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Monday, October 11, 2021

BMW AG rarely has to answer this question in Western showrooms, but it's becoming increasingly important for selling cars in China: Can I sing karaoke in this automobile?

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...Customers in the world's biggest auto market are demanding that sing-along apps such as Changba work in new vehicles. Local manufacturers XPeng Inc., Nio Inc. and BYD Co. are at the forefront of this trend, besting Western rivals by offering models with karaoke microphones. The push extends beyond music, with Chinese buyers expecting seamless access to features like in-car payment and social-media connectivity.

"We've identified this as a challenge," said Christoph Grote, BMW's digital car chief. "Chinese consumers are the most demanding when it comes to digital technology in the car."

Tapping into local tastes is crucial to win over customers in China, where electric-car adoption is accelerating and homegrown auto offerings are mushrooming. ...


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-10-11 02:50 PM | Reply

Yes. Cars needs more apps and ways for drivers to be distracted while driving.

Karaoke? When do I get my easy bake oven and margarita machine?

Need something to do while I sit in/help create traffic.

#2 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-10-11 04:23 PM | Reply

@#2 ....margarita machine ...

Careful, that could be problematic without a designated driver....

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-10-11 04:31 PM | Reply

If my next car isn't able to bake a stone fired pizza in the trunk, I ain't buying it.

#4 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-10-11 04:48 PM | Reply

#3

Self driving cars are the solution to drunk driving problems.

#5 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-10-11 05:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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