Independence Day – IndiaAugust 15, 2017
Mercedes-Benz July sales achieve record figuresAugust 11, 2017
Thanks to double-digit growth of 11.0% and 181,791 vehicles sold in July, Mercedes-Benz started the third quarter with a new sales record. Since the beginning of this year, the Stuttgart-based company with the three-pointed star has sold 1,326,065 vehicles (+13.3%). Mercedes-Benz was the premium brand with the most new-car registrations last month for example in the markets Germany, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Portugal, Taiwan and Canada.
Europe continued to be the biggest sales region for Mercedes-Benz, with a total of 76,153 cars sold in July (+10.4%). In the first seven months of this year, 560,273 units were delivered to customers in Europe (+9.1%). More than a third of the cars sold in Europe in July went to customers in Germany (26,679 units, +8.7%). Other major European sales markets also significantly surpassed their unit sales of July last year: France (+10.1%), Italy (+8.0%), Spain (+18.0%), Belgium (+17.7%) and Switzerland (+11.8%). In the Asia-Pacific region, a new sales high was set for the month of July with 70,266 Mercedes-Benz automobiles sold (+22.7%). In the first seven months of the year, 508,976 vehicles with the three-pointed star were delivered to customers (+26.1%). With growth in unit sales of 64.6%, the E-Class Saloon and Estate made a major contribution to the success of Mercedes-Benz in July. Total sales of those two models added up to 28.693 units worldwide, more than ever before in a July. Unit sales of Mercedes-Benz SUVs increased last month by 14.6% to a new high of 64,521 units. The GLA and GLC were particularly successful with new sales records.
DIMO Academy for Technical Skills (DATS): Graduation 2017August 9, 2017
The 26th graduation ceremony of the DIMO Academy for Technical Skills (DATS) was held on 26 July 2017 at the Auditorium of the company’s state of the art Mercedes-Benz Centre; DIMO 800.
Established in 1990, DATS, in cooperation with Daimler AG has provided high quality vocational training to the nation’s youth. Since its inception DATS has provided training free of charge, an unprecedented investment by a private enterprise in Sri Lanka. History was made when 15 Students from DATS Colombo graduated in Automobile Mechatronics offered for the first time in Sri Lanka. Moreover 10 students from the DATS Jaffna Branch (Established in 2010) also graduated as Automobile Mechanics, while 16 DIMO technical staff members were recognized for their contribution in guiding and mentoring students during their workshop training. Both institutions (DATS Colombo and DATS Jaffna) are certified by the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) and follow an up-to-date student centered self-learning concept introduced by Daimler AG.
The occasion was graced by Mr. Ranjith Pandithage (Chairman and Managing Director – DIMO), Mr. Gahanath Pandithage (Group CEO – DIMO), Mr Jobst Ferber (GM – DATS), Directors Senior Management, parents, as well as DATS staff.