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Jeep Club Expedition 2017 – “Paradise lost”

December 5, 2017

Jeep Club Sri Lanka (JCSL) together with DIMO organized its Annual Expedition tagged as the “Lost Paradise”, from the 24th to the 26th of November 2017.

Fifteen  JCSL members with their families and friends eagerly took part in this expedition travelling from Colombo via Udawalawe , Lunugamvehera to Arugambay. The expedition commenced from DIMO 800 on the 24th of November and it was a thrilling experience throughout with unbroken rain making it more exciting.

Whilst driving to Arugambay, the route saw them passing through the charming greeneries and the amiable beauties of wild life of Lunugamwehera National Park whilst experiencing the scenic and breathtaking views of Udawalawe where the Lunch was served. Grand Hotel Udawlawe was the perfect stop to get refueled and no doubt members and families had a really good time not just enjoying the food but experiencing the scenic beauty of its surroundings.

Soon after the lunch stop, Jeeps took the roads to fascinating Lunugamwhera National Park. Rich in biodiversity the park is a habitat for a large number of wild elephants and so many other wild species such as Fishing Cat, Grey Mongoose, Bear, Wild Boar, Spotted Deer and Mouse Deer. In addition Park is very well known as a corridor for elephant migration from the Yala National Park to the Uda Walawe National Park’s Western region. The team was lucky enough to capture few moments of elephants passing by along the way. BBQ night by the poolside of Blue Waves Hotel Arugambay marked the end of an experience of overwhelming excitement.

Waking up for the second day was more exciting since the schedule read the next stop as “Kumana National Park” a well-known sanctuary for an assortment of local & migratory birdlife in Sri Lanka. Making the visit further interesting the team had the chance of visiting the ancient cave inscriptions which was discovered in Kumana dating back to 1st and 2nd Centuries BC. Surprising entrance of leopards and sloth bears amidst all the native beautiful species of birds and the history lessons learned nailed the summit of the visit to this amazing paradise “Kumana”. A feast of grilled flavors over charcoal marked the closure of the day two, letting the dreams shamble on the return to Colombo next day.

Around Sri Lanka in One Tank with VITO Challenge

December 1, 2017

Mercedes-Benz together with Top Gear took the challenge of completing a journey around the Island on Mercedes-Benz VITO with only one full tank of fuel without refueling. Achieving a truly outstanding milestone in mileage, Mercedes-Benz and BBC Top Gear Sri Lanka announced the successful completion of this Challenge recently. As the name implies, task was to journey around the country in a VITO with one full tank of fuel, touching key tourist destinations. We are glad to announce that we were able to complete the challenge with one full tank of fuel without refueling. For the campaign we tied-up with Top Gear and Cinnamon, in order to maintain the transparency and to send the message across to the tourism sector. Leading the charge around the island was BBC Top Gear Sri Lanka’s Sam Smith, an accomplished driver and passionate motoring enthusiast who put the Mercedes-Benz VITO through its paces throughout the long journey.

Starting from DIMO Mercedes-Benz Showroom in Colombo, Smith travelled south along the coast to Yala on Day 1 where drivers were treated to a brief but memorable stay at Cinnamon Wild having achieved a fuel economy of 18.5 km per litre. Thereafter, the VITO moved back up along the East coast crossing scenic coastal cities at Arugam Bay where the VITO was welcomed at Trinco Blu by Cinnamon with an average of 19.45km/l economy totaling 718km before setting a course for the tall palms of Jaffna on the third and final day of the road trip with the longest and the most challenging day ahead of them.

Completing this impossible journey with an average fuel efficiency of 20.8 km per litre, the Around Sri Lanka in One Tank with VITO challenge effectively cemented the van as easily the most fuel-efficient vehicle available in the local market! The main objective of this campaign was to emphasize its fuel economy and performance.

DIMO Life to Reef

November 28, 2017

Coral Reef Restoration, Monitoring and Conservation Programme – “Life to Reef” was launched last Saturday (25th November) at the Rumassala Beach. The enthusiastic participation of our Tribe Members brought good vibes, energy and excitement to the project.

The volunteer pool representing different departments across the group worked together for the success of the project, carrying the pride of DIMO being a company that, enhances and enriches the bio-diversity of the country. Life to Reef project used many novel methods of coral restoration, which were experimented and found to be successful by Wildlife and Ocean Resource Conservation, a non- profit organization working on conserving bio-diversity of Sri Lanka. DIMO’s very own divers, snorkelers and swimmers along with the project coordinators took the planted corals in metal frames & cement blocks and deposited at the bottom of the sea. These corals were tagged with DIMO branded plates to enable monitoring of the growth of the corals in future.

The project was designed and executed in a very nature-friendly manner, to ensure zero harm to the environment while executing the project. The materials used in the project were either degradable or made out of recycled or reused material. Used barrels were converted to garbage bins and placed by the beach for public use. A beach clean-up was also carried out with the participation of the volunteers. The exciting and fun-filled day was well spent by the volunteers who also took part in games on the beach. The scrumptious meals served and the souvenir hats given to the volunteers made the day, a remarkable one for all the volunteers.