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Stories by Kareem Latouche

Published:Sunday | November 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

I recently got the opportunity to drive the Kia Caren, an amply equipped seven-seater, which managed the rigours of our road quite well. The challenge was the tight space when fully occupied. So, this time around, I went for its larger brother, the...

Published:Tuesday | November 6, 2018 | 7:58 AMKareem Latouche

Jamaica isn’t lacking scenic landscape and interesting places, especially along our coastal shore. Luna Sea Inn is one such property. Located in Bluefield in Westmoreland, it’s hard to miss the vibrant Turquoise green wall with the name...

Published:Monday | November 5, 2018 | 6:19 PMKareem Latouche

The Black River stretches 54 km, the longest river in Jamaica until it was established that Rio Minho was 92.8 km long. The name ‘Black’ stems from the darkness part of the river bed caused by the thick layer of decomposing vegetation....

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

Nigel Wilmot and Troy Bernard recently staged their highly anticipated event, Off Roading on the Farm part 2, which was held in Brighton, St Elizabeth. The event, scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., didn't see droves of persons entering the venue until...

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

Until recent years in the Jamaican market, Jaguars were prominently known for their XJ models. These were full-size sedans, with the '60s and '70s models having two gas tanks on both rear-side panels of the vehicle. They were a status symbol of the...

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

Mazda is determined to separate itself from its Japanese counterparts, especially where design is concerned. They have opted for the simplistic, clean, and elegant aesthetics of their European competitor, and no vehicle exudes this mantra more than...

Published:Sunday | October 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

Pajero has successfully created a mark in Jamaica that is emboldened by hard work and success without the flair and flashiness. Before the compact SUV dominated the market, or mid-size SUVs like BMW X5 or Audi Q7 existed, the Pajeros were the...

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

Land Rover has had an undeniable run of success, especially with the off-road community throughout the year. Since its origin in 1947, drivers have looked to it for its to-the-point driving mandate. Now, the brand has carved out a new niche in the...

Published:Sunday | September 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

Our pick-up market is a demanding one as Jamaican roads are riddled with rocky and uneven surfaces. Not to mention the fleet operators who demand reliability when loading their vehicles with cement and workmen before heading to a construction sight...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

It is hard to describe what the Ignis is. The best way I can put it is - what the Jimny is to the Vitara is what the Ignis is to the Swift. In other words, it's much more rugged than its refined sibling, the Swift, which means that you can take it...

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMKareem Latouche

There is an increasing interest among drivers for vehicle that can transport multiple passengers without compromising comfort. For this reason, the full-size SUV was developed, but for many the dimensions were too big, so now manufacturers are...

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...

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