Cycle & Carriage or 合发, a leading regional automotive group in Southeast Asia with 10 brands operating in Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar is launching a new brand promise – ‘Exceptional Journeys’. Founded in 1899, Cycle & Carriage is celebrating its 120th anniversary in 2019.
The new brand builds on Cycle & Carriage’s passion for creating exceptional people-focused experiences. ‘Exceptional Journeys’ leads the company from focusing on delivering quality products and services, to enhancing the experience for the customers, partners, employees and communities that Cycle & Carriage engages with.
Preeston leads the Cycle & Carriage automotive businesses across the region and has developed the new brand together with his team. He added, “Today, consumers are looking for a brand to identify with. It is not enough to simply have great products and services. We believe we need to find a meaningful connection with people and our customers. We need to create experiences that inspires and resonates with them.”
Over the course of 2017 and 2018, Cycle & Carriage undertook in-depth research of our brand positioning, speaking to customers, employees, partners and other key stakeholders.
The new brand captures Cycle & Carriage’s purpose of making each and everyone’s journey exceptional, whether it is a customer we serve, an employee we engage, or a brand we carry. We aim to always support them along the way and exceed their expectations. The brand also hopes to inspire people to achieve the extraordinary, their own exceptional journeys.
Today, Cycle & Carriage’s iconic two-wheel logo is an instantly recognisable mark. The Cycle & Carriage logo was also refreshed to be more contemporary in 2017, ahead of introducing ‘Exceptional Journeys’.
120 exceptional journeys for valued customers
As part of the 120th anniversary celebrations, Cycle & Carriage will kick off 2019 with a regional anniversary campaign, giving away 120 exceptional journeys of specially curated trips to three enticing destinations: Mongolia, Nepal and Korea. The anniversary campaign will take place from 10 January 2019 to 30 November 2019 for Cycle & Carriage’s valued customers in Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar. More information can be found on cyclecarriage.com/120
|Mongolia“Adventure”Journey across the rolling steppes and immerse yourself in the nomadic settlements that have called the grasslands home since the time of Genghis Khan. § Soak up the wild splendour of the Mongol Els sand dunes.§ Visit the Hustai National Park and get acquainted with the takhi, the world’s last wild horses.§ Connect with a local Mongolian family and experience the nomadic lifestyle first-hand.|
|Nepal“Culture”Immerse yourself in the history of Kathmandu and find out why this ancient kingdom is also one of the most enchanting places on earth. § Unlock the wonders of Pashupatinath, a Hindu temple complex and UNESCO World Heritage site.§ Journey to the mountain village of Nagarkot and admire the Himalayas from an altitude of 2,200m.§ Venture into the Kathmandu Valley and uncover its stunning views and sublime beauty.|
|Korea“Metropolis”Step out in style in Asia’s capital of cool and embark on a glorious urban odyssey across Seoul to discover its thrills, sights, and sounds. § Witness the famous guard-changing ceremony at Gyeongbokgung Palace.§ Stroll through the traditional Bukchon Hanok Village and re-live scenes from popular K-dramas.§ Learn to prepare an authentic Korean meal and enjoy the best of home-cooked Korean cuisine.|
An exceptional 120-year story
We reflect on our past 120 years as a company that has withstood the test of time – through the Great Depression, two World Wars and the Asian and Global Financial Crises. We grew with region’s developments and emerged as a leading automotive group in Southeast Asia.
Founded in 1899 as the Federal Stores (later renamed Cycle & Carriage) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya, as a merchant trading in nutmeg and sundry goods. Later, it sold bicycles and carriages, before becoming the agent for a number of automobile brands.
Secured the Mercedes-Benz franchise in 1951 and was the first enterprise to represent this marque in Southeast Asia. The first batch of six Mercedes-Benz cars arrived in Singapore in that same year.
Listed as Cycle & Carriage Limited on the Stock Exchange of Malaysia and Singapore in 1969. The reception for its IPO of 33 million shares was overwhelming with 73 times oversubscription. The total offering size of S$241.65 million was just short of the budget of the Singapore Ministry of Interior and Defence for that year.
In April 1969, The Sunday Times reported, “The physical magnitude of the mailed application forms was staggering. Stacked in neat bundles of 100 each, and piled three to six tiers high on narrow, seven-foot long tables, the applications for 1,000 shares stretched nearly 120 ft, arranged end to end round the offices of Cooper Bros & Co., the Registrars. Other applications for larger amounts were heaped on the tables in the centre of the room.”
Apart from being prominent in the automotive sector, in the late 80s and early 90s, Cycle & Carriage Limited also acquired majority shareholdings in established companies such as MCL Land and Cold Storage (Malaysia), as well as launched its first residential property development, Hillview Villas in Singapore.
In 2002, Cycle & Carriage Limited became a subsidiary of the Jardine Matheson Group (“Jardines”) and the company was renamed Jardine Cycle & Carriage Limited in 2004. This firmly established Jardine Cycle & Carriage as a member of the Jardines group whilst retaining its shared heritage with Cycle & Carriage.
Today, Jardine Cycle & Carriage is a diversified group while the ‘Cycle & Carriage’ brand is used for its automotive activities Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar. With 10 brands under its banner and over 85 facilities, Cycle & Carriage is a leading automotive group and accounts for 25% of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars sold in Southeast Asia.
Preeston expressed, “We’d like everyone, customers, employees, business partners, to be part of this Cycle & Carriage story and realise an exceptional journey along with us. As Cycle & Carriage celebrates its 120th anniversary in 2019, we remain committed to serving those who have been along this journey with us.”