However, the automotive industry hit hard in Covid-19 in 2020. The effect of this pandemic started in China and then spread across the world. On the other hand, it had affected the car sales that fallen 71% in China, 47% in the USA and 80% in European countries.
Things changed with time as the engines of the auto industry never stopped working. In the 2020s third quarter, and the first quarter of 2021, the world’s automakers rapid rise in vehicle production.
Mobility value changed building started in many industries. Earlier, people use to visit the websites of the car companies to compare their prices. Now, the actual sales process has started virtually. Such features are available in many countries, including the United States.
Lockdown imposed in several countries. Therefore, there are some restrictions related to the people visit the vehicle showrooms. Therefore, some dealers closed down the agencies.
Then, they began dealing with the potential customers through phones and apps to help them to arrange services like finance and insurance remotely.
Digital Transformation & Improving Supply Chain Process during Covid-19
These things are important in the car buying process. The pandemic restrictions have eased in some areas. Therefore, people have flocked to the dealership floors to check out the new cars.
Still, many people want face-to-face interaction with the dealer and do a test drive of the car too. Therefore, car dealers are using different platforms for selling vehicles.
The big auto companies like Tesla, Volkswagen, Porsche, and Volvo are selling using other means than the dealer showrooms. The similar dynamics of legacy using digital means have started in the vehicle manufacturing process too.
Still, covid-19 has caused geopolitical tensions across the companies. The auto companies are facing some crucial issues Suez Canal blockage and shortage of microchips. We are buying cars. Therefore, the digital process is making things transparent in manufacturing.
Companies can check out the demand and supply of raw materials and track their availability by connecting with different suppliers. The supply chain process of Toyota had improved dramatically after the Fukushima disaster that happened in the year 2011.
Encourage the use of electric vehicles.
Mobility will become digital in the future. Customers are focusing on sustainability. Therefore, they have made their decision to buy electric vehicles, and it helped to increase the sales of electric vehicles by 43% in the year 2020.
Therefore, the automakers should start adjusting to the buyers’ requirements and appointing a significant number of software engineers with the mechanical engineers in their organization.
These trends will continuously accelerate after the pandemic too. It is the best time for the auto companies should start to reskill their current workforce and welcome the new changes that are happening in the Covid-19 crisis.