History 2000-2012

2000 March Founding of Clarion Sales Co., Ltd.
2000 April Five Clarion offices in Japan obtain ISO-14001 certification.
2000 December HCX Corporation established as joint venture between Clarion, Hitachi® , and Xanavi Infomatics®
2001 May Relocation of Headquarters to Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo.
2001 August Start of Clarion Scholarship "MEDAMA".
2001 October In-vehicle terminal for ETC system marketed.
2001 November "AutoPC CADIAS™" exhibited at Tokyo Motor Show.
2002 March Sales of Satellite radio receiver in North America.
2002 September Relocation of Headquarters to Toda-shi, Saitama prefecture functions moved to Toda City, Saitama prefecture.
2002 October Clarion M&L established.
2002 December Launched "AutoPC CADIAS™", the first in-vehicle PC in Japan.
2003 June Sale of HDD equipped AV car navigation system.
2003 August Started delivering Car Audio to GM® Shanghai, China.
2003 October HDD (Hard Disk Drive) equipped AV car navigation system, compatible with “Car Wings” of Nissan® Information Service.
2004 February The world’s first Linux, Java™ J2ME CDC equipped in-vehicle information terminal for commercial vehicles marketed.
2004 June The industry’s first 2DIN commercial sized, 7-inch monitor equipped HDD (Hard Disk Drive) AV car navigation system marketed.
2004 October AV-HDD car navigation system developed for 7 models for Volkswagen Group Japan.
2005 January First iPod® compatible AV center unit marketed in the US.
2005 March AV-HDD car navigation developed for all models for Porsche Japan.
2005 May First iPod® compatible integrated AV-HDD Navigation unit developed for the Japanese market.
2006 June Car navigation introduced for first time in China and N. American markets.
2006 July Launched “Movieum”, Japan’s largest-scale travel and driving information website with video clips showing travel destinations.
2006 December Became a Hitachi group company.
2007 January Xanavi Informatics Corporation became 100% subsidiary.
2007 January Supplied car audio to Toyota for the first time (contracted by Daihatsu)
2007 April Clarion’s first portable navigation system for Japan, DrivTraxP5 marketed.
2007 April Bus location ASP service started.
2007 July Compact drive recorder “Drive Eye” marketed.
2007 August Relocated our Headquarters to Saitama, Shintoshin. New facility named “Corporate Headquarters & Technology Center”.
2007 December Clarion's 7-inch DVD Multimedia Station VRX935VD and 6-disc DVD Changer VC625(both American market models) selected by NASA installation and the International Space Station(ISS).
2008 June SDD (Silicon Disk Drive) equipped AV car navigation system marketed.
2008 November Mobile Communication Terminal ClarionMiND released in North America.
2009 April Merged with 100% owned subsidiary Xanavi Informatics, Corp.
2009 April Company name of Clarion Sales Co., Ltd. changed to Clarion Sales and Marketing Co., Ltd..
2009 July SDD navigation system delivered for the first time to Mitsubishi Motors’ electric car, “i-MiEV”.
2009 October Good Design Awards given to 5 of 2009 models.
2010 January Car audio delivered to “nano” of Tata Motors, India.
2010 April Clarion Manufacturing “Protech” Co., Ltd., and Clarion Service Co., Ltd.. merged with new name Clarion Manufacturing and Service Co., Ltd..
2010 May “Smoonavi” 2010 series with Eco-Drive Advice and Save-energy Route Search functions released.
2010 October Head office registration transferred to Saitama Shintoshin; name of Headquarters / Technology Center changed to “Registered Head Office / Technology Center ”
2011 March First in the world full digital speakers for cars developed.
2011 April Hakusan and Zama Offices moved to Saitama Shintoshin; Headquarters-Annex Office opened.
2012 June “Smart Access” cloud-based information network service for vehicles is launched in North America.
2012 June “Smart Access” cloud-based information network service compatible car navigation system released.

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