Published on May 18th, 2021 | by Subhash Nair0
Cycle & Carriage Singapore Will Pioneer Kia’s Global Digital Services Programme
Kia signed an agreement with Cycle & Carriage Singapore to pioneer a new digital services programme.
Cycle & Carriage in Singapore will take the lead on the digitalisation vehicles for the Kia brand. Yes, this is not just a local or regional thing. Depending on the success of this new platform, the template used in Singapore will be adopted for the rest of the world.
Under the agreement between Kia and Cycle & Carriage, a new Smart Service Centre online platform will be activated in Singapore in 1H 2022.
Kia owners will be asked if they want to opt-in to installing modules to their vehicles to receive services through the ‘Kia Connect Lite’ app. Dealers can also offer better vehicle maintenance and repair services with this system as real-time vehicle data can be accessed from this module.
Here’s the press release with more.
Kia Corporation has agreed with Cycle & Carriage, Singapore’s leading automotive group, to digitize and enhance customer experiences in Singapore.
Under the agreement, Kia and Cycle & Carriage, the official distributor and retailer for Kia vehicles in Singapore, will begin operating a new ‘Smart Service Center’ online platform starting in the first half of 2022. Depending on the result of the pilot service that will continue through 2023, Kia will consider the global roll-out of the program.
Through the new platform, Kia customers will be able to receive various services upon situations that can occur during real-time driving based upon driving data analysis.
Drivers who agree to install specific modules to their vehicles can receive those services through the ‘Kia Connect Lite’ app.
Dealers can also offer improved vehicle maintenance and repair services to customers from the ‘e-Report’ via ‘KDS2.0’, an upgraded vehicle diagnostic tool employed to monitor real-time vehicle data.
Kia will also prepare an ‘Ownership CX platform’ on www.kia.com/sg as the go-to channel where people can find more information about ownership programs, customized services and ‘how-to’ guides.
“With our Smart Service Center Platform, we will be able to provide a convenient, seamless and personalized customer experience throughout various touchpoints with our brand and therefore increase customer satisfaction, retention and loyalty,” said Pablo Martinez, Vice President and Head of Ownership Customer Experience Design Sub-division at Kia Corp.
Dawn Pan, Director for Multi-Franchise Operations at Cycle & Carriage added: “Through this project we look forward to working hand in hand with Kia to enhance our customers’ ownership experience. The new service center will be smart in using data from ownership systems to provide timely alerts and assistance to our customers.”
Singapore is an ideal location as the global testbed for Kia’s pilot service, given its reputation as a leading technology hub and high customer expectations for connected services.
Moreover, Kia will continue to digitize its customers experience as well as advance its transition towards electrification under the company’s mid-to long-term business strategy, ‘Plan S’.