Alibaba is trying to position itself at the forefront of yet another revolution of convenience by bringing “car vending machines” to China. Just the thing we were missing.
Yu Wei, general manager of the automotive division of Alibaba’s Tmall online shopping site, hopes to build the first of these colossal automobile-dispensing contraptions in China by the end of this year.
The way that they work is customers browse through the selection of vehicles with their mobile phone. After making their choice and a down-payment, the car is automatically delivered to them at ground level for them to drive off into the sunset.
Presumably after many meetings with his PR team, Yu described the concept like this: “It will make buying cars as easy as buying a can of Coke.”
Check out the concept video below:
This concept is originally from… where else but Singapore where second-hand car dealer Autobahn Motors operates a 15-floor tower holding 60 luxury cars.
Watch this video from luxury news portal Senatus:
Back in June, Tmall launched its new automotive retail model, which allows customers with good Alibaba credit scores to purchase vehicles with simply a tap of their touchscreen. To buy a car this way, all customers have to do is make an initial 10% payment and then pay the rest via small monthly payments.
“The era of online car shopping has already arrived,” promises Yu.
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