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 |  Oct 18 2011, 6:30 PM

Not so long ago, we told you about the special edition satellite navigation device by TomTom which features the voice of the Stig (!) and Jeremy Clarkson, both of TopGear fame.

Now due to a clause found in BBC’s own contact, this device had to be pulled off the shelves. According to the BBC, all its presenters “must take particular care not to endorse any product or service which could be covered in the programmes on which they work.”

Since this TomTom device could have easily been featured in an episode of TopGear, it would breach the contract rules and thus cannot be allowed to be put on sale.

However, the issue only came out after the device had already gone on sale. A reported 54,000 of these TopGear special edition sat nav’s have been sold thus far, however the BBC is not allowed to make any money due to its breach, and thus will have to donate all proceeds from its sale to its charity – BBC Children In Need.

Similarly, TomTom will also make a donation from its profits to a charity of its choice.

Clarkson, who had nothing to do with the brokering of this deal will also make no money from this transaction. However, anyone who currently owns this now very rare TomTom Go Live TopGear Edition, could sell it for a profit.

No word yet if this BBC clause will effect the new Forza4 video game, which also features the voice of Jeremy Clarkson.

[Source: The Guardian]

 |  Oct 05 2010, 8:44 PM

Subaru has just announced that it is offering a portable navigation system, which will be an option on the 2011 Forester 2.5X Premium. The system that will be available is the TomTom Navigation ($595), in combination with the All Weather Package ($500), so it’ll cost you $1,095 to upgrade.

It might be a costly price tag, but you do get a lot with that. The removable nav system comes equipped with a 4.3-inch LCD touch screen, Bluetooth for hands-free phoning and wireless music streaming built-in, plus iPod integration and a USB port. If you want to add a back-up camera to the package, you can choose to add on the option. There’s also the option to get traffic info, but you need to order a subscription.

For all this money you’re shelling out, would it be cheaper to buy it on your own and add it yourself? Let’s find out.

This TomTom system, complete with a 4.3-inch screen, can be purchased for $130, while a hands-free, voice-activated and wireless streaming Bluetooth speaker phone can be found for under $100. An Audivox all-in-one back-up camera system goes for about $163. That means for under $400, you can get this Subaru option and leave out the $500 All Weather Package.

That cheaper price doesn’t come with the integration that Subaru offers, which means there will be extra wires messing up your Forester’s interior. On the flip side, you’ll have plenty of extra cash and you’ll be able to carry the portable nav, Bluetooth speaker phone and even the back-up camera from car to car.

[Source: Edmunds]