A new type of car delivery in China
It seems that physical distancing will be the new norm if Geely Auto’s new car delivery initiative is anything to go by.
Geely Auto has ramped up the roll-out of a new online sales system that it touts as being a ‘contactless process’. Not only is the customer able to facilitate the purchase of their new Geely online, including finance and insurance, but Geely will deliver the vehicle to the customer saving them from venturing out to the dealership and risking exposure to some new superbug. Geely will even go as far using a flying drone to deliver the keys to the consumer’s doorstep or apartment balcony to maximise the physical distancing between staff and consumer.
The new system has been in place since February and some 10,000 customers are said to have bought new cars this way, with another 110,000 interested parties. Geely says all orders are sent to a local dealer to initiate the home delivery process.
The vehicles are ‘thoroughly disinfected by the dealership including through ionization prior to delivery in order to ensure customers enjoy a safe and healthy purchase experience’.
The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred Geely Auto to develop ‘healthier vehicles providing clean cabin air and using materials that are antimicrobial in nature’. The company claims its Icon is the first mass-produced vehicle equipped with antibacterial filters when it was launched in February.