Sinhaputhra Finance imports hybrid vehicles
Developed to meet the evolving demands of the growing hybrid segment,
Toyota Prius had captivated the hearts of its initial buyers, soon after
entered the Sri Lankan market, Sinhaputhra Finance PLC, one of the
pioneers in importing hybrid vehicles to Sri Lanka.
Prof. M. Kulasooriya from Kandy, one of the customers said he now has
a vehicle at extremely low running costs, hassle free and fulfilling his
obligations towards a cleaner environment.
Electrical Engineer J. N. Balasooriya, from Colombo had driven his
hybrid vehicle for over 20,000km at an average cost of Rs 6 per km.'
Another customer of Toyota Hybrid, Mrs. M. Siyambalagatenna, from
Kandy shared her views and said that it was certainly the best car they
have ever owned.
"Once you appreciate Hybrids you will never go for a non hybrid.
Nothing on the road compares, really happy with the purchase."
A multi-information display panel that monitors fuel and energy
consumption provides feedback on the Prius' efficiency to help the
driver acquire economical driving habits.
"From fuel economy to the gas engine starting and stopping as the
computer sees fit; it is truly a technological marvel," stated T.E.
Alahakoon, another happy Toyota Hybrid customer from Kandy. Unlike most
other hybrid vehicles available, Prius has been a "full" hybrid since
introduction. This allows it to run on engine alone, battery alone, or a
combination of both.
To reduce the transport costs, and environmental harm caused by
corporates who incur heavy travelling costs, Sinhaputhra Finance PLC
also launched its Hybrid Fleet Management Service, which includes full
insurance and free services matching rates of conventional petrol and
diesel guzzlers offered by other financial institutions.
Operations Director Saliya De Alwis overseeing the Vehicle Imports
and Fleet Management service, reported that "The turning point of sales
came with the fleet management options after the Prius became more
expensive due to unprecedented initial demand."
Sinhaputhra Finance Imports Manager Nihal Fernando, stated that, "Its
truly value for money as the rate for conventional petrol and diesel
vehicles attract 120% in taxes, a Hybrid attracts only 50% in taxes,
this too lets you own a better car for less."
With many Hybrid service stations coming up and further interest of
new ventures, the customers are further secured and very well taken care
Mahindra 'Great Escape' for Lanka?
Some of the
action from the event. Pix by Shirajiv Sirimane
India's Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. started the Great Escape event
sometime in the mid-eighties. Meant to be a small get-together of
Mahindra owners for a day out off-roading, this event has become an
integral part of the Mahindra culture.
Eagerly awaited every few months and massively participated in the
Great Escapes have become off-roading jamborees with as much song and
dance as mud, slush and sand. In essence the Great Escapes are organised
by the company to give its customers a chance to explore the full
off-roading capabilities of their vehicles safely and with a lot of fun.
The Great Escape has been organised in various parts of the country
with much success; each region giving a flavour of its terrain. Whether
it's the monsoon rains of the South or the winter charm of the North,
there is something memorable from each Great Escape. Even entertainment
is provided in the night.
What adds further draw to the event is the strong support and expert
back-up team which ensures that participants are not bogged down by
The last leg of the Great Escape was held at the picturesque
adventure track of Aamby Valley. It is a 15 kilometer drive from Lake
Pavna and a 3 hour off-road course after that, in Maharashtra Province.
Since no regular event of this nature is hosted in Sri Lanka sales
manager Ideal Motors Kumar Kanagaratnam agents for Mahindra said they
would explore the possibility of organising a similar event in Sri
Court to declare Saab bankrupt
Two Swedish unions on Monday asked a district court to formally
declare beleaguered carmaker Saab bankrupt so the company's union
members can receive their still-unpaid August wages. Saab has struggled
for weeks to raise cash and its employees have not been paid August
Monday's move by the Unionen and Ledarna unions paves the way for
workers to get paid through a state wage guarantee. "The request has
been submitted because Unionen's members have still not received their
August wages and the deadline Unionen has given Saab has expired,"
Unionen said in a statement. AFP