Prestige Automobile partners Commercial Bank to offer leasing packages on BMW and Hyundai vehicles

Views - 15 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:57

Prestige Automobile Ltd., the only authorised importer and distributor of BMW and Hyundai vehicles in Sri Lanka joined hands with Commercial Bank of Ceylon, to fuel the festive spirit by enabling customers to purchase their dream vehicles at an affor

Casons to expand services to meet increasing demand

Views - 10 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

For those looking for a highly personalised service when renting a vehicle, one doesn’t have to look further than Casons-Rent-a-car. The leading car rental service provider in Sri Lanka is now equipped to expand its services with an increased workf

Toyota to launch ‘talking’ vehicles in United States in 2021

Views - 5 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

Washington (Reuters): Toyota Motor Corp plans to start selling US vehicles that can talk to each other using short-range wireless technology in 2021, the Japanese automaker said on Monday, potentially preventing thousands of accidents annually.

Nissan launches all new Altima sedan

Views - 12 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

Reuters: Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co Ltd. has unveiled an all-new Altima sedan, and demonstrated the auto industry’s problem adjusting new-model investments fast enough to keep pace with shifts in consumer demand.

Abans Auto launches the all-new TVS King Deluxe+ three-wheeler

Views - 8 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

Following on the heels of its recent TVS King Deluxe launch in December 2017, Abans Auto, a leading retailer of two- and three-wheelers in Sri Lanka, released the TVS King Deluxe+which is “simply the best 200 cc three-wheeler in Sri Lanka.”

LAUGFS Car Care continues rapid expansion with launch of new service station in Galle

Views - 28 Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:00

Marking another momentous milestone, LAUGFS Car Care enters the Southern Province with the launch of its first brand-new service station in Galle. Renowned for its commitment to delivering uncompromising service standards for clients of all vehicle t

Volvo XC60 wins World Car of the Year 2018

Views - 7 Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:00

The new Volvo XC60 midsize SUV has been named World Car of the Year 2018 at the New York Auto Show, adding another accolade to Volvo’s growing list. The XC60 also scooped the prestigious North American Utility of the Year Award earlier this year, w

Porsche Breakfast Drive concludes on successful note

Views - 46 Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:00

The Porsche Breakfast Drive with Chopard and Mobil, held recently in Colombo, concluded on a successful note with the participation of a large number of sports car enthusiasts. The drive began from Independence Square to Waters Edge, Battaramulla wit

DPMC introduces Europe’s most victorious KTM motorcycles

Views - 35 Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:00

David Pieris Motor Company Ltd., the largest automotive company and market leaders for motor cycle sales in Sri Lanka, announced the much-awaited launch of the KTM – Europe’s most victorious and No.1 motorcycle brand. KTMs rich racing experience

SML Automotive rolls out all-new Jaguar E-Pace

Views - 31 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:00

SML Frontier Automotive, sole agent of Jaguar and Land Rover (JLR) in Sri Lanka on Wednesday launched the E-Pace

Mahindra Tractors and DIMO launch Japanese made Mahindra GX 3600 Tractor in Sri Lanka

Views - 29 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:00

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. and Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) launched the Mahindra GX 3600 tractor recently

Professional automotive solutions from Perera Tyre Service

Views - 9 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:00

Perera Tyre Service Ltd., Malabe is one of the foremost suppliers of tyres, tubes, batteries, alloy wheels and allied products in Sri Lanka

Inaugural LB Big Wheels Motor Show all set to kick off in May

Views - 26 Friday, 6 April 2018 00:00

Sri Lankan motor vehicle enthusiasts are in for a treat with a one-of-a-kind motor show that focuses on providing superior quality vehicles

HNB Grameen Finance signs MoU with Unimo Enterprises

Views - 15 Thursday, 5 April 2018 00:00

HNB Grameen Finance Ltd recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Unimo Enterprises Ltd, fully owned subsidiary of United Motors Lanka PLC and sole distributor for a range of automotive brands ranging from Perodua compact cars from Mal

Govt. to develop standard operating procedure for automobile component manufacturing industry

Views - 351 Thursday, 5 April 2018 00:00

By Charumini de Silva The Sri Lanka Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (SLACMA) met with top officials of the Prime Minister’s Office to initiate a dialogue among relevant stakeholders to develop and finalise a Standard Operating Proced

The Audi A8 is 2018’s World Luxury Car

Views - 23 Monday, 2 April 2018 12:00

The Road to World Car journey concluded last week at the New York International Auto Show with the declaration of the Audi A8 as the 2018 World Luxury Car.

BMW mobility venture aims to be global player: Daimler CFO

Views - 14 Monday, 2 April 2018 00:00

Stuttgart (Reuters): Daimler and BMW’s new joint mobility services division aims to become a global player through both organic growth and acquisitions, Daimler Chief Financial Officer Bodo Uebber said.

Tesla says crashed vehicle had been on autopilot prior to accident

Views - 19 Monday, 2 April 2018 00:00

Reuters: Tesla Inc. said on Friday (30 March) that vehicle logs from last week’s fatal accident of a Tesla Model X in California showed that the autopilot had been engaged prior to the crash.

Alliance Finance, United Motors offer trade-in for Mitsubishi vehicles

Views - 12 Monday, 2 April 2018 00:00

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Alliance Finance Co. PLC and United Motors, to attune product offers to the changing needs of customers.

Mercedes EQ to partner with Formula E for select races across Europe

Views - 14 Monday, 2 April 2018 00:00

Mercedes EQ - the new product and technology brand for electric mobility of Mercedes-Benz - has teamed-up with Formula E as a sponsor for the European leg of the 2017/18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship,

Range Rover Velar and Jaguar E-type Zero win at GQ Car Awards 2018

Views - 17 Monday, 2 April 2018 00:00

Jaguar Land Rover has won two trophies at the GQ Car of the Year Awards. GQ (formerly Gentlemen’s Quarterly) is an international monthly men’s magazine based in New York City and founded in 1931.

Legendary MG is back to stay

Views - 220 Friday, 30 March 2018 00:00

The world renowned Classic British Automaker MG is now back in Sri Lanka with their new exclusive Importer Micro Cars Ltd.

Toyota, Suzuki to supply each other cars in India

Views - 15 Friday, 30 March 2018 00:00

(Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp will mutually supply cars in India with Suzuki Motor Corp starting in 2019, a move that would

Lanka IOC organises mega workshop on ‘Customer Service Training’, launches ‘Life Insurance Cover’ sc

Views - 12 Friday, 30 March 2018 00:00

Lanka IOC PLC transformed the petroleum landscape in Sri Lanka by providing a new experience to customers through

Keeping the evolving Range Rover Sport PHEV on track to reach Heaven’s Gate

Views - 18 Friday, 30 March 2018 00:00

The new Range Rover Sport PHEV showcased its full performance potential by storming around the 99 turns and up the 45-degree

Lanka Auto 2018 to kick off in August

Views - 26 Friday, 30 March 2018 00:00

AMB Tarsus Event Group, in collaboration with Sri Lanka Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (SLACMA)

Uber sells Southeast Asia business to Grab after costly battle

Views - 19 Tuesday, 27 March 2018 00:00

SINGAPORE/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters): Ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc has agreed to sell its Southeast Asian business to bigger regional rival Grab, the firms said on Monday, marking the US company’s second retreat from an Asian market. The in

Softlogic Finance introduces ‘Full Tank Leasing’ with Dialog Touch Fuel Card

Views - 83 Tuesday, 27 March 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s most dynamic financial services solutions provider, Softlogic Finance PLC announced an exclusive partnership with Dialog Axiata PLC to Initiate an innovative leasing facility which will provide free re-fuelling for bikes and three wheel

Ford, Mahindra to develop SUVs, electric vehicle

Views - 13 Tuesday, 27 March 2018 00:00

New Delhi (Reuters): US carmaker Ford Motor Co and India’s Mahindra & Mahindra said on Thursday they have signed an agreement to develop midsize and compact sports utility vehicles (SUV) and an electric vehicle, which Ford could also potentially se

BMW says electric car mass production not viable until 2020

Views - 11 Tuesday, 27 March 2018 00:00

Frankfurt (Reuters): BMW will not mass produce electric cars until 2020 because its current technology is not profitable enough to scale up for volume production, the chief executive said on Thursday. Munich-based BMW unveiled its first battery elect

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The glyphosate story – CKDu, food security and national economy

Thursday, 19 April 2018

We in Sri Lanka have a history to be proud of. According to our historical record, the golden age of Sri Lankan agriculture production centres around Polonnaruwa during reign of King Parakramabahu the Great (1153-1186 AD).

President is powerless to remove the Prime Minister

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Some commentators have persistently advanced the proposition that, notwithstanding the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the President’s power to remove the Prime Minister is intact. It is a view that relies on a literal reading of the Sinhala te

The ‘Trafficbathgoda’ town of Kiribathgoda

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Getting through Kiribathgoda town particularly in the evening after work is a real nightmare. Even the morning is equally bad, creating a huge pileup of vehicles along the main road. In particular, in the evening, to move from Tyre Corporation Junct

Beware of evidence-independent recommendations from academics in positions of power

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

It was just over a year ago that I wrote in this newspaper about the need to fact check politicians and pundits ( That column was triggered by an evidence-independent claim made a

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