No, they won’t arrive on your doorstep in a giant box cushioned by packing peanuts, but Amazon customers in the U.S. will be able to purchase Hyundai cars online next year. Customers will be able to shop for available vehicles in their area based on preferences including model, trim, color and features, check out online and then either pick up their car at a local dealership or have it delivered to their home.
Additionally, Hyundai has selected AWS as its cloud provider, paving the way for the inclusion of advanced voice-activated Alexa functionalities in next-generation Hyundai vehicles in 2025.
“Hyundai is a very innovative company that shares Amazon’s passion to make customers’ lives better and easier every day,” said Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon in a statement. “Our broad, strategic partnership should do just that, from changing the ease with which customers can buy vehicles online, to making it simple to use Alexa in Hyundai vehicles for entertainment, shopping, smart home adjustments and calendar checks, to enabling Hyundai to transform their customer experiences and business operations by moving to AWS.”
The automaker’s multiyear agreement to use AWS as its preferred cloud provider will allow it to migrate current on-premises applications to the cloud. Hyundai plans to prioritize business cases like manufacturing and supply chain to help optimize production and minimize costs, support security and disaster recovery for resiliency and continue to develop connected vehicle solutions.
“Partnering with one of the world’s most customer-centric organizations unlocks incredible opportunities as we continue to expand our portfolio, grow our sales network, transition to electrification and realize the future of smart mobility,” said Jaehoon Chang, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor Company in a statement.
Online car sales have been dominated by marketplaces focused exclusively on autos, such as CarMax, Carvana and Vroom. Healey Brothers Auto Group worked with Pinterest to promote autos to “Pinners” in June 2022, and Alibaba features used cars on its site.