Singapore gets a very big 'vending machine' for buying luxury cars

Joan Terry
May 17, 2017

An exotic used auto dealership created to resemble a vending machine in Singapore May 15, 2017. With more and more people moving to the city, businesses need to be much more creative in how they utilize their space, and Autobahn Motors' auto vending machine is an excellent example of that.

Singapore's and world's largest luxury vehicle vending machine format aims to make efficient use of space in land-scarce Singapore as well as standing out from the competition, according to ABM General Manager Gary Hong.

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The showroom has opened in Singapore offering customers million-dollar supercars including Ferraris, Bentleys, Lamborghinis, McLarens, and Porsches. It might be a novel solution to storing a bunch of cars in a tight area, but when it comes down to it, it's just a giant vending machine. Then the auto is retrieved for you by the system and is dropped off in a minute or two. Utilizing a "fish-bone" system capable of minimizing wind resistance, the facility can deliver a selected auto to the ground and to the buyer within one to minutes, thanks to their very own advanced vehicle retrieval system dubbed the Automotive Inventory Management System (AIMS). "At the same time, we wanted to be creative and innovative", Hong told Reuters. Customers can either pick up their auto at one of the vending machines or get free delivery if they live within a 100-mile radius. Up to 60 cars can be stacked in the building and are organized using an inventory management system developed by the dealer. They can pick the unit that they want to inspect via touchscreen, which will then prompt the mechanisms to bring the vehicle over in a minute or two. This kind of machine is commonplace in the world.

However, the showroom in San Antonio, Texas, can only hold 30 cars - half as many as Autobahn Motors' facility.

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