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Google builds stronger ties with PickMe

Views - 27 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

PickMe, Sri Lanka’s home-grown digital mobility solutions provider is now one of Google Cloud’s key clients in the whole of South Asia. This is due to the high utilisation of a wide array of Google services and deep technology integration with Go


Fairfirst rolls out WhatsApp Motor Insurance

Views - 33 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

Breaking barriers of both the insurance and e-commerce industries, Fairfirst Insurance has officially started delivering insurance via WhatsApp – yet again another Lankan-first product by Fairfirst. Riding on the waves of digital transformation, ex


Colonial Motors rolls out Kymco DownTown as new era of sports touring

Views - 462 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

Colonial Motors (Ceylon) Ltd., in partnership with KYMCO, one of the leading power sports brands in the world, launched DownTown, a premium range of Mid-Range Maxi Scooters in Sri Lanka. Symbolising power and prestige, DownTown is a true testament t


Future Automobiles unveils the all-new Ford Ranger Raptor

Views - 428 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:24

New breed of performance pickup truck geared to bring thrills to Sri Lankan market Ford Motor Company, the global automotive giant represented in Sri Lanka by Future Automobiles Ltd., a subsidiary of Softlogic Holdings PLC, has launched the 2018/201


Latest revolution in leasing industry: ‘People’s Leasing Petrol Peraliya’

Views - 23 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:22

PLC introduces pioneering promotional schemes from time to time for the benefit of its leasing customers. To coincide with the company’s 23rd anniversary, PLC has introduced ‘People’s Leasing Petrol Peraliya’ scheme to pay gratitude to its le


Choking India gets first fully-fledged electric car

Views - 21 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:21

Mumbai, AFP: Motorists in India, home to some of the world’s most polluted cities, can now buy a fully-fledged electric car after Hyundai unveiled a model that can travel 452 kilometres (281 miles) on one charge. The Kona Electric SUV will cost $3


French Ambassador chooses Peugeot 5008 from Carmart

Views - 45 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:19

Carmart Ltd., the sole manufacturer authorised importer/distributer in Sri Lanka for the world-renowned European vehicle brand Peugeot, ceremonially handed over the keys to the latest Peugeot 5008 SUV to the Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka and the


New Jaguar Land Rover tech responds to your mood; helps reduce stress

Views - 38 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

Jaguar Land Rover is researching new artificial intelligence (AI) technology to understand our state of mind while driving – and adjust cabin settings to improve driver wellbeing. The technology uses a driver-facing camera and biometric sensing to


HNB partners Micro Cars to offer exclusive leasing packages

Views - 31 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s premier financial solutions provider, HNB PLC, partnered with Micro Cars Ltd. to offer a slew of exclusive leasing packages with attractive benefits and interest rates for customers intending to purchase the Micro’s popular MG ZS, MG


Fairfirst promotes Personal Accident Insurance

Views - 14 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 - 19 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 - 163 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 - 30 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 - 67 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 - 56 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 - 31 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 - 68 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 - 30 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 - 39 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 - 17 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 - 14 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 - 22 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 - 28 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 - 25 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 - 94 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 - 21 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 - 24 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


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