A few weeks ago, several news outlets (that we won’t link to) reported that Vauxhall, GM’s UK-based brand/subsidiary, celebrated a launch in Sri Lanka by opening a dealership in Colombo and making three vehicles — the Mokka, Corsa, and Agila — available in the country. Some reports even had a (fictitious) quote from Vauxhall officials expressing their excitement in launching the brand in the country. After digging into the matter further, we’re here to report that the news was false: Vauxhall is not and did not launch in Sri Lanka.
Vauxhall spokesperson Denis Chick told us in an email that over the years, a retailer has been trying to privately export and sell vehicles in Sri Lanka, an island off the coast of the Indian subcontinent in South Asia. Since then, the retailer has been handled appropriately by Vauxhall representatives.
So there you have it: Vauxhall is not and did not officially sell cars in Sri Lanka. The move would have been somewhat surprising if not historic, given that the Vauxhall brand is only marketed in the United Kingdom while sister brand Opel markets the same vehicles elsewhere throughout Europe.