Thursday, July 26, 2012

Automotive Sales ~ Going Online? (Autoblog and Bloomberg)

BMW to sell cars online?

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Posted Jul 26th 2012 2:15PM

Here's a twist in BMW's foray into the EV market that we hadn't anticipated: Online sales. Bloomberg is reporting that when BMW launches its i3 electric and i8 plug-in hybrid next year, the German carmaker will be selling the cars direct to customers via the Internet.

BMW is showing off its electric brand at a new London showroom, part of its Olympic sponsorship, but when the cars go on sale in Europe the ordering process will be part of the car configurator, according to the report. A BMW rep told the news service that details for how this ordering process would work with its existing dealer network have not yet been worked out.

The motivation for online sales is simple: Cheaper costs for the automaker. Online car prices could be five to seven per cent less than those sold from a dealer, according to the report.

Here in North America, it is highly unlikely that such a model will be implemented. Both Ford and General Motors explored creating direct, online sales channels a decade ago, but those experiments went nowhere, due to state franchise laws and universal opposition to the idea among dealers.

Click here for additional video on the BMW i3.

News Source: Bloomberg

1 comment:

Autoled said...

It is wonderful to buyers. It is easy way to buy car..don't want to go anywhere and easy to buy..everyone like to buy cars easy way. Everyone abhor to go and buy car in car shops.......
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