Magellan Car Kit for iPhone nav apps coming soon to a car near you

After a dearth of car kits for iPhones and accompanying GPS navigation apps, manufacturers are starting to announce new kits on a regular basis.

The latest news comes from Magellan, who will soon be introducing a new vehicle mount for the iPhone 3GS, 3G, and the second generation iPod touch. As with the Navigon and TomTom car kits, the US$129.99 Magellan Premium Car Kit includes a built-in GPS receiver for better accuracy. Other features include:

  • Secure vehicle mounting for iPhone or iPod touch

  • Accommodates most silicon skins and hard shell cases

  • Adjustable mount securely rotates iPhone to either portrait or landscape mode for optimal positioning and widescreen route display

  • Recharges battery via the vehicle power outlet

  • Amplified speaker with volume control for loud and clear phone calls and directions

  • Noise canceling microphone for full duplex speakerphone operation

  • Auxiliary audio output (for connection to your car stereo)

  • Bluetooth enables hands-free calling

While designed for use with the Magellan RoadMate app [US$79.99 (sale price), iTunes Link], the Premium Car Kit works with any navigation app. I find the ability to accommodate hard shell cases to be one of the most compelling features, as many of the other car kits require a "naked" iPhone or iPod touch.

The car kit is currently available for pre-order from, Best Buy, and