Hyundai Motor India recently introduced it has expanded the coverage of its on-line product sales platform ‘Click to Buy’ to pan-India degree. The transfer highlights a shift in direction of digital product sales in India, a pattern that will likely outlive the coronavirus disaster, analysts say.

Animesh Kumar, Director of Automotive Consulting at GlobalData, notes that the COVID-19 disaster has appreciably impacted auto product sales volumes in India.

“The dealerships witnessed significant drop in footfalls in early March and with the 21-working day lockdown coming into outcome from 25th March, the footfalls absolutely stopped.”

As a outcome, March product sales of marketplace leaders Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai declined by forty seven% on calendar year-on-calendar year foundation. The outlook for April product sales also stays pessimistic as the lockdown is likely to get prolonged.

“The lockdown, however absolutely justified, has developed an added strain for dealers,” states Kumar. “For starters, various dealers are still left with a huge BSIV inventory, especially in case of two-wheelers. The product sales of BSVI vehicles are also obtaining impacted as dealerships are shut and prospects are not authorized to move out.”

In these situations, Kumar states dealers are now compelled to explore digital product sales.

“Far more than at any time, auto dealers are now in an quick will need to adopt digital ways to promote vehicles,” he states. “Even when the disaster is above, some prospects are likely to be careful and may perhaps favor to stay absent from dealerships to stay clear of human contact.”

Hyundai has turn out to be a pioneer in digital car product sales in India via the launch of its end-to-end car product sales platform ‘Click to Buy’, which integrates more than five hundred dealers across the state. Clients can decide to select a car or get it house-delivered from the closest vendor.

Kumar notes that a developing youthful population as properly as escalating smartphone penetration are driving the advancement of on-line product sales platforms. “Clients can conveniently accessibility functions, get pricing particulars, compare models, guide a examination travel and perspective car finance choices,” he states.

“Having said that, the car product sales approach is not as simple as selling other products and solutions. Cars are high-priced and the approach needs negotiation of product sales agreements. What’s more, in marketplaces like India wherever prospective prospects seem to experience before they acquire, a complete ‘faceless’ car acquire approach is unlikely to witness apparent penetration in the short to medium phrase. At this phase, its effectiveness will be largely restricted to lowering the variety of dealership visits concerned in a standard car sale approach and it can support in streamlining the functions.

“For on-line car product sales to turn out to be an helpful channel, OEMs and dealers will have to be inventive. Virtual excursions, on-line negotiations above online video phone calls are some strategies that are remaining utilized in other international locations and can support in prospects accepting on-line car product sales as the new ordinary. Electronic car sale is more than just a prospective solution for the duration of Covid-19 disaster as it offers lengthy-phrase option to OEMs in India.”