new Subaru commands a price tag of $3.7m.

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