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June 11, 2001

Garmin® Unveils Latest Personal Navigator® — GPS V®
Turn-by-turn navigation, more memory make GPS V a great little travel companion

OLATHE, Kan. — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), a leading manufacturer of navigation, communication and information devices, is pleased to introduce the newest member of its GPS Personal Navigator family — the GPS V.

"We have taken the legacy of the popular GPS III Plus and implemented our latest navigation technology to create an extremely powerful tool for travelers of all sorts," said Gary Kelley, director of marketing, Garmin International. "Whether you are driving, boating, hiking, hunting or fishing — the GPS V will give you a clearer picture of your current position and help you reach your intended destination more efficiently."

The GPS V incorporates the same user-friendly design, two-way display, functionality and portability as the GPS III® Plus, but it also boasts longer battery life, higher screen resolution, better accuracy, more internal memory, and superior navigation capabilities for drivers.

Business travelers and vacationers will appreciate the convenience of setting the GPS V on the dash of their vehicle, entering a specific location and allowing the device quickly plot a series of turns to reach their point of interest. Audible beeps will alert drivers when they are approaching necessary turns or their final destination, taking away almost all the guesswork of getting around in an unfamiliar city. They can program a route using the built-in basemap on the GPS V or by downloading map data from select MapSource® products.

The GPS V is also a memory-rich device, boasting a tenfold increase in internal memory over the GPS III Plus. Its 19 megabytes of memory allow users to store street-level maps from the new MapSource MetroGuide® U.S.A. CD-ROM with automatic route generation. The increased memory will also provide look-up capabilities for addresses and points of interests using the dedicated "find" button on the GPS V.

Because the GPS V is enabled to accept enhanced GPS position data from the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), consumers are typically able to see where they are — within 10 feet of their actual location — on a four-level grayscale, moving map display.

Specific features of the GPS V include:

  • Automatic route generation for turn-by-turn navigation
  • Routable basemap of North and South America contains state/country boundaries, cities, towns, airports, coastlines, lakes, rivers, and U.S., state and interstate highways
  • Audible alerts to notify drivers of upcoming turns and approaching destinations
  • 19 MB of internal memory for easy storage of detailed maps
  • Dedicated ‘find’ button for address and points of interest look-up on downloaded maps
  • WAAS capability for better position accuracy (within 10 feet)
  • High-contrast display (160 x 256 pixels)
  • Backlit display and keypad
  • Compact, lightweight design: weighs just nine ounces
  • Waterproof construction to IPX 7 immersion standards
  • Long battery life: 25 hours typical use on four AA batteries
  • Stores up to 500 waypoints
  • Animated graphics that help identify saved waypoints

The GPS V is expected to be available in the third quarter of 2001 at a suggested retail price of $535.70. It will ship standard with the routable MapSource MetroGuide U.S.A. CDs, PC interface cable, power cable, automotive mount, adhesive mount, lanyard, owner’s manual and quick-start guide.

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 GPSMAP® are registered trademarks of Garmin Corp.