Peugeot, Citroen and DS customers in Australia will now receive free mapping updates to satellite navigation software as part of scheduled servicing.
The new program, called MapCare, ensures factory-fitted sat-navs are as up-to-date as possible when roads and speed limits change as the vehicle ages.
In some cases, a car is essentially ‘stuck’ with the maps loaded into the system when it was purchased, or owners find the cost and hassle of upgrading them to be prohibitive.
The three French carmakers will now offer up to three free map updates included as part of scheduled servicing over the first three years of ownership.
“We want the purchase of a vehicle to be as simple as possible, and with MapCare owners will not have to worry about the cost of updates to the navigation system in their Peugeot, Citroen or DS vehicle,” General Manager of Peugeot, Citroen and DS in Australia, John Startari, said.
The Group says that, collectively, the map upgrades are valued at around $450; or $150 per upgrade.
Peugeot, Citroen and DS hope MapCare will provide an incentive for customers to have their new cars serviced at authorised dealer service centres - rather than outside service providers who may not be equipped to update the mapping software (and are unlikely to do so for free).
The Group says MapCare covers mapping software updates for all vehicles fitted with a factory satellite navigation system, including RT6, SMEG and SMG+ systems.
Customers who have recently purchased a new Peugeot, Citroen or DS model are also covered, as the MapCare program will be applied to all new vehicles purchased since January 1, 2013.
In a busy year for the three French carmakers in Australia, Peugeot recently launched its refreshed 208 range, DS launched its updated DS5 model, and Citroen is preparing to launch its funky C4 Cactus.
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