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Strong new-car display at Arena

Published:Sunday | December 4, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Kia's Soranta.
The SsangYong Rexton, with its smaller sibling, the Kyron, in the background.
The latest version of the always-popular Honda Accord at the Wealth Auto Show.
The VW Polo.
Fast man with a fast car. Men's world 100m Champion Yohan Blake with the Hyundai Veloster he was presented with at the Wealth Auto Show on Sunday.

Mel Cooke, Gleaner Writer

The steering wheel of a Jaguar XJ got the loving attention of a lifetime from one woman last Sunday afternoon at the National Arena, St Andrew, as the inaugural Wealth Auto Show headed to the close of its second and final day.

With a blissful expression she trailed her fingers around the circle, leaned back in the seat and flexed her slender arms at full extension, before leaning forward to clutch the wheel close to her torso, her right cheek on the centre.

All too soon, it seemed, she had to disengage herself from the XJ and get back to reality, stepping out and giving someone else a go.

The young lady's reaction may have been extreme, but the love of new cars was obvious at the Wealth Auto Show, the first new-car display and marketplace in Jamaica in four years. The crowd picked up considerably going into the later hours, many women and a healthy sprinkling of children turning out along with the expected deluge of testosterone.

Lots of show-stoppers

If Audi sold one car for every 100 persons who sat in one of their machines, their stock would have been considerably depleted, the Q5 SUV an obvious favourite. The Range Rover Evoque got extremely high shutter exposure, with many people posing beside the ride for at least a picture to take home. The sporty Hyundai Veloster, the keys to one of which Key Motors Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator Synde Atkinson presented to world men's 100m champion Yohann Blake, got loads of attention. Peugot's sporty RCZ was a show-stopper as well.

Only one minivan was in the house, the Hyundai H1 in passenger and cargo-van formats, while the Isuzu DMax, Mazda BT-50 and Land Rover Defender were the hauling workhorses on show.

Volkswagen brought out the Tiguan SUV, Passat, Polo, Jetta and GTI sport hatchback. Kia put the Soul, Picanto, Cerato and SUV Serento on the floor while, in addition to the BT50, Mazda had out its 6, 3 and 2 car series. The Land Rover's line was completed by the Discovery, Jaguar's XJ had the XF for company. The perennial favourite, the Honda Accord, was there, while the SsangYong SUV pair of the Rexton and Kyron sat together.

Hyundai had the Santa Fe and Tuscon SUVs, Sonata, Accent and Elantra as well as the H1 and Veloster, Audi also having a wide offering with the A1, A3, A4, A6, A7 and A8, in addition to the Q7 and Q5.

Wealth Auto's d├ęcor, with an impressive entrance, good lighting and coloured streamers from the roof to near the balconies, was superb. And the financial end was given prime billing, with insurance company JIIC on the floor and ladies in tight, shiny, red outfits at on the outside and at the start of the red carpet at the door, indicating the way straight ahead to ScotiaBank's set-up.

Photos by Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer