Garmin® Introduces the nüvi® 260W Widescreen Navigation, Speaks Street Names

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Thursday, January 3, 2008 6:00 am CST

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OLATHE, Kan.
"The result is a PND that simply gets you from point A to point B – reliably, efficiently, and with style."

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced the nüvi 260W, a simple-to-use widescreen personal navigation device (PND) that speaks street names. The devicewas announced in conjunction with the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and will be on display at the Garmin booth (South Hall 4, booth #35832).

In addition to features offered by other members of the nüvi 200 family, the nüvi 260W automatically calls out street names (saying “turn right on Main Street” instead of “turn right in 200 feet.”). This feature lets drivers keep their eyes on the road while navigating through busy traffic and tricky roadways. The nüvi 260W also sports a sunlight-readable 4.3-inch touchscreen display.

“The nüvi 260W gives consumers the most sought-after navigation features, while eliminating many of the premium add-ons,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “The result is a PND that simply gets you from point A to point B – reliably, efficiently, and with style.”

The nüvi 260 series 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 nüvi automatically recalculates a route and gets them back on track, pronouncing the names of the streets along the way. The nüvi 260W includes preloaded detailed mapping of the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico – with over six million points of interest (like hotels, restaurants, ATMs, gas stations, and more).

The pocket-sized nüvi 260W also includes a 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™ and Garmin Language Guide™. For additional security, Garmin has included the Garmin Lock™, 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 add custom points of interest (POI’s) from third parties such as school zones and safety cameras.

The nüvi 260W includes a vehicle suction cup mount, vehicle power cable, dashboard disk, and owner’s reference manual. For more information, visit www.garmin.com.

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 www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin and nüvi are registered trademarks, and Garmin Lock and Garmin Travel Guide are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

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