2020 Borgward BX5

Borgward is back...or is it?

(JULY 2020) It’s not often that one sees a car brand resurrected after nearly sixty years of inactivity! The company that carries Karl Friedrich Wilhelm Borgward’s name was created in 1919, and is most famous for the Isabella model, of which there are several surviving examples in Sri Lanka. Our...

Published on 03 Jan 2022

Hot Hatch Legends

Peugeot 205 GTi & Renault 5 GT Turbo

JUNE 2021: This drive has been a long time coming and one of the most anticipated test drives of recent times for me. The chance to drive two hot hatch legends from my youth and one of which started a life-long passion for hot hatches in me. There have been some lovely hot hatches before and after...

Published on 31 Dec 2021

2020 Subaru XV 1.6

The Crossover Scooby

(AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2020) Whew! Feels good to be back behind the wheel of a test vehicle after a drought of 3 months, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting curfew. And what’s this, a Subaru? A brand that’s been in the news recently for the wrong reasons. Subaru make great cars with their b...

Published on 31 Dec 2021

The Alfasud Story

Four Surviving Suds in Sri Lanka

This is the story of four Alfa Romeo Alfasuds (possibly five) that beat the odds and survived in the hot, humid, tropical climate of Sri Lanka. For the “uninitiated” the Alfasud (refered by enthusiasts as Sud) could just be another conventional older fast-back type car with pretty lines. But on...

Published on 30 Dec 2021

2021 DFSK Glory 580 i-Auto Test Drive

Locally Assembled Feature Packed SUV

NOTE: This test drive was conducted in April 2021. Therefore, some information such as the price may have since changed. The DFSK Glory 330 is arguably the most famous DFSK passenger vehicle in Sri Lanka, as it offered a 1.3L turbodiesel engine and manual transmission in a 7-seat body. The 1.3L eng...

Published on 30 Dec 2021

Mighty Mini Club Celebrates International Moke Day

It's believed that only Sri Lanka continues to celebrate this day!

After a long period of self-imposed hibernation due to Covid-19, the Mighty Mini Club of Sri Lanka recently organized and conducted a Drive to commemorate “International Moke Day”. While giving priority to Mokes on this drive, other Mini owners were also invited to participate. Hence a total o...

Published on 29 Dec 2021

Vintage Car Club Colombo Drive

The VCOC members organize a drive after a long, pandemic-induced hiatus

The Vintage Car Owners’ Club (VCOC) recently organized a Sunday run that was run within Colombo. The weather “held” for the morning and it was a fine day – compared to the constant heavy down-pours of the several weeks prior to that. ...

Published on 29 Dec 2021

Living with a Perodua Viva Elite

Our staff writer reflects on why this supermini makes so much sense as a daily driver

Reeling from the after-effects of a taxing 2 years filled with extended garage time, massive bills, astronomically priced rare replacement parts, and hand-carrying spares on 30-hour plane-rides, it was time to throw in the towel; My project ’92 Honda CRX had beaten me. Despite being my first car, ...

Published on 29 Dec 2021