'ocal car on diesel or electricity to be launched next month

  • 8 May 2005 04:31:41 GMT

    Excellent. I remember in 70`s Upali Wijewardena assembling the Italian Fiat car for 90,000Rs in Sri Lanka. He was not given much support by the then Socialist Government(1970 -1977). Just imagine if we had given the chance for car manufacturing in Sri Lanka how advanced we would have become now. Unfortunately his vision was killed for ever by his unexpected and controversial demise by a plane crash in 1981.

  • 8 May 2005 04:35:21 GMT

    This is an industry that will encourage the development of indegenous technologies and expertise and open the door for large scale economic development. We possess a largely young and educated workforce that can benefit from the skills variety that will flow from this industry and open-up employment opportunities for them here and abroad.

  • 8 May 2005 04:53:20 GMT

    Congratulations to Dr Lawrence Perera and everybody involved for a job well done. This is very good for Sri Lanka. But I heard our government gave him trouble initially.

  • 8 May 2005 09:16:42 GMT

    It`s a great achievement and I am glad that Mr.Perera finally managed to realise his dream. I remember the sruggle he had with the previous government trying to obtain concession for a land to setup a factory. He ultimately was so disgusted was even thinking of moving out to Bangaldesh to set it up. I have seen the older models of Mocro when I was last in SL in Apr 2005. It has two models, a van type and a saloon. Both are not a beauties but practical. Narrow enough to also to go into small lanes usually only three wheelers can go. It wouldn`t be a car for high speed on freeway because of the high centre of gravity that would cause to topple easily. However, the price is not so steep as Nandalal says, as a similar car imported would cost the double. It is in good demand in SL.

    With a designer like Pininfarina involved I am sure the new design will be better.

    Mr. Perera will have a stiff competition with another well known large conglomerate, with expansionist policies, introducing an impoerted electric car. They will be able to undercut the price of the Micro. If that happens, that will be the end of another totally SL manufactured car. I have my reservations about the intention of introducing the Indian car at this stage. As the indian goverment does, the SL government has the responsiblity take the initiative to safeguard Micro, a pure sri lankan product, to prevent any such attack, as they did with many other companies, like granting them monopolies as with a flour importer and another gas supplier among others.

    I wish Micro all the best and success!

  • 8 May 2005 16:05:31 GMT

    Discourage unwanted imports, encourage producers at home and help them to achieve global market. That is the way forward. Good topic we all can agree with.

  • 8 May 2005 17:19:29 GMT

    THE GOVERNMENT MUST, AT ALL COST, SAFEGUARD THIS YOUNG AUTO INDUSTRY OF SRI LANKA. WE MUST CONGRATULATE & ENCOURAGE THE BOLD DECISION OF MR. PERERA & HIS COMPANY TO MAKE A CAR IN SRI LANKA TO SUIT OUR COUNTRY`S ROADS AND DRIVERS.

    WITH OPEN MARKETS SPRINGING UP LIKE MUSHROOMS IN ALL COUNTRIES, CHEAPER IMPORTED CARS CAN BRING AN END TO THIS VENTURE, IF THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT ACT DECISIVELY:

    ALL `DUMPING MODELS` OF THE SAME ENGINE CAPACITY AND ENERGY TYPE MUST BE TAXED HEAVILY. THIS WILL BE A TWOFOLD SOLUTION. DR.SARATH AMUNUGAMA, THE FINANCE MINISTER, CAN EASILY FILL THE GOVERNMENT COFFRES WHILE GIVING A HELPING HAND TO THE MICRO CAR COMPANY TO ACHIEVE ITS AIM IN SELLING MORE COMPACT CARS FOR THE LOCAL USERS. SRI LANKA NEEDS ENERGY SAVING SMALL CARS AND NOT ENENGY THIRSTY LIMOUSINES.

    AT THE SAME TIME, MICRO CAR COMPANY MUST THINK OF INTRODUCING, PERHAPS IN THE NEAR FUTURE, SMALL CARS WHICH RUN ON PETROL & ELECTRICITY TO FIND A SOLUTION FOR THE PROBLEM OF CHARGING THEIR BATTERIES. ALREADY SUCH CARS ARE ON THE ROAD, EVEN THEY ARE A LITTLE BIGGER - THE TOYOTA PRIUS, FOR EXAMPLE.

  • 8 May 2005 17:36:38 GMT

    Finally a son of our soil has done a very good job.let us appreciate his innovative product.I hope the price could be reachable by the common man.let it be a discourage for the skyrocketing fuel price.

  • 9 May 2005 00:22:36 GMT

    It is gald to hear Auto industry is booming in Sri Lanka. Congratulations!