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Garmin, which manufactures navigation, communication and information devices and applications, wants to grow its automotive business (Photo: Garmin)

Garmin has opened new offices in three major markets as it boosts its global satellite navigation activities and expands its automotive business.

The Swiss-based company, said new offices in Shanghai, Stuttgart and Yokohama are located close to leading carmakers and automotive suppliers. The company also recently opened a dedicated automotive office in Detroit.

"Our new worldwide automotive OEM offices will provide local support for our global customer base and help us to further drive innovation as we pursue new business opportunities," said Matt Munn, Garmin's managing director automotive OEM.

Garmin said its new offices will support its efforts to broaden its product offering from navigation software and integrated portable navigation systems to fully-integrated infotainment and telematics systems.

The company announced its first factory-installed in-car infotainment system for selected 2013 model year Suzuki vehicles at the New York auto show earlier this year.

In 2011, Garmin bought German navigation specialist Navigon as a major step to boost its automotive business.