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‘Vending machine’ in Singapore dispenses super cars

‘Vending machine’ in Singapore dispenses super cars
Autobahn Motors' "vending machine" building in Bukit Merah, Singapore. Photo: Wee Teck Hian
Published: 2:30 PM, May 17, 2017
Updated: 1:38 PM, May 20, 2017

SINGAPORE — Forget about soft drinks and potato chips — a “vending machine” in Singapore is offering up luxury vehicles, including Bentleys, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and even a 1955 Morgan Plus 4.

Used car seller Autobahn Motors opened a futuristic 15-storey showroom in December, featuring 60 slots for their sleek super cars and rare classics to be displayed in all their ostentatious glory, billing it as the “world’s largest luxury car vending machine”.

It’s a Hot Wheels display come to life.

For most of us, it is very unlikely we will ever get a chance to own these glorious vehicles. But if it helps you come closer to realising your greatest fantasies, here is a breakdown of a typical visit to the ABM’s elaborate showroom:

Upon arrival, car buyers are welcomed into a viewing gallery. Here, they are invited to sit on cosy sofas and are presented with a tablet to make their choice of car to inspect. The selection is done on a tablet that displays all vehicles available, from modern super cars to old classics.

It will take two minutes for the vehicle to arrive via a sophisticated “fish-bone” delivery system that runs through the building. Meanwhile, the lights in the gallery dim and an official promotional video of the specific car is played.

Once the video is over, studio lights are cast onto the car, which is presented as a large turn table disc plate rotates it towards the buyer.

Talk about an unforgettable experience.

Gary Hong, general manager at Autobahn Motors, said the vending machine format was aimed at making efficient use of space in land-scarce Singapore as well as standing out from the competition.

“We needed to meet our requirement of storing a lot of cars. At the same time, we wanted to be creative and innovative,” he told Reuters.

He has been approached by developers interested in using the company’s Automotive Inventory Management System for parking services, he added.

Autobahn Motors is not the only one in the world to utilise this “vending machine” method. US company Carvana also uses vending machine-like towers to sell used cars. In March, it opened an eight-floor structure that holds up to 30 cars in San Antonio, Texas. AGENCIES