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New Peugeot 508 executive saloon attracts Sri Lankan corporates

Sri Lanka’s leading companies go for the new Peugeot 508 executive saloon in a big way, since it was introduced to the local market by Carmart (Pvt) Ltd, sole agents for Peugeot and Mazda in Sri Lanka, the agent said in a press release. Singer Sri Lanka PLC has purchased a fleet of these vehicles, and since then the model has charmed its way into the ranks of other Blue Chip companies such as Ernst and Young, ABC Shipping, and major banks, it said.

Picture shows from left -- Janaka Mendis (Credit Director, Singer); Premalal De Silva (Operations Director, Singer); Mahesh Wijewardene (Commercial Director, Singer); Yasendra Amerasinghe (Director/CEO, Carmart); Anil Wijesinghe (Deputy Chairman, Carmart) and Chithral Perera (HR Director, Singer).

The release quoted Mahesh Wijewardene, Commercial Director of Singer as saying, “We are truly happy to be proud owners of the all new Peugeot 508, having taken delivery of the first batch of vehicles. It is an extremely satisfying experience with the new car. We also see a new dimension in the customer care and after sales service of the longstanding Peugeot agent Carmart (Pvt) Ltd”.

The car is the first 5-series model to be launched by Peugeot in 32 years, since the iconic Peugeot 505 in the 1970s. The Peugeot 508, voted ‘Best New Car of 2011’ at the Fleet World Honours 2011, sees the French car manufacturer returning to building bigger, more spacious, and technologically advanced cars with dynamic handling and more refined and sophisticated styling, making it more popular with corporate executives not only in Sri Lanka, but also the world over, the release said.

“The car has already proven popular amongst busy, hardworking professionals and we are confident that it will become an iconic model in Peugeot’s history,” said Yasendra Amerasinghe, CEO of Carmart.
The Peugeot 508 has a keyless entry and start feature, where a proximity key system allows the vehicle to be locked, unlocked and started while the key is still in the driver’s pocket or bag. It also provides a high level of active and passive safety with features such as emergency break assist, directional headlamps and traction control, offering optimum protection.

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