BearingPoint Institute study reveals major deficiencies in connected car manufacturers’ support for customers across Europe

London, December 10, 2015 – New research from the BearingPoint Institute exposes significant shortcomings in the customer service of connected car manufacturers. The study “Upgrade customer services, or risk falling behind” reviewed the customer service provided by 10 leading vehicle manufacturers (VMs) across their UK, German and French operations. Though connected car support was better in the UK and Germany, in general it was found to be very poor in all three countries. According to the study most customer support is designed for a pre-digital environment.

New technologies are a key differentiator for consumers, and so too is customer support for those technologies. Though 8 in 10 new cars offer connected features, support for these features is limited. According to the study, less than 1/3 of manufacturers are able to provide answers to straightforward connected car questions.

Customers recognize the value of a connected experience. To win brand loyalty, car manufacturers need to transform their customer support and make sure that they connect customers to their connected cars.

Sarah-Jayne Williams, author of the study

The report identified three primary recommendations for how VMs can transform customer support:

  • Learn to keep up with the complex demands of the over 50% of consumers who are “always-on,” relying on online access and multiple connected devices
  • Bring digital experts into call centers as key team members with the skills and knowledge to handle complex customer enquiries
  • Build a stronger presence on the ground by working closely with dealerships to educate and engage customers at point-of-sale

The report provides guidance for VMs faced with the challenge of engaging a diverse customer base that may vary significantly in terms of technical knowledge. Foremost is the need to develop and nurture in-depth product knowledge for customer service staff, enabling better customer training and engagement.

About the survey

Ten leading car manufacturers were evaluated between July and September 2015 on their support for connected car features across France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Rating criteria included the quality of information available online, call center availability and responses provided to calls on a standardized question set.

To read the full article, please download the BearingPoint Institute paper “Upgrade customer services, or risk falling behind,” which can be found at

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