Garmin is taking up the challenge, offering free NAVTEQ lifetime map updates to anyone who purchases the 2012 nÃ¼vi 2000 / 3000 range, meaning no more subscriptions or additional costs.
'Garmin has always been about creating the best navigation experience for our customers,' said Trevor Berrange, Managing Director, Garmin Australasia.
'We are passionate about developing industry leading products that have been meeting this promise for over 20 years. Now, in 2012, we're making an even bolder promise to consumers, saying to them that once you purchase a Garmin nÃ¼vi, you will never need to buy maps again. The savings and added convenience for our customers will be significant.'
The nÃ¼vi 2000 and 3000 series apparently are powered by two new navigation engines, offering what Garmin describes as 'a more intuitive user interface than ever before.'
'The addition of Guidance 2.0 and 3.0 along with our 2012 nÃ¼vi releases is a huge step forward for Garmin and the category, in terms of functionality. Speed and accuracy of searches, as well as routing, will now happen much faster than they have in the past, leading to an improved and more enjoyable driving experience for consumers,' said Berrange.
'Garmin's new PND range makes it easy for everyone to choose a PND most suited to their budget and lifestyle,' said Berrange. 'Garmin's Guidance 2.0 and 3.0 navigation engines build on our engineers' extensive research and knowledge about how to make your driving experience easier.
'With a selection of forward thinking additions and improved user features, the 2012 nÃ¼vi range allows us the opportunity to continue to help consumers with so much more than just taking them from A to B. Along with our new promise to consumers saying they never have to buy maps again, we see 2012 as another strong year for Garmin and the personal navigation category as a whole.'
The new models are available locally in March 2012 from $249.