To combat falling sales amidst the coronavirus outbreak, Chinese carmaker Geely is offering drone-based delivery of car keys to their customers.
While a majority of carmakers around the world are struggling to find buyers for their new cars amidst the ongoing novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Geely seems to be doing rather fine. The Chinese car manufacturer had previously introduced its online platform as a one-stop-shop for all its car, complete with customisation options, finance options, insurance, and even home delivery of the new vehicle. Now, the company has gone one step further, ensuring all etiquettes of social distancing are followed by its delivery executives.
Geely is home delivering cars to customers in China
In China, Geely is offering its customers delivery of their new car keys via a drone! Apart from being extremely flamboyant, and rather amusing, the new process ensures zero contact between customers and employees. Not only that, but the home-delivered vehicles are all properly disinfected at the dealership beforehand, thus taking necessary precautions for curbing the spread of Covid-19.
As social distancing and quarantine have been the most-effective solutions in combating the spear of novel coronavirus, the general populace has decided to venture out as less as possible. This means people are unwilling to visit dealerships and purchase a new car in person. Online shopping and contactless deliveries help keep the general public safe while still maintaining sales momentum for the company. Since the introduction of Geely’s new system in February 2020, nearly 10,000 new cars have been sold online and over 1.1 lakh customers have expressed interest and registered for the service.
Geely Icon feature 'N95' air purification system
This isn’t the only initiative by Geely during the pandemic. The automaker had launched the Icon SUV earlier. It was the first mass-produced vehicle with 'N95' air purification system, capable of cleaning the cabin air of most, if not all, infectious microbes.
While China has now disbanded the quarantine and resumed regular life, the situation isn’t the same in India. Many carmakers have shut down a majority of their manufacturing facilities. Customer demands have also been falling amidst the ‘Janta Curfew’ and lockdown. MG Motors has recently taken an approach similar to Geely. The Chinese-owned-British company will be delivering sanitised Hector and ZS SUVs to the customers' doorstep.