With the up! GTI, Volkswagen is building a bridge that spans four decades: when the first GTI was launched in the 1970s it democratised access to fast roads around the world – especially the overtaking lane of German motorways. The production version of the 197 km/h up! GTI will be launched into the market early next year.Design:At the front for instance the red stripe across the radiator grille with honeycomb pattern. Integrated above it is the GTI logo. Here the up! cites the archetypal GTI with features such as the double stripes across the wide side sill panels. The exterior mirror caps are in high-gloss black; the 17-inch alloy wheels have also been completely redesigned. They have a particularly dashing look in the wheel housings because the up! GTI features sports running gear, lowering the body by 15 mm.2018 Volkswagen UP GTi conceptGTI features also characterise the rear: here, among other things, a red strip as well as a larger roof edge spoiler provides for greater downforce on the rear axle for optimised handling performance at higher speeds.Engine:The UP GTi comes with a turbocharged engine TSI engine that churns out 110 PS of power and 230NM of torque. It has a kerb weight of just 810 kg and accelerated it to 100 km/h in 9.0 seconds while the top speed is 182 km/h.2018 Volkswagen UP GTi conceptFeatures:The interior includes features as a leather-trimmed sport steering wheel, a GTI gear knob and the legendary “clark” seat pattern.2018 Volkswagen UP GTi conceptColours: advertisementThe colours for the market launch: “mars red” and “diamond silver”. Later, white and black also became established as GTI colours.ALSO READ:All new Volkswagen Tiguan to launch in India on May 24ALSO READ:Volkswagen Polo GT Sport launched in India at Rs 9.71 lakh
Story Highlights Twenty-seven-year-old police constable Craig Kyle* is expressing gratitude for the upgraded ballistic vests provided to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) one of which saved his life during a police operation last July.“I have to say that I am truly grateful to the Government for (these) provisions,” Constable Kyle tells JIS News.The vests are of a different make and model than those previously used by members of the force, fitting closer and covering a larger portion of the upper body.The one being worn by Kyle was able to effectively absorb the impact of a bullet, one of several fired at him, protecting him from serious injury and even death, during the police operation on July 22, 2017 to apprehend wanted Hanover man, Sadan Mullings.Mullings, otherwise known as ‘Saddam’, was wanted for at least 15 murders in the western parishes of the island, including the reported murder of four people at a cookshop in Bath, Westmoreland, on March 18 last year.Recounting the events leading up to the shooting, Constable Kyle recalls that he was on routine duties assigned to him by superiors early in the morning when a call came in that the wanted man was in the community of Petersfield in the parish.“I was driving, and I had three other colleagues with me. We came up on a 1989 station wagon… . We turned on the siren and signalled to the driver to pull over. The vehicle began accelerating, and we pursued and continued to signal to the driver to stop,” he says.Constable Kyle says he alerted his colleagues that the driver, identified as Sadan Mullings, was in possession of a firearm.“By the time I shouted ‘gun’, shots just started to ring out. I could see a bright light coming from the muzzle of the gun and I heard the smashing of glass and I started to feel the impact from one of the bullets (as it hit the vest),” he says.He tells JIS News that the bullet-riddled police vehicle grounded to a halt while Mr. Mullings sped off in the station wagon.The police reported that they recovered an Uzi submachine gun and a Glock pistol from that incident.Another fierce gun battle would ensue sometime after 8:00 a.m. that day, which eventually led to the fatal shooting of Mr. Mullings in the community of Whitehouse.In a JIS News interview early last month, following the ceremony to break ground for a new police station in Port Maria, then National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, said his Ministry had procured 4,500 ballistic vests and 3,500 ballistic helmets, which have all been distributed to members of the JCF.“When I became Minister, the ballistic vests that the police officers used to wear were two years past their expiry date,” he noted.Mr. Montague informed that he met with Constable Kyle, who had thanked him for the vests, “because if he had not been wearing (it) the shot he had received to his chest would have been fatal.” The one being worn by Kyle was able to effectively absorb the impact of a bullet, one of several fired at him, protecting him from serious injury and even death, during the police operation on July 22, 2017 to apprehend wanted Hanover man, Sadan Mullings. “I was driving, and I had three other colleagues with me. We came up on a 1989 station wagon… . We turned on the siren and signalled to the driver to pull over. The vehicle began accelerating, and we pursued and continued to signal to the driver to stop,” he says. Twenty-seven-year-old police constable Craig Kyle* is expressing gratitude for the upgraded ballistic vests provided to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) one of which saved his life during a police operation last July.