DIMO strengthens Olympic Tyre House partnership with new premium Michelin concept store

Views - 19 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) cemented two decades of successful partnership with Olympic Tyre House Ltd., by sponsoring their new tyre shop dedicated to Michelin products recently. This new branch of Olympic Tyre House, located at No. 128,

Sri Lanka Insurance Motor Plus – Ceylon Motor Show 2019 to be staged in March

Views - 16 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

The premier motor show of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka Insurance Motor Plus – Ceylon Motor Show will be staged at the Bandaranaike International Conference Hall from 15 to 17 March this year. Ceylon Motor Traders Association (CMTA) and Classic Car Club

Toyota Lanka signs MOU with HNB

Views - 30 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:09

In another pioneering venture in Sri Lanka’s motor industry, Toyota Lanka Ltd., the sole authorised dealer for Toyota vehicles and spare parts in the country partnered with Hatton National Bank to introduce a range of specialised services for mutua

Automobile Association of Ceylon Secretary felicitated

Views - 6 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:08

Automobile Association of Ceylon’s Staff Welfare Society felicitated the Association’s Secretary Devapriya Hettiarachchi for being elected as a member of the Federation Internationale de I’Automobile (FIA) Mobility Services Commission at the re

DIMO organises Industry Networking Night to uplift vocational education of SL’s automobile sector

Views - 9 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:08

Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) recently organised a forum for representatives of the vocational training sector in Sri Lanka under the patronage of DIMO Group CEO Gahanath Pandithage. Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training Add

Tata Motors posts record $4 b loss on Jaguar woes, shares crash

Views - 24 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:07

BENGALURU/NEW DELHI (Reuters): Jaguar Land Rover’s owner Tata Motors Ltd. stunned markets by posting the biggest-ever quarterly loss in Indian corporate history of about $4 billion on slumping China sales, sending its shares crashing as much as 30%

Mag City expands service to Nugegoda

Views - 13 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 00:53

Mag City, Sri Lanka’s premier automobile maintenance chain with the ability to service over 300 vehicles at any given moment has now opened a state-of-the-art facility in Nugegoda, adding to an already well-established network of service points acr

Euro Motors hands over JAC trucks fleet to ACL Cables and Kelani Cables

Views - 14 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 00:51

Euro Motors Ltd. (JAC sole agent), a leading automobile company in the forefront of providing economical solutions to Sri Lanka’s transportation needs, symbolically handed over a fleet of trucks recently to ACL Cables PLC and Kelani Cables PLC, two

Fuel up and witness the Northern Lights with Nations Trust Bank American Express

Views - 16 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 00:50

Few natural phenomena are as captivating as the Northern Lights; a naturally occurring display of colourful dancing lights in the night sky, also known as ‘Aurora Borealis’. Witnessing the Northern Lights in person is a dream shared by many. That

Ashshar and Andrew at helm of Southern Motor Sports Club for another year

Views - 54 Friday, 1 February 2019 00:00

Ashshar Hameem was re-elected as the President while Andrew Silva was re-elected as the Secretary of the Southern Motor Sports Club at its 23rd Annual General Meeting held at the Dutchman’s Street Hotel recently. The Office bearers of the Southern

AMW partners Ceylinco General Insurance to protect three-wheeler, motorcycle and scooter users

Views - 16 Friday, 1 February 2019 00:00

Associated Motorways (AMW), one of Sri Lanka’s leading companies offering world-class automotive brands, announced a new partnership with Ceylinco General Insurance that will enhance the safety of AMW customers by offering complimentary insurance c

VirTrans Capital partners cricket legends to bring superior transport services to Sri Lanka

Views - 70 Friday, 1 February 2019 00:00

The Lotus Room at the Shangri-La (Colombo) was abuzz with eager anticipation on Wednesday as cricketing legends Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara announced their partnership with VirTrans Capital, the latest player in the island’s e-transport

Ghosn says arrest was result of ’plot and treason’: Nikkei

Views - 8 Thursday, 31 January 2019 00:00

TOKYO, AFP: Detained auto tycoon Carlos Ghosn believes his arrest and the charges against him are the result of a “plot and treason” at his former employer Nissan, he told the Nikkei newspaper Wednesday. The Japanese business daily quoted Ghosn

Renault-Nissan group sold most cars last year, but VW’s No.1 including trucks

Views - 16 Thursday, 31 January 2019 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Volkswagen Group has held on to its position as the world’s top-selling automaker for the fifth year in a row, although the German group was edged out again by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance in the light-duty vehicles segme

BMW plant named ‘Lighthouse of Fourth Industrial Revolution’

Views - 11 Thursday, 31 January 2019 00:00

BERLIN: The World Economic Forum (WEF) has named BMW Group Plant Regensburg a ‘Lighthouse of the Fourth Industrial Revolution’, acknowledging its pioneering role in the digitalisation of industrial production. The honour was bestowed after an in-

Dead end for world’s cheapest car

Views - 19 Thursday, 31 January 2019 00:00

MUMBAI, (AFP): It was billed as the world’s cheapest car and shaped like a jelly bean – but after a bumpy 10-year ride India’s Tata Nano is nearing the end of the road. Tata Motors, India’s top automaker, said last week that it could stop ma

Mahindra e2O on in exclusive tie-up with Ideal Motors

Views - 142 Thursday, 31 January 2019 00:00

Ideal Motors and Takas have announced their tie-up to offer online booking of Mahindra e2O. In its endeavour to meet the future ready aspiration of its customers and provide innovative solution, this is one of the industry first initiative on one of

Porsche announces series production name

Views - 12 Thursday, 31 January 2019 00:00

(Stuttgart). The future of mobility is another step closer: Series production of the first purely electric Porsche is set to begin this year. In preparation, the vehicle has now been given its official name: The “Mission E” concept study, the nam

CEAT presents air tickets to supporters of ‘Good Drivers Save Lives’ campaign

Views - 13 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:55

Top tyre brand CEAT has presented air tickets to eight Sri Lankans who supported its ‘Good Drivers Save Lives’ campaign launched to commemorate the brand’s 25th anniversary in Sri Lanka. K. A. D. Sampath Chaminda, A. Muditha Tharanga, M. T. A.

Air pollution, vehicle emissions and the solution – EMSOL

Views - 16 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:52

Air pollution is a burning issue in most cities of the world. Although not as severe as in New Delhi, Karachi or Bangkok, air pollution is a problem in Colombo and in Kandy also. Combustion products from petrol and diesel in road vehicles is the sing

The new carbon tax – is it really?

Views - 59 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:52

By Dr. Sirimewan Dharmaratne Taxation is in general an inefficient way to raise revenue. It causes a ‘deadweight loss’, which is a net loss of economic benefits to the society. This is why free market economies have an aversion for excessive tax

Hyundai Lanka appoints Sadath Nizar as new General Manager for After-Sales

Views - 8 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:52

Hyundai Lanka Ltd, the sole authorised importer and distributor for Hyundai brands in Sri Lanka, appointed Sadath Nizar as the General Manager for After-Sales with effect 1 January. Sadath who is a highly qualified automobile professional with over 2

DPMC celebrates 25 years

Views - 16 Wednesday, 23 January 2019 00:19

David Pieris Motor Company Ltd. (DPMC) commenced its Silver Jubilee year with a simple celebration for all its employees which took place on 7 January at its 30 regional offices islandwide, facilities complexes in Madapatha and Bandaragama and the ma

TVS Motor third-quarter profit rises about 16%, beats estimates

Views - 7 Wednesday, 23 January 2019 00:12

Reuters: Indian auto manufacturer TVS Motor Co Ltd posted a better-than-expected rise in third-quarter profit on Tuesday, aided by higher sales of its two- and three-wheeler vehicles. Profit rose 15.6% to INR 1.78 billion ($24.92 million) in the thre

DeepBlue technology hits urban roadway with debut of ‘Smart Panda Bus’ in China

Views - 16 Wednesday, 23 January 2019 00:00

On 18 January, DeepBlue Technology’s Smart Panda Bus, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) driving bus, made its debut at the ‘New Generation Artificial Intelligence Future Development Summit’ in Shanghai and is looking to redefining public transpor

HNB joins hands with Sathosa Motors for mega leasing promotion

Views - 19 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

HNB Leasing and Sathosa Motors PLC have renewed their partnership of 14 years to finance a range of commercial vehicles, to provide added benefits and facilities to HNB’s Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) customers. Effective from now until 31 Marc

Prestige Automobile on danger of repairing a BMW high voltage battery

Views - 18 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

Today, Hybrids and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) have become game changers in shaping the automobile landscape by becoming easy to use, economically affordable vehicles. As these vehicles continue to revolutionise the persona of the automo

PickMe welcomes HNB Finance to corporate transport partnership fold

Views - 14 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

Further strengthening their corporate liaisons, PickMe, Sri Lanka’s leading technology driven mobility provider entered into a corporate partnership with premier financial solutions provider HNB Finance. PickMe’s signature safe, convenient and r

VW, Ford confirm alliance to build commercial vans, pickups

Views - 11 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

DETROIT, AFP: Volkswagen and Ford announced Tuesday that the automakers had agreed to an alliance to jointly develop commercial vans and pickups starting in 2022 in a bid to reduce costs. The announcement came after more than six months of talks bet

Auto industry entering ‘perfect storm’; not all CEOs prepared for impact: KPMG

Views - 16 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

As the global auto industry enters a phase of restructuring, global auto executives named connectivity and digitisation the number one automotive trend in the 20th KPMG Global Automotive Executive Survey (GAES). The survey overwhelmingly showed that

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MMDA, ACJU, politicians and women

Saturday, 16 February 2019

It is 10 years since Justice Saleem Marsoof (JSM) and his committee was appointed to review and make recommendations to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), passed originally in 1951 and amended in 1954, 1955, 1965 and 1969 before becom

President Trump looked for the failed idea of a wall

Saturday, 16 February 2019

The talks over the “Wall of Trump” between the US-Mexico Border Security broke down with Congressional leaders over the weekend. After the renewed call for a wall at his second State of the Union, President Donald Trump attended a political rally

‘The Man Who Would Be King’: Remembering Anura Bandaranaike on his 70th birth anniversary

Friday, 15 February 2019

‘The Man Who Would Be King’ is the title of a long tale written by Rudyard Kipling in 1888. This very popular story was made into a successful film starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer by the well-known director John Husto

Of pseudo-democrats, discipline and the coming death of liberty?

Friday, 15 February 2019

I despair of our politicos and would-be politicians. Not that they are not all honourable men. From the honourable prime minister to the former defence secretary discharging his duty honourably after premature retirement! But that honour often dresse

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