Sri Lanka is to start assembling Land Rover Defenders this year with the technical know-how and expert assistance of British Land Rover engineers, it has been confirmed.
Sathosa Motors PLC will invest US$1 million to set up an assembly plant for Land Rover Defenders at a site in Hambantota. Work on the assembly plant is already underway and the machinery will be brought over from the UK. It was announced that SML Frontier Automotive (Pvt) Ltd will be the exclusive distributor and after sales provider for Land Rover in Sri Lanka.?The proposed project hopes to make Land Rover vehicles available and affordable to a wider spectrum of the market.
SML Frontier Automotive (Pvt) Ltd is a 50-50 partnership between Sathosa Motors and Sheran Fernando who is the local agent of Land Rover. The construction of a new state-of-the-art workshop will be the epicenter of Land Rover’s after sales service there.
In addition to the luxury automotive sector, Land Rover also dominates the military sector, where it has been a partner for the past 50 years, remaining ‘the vehicle of choice’ within the Sri Lanka Army.