FCA India today announced the launch of its contactless customer experience, in response to continued movement restrictions and social distancing. The Jeep retail experience is now completely ‘touch-free’ for Indian customers by introducing a digital module named ‘Book My Jeep’. Prospective customers can now book and own a Jeep without having to physically visit a showroom, and will enjoy the convenience of a test drive and sanitized vehicle delivery at their doorstep.
Commenting on the new retail strategy, Dr. Partha Datta – President and Managing Director, FCA India said, “Our commitment is to ensure customers can still continue to access Jeep at their fingertips. To ensure health, safety and convenience, we are making the Jeep retail experience as touch-free as possible. We are already live with ‘Book My Jeep’, which is being dovetailed into a 360-degree digital retail architecture that will deliver an intelligent, easy-to-use and fascinating experience for customers. Prospects will be able to book and own a Jeep, from their screens, without leaving the safety of their homes.”
Customers who wish to book a Jeep digitally via www.bookmyjeep.com, will be guided by automated prompts through three easy steps. Customers will need to submit simple details such as their contact information, geographical location, choice of variant, colour, powertrain and transmission. The system will collate the input and send a summary to the customer for a reconfirmation, after which the customer can proceed to paying the booking amount via credit card, internet banking and the other available online payment options.
On submission, FCA’s automated retail architecture will automatically create a unique ID and link the customer’s information to its authorized dealer in that city. A Jeep expert from the Dealership will then contact the customer via a video or voice call and assist the customer in case any clarification or details required. A test drive, in a fully sanitized vehicle, will be arranged at the customer’s doorstep. The customer can then proceed using the same module to complete the booking process and go for the final payment online. FCA is also offering special benefits for customers who choose to book their Jeep SUV online.
FCA’s new retail module is being improvised to provide a comprehensive digital demonstration of the vehicle in an intuitive way. Before finalizing the purchase, customers will be able to decide majority of their preferences online, of course, other than physically driving the Jeep. The customer can choose to take the physical delivery of the fully sanitized vehicle at their doorstep.
Adhering to the Indian Government’s directive, FCA India had temporarily suspended its operations on March 22nd to safeguard its employees from the Coronavirus outbreak. FCA is ready to resume manufacturing and commercial operations subject to guidelines from Government authorities.
FCA India has also pledged financial aid of nearly INR 2 crore towards supply of medical kits, personal protective equipment (PPE), dry food, hygiene essentials and hospitalization for those most in need in Mumbai, Pune and Chennai. Specifically, FCA India Engineering has partnered with not-for-profit organisations, Sevalaya in Chennai and United Way Mumbai for distribution of ‘Family Kits’ to 1500 families in the two cities. A Family Kit, sufficient for a family of 4-5 individuals, comprises dry food, personal hygiene essentials (including toothpaste, soap and hand wash) and PPE.
FCA India Engineering has also collaborated with Voluntary Health Services (VHS), a non-profit hospital trust in Chennai as well as Naidu Hospital, run by Pune Municipal Corporation and which specializes in treating patients with infectious diseases. A 42-bed COVID isolation ward in VHS will be supplied with medical equipment, and Naidu Hospital will be supplied with air validation systems and a medical oxygen pipeline necessary for treating infected patients.