Garmin PND to come as standard on Suzuki SX4

Garmin PND to come as standard on Suzuki SX4
Garmin announced today that it would provide an integrated navigation system for the new 2009 Suzuki SX4 as standard equipment in the United States. “The program marks the first time in America that a vehicle under $16,000 will include GPS navigation as a standard feature”, said Garmin.

Based on Garmin's nuvi 700 series PND, the Suzuki T.R.I.P. (Travel, Real-time traffic, Information and Play) system has a 4.3-inch touchscreen display and maps of North America pre-loaded, with nearly six million points of interest (POI).

Premium version with MSN Direct
While a base version of the navigation system will be included as standard equipment, users can upgrade to a premium navigation device with dynamic content from the MSN Direct network, including up-to-date traffic information, fuel prices, and weather reports. The system also offers news and stock market information, local events, movie listings, and the ability to plan trips and look up destinations on a computer and then wirelessly send them to the device. Bluetooth is also integrated for hands-free calling.

Hardware integration

According to Garmin, a customized mount elegantly holds the device onto the dashboard and connect it to the audio system, that automatically lowers the radio or CD sound when the PND gives a voice prompt or when there's an incoming Bluetooth-enabled phone call. Furthermore, the MSN Direct antenna is also integrated into the vehicle's existing antenna, allowing the continuous collect of the most up-to-date data.

Lifestyle POIs

Suzuki is also enhancing the unit's POI database by adding a number of lifestyle-oriented, Suzuki-recommended destinations and landmarks. These locations include hip music venues, popular surf spots, offbeat road trip attractions and other activity-focused destinations that are clearly marked with a Suzuki "Way of Life" icon on the navigation screen. A dedicated community site will also be launched to support the sharing and downloading of user-generated recommendations for destinations and drive routes among Suzuki SX4 owners.

2009 Suzuki SX4 models are scheduled to arrive in dealer showrooms this summer.

Monday, April 28th 2008

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