Archive for Thursday, September 29, 2005

Garmin units available in Dollar, Thrifty cars

September 29, 2005


Garmin International Inc. said Wednesday that its GPS units would begin popping up later this year in thousands of rental vehicles in the United States and Canada.

Olathe-based Garmin announced a deal with Tulsa, Okla.-based Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. to rent the devices at 287 Dollar Rent-A-Car and Thrifty Car Rental locations.

For Dollar and Thrifty, customers can rent for an additional $9.95 per day a dashboard-mounted unit that can provide video maps to a destination and voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions. The units include the locations of 6 million points of interest, including hotels, restaurants, ATM locations, gas stations and Dollar and Thrifty car rental sites.

The company is well-known in aviation and boating circles and has begun making inroads into the automotive and consumer markets. With reported 2004 sales of $762.5 million, Garmin is ranked second in the country by NPD Group Inc.


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