The last few weeks have been filled with global worry regarding coronavirus — a flu-like infection originating in China spreading at a rapid pace. While the infection has spread to several countries, the situation is at its worst in mainland China. Coronavirus cannot yet be referred to as a pandemic, and while there is no need to panic, it is wise to take certain precautions to avoid infection.
Hence, a number of vehicle manufacturers are now selling cars in China — online, in order to avoid potential spreading of the virus inside their showrooms. Examples include BMW, Volvo, Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, and Geely — a Chinese manufacturer.
The effort to sell vehicles online makes perfect sense, seeing how car sales in the country have dropped by 92% during the past month.
As part of the online car shopping service, buyers are able to customize and pay for their future vehicles. Following order confirmation, the cars are taken directly to the selected home address.
Chances are that some of these online services will remain functional even after the number of coronavirus infections decreases. Some experts believe that sales may be further improved through such services, especially within the Chinese market, where roughly 20 million vehicles are sold every year.