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The Saab 900 is a compact luxury automobile that was produced by Saab Automobile from 1978 until 1998 in two generations. The first generation from 1978 to 1993 is known as the “classic”; the generation from 1994 to 1998 is known as the “new generation” (see below).

The “classic” Saab 900 was based on the Saab 99 chassis, though with a longer front end to meet U.S. frontal crash regulations. The 900 was produced in 2- and 4-door sedan, and 3- and 5-door hatchback configurations; in addition, from 1986, a cabriolet (convertible) model was produced. There were single- and twin-carburetor, fuel-injection, and turbocharged engines, including both Full-Pressure Turbo (FPT), and, in European models during the early 1990s, Low-Pressure Turbos (LPT).

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18th Aug 2013
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The Nissan Murano is a mid-size crossover SUV first introduced by Nissan in December 2002 and sold as a 2003 model. Nissan ventilated the Murano as its first crossover SUV for the United States and Canada. Initially designed at Nissan America in La Jolla, California, the first generation Murano was based on the Nissan FF-L platform first used by the third generation Altima.[2] The European version of the Murano began sales in 2004 and is available only in one version.[3]

The Murano was Nissan’s only crossover SUV in the U.S. until September 2007 when the new 2008 Nissan Rogue went on sale. In Canada the X-Trail had been on sale as Nissan’s second car-based SUV since 2004 as a 2005 model; it was replaced by the new 2008 Nissan Rogue in late 2007. The Murano is sized between the Xterra and the Pathfinder, but is priced slightly higher than the Nissan Pathfinder.

The Murano was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2003. It was also named the best premium mid-size SUV by AutoPacific.

The name Murano comes from a region of Venice, Italy which is known for the hand blown glass produced there.

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18th Aug 2013
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The Nissan Elgrand is a luxury MPV manufactured by Nissan since 1997, available in three model developments, the E50, the E51 and as of 2010 the E52.The first generation of the Nissan Elgrand produced from May 1997 – May 2002. Various engine combinations were available including the petrol VG33E, VQ35DE and diesel QD32ETi and ZD30DDTi. The E50 had a 4 speed automatic transmission and came in either 2- or 4-wheel drive

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27th Aug 2011
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The Nissan Murano is a mid-size crossover SUV first introduced by Nissan in December 2002 and sold as a 2003 model. Nissan ventilated the Murano as its first crossover SUV for the United States and Canada. Initially designed at Nissan America in La Jolla, California, the first generation Murano was based on the Nissan FF-L platform first used by the third generation Altima.[2] The European version of the Murano began sales in 2004 and is available only in one version.[3]

The Murano was Nissan’s only crossover SUV in the U.S. until September 2007 when the new 2008 Nissan Rogue went on sale. In Canada the X-Trail had been on sale as Nissan’s second car-based SUV since 2004 as a 2005 model; it was replaced by the new 2008 Nissan Rogue in late 2007. The Murano is sized between the Xterra and the Pathfinder, but is priced slightly higher than the Nissan Pathfinder.

The Murano was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2003. It was also named the best premium mid-size SUV by AutoPacific.

The name Murano comes from a region of Venice, Italy which is known for the hand blown glass produced there.

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27th Aug 2011
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The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a compact executive car produced by the Mercedes-Benz division of Daimler AG. First introduced in 1993 as a replacement for the 190 range (W201, also nicknamed “Baby-Benz”), the C-Class was the smallest model in the marque’s lineup until the 1997 arrival of the A-Class. The C-Class is built at Mercedes-Benz factories in Sindelfingen and Bremen, Germany as well as in Mercedes’s factories in Brazil[3] and Daimler AG‘s South African factory in East London. The very first W202 C-Class sedan was produced on June 1, 1993, and the second generation W203 C-Class rolled off the assembly line on July 18, 2000. The third generation W204 C-Class was launched in 2007. The C-Class is the entry-level offering in Mercedes-Benz’s United States lineup.

The C-Class platform has been used for several coupes, including the CLC-Class (and its predecessor, the C-Class Sportcoupe) and the E-class Coupe (and its predecessor, the CLK-Class).[4]

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23rd Aug 2011
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The Volkswagen Golf is a small family car manufactured by Volkswagen since 1974 and marketed worldwide across six generations, in various body configurations and under various nameplates – as the Volkswagen Rabbit in the United States and Canada (Mk1 and Mk5), and as the Volkswagen Caribe in Mexico (Mk1).

The front-wheel drive Golf was Volkswagen’s first successful replacement for the air-cooled Volkswagen Beetle. Historically, it is Volkswagen’s best-selling model and the world’s third best-selling model, with more than 25 million built by 2007.[1]

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13th Jun 2011
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Dear Garminheaveners !

Do not worry, we are still here, working on some part of the site : Gilles Costa is perparing us an “auto-install” pack of french speedcam (POI), but we need more testers to be sure that it will be compatible with every garmin model.

To become a beta-tester, download the pack from our other site tomtomheaven :

Download the debug pack

and make us a feedback !

Do not worry about the fact that the pack is still marked with some tomtom/tomtomheaven text since the POI Collection is made there.

Thank you !

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8th May 2011
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The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a retro-style SUV produced by Toyota introduced as a concept at the 2003 Chicago Auto Show and in production form at the following North American International Auto Show. It went on sale in early 2006 as a 2007 model and features styling reminiscent of the original Toyota FJ40 Land Cruisers from the 1960s (particularly the front fascia, white roof and wrap around rear windows) and is based on the Land Cruiser Prado platform. The FJ Cruiser was not originally intended for production but due to enormous consumer response about the car following the North American International Auto Show, production eventually began in early 2006. FJ Cruisers are built by Hino Motors in Hamura, Japan.

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8th May 2011
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Here is a pack of lock screens : The original pictures from a new garmin 3790T !

If you have deleted the pictures from your GPS, this pack will help you to get them back.

Make a backup of your entire GPS !


This pack contains 480×800 and 1333×800 pictures (3790T model)

Enjoy !

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26th Mar 2011
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The Fiat Panda is a city car from the Italian automobile manufacturer Fiat. The first Fiat Panda was introduced in 1980, and was produced until 2003 with only a few changes. It is now sometimes referred to as the “old Panda”. The second model, launched in 2003, is sometimes referred to “New Panda” or “Nuova Panda” (in Italian), and was the European Car of the Year in 2004.

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6th Mar 2011
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In this tutorial, you will learn how to manipulate sketchup to create automatically rotating vehicle’s pictures.

The goal is to obtain 37 pictures of a 3D vehicle. In another tutorial we learn to compose a complete frame with all the generated pictures.

First, download the free 3D software : sketchup

Advise : Try the different provided tools from sketchup : moving, rotating, zooming, camera…This will help you to place and modify  your 3D model

I have made a script to rotate automatically a model and write png file every 10°.

  1. Download and install the provided script (see download at the end of the article)
  2. In order to install a script for Sketchup on MAC, copy the .rb file to /Library/Application Support/Google SketchUp 8/SketchUp/Plugins/garmin/ It is important to put this in a subdirectory, otherwise, the script will be  automatically called when sketchup starts.
  3. Then, launch Sketchup.
  4. Here, you are ready to import a 3D model : Click on “file” menu and “3D Warehouse“. A browser lets you select your model : choose one !
  5. When the download is over, you have to place your 3D model centered on the blue Z axis. It is important since the rotation is done around this axis.

  1. Move and center correctly your vehicle in the view, like in the following screenshot

  1. On your computer, create a directory called “vehicule” at the root of your hard drive. (You can change this in the ruby script)
  2. In “Windows” menu, select the “Ruby Console” and type load(“garmin/rotate.rb”)
  3. Verify that all the pictures are generated in the “vehicule” directory.
  4. You may have to position again (zoom or dezoom) your model, for the top view…and export it manually (80×80 pictures, png format)

Enjoy!

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5th Mar 2011
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The BMW Z3 was the first modern mass-market roadster produced by BMW, as well as the first new BMW model assembled in the United States. (The very first BMW assembled in the US was the E36/4, 318i that rolled off the Plant Spartanburg assembly line beginning in October 1994.) The Z3 was introduced as a 1996 model year vehicle, shortly after being featured in the James Bond movie, GoldenEye. At that time Karen Sortito created the BMW campaign for the film GoldenEye.[3] Afterwards, while the film was number one at the box office, sales of the car spiked.

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4th Mar 2011
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The Škoda Superb is a large family car primarily built by the Czech car manufacturer Škoda Auto as its flagship car. The versions produced from 2001 to 2008 are based on the platform of the Volkswagen Passat, but are elongated by 10 centimetres (3.9 in), and shares its major mechanicals and powertrain with the Passat, and therefore the larger resources of Škoda Auto’s parent company Volkswagen Group. It is currently the largest and most luxurious model in Škoda’s model range.

The Superb name is a resurrection, originally used by Škoda for a similarly large models, between 1934 and 1942.

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3rd Mar 2011
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The SEAT Ibiza is a car in the European supermini class, constructed by the Spanish car maker SEAT S.A., is SEAT’s best-selling car and perhaps the most popular model in the Spanish firm’s range.[1]

The name Ibiza itself comes from the Spanish island of Ibiza, and its use in SEAT’s supermini car inaugurated the firm’s new nomenclature in naming models after Spanish locations.

It was introduced in the 1984 Paris Motor Show as the first car developed by SEAT as an independent company, though it was designed by SEAT S.A. in collaboration with well-known firms such as Italdesign, Karmann and Porsche.[1] From the Mk2 version onwards, the SEAT company formed part of the German automotive industry concern Volkswagen Group, and all further Ibiza generations, like the rest of the SEAT model range, have been built on Volkswagen Group platforms, parts and technologies.

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2nd Mar 2011
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Animated vehicles for Garmin GPS are not so complicated to create. Some people have made great tools to do the job. I decided to share my experience with you because i think that everybody can do it.

There are 3 steps to make your own cursor : make 36 pictures of your vehicle, assemble them into a png file, convert your png file to the garmin format : .srf.

Making 36(+1) pictures in 3D

First you have to download and install a 3D software on your computer :

After the installation of one of this software, you will be able to choose a model (cars, trucks or anything you want) from officials repositories (or from a models dedicated site). Don’t be afraid, there are tons of models!

According to the 3D software, you then have to put your model on the 3D scene and center it from behind. Here, the idea is to rotate your model from 360° step by step (36 times 10°) and export the 36 pictures of the model in png format: The size of each picture must be 80×80.

Note that you must have a transparent background.

A final picture from the top of the model has also to be made (This will be used on the 2D map mode on your garmin)

You can following the Sketchup tutorial i have written.

Here you normally have : 37 pictures.

  • model_0_deg.png
  • model_10_deg.png
  • model_20_deg.png
  • model_350_deg.png
  • model_top.png

You can preview your spinning vehicle by following This tutorial.

Png frame generation

In the second part, you have to create a single and unique picture from the previous generated pictures (36+1).

First, i recommend you to download a free picture software editor :

Create a 2881 x 160 picture, with transparent background.

Here, you can open the 36+1 pictures and add them to the 2881 x 160 frame as  calcs.

Place the 36+1 pictures each 80 pixels in this order :

1st Row Top-left : model_0_deg     model_10_deg ….model_350_deg : Top-right

2nd Row Low-left : model_top (just one picture)

You can use the grid option configured each 80 pixels in order to help you to place the picture.

Here you must have something like that : (as for me, you do not need the entire second vehicles line as the first picture from this line is rotated directly by the GPS when using the 2D map mode)

Save this to your computer.

If you do not want to do this job each time, just download and install our gimp script fu from this tutorial.

Png to srf convert

The last step is the png to srf online convert.

See link here

Congratuations, you have done it!

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27th Feb 2011
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