When it comes to learning stuff, most kids look towards older siblings, parents and teachers to find out how to do something.
But a 13-year old car expert in Ontario, Canada is so enthusiastic and knowledgable about cars that he’s helping his local Chevrolet dealership train its staff to be better salespeople.
And that includes the 2012 Chevrolet Volt.
In an enthusiastic Youtube presentation on behalf of Barry Cullen Chevrolet in Ontario, Thomas Hundal gives the plug-in hybrid a full walk-around on camera, reeling off facts about the interior trim, entertainment system, drivetrain and performance specification like a pro. He even manages to make some stylistic comments that tie the Volt in with other Chevy cars.
But this isn’t a case of the pint-sized salesman copying an auto-dealing parent. In fact, neither of his parents work in the auto industry.
“He came into our showroom one day with his parents,” said Eric Lennox, General Sales Manager at Barry Cullen Chevrolet. “I watched from a distance as he gave his parents a full walk-around on a 2012 Chevrolet Orlando. I was in awe with his knowledge and enthusiasm.”
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After Hundal had finished, Lennox introduced himself to the family and discovered that Hundal knew about other cars too. Moreover, he quickly discovered that Hundal wasn’t just regurgitating information he’d heard elsewhere: he really loved cars.
The Chevrolet Volt video -- released on Tuesday -- is the latest in a series of YouTube automotive introductions given by the 6th grade student.
It’s not just YouTube either. Hundal is now giving presentations to sales staff at Barry Cullen Chevrolet, many of whom have been selling cars longer than he has been alive.
“He’s just so well spoken and beyond his years,” Lennox told us.”He’s using real-world speak, not corporate sales-buzz. Our staff have a lot to learn from him.”
With a career already sorted for him if he wants it, we hope Hundal continues to be as enthusiastic about Chevrolet’s plug-in hybrid as he is in the video -- and we hope he helps sell as many as he can.
Does it make a nice change to see an enthusiastic presentation about the Chevy Volt? Do you think more people would buy one if smart kids like Hundal were making the pitch?
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