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Stories by Kareem Latouche

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?'...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

Renee Singh's love for driving started while accompanying a friend to Vernamfield on the weekends. Even though she was only a spectator, there was an immediate connection. "I had a couple of friends who were involved in motor sports and I kept...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

The Ford Explorer, whose lineage goes back to 1990, refuses to be just another SUV. Armed with an aggressive front fascia and an acute-edged bonnet, it made all the design changes to keep up with the times. With that being said, it looks more mature...

Published:Sunday | May 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

The Mini brand, which started in the United Kingdom in 1959, has stood the test of time while watching many of its countrymates such as Miguent and Leyland drop out of the automotive race. Surprisingly, Mini has kept a loyal customer base by staying...

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

Being the last of four children, Lisa Bowman Lee is what many Jamaicans refer to as a 'wash-belly pickney', as her father took pride in spoiling her. For her, this meant he took her everywhere with him, most notably his garage, where he would spend...

Published:Sunday | May 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

Last week Saturday, ATL Automotive Group decided to cordon off Barbados Avenue, New Kingston and transform it into a European-style soi?rÈe to host the grand opening of its Porsche showroom. While the night was calm and eventful with live...

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

The Mazda 6, which is called the Atenza in Japan, has been in production since 2002 and has proven itself to be a formidable competitor in the sedan market. Competing with automotive stalwarts like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord doesn't seem to...

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 12:02 AMKareem Latouche

The second-generation Ridgeline, which is built on a platform shared with the Honda Pilot, was produced in May 2016. Its distinctive unibody design seemed to be a hit with many Jamaicans, who imported the first-generation model independent of local...

Published:Sunday | March 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

I must admit at first, I was a bit sceptical about the fifth-generation CRV's design, especially the view of the back panel when viewed from the side . The rear-glass panel seemed uncomfortably paired with the design of the trunk. I can't say that...

Published:Sunday | February 19, 2017 | 12:05 AMKareem Latouche

Most persons will be quick to admit that when they are thinking about an Audi, they are not thinking about an insanely fast sports car. This is the premise that the Audi S3 is trying to dismiss.While other sports subcompact cars primarily focus on...

Published:Sunday | January 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

Hyundai has taken a hit-or-miss approach with the Veloster's concept of merging the style of a coupe with the functionality of a hatchback. This is most evident with the presence of the third side door. Its placement seems awkward to many, however,...

Published:Monday | August 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

Armed with a creative mind and childlike enthusiasm, Albert Rickman was more than willing to tell many tales of how he restored his 1972 VW beach bug. His love for cars is a natural one, something that's...

Published:Monday | June 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

Growing up with a father who is a bike enthusiast left Noel Holtz with very little options for a career path."My father was a Honda bike dealer in the 70s and did a lot to make their bikes famous in Jamaica."In addition, he would also race the bikes...

Published:Sunday | February 28, 2016 | 12:09 AMKareem Latouche

The British army relied heavily on the Norton 16N motorcycle during World War Two, the 493-litre single-valve engine moving soldiers in various wartime situations. It was also distributed to many Commonwealth countries and were often ridden by...

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2015 | 12:01 AMKareem Latouche

The Alphard is a full-size luxury minivan which has been in production since 2002 and is now in its third generation. Designed with an unmistakable front grille, this vehicle will always stand out on the road.Who is this forn An...

Published:Wednesday | November 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

XV is a first generation vehicle for Subaru which started production in 2011. With its muscular design and aggressive rims, Subaru believes this vehicle can make the brand more popular with the young professional market.Who is this for?n Someone who...

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