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Jamaican Carmaker Rolls Out First

August 23, 1999

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ A fledgling Jamaican carmaker has rolled out its first model _ a light sports utility vehicle named the Island Cruzer.

The carmaker, Excel Motors, unveiled the first production model Friday at its plant in western Savanna-la-Mar. The company will build five Island Cruzers a week and sell them for $9,500 each, Excel Owner Patrick Marzouca said.

Marzouca said he is trying to market the car to local car rental agencies.

The vehicle sports a 1.5-liter Japanese engine. The chassis was developed by a Canadian company, but the rest of the car was designed by Jamaicans, Marzouca said.

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