Semi-automated wirelessly connected trucks to hit UK roads by end of 2018

Views - 10 Wednesday, 30 August 2017 00:00

London (Reuters): Britain will begin trials of semi-automated, wirelessly connected truck convoys on public roads by the end of 2018, in a bid to find more fuel-efficient ways to transport goods.

Schumacher Jnr eyes F1 career after Spa drive

Views - 12 Wednesday, 30 August 2017 00:00

Hayleys, Puritas Oxypura, showcases revolutionary range of products at Colombo Motor Show, as Person

Views - 52 Tuesday, 29 August 2017 00:54

Puritas, the subsidiary of Haycarb a Group member of Hayleys PLC is once again the Personal Protection Partner of the Colombo Motor Show. The largest international automobile event in Sri Lanka, the Colombo Motor Show 2017 was opened under the pat

Germany draws up rules of the road for driverless cars

Views - 37 Tuesday, 29 August 2017 00:54

Berlin (Reuters): Protecting people rather than property or animals will be the priority under pioneering new German legal guidelines for the operation of driverless cars, the transport ministry said on Wednesday. Germany is home to some of the

Egyptian students produce fuel from used car tyres

Views - 35 Tuesday, 29 August 2017 00:54

CAIRO (Reuters): A group of Egyptian students have built a machine they say can produce fuel from worn-out vehicle tyres, after big rises in energy prices as part of recent economic reforms. The device heats the tyres until they reach evap

Hyundai offers glimpse of next-gen fuel cell vehicle

Views - 56 Tuesday, 29 August 2017 00:52

Hyundai, a leading automobile manufacturer, has offered an early glimpse of its next-generation fuel cell vehicle, ahead of the hydrogen-powered SUV’s official launch early next year. The near-production-ready prototype embodies Hyundai&rs

Combank and DIMO in joint leasing promo for TATA commercial vehicles

Views - 48 Tuesday, 29 August 2017 00:51

The Commercial Bank of Ceylon and Diesel and Motor Engineering Plc (DIMO) have joined forces to offer attractive discounts and other benefits to customers leasing TATA commercial vehicles. Effective till the end of October 2017, this exciting jo

World’s first braided carbon wheels for Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series

Views - 41 Tuesday, 29 August 2017 00:49

Porsche has become the world’s first vehicle manufacturer to offer lightweight wheels with braided carbon fibre.  They are available now as an option for the Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. Carbon, the characteristically black h

SML Frontier Automotive rolls out all-new Range Rover Velar

Views - 215 Friday, 25 August 2017 00:00

SML Frontier Automotive yesterday unveiled the newest addition to the Range Rover family, the all-new Range Rover Velar.  The first vehicle of its kind and the fourth Range Rover, the Velar pioneers the frontier for luxury SUVs, writing it

Kia ranked No 1 automobile brand for quality in USA ranking

Views - 241 Thursday, 24 August 2017 00:39

Kia has topped a USA ranking of global automobile brands assessed for quality, outperforming a prestigious list that includes luxury marques from some of top names in the industry. This is the second successive year that the J.D. Power Initial Q

Tata Motors CEO says to invest $625 m to boost car, truck sales

Views - 225 Thursday, 24 August 2017 00:37

MUMBAI (Reuters): Tata Motors will invest more than 40 billion rupees ($625 million) to boost sales of its passenger and commercial vehicles, its chief executive said on Monday, as the Indian automaker looks to return to profit in its domestic bus

HNB Grameen signs MoU with Colonial Motors

Views - 238 Thursday, 24 August 2017 00:35

HNB Grameen Finance Ltd. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently with Colonial Motors PLC to offer attractive leasing options for Vespa and Aprilia Motor scooters.  The MoU features a number of exciting offers including special

Fiat Chrysler joins BMW-Intel self-driving car alliance

Views - 223 Thursday, 24 August 2017 00:34

Fiat joins technology alliance headed by BMW, Intel Self-driving alliance seeks to become industry platform Fiat Chrysler to adopt self-driving tech in 2021    SAN FRANCISCO/FRANKFURT (Reuter

Würth worldwide revenue grows to EUR 6.4 b in 1st half 2017

Views - 312 Monday, 21 August 2017 00:00

Inaugurates Carmen Würth Forum Convention Centre  The Würth Group, the parent company of Würth Lanka Ltd., posted revenue amounting to EUR 6.4 billion during the first six months of 2017, which reflects a 7.8% gr

Toyota Lanka supplies Prime Movers to CPSTL

Views - 301 Monday, 21 August 2017 00:00

Toyota Lanka Ltd., the sole authorised distributor for Toyota vehicles and Hino trucks in Sri Lanka, recently supplied the Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Ltd. (CPSTL) with 10 brand-new Hino Prime Mover units. These world-renowned transporters

Demak recommends Motul as exclusive lubricant partner

Views - 482 Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:08

Demak Sales and Services Lanka Ltd. announces world renowned French lubricant brand Motul as the recommended lubricant brand for their range of motorcycles. The announcement was made on 9 August at a press and media briefing held at HNB Tower Au

PickMe expands operations to Kandy

Views - 460 Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:07

In a strategic move to expand its presence across the country, Sri Lanka’s leading taxi-hailing app PickMe officially launched its brand in the city of Kandy on 15 July. The official launch came after PickMe commenced its operations in Kandy

B2B meetings with Chinese companies engaged in automotive spare parts and machinery items

Views - 444 Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:07

A Chinese business delegation will hold B2B meetings with their Lankan counterparts on 18 August in Colombo, in a bid to find opportunities in the automotive spare parts and machinery items.  The 21-member business delegation from China, wh

Prestige Automobile rolls out futuristic BMW G30 5 series plug-in hybrid

Views - 576 Monday, 14 August 2017 00:01

The all new BMW 5 series plug-in hybrid was unveiled to the Lankan market last week by Prestige Automobile Ltd., the sole authorised importer and distributor of BMW, MINI and Hyundai vehicles in Sri Lanka, at an event held at Park Street Mews. T

Tata Motors first-quarter profit up 42%

Views - 628 Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:08

Reuters: Tata Motors Ltd has posted a 42% rise in quarterly profit on Wednesday. Profit was Rs. 31.82 billion ($ 498.73 million) in the first quarter ended 30 June, compared with Rs. 22.36 billion a year earlier, the company said.  The au

Nissan agrees to $ 98 m settlement on Takata economic loss claims

Views - 635 Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:01

Washington (Reuters): Nissan Motor Co on Tuesday agreed to pay $ 97.7 million to settle class-action claims of consumer economic loss in the United States tied to the recall of 4.4 million vehicles with Takata air bag inflators, court records show

Micro cars rolls out newest SsangYong SUV: ‘G4 Rexton’

Views - 715 Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:01

Micro Cars last week unveiled the all new SsangYong ‘G4 Rexton SUV’ the iconic Korean SUV at Park Street Mews Colombo 02.  The new SsangYong G4 Rexton is the 4th Generation Rexton that has evolved from its predecessors which wer

BMW’s 5-series launch helps drive forecast-beating Q2 profit

Views - 658 Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:01

BMW brand car sales rise 5.3% to 534,585 Sales of motorcycles up 12.3 pct at 52,753   Frankfurt (Reuters): German luxury carmaker BMW posted a forecast-beating 7.5% rise in second-quarter profit as sales of mot

Lanka Ashok Leyland turnover tops Rs. 3.3 b in 1Q

Views - 944 Wednesday, 9 August 2017 00:00

Lanka Ashok Leyland’s top line for the first quarter of 2017/18 stood at Rs. 3.3 billion, a 59% increase over the 1st quarter of 2016/17. This marks the second successive quarter the company has crossed a turnover of Rs. 3.3 bn. Gross profit

Mazda announces breakthrough in long-coveted engine technology

Views - 666 Wednesday, 9 August 2017 00:00

  Says will be first to commercialize compression ignition tech Automakers have been working on compression ignition for decades New engine 20-30 % more efficient than current engine No pl

CEAT honours top dealers in style at Shangri - La weekend

Views - 698 Wednesday, 9 August 2017 00:00

The beauty and harmony evoked by the name ‘Shangri La’ was much in evidence when Sri Lanka’s leading tyre brand CEAT recently felicitated top dealers at an entertainment-filled weekend gala at the Hambantota resort and spa of the

DIMO and Vallibel Finance initiate ground-breaking Mercedes-Benz and Jeep deals

Views - 843 Thursday, 3 August 2017 00:04

Proving its commitment to deliver the best powerhouses speedily and conveniently, Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) recently signed a special MOU with Vallibel Finance at the Mercedes-Benz Centre to deliver customised, accessible and conve

‘Seylan Colombo Motor Show 2017’ unveils for 3rd consecutive year

Views - 856 Thursday, 3 August 2017 00:02

18-20 August at BMICH   Seylan Bank PLC, one of Sri Lanka’s long-standing private banks, renowned across the country for its innovative banking solutions and wide ranging leasing products is proud to come on board as Tit

Best of the best: Top DPMC dealers rewarded

Views - 726 Thursday, 3 August 2017 00:02

David Pieris Motor Company (DPMC) held its annual dealers meeting and get-together recognising the best of the best within its 337 strong dealer network at a glittering event at Sri Lanka Karting Circuit (SLKC) at Bandaragama recently. Accordi

Tesla’s Musk hands over first Model 3 electric cars to early buyers

Views - 718 Thursday, 3 August 2017 00:01

Over a half million reservations, Musk estimates $35,000 base price, goes 220 miles on a charge $44,000 version goes 310 miles on a charge   Fremont, Calif., (Reuters): Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said last w

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Maldives forcefully voices plight of small island states at climate change conference

Saturday, 18 November 2017

The plight of small island states was forcefully voiced by Maldivian Minister for Environment and Energy Thoriq Ibrahim at the 23rd Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP23) being held in Bonn, Germany.

The Blue Green Budget of the Unity Government

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