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The 2024 Porsche 911 Carrera T: Next big supercar for Jamaica?

March 24, 2024 / 0 Comments / 109 / ATL News, Auto Reviews, Porsche

Porsche’s iconic 911 model line has a rich history of thrilling drivers, and the Carrera T variant stands out as a testament to its performance roots. With a focus on weight reduction and an engaging driving experience, the Porsche 911 Carrera T offers a unique blend of nostalgia and modern technology.

A Design Inspired by Performance

The Carrera T’s design cues immediately hint at its focus on performance. Pronounced rear-wheel arches necessitate adjusting your side mirrors outward for better rearward visibility, adding a touch of quirkiness to the classic 911 silhouette. When I was being picked up for the test drive, I asked the representative, ‘How will I know it’s you?’ He simply said, “You’ll know.”

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2024 BYD Seals the deal

March 15, 2024 / 0 Comments / 108 / ATL News, Auto Reviews, BYD

If anyone has questions about the state of the Chinese automotive sector then the experience of the 2024 BYD Seal should quell any doubts in an instant.

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2024 Honda CR-V:The best it’s ever been

February 9, 2024 / 0 Comments / 117 / ATL News, Auto Reviews, Honda

Now in its sixth generation, the top-selling, multi-award-winning Honda CR-V sport utility vehicle somehow manages to be the best it has ever been. Let’s see how.

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2023 Honda HR-V Hybrid: A Fuel-Efficient, Fun-to-Drive SUV

June 11, 2023 / 0 Comments / 1255 / ATL News, Auto Reviews, Honda

GLEANER JAMAICA

The 2023 Honda HR-V is a completely redesigned small SUV that offers a lot of value and shares its platform and engine with the Civic. This time around, Honda went for a new rugged appearance as it abandoned the curves from the previous model.

Now, the HR-V is all about sharp angles and a tank-like silhouette.

I always wanted to test the HR-V, and I was fortunate to get the Hybrid version. This model is a new addition to the Honda line-up, and it offers a number of advantages over the standard HR-V. There is also more technology, like an automatic gate lift, which is quite common, however, Honda does something different with a walk-away feature. This allows you to press a button, and once you have possession of the key, the tailgate will close automatically when you are walking away.

Interior

The interior is covered with leather, which provides soft touches on all the interactive areas such as the steering wheel and the dashboard. The seats are also wrapped with leather that is perforated and is heavily padded with cushions. The headrest has a concave design and was one of the more comfortable ones I have felt. The creature comforts continue to the driver’s seat, which is fully electric, with the option to provide thigh support.

Leave it to Honda to come up with nifty features, like the conversational mirror that is found in the Ridgeline and Pilot. While this is not included in the HR-V, the company incorporated their ‘magic’ folding-seat mechanism. This is where the base of the rear seats can be folded upward to create more space, a truly ingenious feature that gives Honda the edge from many other brands.

Another one is the dedicated AC vents for the front passenger and driver, which has a multidirectional airflow option. This means that rather than blasting a concentration of air straight towards the person, the air is spread out.

To my surprise, there are rear AC vents, which are not common in small SUVs, and also, for the rear passengers, there are tweeters on the side door.

Here are some of the other interior features of the 2023 Honda HR-V Hybrid:

Infotainment system: The HR-V Hybrid comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. In addition, there is a wireless charging station below the climate controls.

Speaking of climate controls, the HR-V Hybrid comes standard with dual-zone climate control. This means that the driver and passenger can each set their own temperature.

Cargo space: The HR-V Hybrid has 25.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. This expands to 58.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. This is more cargo space than many other SUVs in its class.

Driving the HR-V

The hybrid model gets better fuel economy, thanks to its combination of a 1.5-litre turbo gasolene engine and two electric motors, which delivers 129 horsepower and 187 Nm of torque. It also has a more refined ride, thanks to its unique suspension setup, which can give a floaty ride.

The HR-V Hybrid can switch between three driving modes – Econ, Normal and Sport – as well as adjust the level of energy recovery and deceleration using paddles behind the steering wheel. I found the acceleration to be quite adequate, especially when in Sports mode. For a small SUV, it was able to move swiftly when needed, taking a little over 10 seconds to go from 0 to 62mph, and having a top speed of 106mph.

Where handles are concerned, the HR-V manages effectively through corners, with a stable and secure feeling, and a well-weighted and precise steering. With an impressive ground clearance of 7.7 inches, you won’t be able to go around corners at maximum speeds without some body roll. On the flip side, the batteries are under the seats, and with this favourable ground clearance, it gives the driver some confidence when going through water.

Overall, the driving experience of the 2023 Honda HR-V Hybrid is good where performance and comfort is concerned.

Price of tested model: $7.995m

Options: HR-V LX $6.859m, HR-V EX $7.385m

Engine: 1.5 litre

Torque: 187 Nm

Transmission: FWD or AWD:

Fuel tank: 40 litres

Gas consumption: 13.3 km/l

Body Type: small crossover SUV.

Competition: Kia Seltos, Mitsubishi ASX, Mazda CX-3 and Suzuki Vitara

Vehicle provided by ATL Automotive Ltd, atlautomotive.com

KIA Carens, a blend of the future and utility

August 21, 2022 / 0 Comments / 1670 / ATL News, Auto Reviews, Kia

Kia has thrown away all manner of conservatism when it comes to the Carens design as they are willing to experiment and bring something different to the automotive market. As such, the layout of the lights and the overall front fascia don’t resemble anything that is currently on the market. Thin LED strips, below the bonnet, are used as daytime run lights as well as three LED lights on the base, which act as the fog lights. The headlights are discreetly placed in the body of the front fascia to blend in with the overall design of the vehicle.

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911 Targa 4 GTS: Best of both worlds

August 19, 2022 / 0 Comments / 1268 / ATL News, Auto Reviews, Porsche

RETAINING its basic appearance since its debut in 1965, the 911 Targa 4 GTS is far from basic. The iconic sports car embodies Porsche’s technological advancement while still embracing that old world charm.

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Honda BR-V, built for people

August 14, 2022 / 0 Comments / 1433 / ATL News, Auto Reviews, Honda

With gas prices soaring higher each day, automotive manufacturers have been noticing a growing demand for more multipurpose vehicles (MPVs). These are usually seven seaters that place an emphasis on carrying a lot of persons in a comfortable manner. For this reason, they have a noticeable longer wheelbase and a higher roof line.

Honda picked up on this trend and started manufacturing the BR-V in 2016, with the first generation model looking like a slightly altered CR-V. The design language was similar, with a front fascia that was almost identical.

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Meet the Honda BR-V

August 12, 2022 / 0 Comments / 1250 / ATL News, Auto Reviews, Honda

For 2023, Honda has finally moved into the space setting itself as the standard with the all-new BR-V.

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Macan GTS: Incomparable

July 29, 2022 / 0 Comments / 1070 / ATL News, Auto Reviews, Porsche

ENGINEERS at German automotive brand Porsche are forever pushing the boundaries to make a great car even greater. This is also true of the Macan GTS.

For the uninitiated, GTS means Gran Turismo Sport. Whereas GTS originally meant additional comfort in a sports car, it eventually morphed into a label for a sportier driving experience. Today, all Porsche models are available in an extra-sporty GTS variant that features an array of trim details.

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Porsche 911 GT3: Back to the Future

July 15, 2022 / 0 Comments / 981 / ATL News, Auto Reviews, Porsche

THERE’S an old automotive cliché about what a villain like Darth Vader would drive. It usually means looking for cars with an all-black or dark theme.

So what would a hero drive? What would Superman sit behind the wheel of? It might just be the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3. While Superman’s Clark Kent human persona might have a problem affording a six-figure car on his Daily Planet reporter salary, he could probably call in a small financial favour from fellow Justice League member, the billionaire Bruce Wayne aka Batman.

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