Indian Railway rolls out anti-corrosive, special body train for Sri Lanka

Views - 21 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:46

Times of India: It is not only India that will get a train that looks like a bullet train. Integral Coach Factory (ICF), the railway’s premier coach manufacturing unit, has rolled out a special rake of diesel electric multiple unit (DEMU) with an a

VJ Automobile achieves milestone with second showroom at Thalawathugoda

Views - 316 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:46

VJ Automobile recently achieved a milestone to be part of the innovative automobile vertical by officially inaugurating its second showroom at Thalawathugoda. It will spearhead the promotion of latest brands such as Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Suzuki, BMW

App-based taxi-hailing cabs vs. independently operating three-wheelers

Views - 35 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:45

The advent of taxi-hailing apps changed the way Sri Lankans access three-wheelers and cabs. The average Sri Lankan mainly relies on three-wheelers to get from one point to the other, and long before the app-based taxi-hailing culture took root, three

HNB partners Drive One to offer special deals for Audi vehicles

Views - 62 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s premiere retail bank, HNB PLC announced a new partnership with the sole authorised agents of Audi in Sri Lanka, Drive One Ltd. to offer special deals for customers of the bank who are aspiring Audi owners. “As Sri Lanka’s largest an

Self-driving car industry needs standards and security: Executives

Views - 10 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

BERLIN (Reuters): Automakers need standards for key equipment, a wide-reaching 5G broadband network and strong partnerships to make self-driving cars and electric vehicles a success, top European car industry executives said on Wednesday. Ralf Speth,

Classics take centre stage at British Car Day 2018 with Jaguar Land Rover and Classic Car Club

Views - 41 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Classic Car Club of Ceylon together with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) celebrated the fourth edition of ‘British Car Day’ in partnership with HNB the banking partner. This year, the event began with a display of over 70 classical British cars manufactu

Top recognition for DIMO 800 – The Mercedes-Benz Centre of Excellence

Views - 13 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

The only authorised General Distributor for Mercedes-Benz in Sri Lanka, Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC’s DIMO 800 – The Mercedes-Benz Centre of Excellence, has been certified as a Level 4 Body and Paint repair facility in South East Asia (SEA) by

Hyundai raises Southeast Asia bet with second investment in Grab

Views - 11 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

Seoul/Singapore (Reuters): Hyundai Motor Co has raised its stakes in growing Southeast Asian markets with a $250 million investment in Singapore’s Grab, its second in the ride-hailing firm, as it chases rivals in the race for new-age transportation

Trelleborg Lanka wins Bronze at Presidential Environmental Awards

Views - 61 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

Trelleborg Lanka Ltd. continued its winning streak at the prestigious Presidential Environmental Awards with its contribution towards promoting green practices and environmental sustainability.  At the 2018 awards ceremony, Trelleborg Lanka won a Br

One-off Land Rover Defender hits the ‘Designer Street’ in Selfridges

Views - 17 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

A unique Land Rover Defender Works V8 has been placed on permanent display in the new Designer Street Room at Selfridges’ flagship department store in London, UK, having been inserted through a first-floor window and reassembled on the menswear flo

Prestige Automobile rolls out futuristic BMW 6Series Gran Turismo

Views - 123 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

BMWAsia and Prestige Automobile Ltd., the sole authorised importer and distributor of BMW vehicles in Sri Lanka, launched the first-ever BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo (GT), which combines the long-distance comfort of a luxury sedan with the aesthetic app

1,000 customers and counting, Auto Bavaria is Sri Lanka’s No. 1 BMW specialist

Views - 26 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

Responding to a long-felt need by luxury car BMW owners in Sri Lanka, for a fully-fledged after-sales care facility specially meant for BMWs, Auto Bavaria Ltd. was launched last year and has already earned the milestone of 1,000 customers within a sh

United Motors launches two new exciting Mitsubishi models to Sri Lanka

Views - 26 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

United Motors Lanka PLC the sole distributor for Mitsubishi vehicles in Sri Lanka recently introduced the Mitsubishi ‘Eclipse Cross’ SUV and the ‘Xpander’ to the local market. The two new models have gained popularity globally in a short span

Ideal Motors opens new spare parts store in Panchikawatta

Views - 35 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

Ideal Motors Ltd. expanded its service offering recently, opening a brand new spare parts store in Panchikawatta. The store, providing all auto spare part requirements for the repair and maintenance of Mahindra vehicles, is located at No. 54 Panchika

LAUGFS Southern Petroleum unveils iconic solar powered fuel station in Pepiliyana

Views - 20 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

LAUGFS Southern Petroleum, in collaboration with Lanka IOC (LIOC), recently unveiled Sri Lanka’s first ever model fuel filling station with solar roofing at Pepiliyana, marking the 20th addition to the LAUGFS network of fuel filling stations. This

The story of changing ‘Nawala Pineapple’ to ‘Nawala Cushion’

Views - 27 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

Forty years ago, one day in 1978, a young man named Pemarathna started a small cushion shop at No. 59 A, Narahenpita Road, Nawala. This small shop with the area of 15 x 20 ft. which he took for rent, had only one sewing machine. As an opening order,

Tweet that led to $ 20 m fine ‘worth it’: Tesla’s Elon Musk

Views - 10 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

Reuters: Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk said the tweet that cost him and the company $ 20 million in fines each by the US Securities and Exchange Commission was “worth it”. The tweet, sent late Friday evening less than an hour before Musk t

BRJW Enterprises, LB Finance to offer exclusive leasing packages, free maintenance, buy back options

Views - 17 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

LB Finance PLC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BRJW Enterprises Ltd. to offer exclusive maintenance benefits and customised leasing packages with special interest rates for customers approaching BRJW Enterprises Ltd. to buy any vehicl

Dua Lipa joins Jaguar for ground-breaking music and technology collaboration

Views - 19 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

Jaguar and Dua Lipa, the global superstar singer-songwriter, have announced a music and technology partnership. A series of Jaguar events across Europe, called The PACE: Season 1, which celebrate the brand’s popular SUV models, the E-PACE, F-PACE a

British Car Day 2019 powered by Jaguar Land Rover this Weekend

Views - 22 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

The Classic Car Club of Ceylon together with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) looks forward to the 4th edition of ‘British Car Day’ on 28 October. The show of iconic new and historic British Cars will be held at the JLR showroom, at No. 74 Flower Road, Co

Hyundai’s award winning Grand i10 crosses 500 sales

Views - 15 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

Built to European standard, Hyundai’s revolutionary Grand i10, the master of urban mobility, reached a milestone in terms of number of sales. Hyundai Lanka Ltd., the sole authorised agent for Hyundai brands in Sri Lanka, marked the 500th sale recen

SK Group re-invests in Micro Holdings

Views - 14 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

SK Group is the market leader in chemical, petroleum, and energy industries and also Korea’s largest wireless service provider.  Through the years the company has fostered a policy of planned growth which has resulted in diversification into civil

DIMO hosts first-ever Mercedes-Benz Accident Management Workshop for insurance experts

Views - 19 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

Diesel and Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO), the only Authorised General Distributor for Mercedes-Benz in Sri Lanka, organised the first-ever Mercedes-Benz Accident Management Workshop for the local insurance industry experts recently. The event, which w

Chevron and Abans Auto introduce a co-branded lubricant

Views - 12 Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:00

Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC, the market leader in the Sri Lankan lubricant market, and Abans Auto, the sole agent in Sri Lanka for Hero motorcycles and scooters, announced the introduction of a co-branded lubricant for use in Hero motorcycles and sc

New petrol for tuk-tuks from next month

Views - 15 Friday, 19 October 2018 00:00

By Charumini de Silva In a move to provide relief to the majority of the public, Petroleum Resources Development Minister Arjuna Ranatunga yesterday said they will launch a special fuel for the three-wheelers next month, which is marked Rs. 8 less th

Hybrid Hub offers affordable battery conditioning system

Views - 23 Friday, 19 October 2018 00:00

By Ruwandi Gamage With the launch of its second Hybrid Hub, Edirisinghe Brothers Ltd. (EBL) is aiming at expanding its services for owners of hybrid vehicles and is geared at revolutionising battery conditioning services in Sri Lanka with the use of

Uber enters trailer leasing business

Views - 13 Friday, 19 October 2018 00:00

(Reuters): Uber Technologies Inc. said on Wednesday it is entering the trailer leasing business. The business, called Powerloop, will be a part of Uber Freight, which connects truckers with shippers, the company said. Powerloop, which would rent trai

Carmart expands dealer network to Kandy and Batticaloa

Views - 20 Friday, 19 October 2018 00:00

Carmart, Asia’s longest running importer and Sri Lanka’s only manufacturer authorised importer for Peugeot vehicles is expanding its reach island wide with two new dealerships in Kandy and Batticaloa. Reaching discerning vehicle enthusiasts in th

Pre-paying for parking made easier with Pay&Go

Views - 20 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

Tenaga Car Parks Ltd., South Asia’s largest parking management company, having over 100 parking meters in Colombo, entered into an agreement with MegaPay Ltd. to enable pre-payment for parking.

Exclusive leasing benefits from Siyapatha Finance in collaboration with Indra Traders

Views - 36 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

One of Sri Lanka’s leading financial organisations and a catalyst in the automobile industry came together in a partnership that promises immense benefits to the current and future customers of both companies. By partnering with Indra Traders, Siya

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