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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.

Lewis Hamilton Wins Belgian Grand Prix

August 28, 2017

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton took a hard fought victory over Sebastian Vettel in Sunday’s 2017 Formula 1 Pirelli Belgian Grand Prix to slash the Ferrari driver’s championship lead from 14 to seven points. Just 2.3s separated the title rivals at the chequered flag, as Daniel Ricciardo secured an unexpected podium for Red Bull with third place at Spa-Francorchamps.

Hamilton did just what he needed to in his 200th Grand Prix as he scored his 58th career success, but it was an intense nip-and-tuck battle all the way, with Vettel never more than two seconds adrift throughout the 44 laps, and sometimes a lot closer than that. Valtteri Bottas finished fifth for Mercedes.

Hamilton’s victory came on his 200th Grand Prix start, the Briton becoming just the 17th driver in history to rack up two centuries of races at the highest level.

Mercedes have now won in Belgium for three consecutive years, while Ferrari’s winless streak at the venue moves to eight years.

Mercedes-Benz VITO Premium Vans to strengthen the Sri Lankan tourism industry

August 26, 2017

The Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicle team of Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) recently handed over the keys to a fleet of three premium Mercedes-Benz VITO vans purchased by the Management of Aitken Spence Travels. Considering the rapid development and increasing demand in tourist activity in the country, super luxury and comfort transportation for foreign visitors has been a developing requirement, thus the Mercedes-Benz Vito is now a preferred choice in the industry.

Aitken Spence Travels is the leading destination management company in Sri Lanka who served over 153,000 foreign visitors in the last financial year. The company is partnered by TUI, the World’s largest tourism integrated company and commands market leadership in Sri Lanka. Their customers who travel from the four corners of the world are guaranteed of safety, comfort and superior service when travelling with Aitken Spence Travels. Thus, it is believed that the new additions to its fleet will enhance the service quality offered by Aitken Spence Travels.

Commenting on this handover ceremony, Shamal Fernando, Business Unit Manager, Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles said, “Mercedes-Benz is synonymous with luxury, comfort and safety. Therefore, we believe the VITO Vans being used in the tourism and travel sector would not only enhance the business of Aitken Spence Travels but will also uplift the profile of customers and further ensure customers to reach their destinations in a safe, comfortable and luxurious manner. Moreover, the Vito Vans run on low running costs which minimize the cost of maintenance thereby offering interested customers to encompass the automobiles fullest potential. Furthermore, the Vito Vans are offered with a 1st year maintenance completely free with 15,000km servicing intervals, the Vito is the perfect blend for the tourism sector for best return on investment. Evolving into the tourism sector is a testament that large scale businesses are acquiring the services of Mercedes-Benz to further their business ideals. We believe that this trend will continue as safety, comfort and luxury are a key element that drives our brand.”

The Mercedes-Benz VITO, a lavish brand in itself also comes with a 24hr road side assistance service provided by DIMO with a 16KM’s per liter on fuel usage with first year vehicle services completely free.

DIMO offers their customers to gain access to world-class products and services across the country that has earned an outstanding reputation. By being the authorized dealer of Mercedes-Benz in Sri Lanka for over 78 years, DIMO further provides its customers with the best sales and after sales facilities.