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Is the ‘unit rate’ based duty scheme equitable?

Views - 52 Wednesday, 6 December 2017 00:00

The proposals on motor vehicle duty which was implemented since 9 November has received mixed reactions.


LAUGFS Lubricants rewards ‘Roda Thunata Sawiyak’ winners

Views - 29 Wednesday, 6 December 2017 00:00

LAUGFS Lubricants, manufacturers of engine oil that suits the tropical environment of Sri Lanka, recently unveiled Actron brand Lubricant products designed specifically for two-stroke and four-stroke three-wheelers to further


New Jaguar F-TYPE 4-cylinder: Pure sports car with greater agility and efficiency at SML Frontier Au

Views - 19 Wednesday, 6 December 2017 00:00

Jaguar is broadening the appeal of the new F-TYPE with the introduction of the state-of-the-art four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine.


New Range Rover: Silent luxury

Views - 17 Wednesday, 6 December 2017 00:00

SML Frontier Automotive Ltd., the sole agents for Jaguar Land Rover in Sri Lanka will soon unveil the Range Rover to the Sri Lankan market. Representing the pinnacle of luxury travel,


Chevron Lubricants partners with UTE Engineering to offer high quality Donaldson filtration solution

Views - 14 Wednesday, 6 December 2017 00:00

In what can be termed as a partnership of excellence between two leaders in their respective industries, Chevron Lubricants and UTE Engineering inked a partnership to sell high quality US branded Donaldson filtration solutions


Fuel up with Nations Trust Bank Credit Cards to witness Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2017

Views - 26 Wednesday, 6 December 2017 00:00

Experience the sheer thrill of speed this November by simply using a Nations Trust Bank American Express or Nations Trust Bank MasterCard Credit Card to pump fuel for Rs. 2,500


Reuse of vehicle registration books needs to be stopped

Views - 26 Thursday, 30 November 2017 01:04

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent UNP lawmaker Buddhika Pathirana urged the Government to prevent people from using registration books of rejected motor vehicles in vehicle assembly scams. According to MP Pathirana, the use of old r


Panasonic Jaguar Racing ready for second electrifying season in FIA Formula E

Views - 19 Thursday, 30 November 2017 01:04

Panasonic Jaguar Racing are heading to Hong Kong for the start of their second season in the FIA Formula E Championship later this weekend. The season opener takes place on 2 -3 December in Asia’s first ever double-header race weekend and will be


BMW looking for partners to develop electric small cars

Views - 12 Thursday, 30 November 2017 01:03

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Germany’s BMW AG is talking with other automakers “around the world” to try to find partners to lower the cost of electrifying its future Mini small cars, management board member Peter Schwarzenbauer told Reuters. “We


RADCO first radiator brand to get ISO and SLS Quality Standards Certifications

Views - 16 Thursday, 30 November 2017 01:03

RADCO, the fastest selling heat exchanger brand in Sri Lanka marketed by Browns Thermal Engineering Ltd, celebrated a landmark achievement in the industrial and power generation sector by being the first and the only radiator brand in the country to


Scandal-hit Uber hits the road to reassure global regulators

Views - 12 Thursday, 30 November 2017 01:01

TOKYO (Reuters): Uber executives are travelling the globe to reassure regulators that the company is changing the way it does business, after a massive data breach became the latest controversy to hurt the ride-service firm’s reputation. Uber Techn


Uber to partner with Mahindra to pilot electric vehicles in India

Views - 18 Monday, 27 November 2017 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters): Ride-hailing firm Uber will partner with automaker Mahindra and Mahindra to pilot electric vehicles on its platform in India, the two companies said on Friday, at a time when the government is pushing to have all new vehicles electr


Singapore sees running autonomous buses on public roads from 2022

Views - 10 Monday, 27 November 2017 00:00

Singapore (Reuters): Singapore is hoping to deploy autonomous buses on public roads in three different districts of the city-state from 2022 to provide better connectivity, the country’s Ministry of Transport said in a statement on Wednesday.


Apple scientists disclose self-driving car research

Views - 16 Monday, 27 November 2017 00:00

Reuters: Research by Apple Inc computer scientists on how self-driving cars can better spot cyclists and pedestrians while using fewer sensors has been posted online, in what appears to be the company’s first publicly disclosed paper on autonomous


Renault signs Kumar Sangakkara signed as brand ambassador

Views - 35 Monday, 27 November 2017 00:00

After the successful launch of the Renault brand in Sri Lanka led by the attractive, innovative and affordable Renault KWID, in partnership with Associated Motorways Ltd., (AMW), there is another important milestone that will excite both automotive a


Jaguar Land Rover tests first driverless vehicle on public roads

Views - 13 Monday, 20 November 2017 00:22

Britain’s biggest automaker, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), has tested its first driverless car on public roads, it


Electric cars not ready for mass production yet: Toyota chairman

Views - 20 Monday, 20 November 2017 00:20

Battery-powered cars are not ready for mass production yet, the chairman of Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp told a German


Maxxis rolls out award-winning Premitra HP5 tyre

Views - 23 Monday, 20 November 2017 00:19

One of the world’s most well-known tyre brands, Maxxis, offers a high-quality tyre product range to customers in 180 countries


Volkswagen to invest $ 27 b in core brand until 2022

Views - 13 Monday, 20 November 2017 00:18

Volkswagen will invest 22.8 billion euros ($ 26.9 billion) in its main car brand over the next five years, it said on


Going green needs defined regulations to go forward

Views - 39 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:00

With the new ‘Blue-Green Budget’ for 2018, Sri Lanka is taking a leap to the future to ensure that we leave behind a sustainable and environmentally friendly landscape for future generations


Suzuki frets about India’s electric shift despite sales boom

Views - 15 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): A sudden move to electric cars in India, which is considering electrifying all vehicles over the next 15 years, could catch Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corp out in its largest market.


Jaguar Land Rover takes over Ratnapura yet again

Views - 26 Friday, 17 November 2017 00:00

SML Frontier Automotive, the sole agents for Jaguar and Land Rover in Sri Lanka, along with HNB Leasing will be present in Ratnapura with a range


SML Automotive rolls out unique luxury loyalty program for Jaguar, Land Rover owners

Views - 52 Thursday, 2 November 2017 00:10

SML Frontier Automotive, the sole agents of Jaguar and Land Rover (JLR) in Sri Lanka, launched its customer loyalty program, The Jaguar and Land Rover Owners Clubs, which ensures customers receive a variety of benefits and exclusive privileges when t


Browns Batteries crown power generation kings at Dealer Convention

Views - 65 Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:00

Browns Batteries, a strategic business unit of Brown & Company PLC, successfully concluded its Dealer Convention at the BMICH recently. Over 550 participants including Browns battery dealers across the island took part in the convention, ‘Browns Ba


Kia opens showroom in Kandy

Views - 90 Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:00

Kia Motors (Lanka), the sole local distributor for the popular Korean automobile brand, hasopened a new showroom in Kandy as part of the company’s ongoing dealer development initiative in Sri Lanka. Just a kilometre away from the Katugastota Bridge


Janashakthi Insurance rolls out Full Option ‘High Speed Claim’

Views - 14 Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:00

Demonstrating its credentials as a progressive and customer-centric insurer, Janashakthi Insurance trail blazedits new Janashakthi Full Option ‘High Speed Claim’serviceproduct whereby its Full Option motor insurance policy holders can obtain clai


Jaguar Land Rover takes centre stage in Ratnapura

Views - 39 Wednesday, 25 October 2017 00:33

Jaguar takes centre stage in Ratnapura this week in partnership with HNB Leasing, offering its customers a range of unique offers. The Jaguar team will be onsite at the HNB Ratnapura branch on Wednesday 25 and


Carmart retains MTI to strategise legacy of family business

Views - 38 Thursday, 19 October 2017 00:00

Carmart, one of Sri Lanka’s pioneering auto businesses, has retained the services of MTI Consulting to chart the group’s strategic direction and to gear the business to capture the opportunities that the Sri Lankan economy will offer the transpor


Tesla to recall 11,000 Model X SUVs due to seat issue

Views - 15 Thursday, 19 October 2017 00:00

Reuters: Electric carmaker Tesla Inc is recalling 11,000 Model X sport utility vehicles worldwide due to a faulty locking mechanism in their rear seats that raises the risk of the seats falling forward in a crash. Tesla said a small number of cables


Mahindra & Mahindra tops sales satisfaction index by JD Power

Views - 25 Thursday, 19 October 2017 00:00

Ideal Motors Ltd., a fully owned subsidiary company of the Ideal Group, which has been representing Mahindra & Mahindra since 2009, with core business interests in motor franchise imports and motor spare parts in Sri Lanka, announced the fact that Ma


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Thursday, 18 January 2018

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