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Nextar Introduces GPS Navigation System with Tele Atlas Maps

10-23-2008 03:50 PM CET | Leisure, Entertainment, Miscellaneous

Press release from: Nextar

Nextar ME Navigation System

Nextar ME Navigation System

Economical Unit Makes It Possible for Many More Individuals to Enjoy Benefits of GPS Navigation; Unit to Be Unveiled at 2008 SEMA

Note: Nextar products will be on display in the Mobile Electronics area of SEMA in booth 10613 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

La Verne, CA – October 20, 2008 – Nextar™, a designer and marketer of bold and new consumer electronic products with mass appeal, is primed to introduce yet another model to its expanding lineup of GPS navigation systems. At only 0.7” thickness, the slim Nextar ME unit can be easily moved for use in multiple vehicles. The system comes pre-loaded with maps for the 50 United States as well as extras like MP3 playing and JPEG image viewing capabilities. Nextar will introduce this newest member to its navigation family at the upcoming 2008 SEMA show in booth 10613 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“The entry-level Nextar ME navigation system is easy to use, easy to move, and easy on the budget,” stated Eddy Zheng, Nextar founder. “With a sleek design and at only 0.7” thick, it rides well and looks great in any make or class of vehicle. Whether for personal or professional use, it is an outstanding value.”

Maps from the 50 United states are pre-loaded and shown on the unit’s 3.5” touch-screen display. Text-to-speech technology distinctly pronounces road names in English. Voice-guided directions with turn-by-turn voice prompts are clearly audible through a built-in stereo speaker.

The unit includes 1.6 millions of points of interest to make finding hotels, shopping centers, gas stations, and restaurants a snap. Planning trips, vacations, or cross town jaunts with the Nextar ME points of interest feature is easy and fun. A new route is recalculated instantly any time the driver misses a turn. Digital map data is supplied by Tele Atlas, a leading global provider of digital maps and dynamic content that power many of the world’s most essential navigation and location-based services.

For entertaining while en route, the ME can play MP3 files and display JPEG images. Addresses for up to 300 favorite destinations can be stored. Other features include a built-in antenna that ensures signal reception. A lightweight, built-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery supplies power.

The Nextar ME measures 3.5” x 2.9” x 0.7” and weighs 2.2 pounds.

Accessories include: AC/DC adapter, car adapter, USB cable, protection pouch, unique magnetic suction cup, and a stylus/touch pen.

Pricing and Availability
The Nextar ME navigation system will be available at leading retailers across the U.S. in Spring 2009. It is priced right for budget-conscious holiday shoppers with a SRP of $129.99. A one-year limited warranty is included. The system is neatly packaged in an attention-grabbing full-color box.

Features Found in the Nextar ME GPS Navigation System:
Touch-screen display: Provides interfacing capability while map is being viewed
Built-in stereo speaker: Delivers navigational voice prompts as well as MP3 music in stereo; no extra wires or speaker to remember to connect
Text-to-Speech: Safety feature that allows driver to keep eyes on the road while getting directions; clearly pronounces names of streets encountered during drive
Points of Interest: Name or description of a specific location that user may find useful or interesting; generally indicated by an icon on the map
Lithium-Ion Battery: Lighter weight, holds charge longer, and does not suffer from memory effect compared to similar batteries; recharging feature assures system stays active
MP3 playing: Allows driver and/or passengers to listen to favorite MP3 files while in vehicle
JPEG viewing: View photos and other graphics while in vehicle
Route recalculation: Instantly changes route if driver misses turn
Built in antenna: Ensures reception of signal without running additional wires
Stylus: Allows user to point more accurately than using a finger to small areas on the display screen

See Nextar at 2008 SEMA
With over 60,000 attendees and two-million sq. ft. of exhibits, SEMA is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. Displays are categorized into 10 sections. 2008 dates are Tuesday, November 4 through Friday, November 7. Hours are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday. It is held at the Las Vegas Convention Center and is open solely to those in the automotive industry. Nextar products can be seen in the Mobile Electronics section located in the North Hall, booth #10613.

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All products/services and trademarks mentioned in this release are the properties of their respective companies.
© 2008 Nextar. All rights reserved.

About Nextar
Nextar, headquartered in Southern California, is a global designer and marketer of consumer electronics. From the categories it enters to the products it develops and the manner in which it goes to market, Nextar’s decisions are based on its unique ‘bold and new’ philosophy. It currently offers products in the following categories: portable personal audio and video; digital photo frames; portable navigation devices; and Bluetooth®. In addition to tried-and-true consumer electronic retail outlets, Nextar products also are boldly marketed through non-traditional avenues such as department stores, automotive, mass merchants, food and drug, and do-it-yourself.

Nextar is an affiliate of TofascoSM, a rapidly growing company that sells products worldwide in a variety of industries. For further information regarding Nextar, visit its website at www.nextar.com or call toll free 888-849-0846.

Contact:
Susan van Barneveld / Rita Lee
Antarra Communications
Work: (714) 891-3660
nextar@antarra.com

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