Hyundai’s revolutionary IONIQ Hybrid, Grand i10 expand presence to hospitality, transport sectors

Views - 27 Thursday, 6 June 2019 00:51

Hyundai Lanka Ltd., the sole authorised importer and distributor of Hyundai vehicles in Sri Lanka, recently added its IONIQ Hybrid and Grand i10 models to the fleets of Jetwing Travels and Central Finance Company PLC. Lauded as America’s most fuel

MMBL-Pathfinder initiates pilot project in electric mobility using solar power

Views - 36 Thursday, 6 June 2019 00:49

MMBL-Pathfinder recently set up a pilot project in electric mobility powered by solar energy to better understand the challenges and benefits of using these technologies. In the first phase, several electric vehicles and motorcycles will be used to

HNB partners DIMO to promote TATA vehicles and DIMO agri-machinery

Views - 25 Thursday, 6 June 2019 00:47

Sri Lanka’s premier financial institution HNB PLC announced an extension of its long-standing 16 year partnership with Diesel and Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO), to offer the best, most cost-effective leasing solutions on TATA vehicles and DIMO agri-

Tata Motors’ fourth-quarter profit beats, JLR turnaround helps

Views - 24 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:20

BENGALURU (Reuters): Tata Motors Ltd.’s fourth-quarter profit fell less than expected on Monday, with the Indian automaker saying tighter control of expenses and a turnaround at its Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) unit helped dull the impact of economic sl

Your every PickMe ride is now insured: A collaboration with George Steuart Insurance Brokers

Views - 20 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:20

PickMe, the country’s leading technology based mobility solutions provider, has collaborated with the company’s insurance representative, George Steuart Insurance Brokers to further enhance the value of services offered to passengers and its driv

MBSL Kuliyapitiya ‘Leasing Wahanapola’ concludes successfully

Views - 16 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:19

The Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka & Finance PLC (MBSL), affiliated with the Bank of Ceylon, has launched a vehicle sales promotion program named ‘Leasing Wahanapola’. Under this program, MBSL is holding Leasing Wahanapolas in main cities throughout

Croatian town to showcase Mercedes love affair with monument

Views - 11 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:17

IMOTSKI, Croatia (Reuters): A town in southern Croatia whose citizens are obsessed with Mercedes-Benz cars plans to build a monument to the German car that symbolises success for its rural inhabitants. About half of the 16,000 registered cars in Imot

Fiat Chrysler and Renault pursue $35 b merger

Views - 16 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:16

MILAN/PARIS (Reuters): Fiat Chrysler pitched a finely balanced merger of equals to Renault on Monday to confront the costs of far-reaching technological and regulatory changes by creating the world’s third-biggest automaker. If it goes ahead, the $

Ideal Motors partners with PickMe to facilitate business opportunities

Views - 26 Monday, 27 May 2019 00:17

PickMe, Sri Lanka’s most successful technology driven transportations network recently entered into a partnership with Ideal Motors (sole authorised dealer and distributor of Mahindra) to strengthen PickMe’s truck fleet. Accordingly, drivers who

Performance, prestige and innovation take centre stage at Ceylon Motor Show 2019

Views - 24 Monday, 27 May 2019 00:15

The biennial Ceylon Motor Show switched off the ignition last month after an extremely successful run. Jointly organised by the Ceylon Motor Traders Association and the Classic Car Club of Ceylon, along with title partner Sri Lanka Insurance Motor Pl

YOUCAB signs MoU with All Island Association to protect the rights of taxi owners and drivers

Views - 348 Monday, 27 May 2019 00:14

YOUCAB, the latest entrant to the e-taxi hailing market, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the All Island Association to Protect the Rights of Taxi Owners and Drivers (AIAPROD) on 16 May. This event took place in the presence of YOUCAB partn

Capital TRUST Holdings becomes the sole owner of ride-hailing app Taxiya

Views - 23 Monday, 27 May 2019 00:11

Taxiya, a leading ride-hailing service powered by an advanced digital mobile app, is now wholly owned and managed by Capital TRUST Holdings, having recently acquired the entirety of the brand Taxiyak (now Taxiya) and Capital TRUST Mobility Solutions.

’’SLT muve’’ calls for registration of drivers

Views - 349 Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:00

’’SLT muve’’ is a naval smart transport service introduced by Sri Lanka’s pioneering and leading telecommunication leader – Sri Lanka Telecom group. Registration of drivers for this transport service is scheduled to be held from 20 to 27

Nissan flags weakest profit in 11 years as Ghosn woes weigh

Views - 10 Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:00

YOKOHAMA (Reuters): Nissan Motor Co forecast a 28% drop in its annual operating profit, setting it up for the weakest earnings in 11 years and underscoring its struggle to turn the page after the ouster of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn. The lacklustre

CEAT launches five new tyres for motorcycles

Views - 17 Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:00

CEAT Kelani Holdings has added five new motorcycle tyres to its portfolio, under the phased execution of the Company’s investments to double its motorcycle tyre manufacturing capacity in Sri Lanka. The new tyres fit rim sizes 17 and 18 and consist

‘Caltex Havoline Thegi Engima’ mega consumer promotion rewards consumers with gifts worth Rs. 10 m

Views - 17 Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:00

Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC, the nation’s lubricant market leader, concluded its novel ‘Caltex Havoline Thegi Engima’ mega promotion on a high note with a record number of entries. The ‘Caltex Havoline Thegi Engima’ consumer promotion soug

Yamaha AMW launch new FZ and FZ – S version 3.0 models

Views - 56 Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:00

Associated Motorways Ltd., trailblazers in Sri Lanka’s automotive segment, on Tuesday launched the Yamaha FZ & FZ – S version 3.0 models to the Sri Lankan market. “In Sri Lanka in the 150 cc category the Yamaha FZ brand is the No 1 model when

E-commerce platform launches revolutionary ‘Auction’ feature

Views - 94 Monday, 13 May 2019 00:00

Strengthening its status as a pioneering revolutionary in the e-commerce industry, has initiated yet another first in Sri Lanka with a value addition – a unique site that enables buying, selling and leasing of vehicles through the ingenio

Uber’s market debut sours most anticipated IPO since Facebook

Views - 17 Monday, 13 May 2019 00:00

Reuters: Uber Technologies Inc.’s conservative initial public offering could not keep its shares from sinking in their trading debut on Friday, fuelling debate on Wall Street over whether the outcome of the most anticipated listing since Facebook I

DPMC launches KTM Duke 125 in Sri Lanka

Views - 93 Monday, 13 May 2019 00:00

The much-awaited Austrian bike brand KTM Duke 125 was launched recently in Sri Lanka by David Pieris Motor Company Ltd. (DPMC) at Battaramulla and Jaffna KTM showrooms as well as dealer points in Matara, Kattankudy and Akkaraipattu. With the introd

Exclusive leasing benefits from Siyapatha Finance in collaboration with Indra Traders

Views - 32 Tuesday, 7 May 2019 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 for customers.

Dialog announces Touch Corporate Transport Card for enterprises

Views - 40 Tuesday, 7 May 2019 00:00

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, introduced an innovative Touch Corporate Transport Card for enterprises, in partnership with Kangaroo Cabs. Expanding on the experience and insights gained in the last seven years with

MBSL unveils its first ‘MBSL Auto Zone’ car sale facility in Makola

Views - 41 Tuesday, 7 May 2019 00:00

Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka and Finance PLC (MBSL), unveiled its first ever ‘MBSL Auto Zone’, a one stop shop to buy/sell vehiclesat 656/2/C, Makola North, Makola.Conceptualised by Acting Chief Executive OfficerJude Gamalath, ‘MBSL Zone’ allow

NDB Leasing in partnership with Ideal Motors

Views - 28 Tuesday, 7 May 2019 00:00

NDB Leasing recently tied up with Ideal Motors to provide customers with reduced lease rentals, attractive discounts and other benefits. NDB Leasing offers competitive interest rates and flexible repayment plans that extend up to seven years. NDB c

Uber aiming for stock market debut value of up to $ 90 b

Views - 22 Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP): Uber is aiming to make its stock market debut at a share price that would value the leading ride-share startup between $ 80 billion and $ 90 billion, Bloomberg reported last week. Uber’s keenly-anticipated initial public offer

Toyota abandons plan to install US connected vehicle tech by 2021

Views - 23 Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): Toyota Motor Corp said on Friday it was halting plans to install Dedicated Short-Range Communications technology on US vehicles aimed at letting cars and trucks communicate with one another to avoid collisions. Automakers have b

Daimler hurt by production delays at Mercedes, China slowdown

Views - 15 Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

FRANKFURT, REUTERS: Daimler’s first-quarter operating profit fell 16%on Friday as a 718 million euro ($800 million) one-off gain failed to offset raw material costs, technology investments and production delays at three Mercedes-Benz factories. Sa

Auto makers are feeling the pull of ‘digital gravity’ in a rapidly changing industry

Views - 74 Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

NEW YORK/BERLIN/SHANGHAI: Awareness of digitalisation is high and change initiatives are numerous in the automotive industry. Yet on a strategic and cultural level, change is hardly taking place, claims a joint global automotive study by KPMG and Ego

YOUCAB and SYTRANS to offer superior transport services

Views - 118 Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

Partnering with two of Sri Lanka’s cricketing legends, Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara, VirTrans Capital recently launched YOUCABand SYTRANS, the latest player in the Island’s e-Transport hailing game. Since the soft launch, YOUCAB and S

Safety and mutual respect are key in ride sharing platforms

Views - 17 Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

Uber recommitted to ensure safety for their driver partners by launching the Driver Safety Toolkit and updating the community guidelines. This follows the already existing safety toolkit for riders, and is yet another step by the global online ride s

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