Garmin brings out 2400 series GPS devices – now with a bigger screen

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Garmin is also planning to release a new series of GPS units for the consumer market. Called the Nuvi 2400 Series – they feature four new GPS units with a large five-inch diagonal display, allowing it easier to read navigations and to navigate through the options easily, in addition of some other features.

All four units will have Garmin’s nuRoute technology, which promises advanced route planning and route calculations.

The Nuvi 2450 and 2450LM will have detailed map coverage and will be compatible with Garmin’s traffic service (you will have to pay extra), with the 2450LM offering lifetime map updates – giving map updates four times a year.

The Nuvi 2460LT and 2460LMT will feature lifetime traffic service, in addition to hands-free calling via Bluetooth and voice-activated navigation. However, the Nuvi 2460LMT will also include lifetime map updates.

While it has not been confirmed that this will expand outside of North America, they are expected to be out on store shelves in the US in the first quarter of 2011 for a price range between $249.99 and $349.99.

Full press release is after the jump.

Garmin® Debuts nüvi® 2400 Series: Large Format Navigators With Advanced Features

OLATHE, Kan./January 4, 2011/Business Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, announced today the nüvi 2400 series of personal navigation devices, featuring a large five-inch display and a new range of optional features like voice-activated navigation, lifetime traffic and map updates, and advanced route planning and calculation with Garmin’s nüRoute technology.  The nüvi 2400 series will be showcased in the Garmin booth (South Hall #35831) at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

“The nüvi 2400 series offers drivers some of the most sophisticated and sought-after features available on the market today,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales.  “The large five-inch diagonal display is easy on the eyes, and options like voice activation, traffic alerts, and enhanced route calculation make traveling across town or cross-country easier than ever.  And never before have these features been available at such an economical price.”

The nüvi 2400 series is comprised of four models: the nüvi 2460LMT, nüvi 2460LT, nüvi 2450LM, and the nüvi 2450.  Models featuring voice activated navigation let users control nüvi by voice, so they can keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. Simply wake up nüvi with a customizable voice command and begin speaking menu options that are displayed on the screen.  Bluetooth connectivity lets users make and receive phone calls when paired with a compatible Bluetooth-enabled phone.  Lifetime traffic-enabled models help notify drivers of traffic delays and road construction and suggest detours around them.  Units featuring lifetime map updates let users download the most up-to-date maps and points of interest up to four times a year.

nüvi 2450 nüvi 2450LM nüvi 2460LT nüvi 2460LMT
Detailed mapping coverage U.S., Canada and Mexico U.S., Canada and Mexico with lifetime map updates U.S., Canada and Mexico U.S., Canada and Mexico with lifetime map updates
Traffic Compatible Compatible Lifetime traffic included Lifetime traffic included
Hands-free calling No No Yes Yes
Voice activated navigation No No Yes Yes

All models feature nüRoute with trafficTrends™ and myTrends™ predictive routing.  With trafficTrends, nüvi automatically learns traffic flow trends to improve route calculation and better predict the estimated time of arrival based on time of day and day of week.  With myTrends, nüvi will, over time, begin to anticipate a route to favorite destinations as soon as the device is powered up.

The nüvi 2400 series lets consumers customize their unit in new ways as well.  Users can give a one- to five-star rating to any point of interest.  When the unit is connected to a myGarmin account, they can submit their ratings and receive an updated community database of ratings from other users.  Owners can also customize their device’s main menu to display their most-used icons for quick navigation.

Priced from $249.99 to $349.99, the nüvi 2400 family is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2011.  Visit www.garmin.com for more information and pricing.

Since its inception in 1989, Garmin has delivered 72 million GPS enabled devices – far more than any other navigation provider.  Garmin’s market breadth in the GPS industry is second to none, having developed innovative products and established a leadership position in each of the markets it serves, including automotive, aviation, marine, fitness, outdoor recreation, tracking, and wireless applications.