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Fairfirst promotes Personal Accident Insurance

Views - 12 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

The concept of Personal Accident Insurance has been in existence for decades. In fact, it has been available for so long that no one really made a breakthrough in the insurance clutter. As time went by the ‘one-size-fits-all’ policy never evolved


India proposes tax benefits for electric vehicles to promote sales

Views - 13 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters): India proposed tax waivers on Friday on the purchase of electric vehicles and removed import taxes on some auto components to help boost sales and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. India, the world’s third-biggest e


Ideal Motors unveils eco-friendly Mahindra showroom in Trinco

Views - 149 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

Ideal Group of Companies, an automotive after-market service provider focusing on premium segment of automotive brands in OEM markets, opened the first-ever eco-friendly Mahindra showroom in Sri Lanka in the city of Trincomalee. The showroom was cere


Toyota Lanka rewards top performing dealers at Bandaragama Karting Circuit

Views - 24 Thursday, 4 July 2019 02:12

Toyota Lanka Ltd., the sole authorised dealer for Toyota vehicles and spare parts in Sri Lanka recently held its annual dealer convention at the Bandaragama Karting Circuit. The event was held to reward 235 authorised dealers of Toyota Lanka, Toyota


Lee Iacocca, auto executive who saved Chrysler from bankruptcy, dies at 94

Views - 18 Thursday, 4 July 2019 02:10

Reuters: Lee Iacocca, the charismatic US auto industry executive who gave America the Ford Mustang and was celebrated for saving Chrysler from going out of business, has died at the age of 94, Fiat Chrysler said. Iacocca died Tuesday at his home in B


MG Jeep bonanza from Wasana Trading for 100 early birds

Views - 44 Thursday, 4 July 2019 02:09

Wasana Trading Lanka Ltd. which boasts of a track record of over 27 years in the motor field in Sri Lanka offers 100 SUV type MG jeeps with a five-year guarantee and a spare part undertaking with several special offers to its customers. Wasana Tradin


Oki Doki unveils all-new cloud-enabled transportation management system

Views - 48 Wednesday, 3 July 2019 00:00

Oki Doki, the one-stop digital transportation solutions provider owned by Expolanka Holdings PLC, announced Oki Doki TMS, a new cloud-based transportation management system (TMS) that brings together industry-leading technology to help companies ar


Weekend of adventure at Jaguar Land Rover

Views - 24 Wednesday, 3 July 2019 00:00

SML Frontier Automotive, a member of the Access Group and the sole agent for Jaguar Land Rover in Sri Lanka, recently concluded its adventure-filled Open Weekend. Jaguar and Land Rover gave its owners and potential owners a memorable adventure and ex


Mag City expands services to Ratmalana

Views - 35 Wednesday, 3 July 2019 00:00

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 Ratmalana, adding to an already well-established network of service points ac


Indra Group of Companies partners with PickMe for efficient corporate mobility solutions

Views - 26 Wednesday, 3 July 2019 00:00

Reinforcing the company’s corporate alliances, PickMe, Sri Lanka’s leading technology driven mobility solutions provider welcomed Indra Group of Companies to the corporate partnership fold. Commencing as a sole trader of motor vehicles in year 19


Ceylon Motor Traders Association celebrates 99th year

Views - 36 Friday, 28 June 2019 00:00

The Ceylon Motor Traders Association (CMTA) celebrated its 99th year recently. Affiliated to the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, the CMTA is the most senior automotive trade association in the region. The CMTA represents all major international automotiv


Automobile Association elects new team

Views - 15 Friday, 28 June 2019 00:00

The 114th Annual General Meeting of the Automobile Association of Ceylon was held in the Association Auditorium recently. The meeting was well attended including distinguished members of the Association. The following were elected as Office Bearers:


CEAT Kelani’s ground-breaking Truck Bus Radials enter the market

Views - 12 Friday, 28 June 2019 00:00

Heavy duty, high-performance radial tyres custom-engineered for trucks, buses and prime movers plying Sri Lanka’s roads and manufactured for domestic conditions, have been commercially launched by CEAT Kelani Holdings in a ground-breaking initiativ


DFCC Bank unveils mega benefits for vehicle permit holders

Views - 18 Friday, 28 June 2019 00:00

In its latest offering, DFCC Bank is extending attractive benefits to vehicle permit holders. In addition to offering zero margins and concessionary commissions for Letters of Credit (LCs), DFCC is providing funding assistance through tailor-made per


Fintrex Finance supports women tuk drivers with great leasing offers

Views - 16 Friday, 28 June 2019 00:00

In Sri Lanka, tuk-tuk rides have become a norm. With cities becoming more congested, parking problems and the need for convenience has popularised this mode of transport. Introduced in the 1980s, this mode of transport grew steadily as a quick fix f


ComBank announces lower interest and ‘Nil Margin’ LCs for vehicle permit holders

Views - 22 Friday, 28 June 2019 00:00

The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has launched a scheme for Government officers with vehicle permits, offering reduced interest rates on vehicle loans and leases and the opportunity to open Letters of Credit (LCs) without keeping a margin (nil margin).


Ideal Motors hands over latest model Mahindra Blazo trucks to new owners

Views - 60 Thursday, 27 June 2019 02:07

India’s leading auto manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., a member of the Mahindra Group, together with its Sri Lankan partner Ideal Motors Ltd., a member of the Ideal Group, handed over brand new Mahindra Blazo trucks to their new owners during


‘PickMe Pramuka’ gives insurance coverage for driver partners and families

Views - 13 Thursday, 27 June 2019 02:05

PickMe, Sri Lanka’s own technology-driven transportation network, launched a driver loyalty program titled ‘PickMe Pramuka’ at a ceremony held at the Grand Monarch in Thalawathugoda. The program provides PickMe’s driver partners with numerou


Fairfirst Insurance launches EasyFix for motor customers

Views - 12 Thursday, 27 June 2019 02:04

Relating to the context of making insurance simple and hassle-free, Fairfirst has invented a fresh way of eliminating the vehicle owner’s time at an accident and repair site. Adding to the convenience is the opportunity of rooting out the pain of s


Apple buys self-driving car startup Drive.ai

Views - 11 Thursday, 27 June 2019 02:04

Reuters: Apple Inc on Tuesday confirmed that it has acquired self-driving shuttle firm Drive.ai. Technology news website The Information reported earlier this month that the iPhone maker was considering acquiring the firm as a move to bring aboard so


Dialog exclusive technological partner for Colombo Touch Parking Card project

Views - 12 Thursday, 27 June 2019 02:03

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, was recently announced as the Exclusive Technological Partner for the launch of the Touch Parking Card, launched by Tenaga Car Parks Ltd. in a Public-Private Partnership with the Colombo


ZILLIONe digitalises PickMe with Microsoft Dynamic NAV

Views - 26 Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:00

PickMe is a tech-based company that has brought ride hailing to your fingertips via an app that enables instant ride hailing. The company is equipped with a vast fleet of manned vehicles including and not limited to three-wheelers, mini cars, cars, v


SLT group further diversify in to smart transport industry

Views - 24 Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:00

By revolutionising the country’s connected mobility services and traditional taxi services industries, Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT), through its digital services subsidiary company, SLT Digital Info Services Ltd. (SLTDS). SLTDS is set to offer ride


Micro Cars unveils 4th-gen Korando to Sri Lankan market

Views - 33 Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:00

Micro Cars Ltd., the sole agents in Sri Lanka for SsangYong Motors since 2006, revealed the latest fourth-generation C300 Korando for the Sri Lankan market. Targeted at the permit holders, this 1.6 lt. intercooler turbo diesel 4x4 SUV comes with a f


Pan Asia Bank: Preferred partner for vehicle permit holders

Views - 28 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

The strengthening of the rupee led to the removal of restrictions on opening of Letter of Credits (LCs) for importation of motor vehicles under permits on concessionary terms from 1 May. Although many financial entities compete for this segment of th


Kangaroo Cabs celebrates 30th anniversary

Views - 31 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

The pioneer in shaping the cab service industry and also the giant service provider in Sri Lanka, Kangaroo Cabs recently celebrated its 30th anniversary ceremonially of introducing fully-electric cabs to their fleet in line with the ‘Go Green’ co


‘PickMe Bike’ launched in Colombo

Views - 32 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s own and most innovative mobility technology solutions provider PickMe on its successful fourth year, has recently rolled out the newest service offering ‘PickMe Bike’ through their award-winning smartphone app. This feature was laun


Hyundai and Kia to invest in self-driving startup Aurora

Views - 11 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

Reuters: Hyundai Motor Co. said on Thursday it would invest in self-driving car software startup Aurora along with Kia Motors Corp to speed up development of autonomous vehicle technologies. “With the new investment, the companies have agreed to ex


Ranjaya Traders marks 10th anniversary of auto trading

Views - 50 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

Ranjaya Traders which was launched 10 years ago, ceremonially marked its 10th anniversary recently. Ranjaya Traders, located at No. 226-C, Horana Road, Weedagama, Bandaragama is a leading institution in the island in buying used motorcycles and three


Uber unveils next-generation Volvo self-driving car

Views - 16 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): Uber Technologies Inc. unveiled its newest Volvo self-driving car in Washington on Wednesday as it works to eventually deploy vehicles without drivers under some limited conditions. Uber said the new production XC90 will be asse


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Friday, 16 August 2019

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