Ceylon Motor Show 2010 ready to thrill Sri Lankans

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Ceylon Motor Show 2010, (CMS) the biggest event for the automobile franchise holders in Sri Lanka will feature globally known automotive brands, and will showcase a variety of new Cars, SUVs, Commercial Vehicles and Motor Cycles, as well as classic cars when it flags off on 12-14 November at the BMICH in Colombo.

The Ceylon Motor Trader’s Association (CMTA) is collaborating with the Classic Car Club of Ceylon to present a breathtaking array of motor cars from vintage versions to the sleek lines of today’s modern automobiles.

“With the participation of 14 leading car companies in Sri Lanka which are franchise holders, of globally known automotive brands, Ceylon, Motor Show 2010 will be a grand spectacle of the latest and most advanced vehicle models to classic cars from the world’s major auto manufacturers,” said Tilak Gunasekera, President of Ceylon Motor Traders’ Association, who is also the CEO and Executive Director of Sathosa Motors Plc.

Among the popular automotive brands that will be represented in the exhibition are Mercedes, BMW, Volvo, Toyota, Nissan, ISUZU, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Peugeot, Tata, Land Rover, Honda, Daihatsu, Micro and Proton.

“All visitors to the Ceylon Motor Show 2010 will surely be amazed and thrilled by the advanced features of the new car models that are now available here in Sri Lanka,” said Gunasekera.

In addition to the latest car models, Motor Show 2010 will also feature Yamaha, Bajaj, Hero Honda and TVS motorbikes, and tractors. This is an international motor show which displays motor vehicles not the accessories, he said. The show is being organised following international standards.

The Sri Lankan automobile industry is expanding rapidly. Irrespective of the urban or rural demography, the requirement of motor vehicles has increased due to personal and business demand. Sri Lanka has increased diverse demand for all types of motor vehicle, where we see the latest luxury vehicle running on Colombo streets.

Due to the reduction of excise duty on cars, SUVs and jeeps there is a remarkable increase in the demand for new vehicles. Therefore, the time is opportune for motor vehicle dealers to show case their brands at the upcoming Ceylon Motor Show, he said.

The membership of the Ceylon Motor Traders’ Association comprises brand new franchise holders. The Association was founded in 1919 and is affiliated to the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

The CMTA which is the third oldest Association under the aegis of the CCC has a history of 90 years. During the 90 years, the Association has taken various measures to develop, support, and protect the interest of the motor industry.

Some of the main objectives of the event are to provide an opportunity for CMTA member organisations to showcase their brands of vehicles at a focused event, and also showcase the latest developments and technologies that have taken place in the global automobile industry while giving an opportunity for everyone to experience a motor show on par with some much celebrated international events.

The exhibition timings for the Ceylon Motor Show 2010 will be:

Friday – 12 November 2010 – from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Saturday – 13 November 2010 – from 11a.m. to 12 midnight

Sunday – 14 November 2010 – from 11 a.m. to 11p.m.

A wide range of exciting activities including a motor car rally in Colombo have been planned, by the Classic Car Club of Ceylon and CMTA.

The Classic Car Club will be presenting a display of well over 100 classic and cherished vehicles ranging from the 1920s to the 1980s. These pristine vehicles will showcase the automobile history of Sri Lanka and will be on the same lines as that of an international Classic Car Motor Show and is not to be missed.

The Ceylon Motor Show 2010 will be a turning point in the Sri Lankan motor industry and will come as much needed fuel for the burning passion and enthusiasm for the greatest invention in human history – the motor vehicle.

80 Club Motor Rally

This is Keston calling! The Eighty Club, one of Colombo’s oldest and most prestigious clubs, has planned a day of fun, food and music for members and their families on Sunday, 14 November 2010. The club, with its glorious historical past, will come alive again with music, joy and laughter on this day when members and guests are invited to participate with enthusiasm. The event will be a motor rally; the route which will be disclosed on entry will be a 40 km ride through our garden city of Colombo. Entry forms are available with the manager. A delicious lunch has been planned with many favourite Sri Lankan delicacies like manioc which are not usually available. This will cost only Rs. 750 for members and their guests. The charge for children under 12 years will be only Rs. 300. The fee for those wishing to take part in the motor rally will be Rs. 1,500 for rally driver and navigator, which will be inclusive of lunch. The President and committee urge members to please rally round the club and bring along their friends to make good use of their beautiful clubhouse and garden, widely acknowledged as one of the jewels in Colombo’s crown. Members should book early to avoid disappointment. A band will be in attendance, so they can sing and dance; whatever they feel like doing. The choice is solely left to members!