Apart from very rare cases, practically every vehicle that is imported to Sri Lanka are done so through a Sri Lankan vehicle merchant, who will deal with the complex taxation and legal policies in order to make it easier for a typical Sri Lankan buyer to purchase their dream car. As a result, dozens of merchants exist to import Japanese, European, American as well as vehicles manufactured in other countries into our island. Some of these distributors have also specialised in importing particular vehicle brands to the country.

From all the local vehicle dealers, a few have managed to climb to the top to become the largest vehicle importers of Sri Lanka. Therefore, based on market capitalisation data, we here at Carmudi Sri Lanka would like to give you a glimpse into the biggest players within the automobile import industry in our country.

1. United Motors Lanka PLC (UML)

Without a surprise, the United Motors Lanka PLC, known shortly as UML, is the largest automobile importer in Sri Lanka. With a market cap of nearly 40 percent, the company is steering ahead with a wide variety of vehicle imports to the country. Founded more than 70 years ago in 1945, UML imports a number of important brands, that includes Mitsubishi passenger and commercial vehicles, TVS two and three wheelers, Perodua cars, JMC commercial vehicles, DFSK Mini trucks as well as Zotye SUVs.

Address: No. 100, Hyde Park Corner, Colombo 2, Sri Lanka.

Telephone: (+94)112448112 – 4, (+94)114797200

Fax: (+94)112448113

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.unitedmotors.lk/

2. Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO)

Established more than 77 years ago in 1939, the Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC or DIMO is one of the leading vehicle importers in the country. Founded by four entrepreneurs, the company initially began by manufacturing mechanical and electric components for motor vehicles. Nevertheless, DIMO was able to secure exclusive import rights to a number of German brands, which helped to accelerate its growth in the local market. Today, DIMO acts as the authorised distributor for Mercedes-Benz, Jeep, Chrysler and TATA vehicles in Sri Lanka.

Address: P.O. Box 339, No: 65, Jetawana Road, Colombo 14, Sri Lanka.

Telephone: (+94)112449797

Fax: (+94)112449080

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.dimolanka.com/

3. Lanka Ashok Leyland PLC

Established more than 35 years ago in 1982, Lanka Ashok Leyland is a leading supplier of commercial and other heavy vehicles in Sri Lanka. The company was inaugurated initially as a joint venture between the Lanka Leyland Ltd, which was a fully owned corporation of the government of Sri Lanka and Ashok Leyland Ltd of India. Currently, Lanka Ashok Leyland imports knockdown kits or fully completed Ashok Leyland vehicles and offer them to local buyers in the Sri Lankan market.

Address: No 41, Edward Lane, R. A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka.

Telephone: (+94)112502532, (+94)112590404

Fax: (+94)112502286

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.lal.lk/

4. Colonial Motors Ceylon LTD

The Colonial Motors Ceylon LTD is one of the oldest motor vehicle distributors in Sri Lanka. Initially started as a Motor Engineering company more than 107 years ago in 1909, by the respected businessman Mr. Geo Fred Nell, the company now acts as the authorized importer and distributor for Mazda branded vehicles in both Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives. Apart from that, the Colonial Motors Ceylon also provides spare parts for Land Rover & TATA vehicles in Sri Lanka.

Address: No 297, Union Place, P.O Box 349, Colombo 02, Sri Lanka.

Telephone: (+94)117627694

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.mazdalanka.lk/

5. Sathosa Motors PLC (SML)

The Sathosa Motors PLC, or known shortly as (SML), is one of the most profitable automobile distributors in Sri Lanka. Established more than half a century ago in 1962, the Sathosa Motors Corporation primarily acts as the authorised agent for ISUZU branded commercial vehicles and SUV’s within the island. Apart from that, Sathosa Motors is also the joint owner of SML Frontier Automotive, who acts as the authorised distributor for the range of Land Rover luxury vehicles in Sri Lanka.

Address: No. 25, Vauxhall Street, Colombo 02, Sri Lanka.

Telephone: (+94)112327360, (+94)114714077, (+94)112331621, (+94)112431568, (+94)112432858

Fax: (+94)112446129, (+94)114713663

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Website: http://sathosamotorsplc.com/

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