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Clarion Offers Premium All-In-One In-Dash Navigation Source Units With Innovative Graphical User Interface and 3D Cityscape Map Views

Cypress, Calif., (January 7, 2010) – Clarion Corporation of America (Clarion), a leader in the mobile electronics industry, announces the introduction of three all-new built-in navigation in-dash source units with full-featured multimedia capabilities including top-notch Bluetooth®, iPod® and iPhone® connectivity.

Anticipating an upturn in the economy and a revitalized 12V business, Clarion is going ahead full steam by introducing an incredibly broad product line-up in 2010 featuring all new CD, Multimedia, Navigation, Amplifier, Speaker, and Subwoofer lines. All of the new products consistently feature high-end cosmetics, rich feature sets, ease of use and simply offer great consumer value.The systems, supplied by Clarion, also receive high marks for ease of use

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Clarion’s NX700 is the flagship all-in-one 2DIN audio video navigation unit offering an expansive seven inch motorized touch-screen and sleek and innovative GUI, with only three hard buttons on its futuristically-smooth front panel. The NX700 offers built-in accurate GPS with an efficient map engine guiding you to your destination with vivid 3D cityscape graphics which gives a more realistic experience in the area than ever before. 3D cityscapes, icons, landmarks and elevation are available for select metropolitan cities. The built-in Bluetooth® feature is truly integrated within the navigation application, easily allowing users to call a searched POI destination. Conversations come through loud and clear using the included visor-mounted microphone.

The NX700 is satellite radio ready (Sirius/ XM), plays all versions of DivX® video files and is an all-around powerhouse satisfying multiple mobile navigation and entertainment needs. It incorporates the BBE® MP technology, 24-Bit D/A converter, Magna Bass EX, subwoofer control and built-in High Pass and Low Pass filters for unsurpassed sound quality. The unit offers full control of the user’s media on their iPod® and iPhone® featuring pure digital audio transmitted via USB and even let’s users view their video content when used with the optional iPod video cable (CCA748).

The NX500 and NZ500 are premium audio video navigation units with built-in GPS navigation, built-in Bluetooth® for Hands-free control and audio streaming and USB iPod® and iPhone® compatibility. iPod video playback is also available using an optional cable (CCA748). Both units are Sirius Satellite Radio Direct Connect Ready and are also HD Radio® Ready (with optional THD400 module) including the iTunes® tagging feature.

With built-in GPS navigation, the flash memory allows for quick response and access to navigation maps and multimedia options. The single DIN NZ500 with motorized seven-inch touch panel has an easy-to-view sub display when the LCD is in the closed position. The 12 digit blue illuminated LCD sub display, allows maximum visibility in a space saving package. The NX500 offers all the same great rich features in a 2DIN package.

Both the NX500 and the NZ500 AVN source units offer superior iPod® and iPhone® connectivity with an exceptionally easy-to-use touch panel interface to control these devices.

“Clarion has truly hit a home run with the new 2010 product line. Behind the rich and sublime appearance of these products hides innovative and useful solutions that support the growing demand for iPod® and Bluetooth® connectivity via a broad range of in-car connectivity options,” states Adam Thomas, Vice President of Marketing at Clarion Corporation of America. He added, “Our audio video navigation units offer not only legendary Clarion quality but will also surprise and delight users with full array of advanced features. It is important that Clarion users have this consistently great experience, time after time”

All Clarion’s AVN units offer connectivity to rear vision camera via RCA input and are OEM steering wheel control ready. Clarion’s NX700, NX500 and NZ500 are truly remarkable navigators and entertainers taking you wherever you want to go in affordable style.

Clarion’s built-in navigation source units will ship within the first quarter of 2010.

NX700 Features:

Built-In Navigation with 3D cityscape and elevation for select cities - 2GB Flash Memory (Map Storage/Map TeleAtlas Coverage: 50 States & Canada)

Built-in Bluetooth® Hands-Free (HFP, HSP, OPP)

7” Motorized Sloping Touch Panel LCD

Simple 3 button and advanced GUI interface

Official DivX® Certified product (Plays all versions of DivX Video files)

BBE MP for Compressed Audio Sound Improvement

Magna Bass EX Dynamic Bass Enhancement

Built-in LPF/HPF

Sat Ready XM and Sirius (with optional adapters)

Video/DVD+R/DVD+RW/CD-DA/CD-R/RW Ready

12 Million Points Of Interest (POI)

TTS (Text to Speech) for Street Announcements

AM/FM Tuner 18 FM and 6 AM presets

MP3/WMA/ACC Compatible with ID3-TAG Display

iPod® Direct Control (Optional CCA748 Cable for Audio/Video Playback)

Rear USB for iPod®/ iPhone® Compatibility (Optional CCA-USB)

Rear Vision Camera Input (RCA)

24-Bit D/A Converter

2-Zone Entertainment: Front and Rear Separate Source Control

6CH 2V Output (F/R/SUB) + 2nd Zone Output

50w x 4 Built-in Amplifier

OEM Steering Wheel Remote Ready (Optional PAC SWI-JACK)

Remote Included (RCB198)

2 Year Warranty

NX500/ NZ500 Features:

Built-In Navigation (NAND Flash Memory for Map Storage/Map TeleAtlas Coverage: 50 States and Canada)

All-In-One Chassis - no black box required

Fully Motorized QVGA Color Monitor with 7-inch Touch Panel Control with Sub display (NZ500) and 6.5 inch Touch Panel Control (NX500)

Built-in Bluetooth® Hands-free (HFP, HSP, OPP)

Bluetooth® Audio Streaming (A2DP and AVRCP)

HD Radio® Ready (optional THD400) with iTunes® Tagging

CD-DA/HDCD-R/RW MP3/WMA Compatible with ID3-TAG Display

TTS (Text to Speech) for Street Announcements

12 Million Points Of Interest (POI)

iPod® Video Direct Control (Optional CCA748 Cable for Video Playback)

USB Audio for iPod® / iPhone®

DVD-Video/DVD+R/DVD+RW playback

Front and Rear A/V Inputs; Rear A/V Output

Sirius Direct Connect Ready

24-Bit D/A Converter

Rear USB Connector

AM/FM Tuner 36 FM and 12 AM presets

Rear Vision Camera Input (RCA)

6CH 2V RCA Output

Subwoofer Volume Control

40w x 4 Built-in Amplifier

OEM Steering Wheel Remote Ready (Optional PAC SWI-JACK)

Remote Included

About Clarion

Clarion Co., Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, has been a consolidated subsidiary of Hitachi Group since 2006. An international leader in car audio and electronics since 1940, Clarion is involved in the research, development, engineering, design, manufacturing, sales and marketing of vehicle entertainment, navigation, communications and security products for the automotive and recreational vehicle environments, with marketing and sales affiliates in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. Clarion is located on the Web at www.clarion.com.

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