Would you buy a car from a cat-shaped vending machine?

While we in the UK are beginning to wrap our heads around online car purchasing, Chinese retail and tech giant Alibaba has stepped the game up in its home country. It will soon begin to offer customers there a novel way to buy a new car – by installing giant, cat-shaped vending machines at the side of the road.

That's right – Chinese consumers in Nanjing and Shanghai will be able to buy a new vehicle almost instantly, just by operating a few switches.