Here’s Singapore’s Luxury Car Vending Machine
A car vending machine sounds something that a kid would come up with, right? Well, maybe, but it’s also something that an exotic used-car dealership, known as Autobahn Motors, did. Singapore, though rich, is extremely small. Located at the southern-most tip of the Malay peninsula, Singapore is a city-state, made up of one main island and 62 other smaller islets.
Known as the Lion City, Singapore has made tremendous efforts in terms of land reclamation, increasing its size by 23 percent since its independence. So, with this in mind, it’s no wonder that the island state is looking at a way to use its available land as efficiently as possible. It’s no wonder then that Singapore became the first place where a car vending machine first came to be.
That, plus being in the top most wealthy nations in the world, it’s no wonder that people from Singapore treat luxury cars like, well, candy bars. To be fair, the company did start off by selling their cars in the traditional way, but when it came time to expand, they realised that there wasn’t much place to expand into. So, they did what most in their situation would do, and went up.
“We needed to meet our requirement of storing a lot of cars. At the same time, we wanted to be creative and innovative,” Autobahn Motors’ general manager Gary Hong told Reuters.
The car vending machine is actually a 15-story building that can hold 60 of the world’s most luxurious cars from Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Bentleys, and Porsche, to classics like the 1955 Morgan Plus 4. Whoever is interesting in buying one, they just simply select the car via an app and then the car is delivered in just two minutes. The idea is new, even though the fish-bone type lift system to deliver cars is not. A car vending machine will, nevertheless, become a more common sight all across the world as cities become denser and space becomes increasingly limited.