Amazon to sell Hyundai vehicles online starting in 2024

FILE PHOTO: Auto Shanghai show, in Shanghai

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Amazon will begin selling Hyundai vehicles online in the U.S. starting next year, the two companies said on Thursday.

Customers will be able to shop for, equip and buy a car at Amazon.com and schedule delivery through a local Hyundai dealer, the companies said.

The agreement is an expansion of a deal announced two years ago to expand Hyundai's digital showroom on Amazon.com, enabling customers to configure a vehicle, calculate the price and locate a dealer to complete the sale.

Hyundai set up its first digital showroom on Amazon in 2018.

The latest version was announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The new agreement also will enable buyers of new Hyundai vehicles in 2025 to access Amazon's Alexa voice assistant from their cars.

“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 Hyundai Motor CEO Jay Chang in a statement.

(Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit; Editing by Bill Berkrot)