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 |  Jun 10 2011, 12:24 PM

After a few years of Suzuki offering a portable nav unit in its SX4 hatchback, the comapny announced it would offer an integrated, in-dash system, however the U.S won’t get the system.

Suzuki has decided to keep the portable unit in all U.S spec models but the rest of the world will receive an in-dash system. Suzuki has said that differing market strategies, along with the Garmin’s portability and functionality, are the reasons the U.S won’t be getting the built in unit anytime soon.

Suzuki strategically made this move because the technology package including the Garmin unit with traffic information and a year of nüLink! services costs $500. Other automakers in-dash systems can easily cost three times as much. That would work out to be nearly 10 percent of what the SX4 costs.

[Source: Car and Driver]

 |  Sep 13 2010, 11:24 AM

A recall has been issued on approximately 20,692 Suzuki brand vehicles (including 2009-2010 Equator pickups, Grand Vitara and SX4 models) for defective navigation systems. The vehicles, which were originally equipped with Garmin Nuvi 750; 760 and 765 systems are being recalled for batteries in the nav system that could overheat and potentially start interior fires.

Suzuki has said that it will begin notifying owners of the recall on September 13 and once the vehicle is brought in, a Garmin representative will replace the defective batteries and install a spacer on top of them to prevent overheating.

Equator owners with questions concerning the GPS recall, are able to either contact Garmin directly at 1-866-957-1981 or Suzuki at 1-887-697-8985. They can also visit Garmin’s website at http://www.garmin.com/nuvibatterypcbrecall.

[Source: Pickup trucks.com]

 |  Jun 11 2010, 10:52 AM

GPS has made our lives so much easier. So how do you improve the experience? Well, by making it much more fun to get to your destination.  Get rid of that old arrow that shows you the way around and replace it with a cool icon that takes you anywhere you need to go.

In the evolution of the GPS – cool extras like the Darth Vader or Dennis Hopper telling you to turn left here, or new cell phones that offer free, integrated turn-by-turn navigation – you can now download these moving icons onto your Garmin Nuvi.

There are so many GPS characters to choose from. You can go with a classic or souped up car (since that’s the only way you’d ever be able to afford to drive that model). For the kids, you can download Sponge Bob Squarepants (although, he doesn’t seem like the brightest character on that cartoon show – you might not want to follow him anywhere). You can even follow movie characters such as Bumblebee from the Transformers and C3PO from Star Wars. These fun little guys don’t improve the functionality of your Nuvi in any way, but it does make the screen a little more enjoyable to watch. The Nuvi vehicle downloads are free from a non-Garmin-affiliated third party. You can try them our by clicking here.

[Source: Garmin]