HANNOVER, Germany, March 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Garmin
International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced
the nuvi 200, nuvi 250 and nuvi 270. This new family of entry-level GPS
devices offers budget savvy consumers the benefit of a premium in-dash
system at a fraction of the cost. As members of the nuvi family, these
products carry the elegant styling and industry leading ease-of-use that
has become the hallmark of Garmin's nuvi product line.
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"The nuvi family has taken the world by storm because of its
extraordinary features and sleek look," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice
president of worldwide sales. "The nuvi 200-series is destined to be
another grand slam thanks to its ingenious design and low price point. This
is the ideal out-of- the-box, entry-level car navigation system."
The ultra-slim nuvi 200-series makes using a GPS device easy for
anyone. The nuvi's new design incorporates an internal GPS antenna that
makes it thinner and even easier to mount in a car. The intuitive "where
to?" and "view map" welcome screen allows users to quickly find a specific
street address or establishment's name, or search for a destination by
category. Turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions then guide the driver to
their destination. If they miss a turn along the route, the nuvi
automatically recalculates a route and gets them back on track.
Those familiar with the "travel kit" feature available on premium nuvis
will appreciate the nuvi 200-series' built-in picture viewer, calculator,
currency converter, unit converter and world clock. These new navigators
are also compatible with Garmin's line of rich content such as the Garmin
Travel Guide(TM) and Garmin SaversGuide(R). For additional security, Garmin
has included the Garmin Lock(TM), an innovative patent pending theft
prevention system that disables the unit from performing any functions
until the user types in a specific 4-digit PIN or takes the unit to a
predetermined secure location.
Garmin has also added the ability for customers to augment the
preloaded maps with custom points of interest (POI's) from third parties
such as school zones and safety cameras. The European versions of the nuvi
200-series come preloaded with speed camera information.
About the size of a deck of cards, the nuvi's focal point is its bright
3.5-inch (diagonal) touchscreen. The unit's only button is an on/off slider
bar, which may be locked to avoid being turned on or off accidentally. The
nuvi also has a convenient SD card slot for expandable memory.
The nuvi 200, nuvi 250 and nuvi 270 are expected to be available in
April at an MSRP of $399.99, $499.99 and $599.99, respectively. The nuvi
200 includes preloaded detailed mapping of the contiguous United States
(lower 48), Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The nuvi 250 has preloaded detailed
mapping of the entire United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada
and Puerto Rico. For the ultimate ease in traveling abroad, the nuvi 270
includes preloaded detailed maps of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico,
and over 30 countries in Europe. All map data is provided by NAVTEQ(TM) --
a world leader in premium-quality mapping -- and includes approximately six
Garmin will also offer nuvi 200-series products with regional specific
coverage for Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Brazil. The
regional coverage for Europe includes UK/Ireland, Nordics,
Belgium/Netherlands/Luxembourg, France, Italy/Greece, Spain/Portugal, and
The nuvi 200, nuvi 250 and nuvi 270 include a vehicle suction cup
mount, vehicle power cable, dashboard disk, and owner's reference manual.
For more information, visit http://www.garmin.com or
About Garmin International, Inc.
Garmin International, Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq:
GRMN) group of companies which designs, manufactures, markets, and sells
navigation, communication and information devices and applications -- most
of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is a leader in consumer and
general aviation navigation and its products serve the automotive/mobile,
outdoor/fitness, marine, and aviation markets. 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 http://www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact
the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin and nuvi, are
registered trademarks, and Garmin Lock and Garmin Travel Guide are
trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
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Notice on forward-looking statements:
This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd.
and its business. All statements regarding the company's future product
introductions are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on
management's current expectations. The forward-looking events and
circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results
could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and
uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk
factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended
December 30, 2006 filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange
Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of Garmin's Form 10-K
can be downloaded at
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forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking statements
speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin undertakes no
obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement,
whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
SOURCE Garmin Ltd.