Garmin Debuts the eTrex Venture, eTrex Legend and eTrex Vista

January 6, 2001

"Built-in basemaps, city databases and bold colors give these little navigators a whole new look both inside and out"

Olathe, Kan. - Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), a leading manufacturer of navigation, communication and information electronics, announces three new members of the extremely popular eTrex family of GPS products - introducing the eTrex Venture, eTrex Legend, and the eTrex Vista.

These units join the eTrexā line of products, which includes the original eTrex and the eTrex Summit. Like their predecessors, the eTrex Venture, Legend and Vista are 12 parallel channel GPS receivers; packaged in waterproof cases, they weigh a mere 5.3 ounces and measure just four inches high. All three units have a new rocker switch on the front of the unit, which allows for quick and accurate panning, as well as selection and enter functions. The units also boast a higher resolution display with 160x288 pixels. Most of the other new features can be found on the inside of each unit.

"GARMIN has been delighted with the positive response to both the eTrex and the eTrex Summit," said Gary Kelley, director of marketing, Garmin International. "Now weíve taken two great units and improved upon them by adding capabilities that will give our customers more choices and various price points. Whether you want a basemap, a compass, a barometric altimeter or just a basic GPS unit, you will find what youíre looking for in the eTrex line."

The eTrex Venture offers a worldwide database of cities and increased internal memory. The memory capacity of one megabyte allows the eTrex Venture to accept downloaded information from GARMINís new MapSource Points of Interests CD-ROM. The CD enables users to download locations such as restaurants, hotels, shopping and entertainment. Once the information is loaded into the unit, you can make a selection and telephone and address information for a particular point of interest will appear on the screen. The CD also includes marine data such as lights, buoys, wrecks and obstructions. The eTrex Venture comes housed in a stylish, translucent green case.

With the eTrex Legend, GARMIN has loaded a full basemap of North and South America into one small unit. The basemap contains lakes, rivers, cities, interstates, national and state highways, railroads and coastlines. The eTrex Legend is also equipped with additional memory totaling eight megabytes. The added memory allows the eTrex Legend to accept downloaded map data from GARMINís entire line of MapSource CD-ROMs. The eTrex Legend comes in a brightly-colored translucent blue case that really makes the unit stand out.

The eTrex Vista combines a basemap of North and South America, with a barometric altimeter and electronic compass. The compass provides bearing information while youíre standing still and the altimeter determines your precise altitude. The eTrex Vista also boasts an internal memory capacity of eight megabytes, which allows it to accept downloaded mapping data from GARMINís MapSource CD-ROMs. A silver case gives this unit a high-tech look.

Specific features of the eTrex Venture, Legend and Vista include:

The eTrex Venture, Legend and Vista will be available in January 2001 at the following suggested retail prices: $194.27 (eTrex Venture), $267.84 (eTrex Legend), $374.99 (eTrex Vista).