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Published:Sunday | August 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

Since the mid-90s Suzuki has been a favourite among Jamaicans in the subcompact car category. At the time, its lightweight sheet metal body, large cargo space, good fuel consumption, and affordable price were things buyers appreciated.Now 34 years...

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

There has been a growing off-road community, and Troy Bernard and Nigel Wilmot are two members who wanted to do something with a difference. Hence, the two decided to keep their Off Road Done Differently challenge at Brighton River, St Elizabeth, a...

Published:Sunday | July 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

With so many auto-related events taking place during the summer, a group of friends decided that they wanted to do something that was different from the norm, and the first thing they thought about was having a unique name. "We wanted a name that...

Published:Sunday | July 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

It's no secret that Jamaica is heavily populated with vehicles as persons commute from all distances to get to work. Hence, motor companies like Kia believe that they can score a hit with multipurpose vehicles (MPV) like the Carens. Though it is not...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

Magna Motors, dealers of Hyundai, believe that the Veloster turbo is a car that can be a big hit in Jamaica. Its unique design merges the two worlds of a hatch back and a race car in a discreet manner.The car comes with an unconventional rear door,...

Published:Sunday | July 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

Built-wise, it may look like a car, but it's really a crossover SUV that is intended to take drivers all over Jamaica. At first glance, it's hard to miss the pronounced chrome-front grille, which gives it an aggressive and fearless appearance....

Published:Sunday | July 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

Derrick Johnson, owner of Superior Parts Ltd, professes to have had a love for vehicles since he was about 11 years old. "I used to tell my father that I loved carpentry, but he kept encouraging me to do something in the auto industry. He was a...

Published:Sunday | June 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

After having a highly successful excursion to Holly Mount Great House, Mount Rosser in February, Toyota Jamaica decided to host another one last Sunday. This was met with great enthusiasm by its TJAM 4 x 4 club members, who turned out in huge...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

At this point, Jamaicans' love for SUVs is undeniable and for good reasons such as their ground clearance and versatility. So the Kia Sportage, a mid-size SUV, will definitely have its work cut out for it in a strong existing market. Luckily, it...

Published:Sunday | May 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

Stewart's Automotive Group has become synonymous with the auto industry in Jamaica as it is the official dealer for brands like Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Land Rover, Jaguar, and Suzuki. With over 50 years in the industry, the company, led by...

Published:Sunday | May 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

The Caribbean's premier racing event, the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motorsport Championship (CMRC), is finally here. Participating riders and racers have lit the flame of the midnight oil for weeks, getting their machines prepared for optimum...

Published:Sunday | April 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

The minivan has not necessarily been one of the most-sought-after vehicles in the world, but in Jamaica, the segment has been steadily growing. Both by design and functionality, minivans are a favourite for anyone who is interested in transporting...

Published:Sunday | February 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

Truth be told, many persons loved the front half of the previous model CRV but felt a bit indifferent about the C pillar to the trunk, it just seemed out of place. Now Honda has addressed this problem and has redesigned this flub, which now makes...

Published:Sunday | January 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

From an exterior standpoint, the XV looks a bit more refined and slender than the previous model. The most noticeable change is the pronounced angular running daytime LED which sits above the headlights. There is also a detachable housing for the...

Published:Sunday | January 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

Since its debut in 1972 as a two-door model, the Civic has come a far way in the compact sedan market, especially during the '90s when its reign as an automotive favourite was unassailable. This also helped the brand to form hordes of ardent...

Published:Sunday | November 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

Officially introduced to Jamaica in 2012 by ATL Automotive Ltd, the Amarok is a relative newcomer to the pick-up market and is aiming to add some style and class to the segment. Its unmistakable sleek design is guaranteed to stand out in the highly...

Published:Sunday | November 5, 2017 | 12:02 AMKareem Latouche

In the '90s, Jamaican roads were replete with Nissan pick-ups, many of which are still on the road. This is the position Nissan hopes to ascend to again with the Frontier.Now in its third generation, the Frontier has been garnering a slow and steady...

Published:Sunday | October 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

Destination: Penlyne Castle, Blue Mountain Starting point: Kingston Duration: three hrs Terrain: only fit for 4WD with good ground clearance Level of difficulty for vehicle: 4.5/5 What to bring: A raincoat, sugary snacks for energy, comfortable...

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

Entering its fourth generation, the Subaru Forester has made incremental refinements to better suit its target market.The vehicle, a compact crossover SUV, has been in production since 1997, which, at the time...

Published:Sunday | September 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

With the current craze around mechanical innovation, it seems as though a handcart vendor is ahead of many automotive manufacturers. Relying solely on a 110cc bike engine, Kenroy 'Road Flex' Hibbert has been operating his mechanical cart for more...

Published:Sunday | September 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

The Saveiro is reminiscent of the mini pickups that were popular in the '70s and '80s. Known for their versatility and nippy engines, they were a hit with many locals - especially the Fiat models. The concept of a mini pickup is also quite popular...

Published:Sunday | August 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

The first impression when riding this bike was that it's very peppy and accelerates rapidly in first gear, especially when riding on a level surface. For this reason, it's crucial to use the accelerator, on the right handle bar, in a passive way...

Published:Sunday | July 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

As a young boy growing up in Manchester, James Sampson spent much of his teenage years riding off-road motorbikes across challenging terrains for fun. "I started riding motorcycles very early and I fell in love with them immediately. My father would...

Published:Sunday | June 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

Magna Motors, the Jamaican dealers for Hyundai, recently extended an invitation to Hyundai's Truck and Bus Mega Fair, held in Kintex, South Korea, to The Gleaner. A six-member team including media, a Magna Motors representative, as well as business...

Published:Sunday | June 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

It's hard to tell that James Simpson, chairman of Jamaica Wells, is 83 years old. His deportment, neatly lined beard, and non-geriatric movement makes me wonder, 'what type of diet has this man been on?'...

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