In the age of one-day shipping and food delivery services, the vehicle industry is taking notice by adjusting to consumers’ schedules
■ Delivery Driver
Luxury carmaker Genesis Motors, a division of Hyundai Motor Group, is setting itself apart from competitors. Through the Genesis at Home service, prospective buyers can go online, pick out a car and request a test drive. Operating in the Lower Mainland, Kelowna and soon Victoria, Genesis’s distributors will get in touch and arrange a demonstration at your home or office. Genesis owners can also have their vehicle picked up for service, with a courtesy car provided.
■ Fuelling Around
Thanks to Filld’s curious-looking trucks, Lower Mainland drivers no longer need queue at the pump. The San Francisco–based startup, which offers a to-your-door alternative, launched in Vancouver last fall. Communicating via text, the ambulating gas station confirms if you want a top-up; you leave your fuel door open and wake up to a full tank. Filld, now covering Burnaby, Vancouver and the North Shore, charges market rates for regular and premium gas, plus a $5 delivery fee.
■ Switching Gears
Gone are the days of being tied to one car. Richmond-based OpenRoad Auto Group’s new subscription service, Portfolio by OpenRoad, allows users to flip as often as six times a month from a selection of luxury vehicles spanning SUVs to German sports cars. Memberships start at $2,499 per month on a six-month term.