OEMs help online buyers add cars to their baskets

October 17, 2016

Carmakers are dialling into the digital economy with new initiatives to sell cars online. Mercedes-Benz and Citroën are among the companies that have developed online sales portals, which can also allow customers to arrange finance over the internet. Citroën is rolling out its online sales service throughout Europe over the next few years, including a planned launch in the UK in 2017. Buyers can specify and order a new Citroën online and pay a deposit for the car. They can also choose from existing dealer stock across the network and nominate a dealer for collection. Speaking to Auto Express, Citroën chief executive Linda Jackson said: ‘E-commerce is being rolled out in selected markets. Not everybody wants to buy a car online but some do.’ Mercedes-Benz has launched online sales in Germany with plans to expand to other countries. The website offers a pre-configured selection of cars so it does not show the full choice of specification across the manufacturer’s range, but this simplifies the sales process.




Also in News & Insights

UPDATE: News & Insights have moved to the Autovista Group website

March 31, 2017

Our regular automotive industry News & Insights are no longer being published on the Autovista Group Market Reports website.

Instead, you can now find the latest updates at our central Autovista Group website, home to our pan-European brands including Autovista, Eurotax, Glass's and Schwacke.

To stay up to date with rapidly changing market trends, we recommend signing up to our free Autovista Group Daily Brief which delivers our daily news stories directly to your inbox.

You can still find our in depth market reports here on the Autovista Group Market Reports site. Keep checking back as we have an exciting new report due to be launched shortly!

PSA to boost UK presence in the event of a ‘hard Brexit'

March 08, 2017

UK sales flat despite upcoming road tax hike, diesel demand plummets

March 08, 2017

UK new car registrations fell annually by 0.3% in February to 83,115 units according to the SMMT, driven down by weaker demand from individuals and companies. More noticeable, however, was the 9.2% drop in demand for diesels compared to February 2016, a steeper drop than the decline in Germany...