Monday, June 27, 2016
Mazda Philippines Makes Maps Available for Local Units
There’s more good news from Mazda Philippines. After confirming the arrival of the CX-3 subcompact crossover sooner rather than later, Berjaya Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles in the country, is also rectifying the single and glaring missing thing on its vehicles equipped with the Mazda Connection infotainment system: GPS navigation. Yes, Mazda owners, you can now activate turn-by-turn navigation.
A scroll through the Mazda Connect’s menu reveals the obvious: the vehicle is already equipped with GPS antennas and the only thing missing is the map. Now, owners of units equipped with the Mazda Connect infotainment system (Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-5, and MX-5) can head over to their nearest dealership and have the maps installed for free.
In order to get the turn-by-turn navigation system fully functional, it requires three steps:
First, the Mazda Connect’s operating system must be updated by your authorized Mazda dealer. They can also determine if your car can accommodate the GPS navigation system through its VIN or Vehicle Identification Number.
Second, just pay for the cost of the 32GB SD card (worth P 3,000) and the dealer will give you the map already pre-installed in it. And before you ask, you cannot bring your SD card nor can you simply copy the file from one SD card to another (there is built-in security).
Finally, enjoy your fully working navigation system.
Mazda Philippines has invested a lot to make turn-by-turn navigation available on their cars. It’s accurate but still not perfect. It’s for this reason that Mazda Philippines has decided to give the maps for free.
Dealers are already undergoing training and will be able to install the maps in two weeks time (middle of July).
Owners taking delivery of their brand-new vehicles are even luckier. Starting today, all vehicles equipped with the Mazda Connect infotainment system are shipped with fully working maps already installed.