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OLATHE, Kansas/January 4, 2007/PR Newswire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced it has expanded its innovative nüvi product line to include new features that further establish the nüvi’s position as the Personal Travel Assistant™ of choice. The nüvi 370, nüvi 670, and nüvi 350 and nüvi 660 Asian Americas were announced in conjunction with the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (Garmin booth #36212).
For the ultimate ease in travel, the nüvi 370 and nüvi 670 build upon the best selling features of the nüvi family while adding preloaded detailed street maps of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and over 30 countries in Europe. These transatlantic nüvis are available with the standard 3.5-inch display (nüvi 370) or larger 4.3-inch widescreen display (nüvi 670). Through the nüvi’s easy-to-use interface, users are able to search millions of points of interest such as restaurants, lodging, fuel stations, hospitals, border crossings, and more. In addition, nüvi owners may establish customized points of interest, such as safety cameras and school zones.
“Incorporating preloaded maps of North America and Europe makes the nüvi a more flexible tool for the consummate traveler,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “The nüvi’s navigation and entertainment features give globetrotters everything they need in the palm of their hand.”
Both the nüvi 370 and nüvi 670 come with an integrated traffic receiver that leverages available traffic service broadcasts to notify drivers of traffic congestion, accidents, construction, and weather-related delays. The nüvi will also automatically suggest alternative routes to avoid delays. In Europe, most countries provide real-time traffic broadcasts free of charge. In the United States, service for the nüvi 370 and nüvi 670 is provided by Total Traffic Network and includes the first three months of traffic service for free, after which the customer may subscribe to 12 months of service for $60.00.
The nüvi’s Bluetooth Wireless Technology capabilities and integrated microphone and speaker provide for hands-free mobile phone calls. This feature makes it possible for drivers to make and receive calls using the nuvi’s touchscreen interface, and access the phone’s personalized phone book, call history log, or the nüvi’s huge points of interest database. More than 200 Bluetooth phones are supported.*
Garmin has also announced an Asian Americas version of its nüvi 350 and nüvi 660. These devices allow North American motorists who speak Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, or Taiwanese to experience the convenience and safety of GPS satellite navigation in their native tongue. Menus and text on the intuitive touchscreen interface are displayed in one of five Asian languages. In addition, the turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions are audibly announced in Asian languages. Garmin is the only manufacturer to offer an Asian language interface combined with North American maps.
For added versatility, the entire nüvi product line will soon accept Garmin’s U.S. Topo and BlueChart® cartography. Customers choosing the U.S. Topo cartography will have access to basic information such as terrain contours, elevation information, trails, and rivers. BlueChart will show shaded depth contours, intertidal zones, spot soundings, port plans, and navaids with view range and coverage. The cartography will be available from Garmin’s website.
Nüvi is an all-in-one portable GPS navigator that combines turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions with traveler’s reference and a digital entertainment system. The entire nüvi product line offers features such as a language translator, travel guide books for North America and Europe, geo-coded “coupon book,” currency converter, photo viewer, MP3 player, audio book player, and more. The nüvi also incorporates the Garmin Lock™, a theft prevention system that provides added security. Map data for all units is provided by NAVTEQ™ – the world leader in premium-quality mapping.
The nüvi 370 and nüvi 670 are expected to be available in February at an MSRP of $899 and $1099, respectively. The nüvi 350 and nüvi 660 Asian Americas versions are expected to be available in March 2007 at an MSRP of $599 and $899, respectively. Additional information is available at www.garmin.com.
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