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October 9, 2001

Garmin® Adds Vivid Color to the GPSMAP® 182/188 Sounder

OLATHE, Kan. — Garmin International, a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced two additions to its new line of chartplotter and combination GPS/sonar units — sunlight-readable color on the GPSMAP 182C and GPSMAP 188C Sounder.

Garmin overhauled its entire marine line in 2001, and offered daylight-viewable color as an option to monochrome displays at the high end of the product mix. Now the company is bringing brilliant color to the heart of its chartplotter family.

"We listened to mariners asking for affordability and performance in a feature-packed chartplotter; our answer is the 182C/188C," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director of marketing. "When combined with our powerful BlueChart® cartography, boaters will get a colorful, crystal-clear view of their position in any kind of lighting conditions and the confidence that they’ll reach their destination hassle-free."

Aside from a 16-color TFT display, the GPSMAP 182C/188C will have the same features as the four-level grayscale GPSMAP 182/188. The units come equipped with a WAAS-enabled 12 channel GPS receiver for better accuracy; worldwide basemap, including U.S. tide data; high-resolution five-inch display with 234x320 pixel count; audible alerts; waterproof to IPX-7 standards; storage of 3,000 waypoints; backlit keypad; and a built-in celestial table. The GPSMAP 188C Sounder also has a dual-frequency (50/200 kHz), 500-watt sounder, ensuring deepwater performance and superior target acquisition

Both units are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2002, with a suggested retail price of $1,142.84 for the GPSMAP 182C and $1,485.70 for the GPSMAP 188C Sounder.

Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies, which design and manufacture navigation, communication and information devices — most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin's products serve the aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM markets. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and United Kingdom. For more information, visit the Virtual Press Room at, or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin and GPSMAP are registered trademarks and BlueChart is a trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

This press release contains forward-looking statements respecting Garmin Ltd. and its business. Any statements regarding the company's future financial position, revenues, earnings, product introductions, plans and objectives are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. There could be a number of factors affecting future results, including those factors identified in Garmin's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 30, 2000 filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). Garmin will not update any forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect future events or developments.