Volkswagen is offering online leasing in Germany starting with the ID.4 and ID.5 EVs with the ID.33 coming later.

“We are one of the first major automotive manufacturers to offer complete online leasing of freely configurable vehicles,” said sales chief Klaus Zellmer in a statement.

Other European countries will follow.

Zellmer claimed: “Surveys show around two-thirds of our customers also want to be able to purchase our vehicles online.”

The full lease process can be done online though dealers can provide advice, test drives, and handle delivery and service.

Zellmer again: “Online sales will not replace the brick and mortar dealership. They are indispensable when it comes to providing personal, competent advice.”

Online services for new vehicles will be gradually expanded to include cash purchase and finance options.

German dealers have offered new and used cars for purchase online since the end of 2021.

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