DPMC celebrates success at Annual Dealer Awards

Views - 11 Monday, 14 January 2019 00:18

David Pieris Motor Company Ltd. (DPMC) celebrated sales achievements of its spare parts dealers at the Annual Dealer Recognition Awards held at the Sri Lanka Karting Circuit (SLKC) Bandaragama recently. With participation of over 100 spare parts dea

Sampath Bank and Micro Cars launch 3 month leasing promotion

Views - 15 Monday, 14 January 2019 00:16

Sampath Bank PLC joined hands with Micro Cars Ltd. to offer special leasing packages on brand new Micro, Geely, BAIC, SsangYong and MG passenger vehicles from 13 December 2018 to 13 March. Customers can avail a host of benefits including special disc

Nissan’s Ghosn claims innocence in first appearance since November arrest

Views - 11 Monday, 14 January 2019 00:13

TOKYO (Reuters): Nissan Motor Co Ltd.’s ousted Chairman Carlos Ghosn declared he was innocent last week in his first public appearance since his arrest in November, telling a Tokyo court that he was wrongly accused of financial misconduct. “I hav

Off-road electric vehicles prosper while on-road hits trouble

Views - 12 Monday, 14 January 2019 00:12

The on-road electric vehicle industry knows it is headed for a vicious fight to the death as the biggest category, private cars, collapses due to people moving to cities and nothing compensates for saturation of the Chinese electric bus market. In co

Mercedes aims to be among top two players to scale autonomous tech

Views - 9 Monday, 14 January 2019 00:12

FRANKFURT (Reuters): Mercedes-Benz’s is not aiming to be the first manufacturer to develop a self-driving car but it wants to be among the first two players able to scale up the technology, Mercedes-Benz executive Christoph Schroeder told German pa

Tokyo court rejects request to end Ghosn’s detention: Jiji

Views - 7 Monday, 14 January 2019 00:12

TOKYO (Reuters): The Tokyo District Court has rejected a request by lawyers of Carlos Ghosn to end the detention of the ousted Nissan Motor Co Ltd. Chairman, who has been held since his 10 November 2018 arrest on accusations of financial misconduct,

Italy offers $ 6,820 subsidy to buyers of green cars

Views - 16 Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:59

MILAN (Reuters): Italy will offer subsidies of up to 6,000 euros ($6,820) to buyers of new low emission vehicles while slapping taxes on the purchase of larger petrol and diesel cars, according to measures approved in parliament. The measures, contai

DIMO customers get exclusive AMG driving experience in Malaysia

Views - 36 Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:59

Reaching pulse raising speeds with amazing vehicle control among a group of like-minded performance enthusiasts is something the AMG Driving Experience represents. It’s also everything DIMO wants its Mercedes-Benz customers to experience. As the na

Green Bike Centre introduces hybrid scooters to the market

Views - 70 Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:58

California lets self-driving startup Zoox offer autonomous rides

Views - 11 Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:55

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters): Self-driving car startup Zoox Inc. has become the first company to receive approval from California regulators to operate an autonomous ride service for public passengers, state regulators said on Friday. The California Publi

Dubai government to launch taxi venture with ride-hailing service Careem

Views - 14 Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:55

DUBAI (Reuters): Dubai’s transport regulator is to launch a new taxi service with Careem, a ride-hailing rival to Uber in the Middle East. The emirate’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said the deal was the first in the world between a state

Maruti Suzuki to recall 5,900 mini pickup trucks

Views - 11 Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:54

(Reuters): Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., the country’s top-selling car maker, said on Wednesday it would recall 5,900 mini pickup trucks to inspect a defect in the fuel filter of some units.The automaker will inspect the likely defect in its Super Carr

India plans levy on petrol, diesel cars to boost EV demand: report

Views - 14 Monday, 24 December 2018 00:00

Reuters: The government has drafted a plan to levy a fee of INR 12,000 ($171.09) on new petrol and diesel cars in an attempt to boost the manufacturing of electric vehicles (EV) and battery-driven automobiles, the Times of India reported last week. U

Jaguar Land Rover official vehicle partner of Mamma Mia in Sri Lanka

Views - 40 Monday, 24 December 2018 00:00

SML Frontier, sole agents of Jaguar Land Rover in Sri Lanka announced their partnership with Cinnamon Life as the official transport provider for world renowned musical extravaganza Mamma Mia in Sri Lanka. Mamma Mia will be staged at the Nelum Pokuna

Simon Evans wins inaugural Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race

Views - 20 Monday, 24 December 2018 00:00

Simon Evanshas won the inaugural Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race, making history in Saudi Arabia. Evans started in pole position after qualifying was cancelled due to heavy rain in Riyadh. The starting grid was based on the results of Friday’s free pra

GT Radial Bonanza on tires

Views - 14 Monday, 24 December 2018 00:00

The first raffle draw of GT Radial Bonanza on tires was held at Douglas and Sons Ltd. and 10 customers were rewarded with 10 Bangkok trips. The draw was held under the observation of an independent monitoring board. The event was the first of three d

DSI Tyres becomes local agent for ‘Hankook’ Radial Tyres

Views - 78 Monday, 24 December 2018 00:00

Turning a new leaf in the radial tyre market, Samson Rubber Industries (DSI Tyres) recently introduced world renowned Hankook Tyres to Sri Lanka. Hankook Tyres which has a proud history of several decades is among the top 10 tyre manufacturing compan

The rise and fall of the hardest-working man in the brutally-competitive auto industry

Views - 126 Monday, 24 December 2018 00:00

Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nissan, Mitsubishi and Renault Corporations who is also known as Mr. 7-11, Mr. Fix or Mr. Turnaround according to Economic Times, has had a stunning fall from grace due to financial misconducts at

Volkswagen buys connected car unit from Volvo

Views - 14 Thursday, 20 December 2018 00:00

Berlin (Reuters): Volkswagen said it would take over Volvo’s WirelessCar, a Stockholm-based digital service developer, specialising in connected driving. The deal, which still has to be approved by cartel authorities, would make VW a 75% shareholde

Maruti Suzuki sees sales growth falling short of FY target

Views - 14 Thursday, 20 December 2018 00:00

Reuters: Carmaker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd said on Wednesday it would struggle to meet its target of double-digit sales growth for the year. Indian automakers are grappling with high commodity prices and foreign exchange rates, amid weak monthly sales

Serendib Finance and Wasana Trading launch 4-month leasing promo for Japanese vehicles

Views - 23 Thursday, 20 December 2018 00:00

Serendib Finance Limited, a fully owned subsidiary of Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC, has launched a leasing promotion with Wasana Trading Ltd., a leading importer of vehicles from Japan. Under this promotion, Wasana Trading will offer attractive dis

McLarens Group opens new Mobil-3M Experience Centre

Views - 21 Thursday, 20 December 2018 00:00

McLarens Group opened a brand-newcustomer experience centre dedicated to products from Mobil Lubricants and 3M Global, in Colombo.The experiential centre – located at 347, Union Place, Colombo 02 – houses a universe of products from Mobil and 3M.

Hyundai Motor crowned BBC TopGear Magazine’s Manufacturer of the Year

Views - 18 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

BBC TopGear Magazine highlights Hyundai’s rapid development over the years and commends its diverse and ambitious product range specifically the ‘mega-hyped’ i30N, the ‘teardrop eco-hatch’ IONIQ and the ‘quirky-looking but chilled driving

Sarvodaya Development Finance (SDF) and Ideal Motors signs special MoU

Views - 23 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

Sarvodaya Development Finance Ltd. (SDF), the pioneer in the microfinance business in Sri Lanka, recently signed a special MoU with Ideal Motors Ltd. to provide increased benefits to its customers dispersed far and wide in Sri Lanka who are looking t

“Seasonal Bonanza - II” from Auto Miraj Group

Views - 11 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

Auto Miraj – the leading auto care partner in Sri Lanka has launched their Seasonal Bonanza - II promotion for the 2nd consecutive year rewarding their customers with a whopping Rs. 25 million bonanza of attractive gifts, discounts, free services,

Electric Jaguar I-PACE voted Norway’s Car of the Year

Views - 25 Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:00

The all-electric Jaguar I-PACE has been awarded Norwegian Car of the Year 2019. Eight expert jurors voted for Jaguar’s first electric vehicle (EV) against eight other finalists, including the Volvo V60, Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus. The jury, which

Amãna Takaful partners up with Associated Motorways

Views - 19 Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:00

Amãna Takaful PLC (ATL), the pioneer of the Takaful concept of insurance in the Island, recently partnered with Associated Motorways Limited (AMW) to offer its policyholders a host of exclusive benefits and offers. With a heritage that spans over 6

Formula E accepts challenge to race fastest animal after fans lay down gauntlet on social media

Views - 21 Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:00

Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia: Formula E driver Felipe Massa went up against a peregrine falcon in a straight fight to outrun the fastest animal on the planet - behind the wheel of the Gen2 car.

Electrifyingly fun to drive: the Audi e-tron

Views - 19 Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:00

The Audi e-tron is the first fully electrically powered series production model from the brand with the four rings. Standing still or on the move, the Audi e-tron is electrifying. Its expressive sill area, the electric tailboard and the light grey si

Team Asia New Zealand join Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY

Views - 36 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

Jaguar announced details of Team Asia New Zealand, who will compete in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, the world’s first international championship for production-based electric cars. Simon Evans, brother of Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver, Mitch Evans,

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Discipline and the devil’s disciples

Monday, 18 February 2019

That coach who repeatedly slapped a boy under his care has generated a storm of controversy on social media. On one side are aunties, bleeding hearts, civil rights champions et al who are outraged or at the very least shocked or surprised. On the oth

SL growth profile: Arrest moving down the staircase immediately to avoid hard landing on the floor

Monday, 18 February 2019

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Monday, 18 February 2019

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Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s empty rant

Monday, 18 February 2019

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