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Garmin® Announces New Marine Charts: More Details at a Lower Price

17 November 2008 @ 4:00 PM  / Marine /


Olathe, Kan. /November 17, 2008/Business Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, announced today the next generation of its BlueChart® g2 and BlueChart g2 Vision™ technology – giving boaters even more dimension and information to what is already considered the benchmark in marine cartography.

“Garmin’s software developers and cartographers have created the most accurate and detailed charts available to provide boaters with greater capabilities on the water,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales.  “The new chart enhancements offer a lower cost chart alternative for mariners, yet provide the detailed data content mariners need and expect.”

Beginning January 2009, Garmin’s traditional BlueChart data will be replaced with a redefined version of BlueChart g2.  Building on the popularity of the BlueChart product family, the revised mapping data will add increased dimension and standardized information to the Garmin marine chart offerings, and will allow the user to define colors to depth contour ranges. Users will also benefit from improved transition between zoom levels and seamless changes across chart boundaries with the redesigned product.

BlueChart g2 will now provide basic charts, tidal stations, currents, perspective view and fishing charts, while providing a smooth user experience and familiar feel.  Similarly, g2 Vision has been improved to provide increased quality and detail.  In addition to high-resolution satellite imagery, g2 Vision features true “mariner’s eye view” above water or a “fish eye” underwater perspective – both in three dimensions.  The g2 Vision data card also enables auto guidance technology on compatible units, and offers a growing database of aerial reference photos.

The new BlueChart g2 and g2 Vision data will be available in January 2009.  Visit www.garmin.com for more information, including details about compatible products and pricing.

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, BlueChart and g2 vision are registered 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 29, 2007, 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 www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html. No 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.

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