EU: Mercedes announces free map updates for 3 years

For a period of three years, Mercedes-Benz customers will in
future receive the latest map updates for their COMAND APS multimedia system free of charge.

Mercedes-Benz partners will upload map updates into the navigation system when the car is brought to their premises.

As the data are stored on a hard disc (40 gigabytes), the COMAND APS system is able to access the navigation information much faster than a DVD-based system, and calculate the route more rapidly.

Thanks to the new map update-programme the current map data are automatically uploaded during a regular workshop service visit.

Mercedes-Benz will also use its web pages to inform customers when a new update is available. On customer request, updates can also be provided by a Mercedes-Benz partner outside the normal service intervals.

The purchase price of the COMAND APS multimedia system for the E-Class Saloon is 3046.40 Euro (incl. VAT).

From model year 2011, Mercedes-Benz provides the new, free update for the navigation maps for new cars in all model series equipped with COMAND APS. This applies in 39 European countries, and for three years from the date of first registration.

The price benefit for this map update amounts to several hundred Euro. Since it is vehicle-specific, this update entitlement is also transferable to the new owner if the vehicle is sold prior to the end of the three-year period.

Source: Daimler.

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