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Thales Navigation's Magellan® SporTrak® Color Handheld Now Available Nationwide

First Complete GPS Solution With Color Display, Three-Axis Electronic Compass and Barometer

Santa Clara, Calif.   (August 14, 2003) Thales (TAL-less) Navigation, a leading global provider of GPS solutions, including the Magellan® line of consumer products and Thales Navigation professional GPS solutions, announces the nationwide availability of the Magellan SporTrak® Color. The new Magellan SporTrak Color is the first handheld GPS offering a color display, three-axis electronic compass, barometer and detailed nationwide maps - all in an innovative, rugged, all-weather design.

The Magellan SporTrak Color follows the introduction of the Magellan Meridian Color to expand Thales Navigation's family of first color GPS handhelds. With a new 1/8 VGA 240 x 160 pixel color screen, optimized for excellent viewing in all lighting conditions, the SporTrak Color delivers WAAS-enabled high accuracy positioning and integrates a three-axis electronic compass for accurate orientation in any position - whether moving or standing still. It also equips users with a built-in barometer enabling weather predictions.

With the lightweight, pocketsize Magellan SporTrak Color, users clearly see the difference color makes when viewing the integrated nationwide map database, which includes highways, major roads, waterways, parks, airports and more. Color map details - including street detail, topographic contours, points of interest and marine charts - are even more pronounced with map detail from the optional Magellan MapSend® software family when downloaded into the large built-in memory. For retail locations, use the dealer locator at, or call Customer Service at 800-669-4477.

About Thales Navigation
Thales Navigation is one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of positioning, navigation and guidance equipment with global operations. Thales Navigation markets its Magellan brand GPS solutions in the consumer electronics, recreation, and automotive markets, and its GPS and GNSS professional products in the survey, GIS/Mapping, and OEM markets. Through its joint venture with Hertz, Thales Navigation has developed the Hertz NeverLost® vehicle navigation system. Thales Navigation's key innovations include the first U.S. commercial handheld GPS receiver for positioning and navigation, and the first handheld GPS with industry standard Secure Digital Memory Card capabilities.

Thales Navigation, headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. with European headquarters in Carquefou, France, is a subsidiary of Thales, a world leader in professional electronics in three key markets: Aerospace, Defense and Information Technology & Services (IT&S). The Group employs 60,000 people in nearly 50 countries worldwide, and generated revenues of over $11 billion in 2002. For more information, visit

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