Peugeot, Citroen and DS cars with a factory-fitted satellite navigation will now receive free map updates for first three years of ownership.

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Dubbed Mapcare, the new update scheme is available on all new Peugeot, Citroen and DS cars. MapCare will also be applied retrospectively to cars purchased from January 1, 2013 onwards.

Factory fit satellite navigation systems covered by MapCare include the RT6, SMEG and SMG+ units, and all eligible owners will receive a maximum of three free updates over the three year coverage period.

According to Sime Darby, the importer of Peugeot, Citroen and DS vehicles in Australia, these free map updates will be applied as part of a car's routine servicing schedule by authorised service centres.

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John Startari, general manager of Peugeot and Citroen Australia, says, "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".

CarAdvice understands that the average cost of each map update after the three year free period is over will be around the $150 mark.