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January 16, 2001

Garmin® Hires Sales Manager to Market New GSM Cellular Phone in Europe

Olathe, Kan. - Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), a leading manufacturer of navigation, communication and information electronics, is pleased to announce the hiring of Peter Hawkins as Sales Manager for the European cellular market. Hawkins will be based out of Garmin's office in Romsey, England and will focus on GSM cellular sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Garmin is currently developing a Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) cellular telephone, combined with satellite navigation. The NavTalk® II GSM will pair the features of a GSM cellular phone with the proven ability of Garmin's 12 parallel channel GPS receiver. The GPS component of this product will allow users to see their location on a detailed basemap. In 1999, Garmin introduced the world’s first GPS-equipped cellular telephone, the original NavTalk, for the Advanced Mobile Phone System (AMPS) market.

"There is a real need for emergency service providers and other safety organizations in Europe, to have the type of life-saving information that can be supplied by this product," said Gary Kelley, director of marketing, Garmin International. "With this phone, anyone will have the ability to transmit their location to another NavTalk II GSM user and to other location-based service companies. Garmin is excited about the business opportunities this wireless product will obviously provide to our customers. We are pleased that Peter has joined the Garmin team in an effort to bring widespread exposure to this innovative product."

The NavTalk II GSM has Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) capability, which allows users to obtain information via the Internet. In addition, the product features a built-in international basemap complete with cities, major roads, lakes, rivers, airports, coastlines and highways.

Garmin's GSM cellular phone is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2001.

Garmin International Inc. and Garmin Corp. are members of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies. Garmin Ltd., through its operating subsidiaries, designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information electronics. The company's full product line serves the aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM markets. The company is incorporated in the Cayman Islands and its principal subsidiaries maintain offices in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit the Virtual Press Room at, or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin and NavTalk are registered trademarks and MapSource® is a trademark of Garmin Corporation.

This press release contains forward-looking statements respecting Garmin Ltd. and its business. 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 Registration Statement on Form S-1 dated December 8, 2000 and filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file no. 333-45514). Garmin will not update any forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect future events or developments.