Garmin’s nuvi 2 x 5 series has expanded in the form of three new models-the nuvi 265T, nuvi 265WT, and nuvi 275T. All of the new models are enhanced with hands-free Bluetooth calling and lifetime Navteq Traffic alerts, plus they automatically calculate your timezone, use Garmin’s HotFix satellite acquisition technology, and display speed limits for all roadways. Also ubiquitous across the new nuvi 2 x 5 models is voice-guide turn-by-turn directions but screen sizes come in 3.5-inch and 4.3-inch variations. The nuvi 265T and nuvi 265WT both come with preloaded North American maps, while the 275T adds on European maps for transatlantic travellers.
Garmin(R) Expands Affordable nuvi(R) 2×5 Series, Offering Hands-Free Calling and Lifetime Traffic Alerts
OLATHE, Kan. –(Business Wire)– Aug. 27, 2008 Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the next evolution of the popular nuvi 2×5 series, adding top-of-the-line features to this family of affordable navigators. The nuvi 265T, 265WT and 275T enhance upon their 2×5-series predecessors with Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling and provide free traffic alerts.
“Many customers want a simple-to-use, low-cost personal navigator, but find themselves in need of premium add-ons along the way,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “These devices add two of the most popular premium features – traffic alerts and hands-free calling – to an affordable, yet powerful navigator.”
In addition to features offered by other members of the nuvi 2×5 family, these new navigators boast lifetime traffic alerts from NAVTEQ Traffic that allow drivers to steer clear of traffic accidents, road closures and construction. These devices come standard with a traffic receiver that will provide alerts in the coverage areas, and no subscription fee is required. Thanks to Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, these nuvis make it possible for drivers to make and receive calls using the unit’s built-in microphone and speaker. For states which prohibit the use of handheld cell phones while driving, the Bluetooth hands-free option is ideal. With the patented auto time zone feature, these nuvis will automatically adjust your time zone while navigating. All nuvis in the 2×5 series include Garmin’s new HotFix(TM) feature which automatically calculates and stores critical satellite information for fast satellite reception. For the ultimate in awareness, these compact nuvis will also display the speed limit for major roadways.
The nuvi 265T and 265WT will be available with preloaded comprehensive coverage of North America. For transatlantic travel, the nuvi 275T comes standard with mapping for North America and Europe. These nuvis are available in vibrant 4.3″ or 3.5″ screens that display shaded digital elevation mapping. All models will announce street names in their voice prompts, advising drivers to “Turn right on Elm Street,” rather than “Turn right in 500 feet.”
Using Garmin’s unique Web site – Garmin Connect Photos – users can choose from millions of geo-located photos provided by Google’s Panoramio photo sharing community and download them to the nuvi, for a photo-rich navigation guide. With Garmin’s “Where Am I?” feature, nuvi is always aware of a driver’s surroundings. At any time, drivers can look up their exact location including nearest hospitals, police stations, fuel stations, nearest address and intersection.
For information about pricing and availability, go to http://www.garmin.com and http://www.garmin.blogs.com. Lifetime traffic alerts extend for the useful life of the nuvi unit or as long as Garmin receives traffic data from its traffic supplier.