Garmin introduces additions to the nuvi navigator family

Garmin introduces additions to the nuvi navigator family  
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on 03/16/2007

Source: Garmin Ltd.

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., 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.

"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 million POI's.

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 Germany/Switzerland/Austria/Czech Republic.

The nuvi 200, nuvi 250 and nuvi 270 include a vehicle suction cup mount, vehicle power cable, dashboard disk, and owner's reference manual.

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