I called in to my dealers this afternoon to see if was possible to run a feed from the fuse box on my new A3 to a floating 12v socket for me to connect my TomTom charger unit behind the dash. The Master Technician/Assistant Service Manager said this would be no problem as they do it quite a lot and they would do it as part of the PDI. In conversation with him I asked if it was still possible to make the instrument lights on the 8V stay on all the time as the do on my current 8P. He said he did not know but would ask the factory. He then raised a point which may be the answer to why no tuning companies offer a 're-map' for the 8V other than those German companies who completely replace the ECU. It seems that any changes that need to be done to the ECU or any of the other electronic modules on the new 8V can no longer be done by the dealer. They now connect the car to the factory in Germany via an internet connection and any changes are made by the factory and then sent back over the internet to the car. Any changes that have been made to the original spec of any of the units that are not recorded against the VIN number of the car will be put back to standard by the download. He said this was a much better system from their point of view as they did not have to get involved in the complexities of the coding. I suppose this could be a problem for any changes made using VCDS.