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IONIQ Unlimited is Hyundai’s way to get Millennials to subscribe to a car

What is IONIQ Unlimited? It’s a subscription service for the all-electric version of the Ioniq. Available only in California (during the pilot program, anyway), Ioniq Unlimited is an Internet-based way to get yourself a 2017 Ionic Electric. There are no negotiations, just a single price that you pay every month. That price includes all sorts of things: registration and Doc fees, recharging fees, unlimited mileage, and scheduled maintenance. Oh, and there’s no down payment.

Hyundai vice president of corporate and product planning, Mike O’Brien, told AutoblogGreen that the idea here is to appeal to millennials, who like to keep their transactions simple. Sign once, pay once, be done. Hyundai is trying to, “make car ownership as easy as owning a phone,” O’Brien said. Maybe that’s why the subscription terms are 24 and 36 months. O’Brien would not say if people could cancel early. As for the price, all he would say is that it will be, “very competitive.”

Whatever they cost, the subscriptions will be good for Hyundai, too, since the cars will be treated like leased vehicles (and thus owned by Hyundai’s captive leasing program) and totally counted in the company’s CAFE numbers. We’ll have more details, well, whenever Hyundai feels like it’s time to share.

Posted in Ride on November 18th 2016 comments
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