Volkswagen to end production of the Beetle next year

Views - 7 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

Reuters: Volkswagen has said it would stop producing its Beetle compact car in 2019, ending a model that looked backward to the 1960s counterculture as the automaker prepares for a leap towards a future of mass-market electric cars. The original VW B

Mission E: Porsche’s first fully electric sports car is named Taycan

Views - 7 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

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

Micro partners with movers and shakers in new energy and sustainable transportation

Views - 16 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

With well over 20 years of experience in the Sri Lankan automobile industry, Micro Cars is Sri Lanka’s only car manufacturer/assembler with the facilities to assemble vehicles on home soil with a modern automated assembly line at BOI EPZ Polgahawel

Musk says Tesla now in “delivery logistics hell”

Views - 6 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

Reuters: Tesla Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk on Sunday acknowledged that the electric carmaker’s problems have now shifted to delivery logistics from production delays, the latest speed bump in its efforts to achieve profitability. “

Multi Finance enters into MoU with Micro Cars, offers 6-hour leasing approvals

Views - 10 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

Multi Finance PLC (MFPLC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Micro Cars Ltd. recently, to offer special leasing facilities on a wide variety of vehicles available at Sri Lanka’s first and only national automobile manufacturer. MFPLC

SML Frontier Automotive announces business strategy for Jaguar Land Rover in SL

Views - 21 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

SML Frontier Automotive, the sole agent of Jaguar Land Rover in Sri Lanka, yesterday announced its business growth strategy for the coming year at a press conference, together with the Jaguar Land Rover Asia Pacific management based in Singapore. Th

CEAT marks 25 years in Sri Lanka with ‘Good Drivers Save Lives’ campaign

Views - 8 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

After two and a half decades in Sri Lanka, leading tyre brand CEAT has a message for the country’s motorists, and has taken to the streets to deliver it. “Good Drivers Save Lives” is the theme of an emotive new campaign that seeks to persuade d

Audi launches electric SUV

Views - 8 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters): German luxury car brand Audi on Monday staged the global launch of a new electric sport utility vehicle on the home turf of rival Tesla Inc., and highlighted a deal with Inc. to make recharging its forthcoming e-tr

Goodyear re-launch by Benedictsons, a subsidiary of Tyre House Group

Views - 16 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

Goodyear founded in 1898 named the company after Charles Goodyear who discovered the process of vulcanisation for the first time in 1839. Goodyear is the largest rubber company in the world. It is one of the world’s top four tyre manufacturers as w

TVS Motor Company launches stylish, sporty, smart scooter: TVS NTORQ 125 in Sri Lanka

Views - 31 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

TVS Motor Company, a reputed manufacturer of two-wheelers and three-wheelers in the world, has launched its stylish 125cc scooter TVS NTORQ 125 in Sri Lanka. The scooter also marks the launch of an exclusive technology platform – TVS SmartXonnect*,

Porsche 911 T Carrera: Less really is more!

Views - 11 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

By Daminda Harsha Perera Driving the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T is pure inspiration and a memorable experience. With an acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, sitting behind the wheel on the Carrera T is exhilarating. Driving through the stree

Looking to the future of E-mobility

Views - 25 Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:00

With well over 20 years of experience in the Sri Lankan automobile industry, Micro Cars is Sri Lanka’s only car manufacturer/assembler with the facilities to assemble vehicles on home soil, with a modern automated assembly line at BOI EPZ Polgahawe

Showing you the right way on the highway

Views - 154 Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:00

As a responsible corporate citizen and in order to educate people and road users on deteriorating civic values, Ceylinco General Insurance has planned a series of awareness programs to be conducted island-wide. Deterioration of moral values in our so

MRF aims to transform tyre retail and customer experience in Sri Lanka

Views - 15 Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:00

Tyre & Service Centre (T&S) is the latest offering in Sri Lanka from MRF – one of the leading global brands. This outlet provides fully-fledged tyre services such as wheel alignment, wheel balancing and automatic tyre fitment using the latest impor

Prestige Automobile successfully concludes X1 Open House

Views - 22 Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:00

BMW is known as the trendsetter in the automobile world with its innovative, elegant looking high-performance machines. Be it luxury, sport, or off-road trudges, BMW has set its pedigree with high standards reflecting on build quality, value for mone

Suzuki to start testing EV prototype in India from October

Views - 13 Monday, 10 September 2018 00:06

New Delhi (Reuters): Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corp will start testing prototypes of electric vehicles in India by October, its chairman said on Friday.

Toyota Lanka says big demand for SUV ‘Rush’

Views - 34 Monday, 10 September 2018 00:05

Toyota Lanka Ltd., the sole authorised distributor for Toyota vehicles in Sri Lanka proudly announces the success of its recently introduced SUV, the Toyota ‘Rush’. The 7-seater vehicle which was launched in Sri Lanka a few months ago has seen ex

Seylan Colombo Motor Show 2018 from 19-21 October at BMICH

Views - 13 Monday, 10 September 2018 00:03

Sri Lanka’s largest international automotive event, the ‘Seylan Colombo Motor Show 2018’ will be held over three days from 19 to 21 October at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre, BMICH.

CEAT treats 14 dealers and distributors to breathtaking tour of Switzerland

Views - 10 Monday, 10 September 2018 00:01

Twelve truck dealers and two motorcycle distributors who excelled in a promotion by CEAT were treated to a five-day tour of Switzerland, by Sri Lanka’s leading tyre brand. The tour included visits to Switzerland’s iconic sights such as the Rhine

Eicher rolls out BSIV range in Sri Lanka

Views - 18 Monday, 10 September 2018 00:00

VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd., (VECV), a Volvo Group and Eicher Motors joint venture, last week launched an all-new range of trucks and buses, complying with environmentally friendly BSIV emission norms in Sri Lanka.

Toyota to invest $ 500 m in Uber for self-driving cars

Views - 21 Thursday, 30 August 2018 01:12

Reuters: Toyota Motor Corp. will invest $500 million in Uber to jointly work on developing self-driving cars, the companies said on Monday, a bid by both to catch up to rivals in the hotly competitive autonomous driving business. Toyota, one of the w

Sathosa Motors deploys IFS Applications in 6 months

Views - 74 Thursday, 30 August 2018 01:12

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announces that Sathosa Motors PLC, Sri Lanka’s number one distributor of Isuzu commercial vehicles, has successfully gone live with IFS Applications following a rapid six-month implementation project

Micro offers greater convenience for MG owners with broader service partner network in Colombo

Views - 165 Thursday, 30 August 2018 01:11

Micro Cars Ltd., authorised agents in Sri Lanka for the iconic British brand MG, today’s best-selling SUV, has focused on uplifting the after-sales service via greater convenience and affordability for the brand. Thus, the company has partnered wi

Jaguar Land Rover migrates from global warranty to regional warranty in Sri Lanka

Views - 19 Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:00

SML Frontier Automotive, sole agents of Jaguar and Land Rover (JLR) has announce the official migration of global warranty to regional warranty in compliance with the Asia Pacific Region.

Lyft surpasses 5,000 self-driving rides with Aptiv fleet

Views - 14 Monday, 27 August 2018 00:00

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Lyft has completed more than 5,000 self-driving rides through its ride-hailing app, the company said on Tuesday, as it aims to become a serious competitor in autonomous driving while its biggest rival, Uber, retrenches.

Tesla CEO Musk drops pursuit of $72 b take-private deal

Views - 13 Monday, 27 August 2018 00:00

Reuters - Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk said late on Friday he would heed shareholder concerns and no longer pursue a $72 billion deal to take the luxury electric car maker private, abandoning an idea that stunned investors and drew regulatory

Jaguar Land Rover approves launch of electric E-type

Views - 12 Monday, 27 August 2018 00:00

REUTERS: Britain’s biggest carmaker, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has given the go-ahead to the production of an electric version of its E-type sports car with first deliveries planned for the summer of 2020, the Company said on Thursday.

Drive One geared to steer Audi to unparalleled heights in Sri Lanka

Views - 28 Monday, 27 August 2018 00:00

Since taking over the dealership of Audi in October last year, Drive One Ltd. has taken steps to catapult the Audi brand to unparalleled heights in Sri Lanka.

SML Frontier Automotive enters reconditioned automobile market

Views - 37 Monday, 27 August 2018 00:00

Entering the re-conditioned automobile market, SML Frontier Automotive, the sole agents of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) in Sri Lanka, on Thursday launched the new certified pre-owned program, branded as ‘Approved’, to develop and grow its customer bas

Browns opens care centre for hybrids

Views - 66 Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00

Browns Group’s Battery Division has ventured into servicing the hybrid and electric vehicle market with the launch of its latest state-of-the-art facility

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In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit

Imran may turn blind eye to blasphemy law and persecution of Ahmadiyyas

Saturday, 22 September 2018

There are clear signs that Pakistan’s freshly minted Prime Minister, Imran Khan, will make a sincere effort to reduce corruption and maladministration in the domestic sphere. In foreign affairs he is likely to make a brave attempt to mend fences wi

The rate of exchange, capital flight and the Central Bank

Friday, 21 September 2018

The Central Bank (CBSL) exists for the sole purpose of price stability. Its controls on the financial system and monetary policy exist to maintain price stability. As put forth many times by the Governor, the failing of the CBSL to control inflation

Red flag over the Sri Lankan Navy

Friday, 21 September 2018

Shocking story Rusiripala, a former banker in Sri Lanka, who has taken to writing in Daily FT, is perturbed by the red flag I have raised (Daily FT article 18 September) over the shocking charge that our Navy had operated a ransom gang that had abduc

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