Buying a luxury car in Singapore is as easy as purchasing a can of soda or a candy bar. The Southeast Asian city-state is now the home of the world's largest vehicle vending machine, thanks to pre-owned car retailer Autobahn Motors.
Although the company started off by selling cars via traditional showrooms, it eventually outgrew its early locations and needed to expand, a not-so-easy task given Singapore's limited space. “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 solution? A 15-story building that looks like every kid's Hot Wheels collection — except bigger and more real. The company opened the vending machine for business in December, and it can house 60 of the world's finest luxury vehicles, modern sports cars, and classics from Ferrari, Bentley, and Porsche. Buyers at the location simply purchase the vehicle they want via an app, and it's delivered within two minutes.
Not only is this vehicle vending machine a very futuristic concept, it also addresses one of the biggest problems associated with growing cities — limited space. This is leading cities all over the world to look upward for room to expand, with vertical farms, forests, and villages cropping up across the globe. However, amongst these towering creations, Singapore's vehicular vending machine is still one of a kind.