• DS Automobiles unveiled the UK’s first integrated contactless payment car key, powered by bPay, for purchasers of new DS 3 cars who had ordered the latest Connected Chic model in September
  • The innovative device has proved to be a popular and appealing feature, so DS has extended its availability on this model until the years end.
  • The integrated payment device uses RFID technology to work alongside the remote car key as a convenient way to pay with contactless technology

DS Automobiles is extending the availability of the integrated contactless payment car key, powered by bPay for all customers that order the new DS 3 Connected Chic model, until the year ends. The integrated Contactless payment car key is an automotive first as a 2-in-1 device which includes a bPay payment chip, which harnesses Radio-Frequency IDentification (RFID) technology, to turn the DS 3 remote car key into a convenient and secure payment device. Watch the contactless payment DS key in action here:-

DS Automobiles launches the UK's first contactless payment car key, powered by bPay


All customers who purchase DS 3 Connected Chic model will receive the integrated Contactless car key, allowing them to make safe and fast purchases up to the eligible spending limit of £30 per item at more than 490,000 locations across the UK. Customers will also be able to track their spending, top up their balance, and take control to block or cancel the contactless payment element using the dedicated bPay app available on iPhone or Android devices.


Mark Blundell, UK Marketing Director at DS Automobiles UK said; “The response to the integrated DS contactless payment car key, an automotive first, has certainly caught our network’s and the public’s attention, so we’re delighted to be able to extend its continued availability. At DS we like to credibly complement our customer’s active lifestyles, where staying connected and being able to easily interact with the world is key. The DS contactless payment car key is an additional feature that compliments perfectly the strong technology message with the DS 3 Connected Chic model and we’re delighted to now confirm extending of this feature.”

DS 3 Connected Chic is the new well-equipped trim level model, offering an attractive and compelling mix of stylish design and modern technological features. DS 3 is a stylish design, with highlights that include17-inch black diamond-cut ‘Aphrodite’ alloy wheels, automatic air-conditioning and eMyWay satellite navigation. In addition, drivers can easily stay connected due to the mirror screen technology with Mirror Link® and Apple CarPlay™ which replicates the driver’s smartphone screen onto the 7-inch colour touchscreen in the centre console. Overall, DS 3 Connected Chic represents outstanding value for discerning customers given its significant specification advantage over the DS 3 Chic for a relatively small increase in monthly payment.


DS 3 Connected Chic models start from £15,775 OTR with the PureTech 82 manual version available from £199/month with a 3-year warranty, DS roadside assistance, and contactless payment key. For more information on DS 3 Connected Chic, visit the DS Website http://www.dsautomobiles.co.uk/ds-models/ds-3/design/ds-3-connected-chic



KEVIN JONES – Head of Communications

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About bPay

The bPay payment chip within the car key is available to anyone with a UK-registered Visa or MasterCard debit or credit card. Users can conveniently add funds to their digital wallet ‘on the go’ using the mobile app, online through the bPay web portal, or set their account to top-up automatically when their balance falls below a pre-set level. Safer than carrying cash and just as secure as any credit and debit card, all payments come with the same fraud protection that is applied to contactless cards. If lost or stolen, users can remotely shut down their contactless accessory via the bPay mobile app or bPay website.

Payment functionality is subject to application and acceptance of T&Cs bpay.co.uk/terms-and-conditions.




About DS Automobiles

A French brand born in Paris, DS was officially founded on 1 June 2014. Its ambition is to revive the tradition of premium vehicles in the French automotive industry. Inspired by the very best of French know-how, DS perpetuates the values of innovation and distinction inherited from the first DS, launched in 1955.

Designed for customers looking for a means to express themselves as individuals, the DS Collection comprises DS 3, DS 3 CABRIO, DS 4, DS 4 CROSSBACK, DS 5 and soon the all-new DS 7 CROSSBACK. The models in the DS range stand apart through their avant-garde design, refinement and attention to detail, advanced technology and dynamic serenity. Presented at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, DS 7 CROSSBACK, the SUV by DS featuring Parisian-style innovation and savoir-faire, ushers in the second generation of DS models. With the DS 7 CROSSBACK La Première limited edition model, forward thinkers can reserve their car online or at a DS Store or DS Salon, and be the first to get behind the wheel. Committed to high-performance hybrid and electric cars, the Brand will launch the DS 7 CROSSBACK equipped with E-Tense, the hybrid powertrain by DS, in 2019.

Available from DS Stores, DS Salons and a selection of other dedicated zones within the Dealership network, DS also has flagship stores – DS WORLD PARIS and a DS URBAN STORE in the UK, located in the Westfield London shopping centre in White City.

DS also supports year-round artistic and cultural activities on the themes of fashion, design, art and gastronomy, respecting and inspired by the values of the DS line. In the UK DS Automobiles is a sponsor of Sky Arts and with gastronomy has Pascal Aussignac as its UK DS brand Ambassador linked to participation and sponsorship at Taste of London and Events-in-the-Sky. @DS_Official