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August 27, 2008

Garmin® Expands Affordable nüvi® 2x5 Series, Offering Hands-Free Calling and Lifetime Traffic Alerts

OLATHE, Kan./August 27, 2008/Business Wire—Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the next evolution of the popular nüvi 2x5 series, adding top-of-the-line features to this family of affordable navigators.  The nüvi 265T, 265WT and 275T enhance upon their 2x5-series predecessors with Bluetooth® wireless technology for hands-free calling and provide free traffic alerts.

“Many customers want a simple-to-use, low-cost personal navigator, but find themselves in need of premium add-ons along the way,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales.  “These devices add two of the most popular premium features – traffic alerts and hands-free calling – to an affordable, yet powerful navigator.”   

In addition to features offered by other members of the nüvi 2x5 family, these new navigators boast lifetime traffic alerts from NAVTEQ Traffic that allow drivers to steer clear of traffic accidents, road closures and construction.  These devices come standard with a traffic receiver that will provide alerts in the coverage areas, and no subscription fee is required.  Thanks to Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, these nüvis make it possible for drivers to make and receive calls using the unit’s built-in microphone and speaker.  For states which prohibit the use of handheld cell phones while driving, the Bluetooth hands-free option is ideal.  With the patented auto time zone feature, these nüvis will automatically adjust your time zone while navigating.  All nüvis in the 2x5 series include Garmin’s new HotFix™ feature which automatically calculates and stores critical satellite information for fast satellite reception.  For the ultimate in awareness, these compact nüvis will also display the speed limit for major roadways.

The nüvi 265T and 265WT will be available with preloaded comprehensive coverage of North America.  For transatlantic travel, the nüvi 275T comes standard with mapping for North America and Europe.  These nüvis are available in vibrant 4.3” or 3.5” screens that display shaded digital elevation mapping.  All models will announce street names in their voice prompts, advising drivers to “Turn right on Elm Street,” rather than “Turn right in 500 feet.”

Using Garmin’s unique Web site – Garmin Connect Photos – users can choose from millions of geo-located photos provided by Google’s Panoramio photo sharing community and download them to the nüvi, for a photo-rich navigation guide.  With Garmin’s “Where Am I?” feature, nüvi is always aware of a driver’s surroundings.  At any time, drivers can look up their exact location including nearest hospitals, police stations, fuel stations, nearest address and intersection.   

For information about pricing and availability, go to www.garmin.com and www.garmin.blogs.com. Lifetime traffic alerts extend for the useful life of the nüvi unit or as long as Garmin receives traffic data from its traffic supplier.

 

 

About Garmin International Inc.

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin and nüvi are registered trademarks and HotFix is a trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

 

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