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Mapping Out the Future as we Move from Front-Runner of In-Vehicle Device to Trailblazer of the New Era
It is no exaggeration to say that Clarion’s history is closely bound to the history of the automotive industry itself. Since the earliest days of in-vehicle device, Clarion has consistently been an industry pioneer, launching Japan’s first car radio as well as Japan’s first car stereo. We identify drivers' needs and support them through our sound technologies, continually drawing on our abundant creativity to deliver unique products to our customers. Having evolved from car radio and audio visual devices to car navigation systems and beyond, the in-vehicle device field is entering a new era of change, filled with exciting potential. Reflecting this change, Clarion is also evolving from being an In-Vehicle Device Manufacturer to an In-Vehicle Information Solution Provider.

1940 - 1969

1940December 1940Established as Hakusan Wireless Electric Company in 21 Hakusanmae-cho, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo; begins manufacturing battery-operated household radios. Capital: ¥180,000 
November 1943Merges with Takizawa Wireless Electric Industries Co., Ltd.; renamed Teikoku Dempa Co., Ltd. 
1948Japan's first car audio and bus PA system developed and launched 
19501951Launch of Japan's first and Clarion's first original radio, launch of Hino Renault “Le Parisien” 
February 1951Develops and launches Japan’s first car radio. 
June 1958Exports car radios to the US, creating the foundation for today's car audio exports from Japan. 
May 1959Car radio receives genuine parts designation from Nissan Motor. 
1960August 1962Teikoku Dempa listed on the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. 
October 1963Japan’s first car stereo developed and launched in August of the following year. 
September 1967Saitama Office opened in Toda-shi, Saitama Prefecture. 
March 1968Japan’s first cassette car stereo launched. 
August 1969Teikoku Dempa listed on the second section of the Osaka Stock Exchange.

1970 - 1989

1970February 1970Teikoku Dempa upgraded from the second to first section of the Tokyo and Osaka stock exchanges.
April 1970Head Office opened in Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. 
December 1970Trade name changed to Clarion Co., Ltd. 
December 1970First overseas factory (CM) established as a joint venture in Malaysia. 
June 1975Launch of the Clarion Girl campaign. Agnes Lum is the first Grand Prix winner. 
August 1976Launch of the “Karaoke 8” karaoke machine for business, and the “Dubbing X” cassette editing deck. 
October 1978Tohoku Office opened in Koriyama-shi, Fukushima Prefecture. 
1980November 1980Head Office relocates to Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. 
1981Launch of car stereo "City Connection" 
July 1983Factory established in France (CEF). 
November 1983Gunma Office established in Oura-gun, Gunma-ken. Manufacturing company established in Mexico (ELECLA). 
July 1987Launch of car CD CD5000. 
October 1989Manufacturing company established in the Philippines (CMCP).

1990 - 2000

1990February 1992Launch of Japan's first voice-guidance car navigation system (Map Narration System) "NAC-200". 
1993Launch of Japan's first hybrid navigation system "NAX-700" 
April 1993Clarion’s SS wireless modem is the first in Japan to achieve the official Certification of Conformance to Technical Standards. Simultaneous launch of the modem. 
January 1995Clarion Orient Co. (CHI) established in Hong Kong. 
March 1995ISO9001 certification obtained at all Clarion business sites. 
April 1995Manufacturing company (DCOE) established in China. 
1995Launch of aftermarket’s first double-DIN unit "ADX8155" 
May 1996Launch of VICS-compatible car navigation system. 
1996Launch of single-DIN type CD/DSP control, TV/AM/FM tuner-equipped 5-inch LCD amp "VRX8250" 
1996Launch of high-performance/high-quality CD center unit "DRX9255" 
April 1997Hamamatsu Sales Office established. 
October 1997Manufacturing company established in Hungary (CHE). 
January 1998In-car PC “Clarion AutoPC” jointly developed with Microsoft Corporation. 
December 1998The world's first in-vehicle computer "AutoPC” jointly developed with Microsoft Corporation 
August 1999Electronic Toll Collection System (ETC) jointly developed with Hitachi Ltd. 
December 1999OEM supply of "AutoPC" to French automaker Citroën begins.

2000's - 2014

2000March 2000Clarion Sales Co., Ltd. established. 
April 2000Five Clarion offices in Japan obtain ISO14001 certification. 
December 2000HCX Corporation established as a joint venture between Hitachi Ltd., Clarion, and Xanavi Informatics. 
2001May 2001Head Office relocates to Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo. 
August 2001Launch of the Clarion scholarship “MEDAMA” campaign. 
October 2001Launch of in-vehicle device for the Electronic Toll Collection System (ETC). 
November 2001“AutoPC CADIAS” exhibits at Tokyo Motor Show. 
2002March 2002Launch of satellite radio receiver in North America. 
September 2002Head Office relocates to Toda-shi, Saitama Prefecture. 
October 2002Clarion Tohoku Seizo Co., Ltd. merges with Automotive Device Production Department of Clarion Co., Ltd. and Clarion Logistics Co., Ltd. and is renamed Clarion M&L Co., Ltd. 
December 2002Launch of Japan’s first in-vehicle computer “AutoPC CADIAS”. 
2002Launch of Japan’s first “AutoPC CADIAS” in-vehicle computer. Adopted Windows CE for Automotive as the OS, and “Access Navi” communication type navigation system 
2003February 2003World’s first “bird’s-eye view” camera for rear-view system supplied to Nissan Motor. 
June 2003Launch of HDD (Hard Disk Drive) equipped AV car navigation system. 
August 2003Started supplying car audio to Shanghai General Motors, China. 
October 2003Launch of HDD (Hard Disk Drive) equipped AV car navigation system, compatible with “CARWINGS” of Nissan Motor Information Service. 
2004February 2004Launch of the world's first Linux, Java J2ME CDC equipped in-vehicle information terminal for commercial vehicles 
2004Word First Launch of Linux, Java J2ME CDC equipped in-vehicle information terminal for commercial vehicles 
June 2004Launch of the industry’s first double-DIN, 7-inch monitor-equipped HDD AV car navigation system. 
July 2004Launch of the industry's first bus FM teletext tuner used to display the names of stops along bus routes. 
2005January 2005Launch of the industry's first AV center unit with iPod control via virtual onscreen iPod® "VRX755VD" in North America. 
March 2005AV-Navi System developed for all Porsche Japan models. 
May 2005World's first iPod-compatible integrated AV-HDD Navigation Unit launched in Japan. 
2006June 2006Car navigation introduced for the first time in Chinese and North American markets. 
July 2006Launch of “Movieum”, Japan’s biggest travel and driving information website, utilizing video clips of tourist destinations nationwide. 
December 2006Becomes a Hitachi Group company. 
2007January 2007Xanavi Informatics Corporation becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary. 
January 2007Car audio supplied to Toyota Motor for the first time (production contracted to Daihatsu Motor). 
April 2007Start of bus location ASP service. 
April 2007Clarion M & L Co., Ltd. renamed Clarion Manufacturing “Protech” Co., Ltd., with production control and production engineering functions transferred from Clarion Co., Ltd. 
July 2007World’s first car navigation system for use in commercial vehicles “Solid Navi” (CQ–8000) developed and marketed. 
August 2007Headquarters relocate to Saitama Shintoshin; renamed “Corporate Headquarters & Technology Center”. 
December 2007Clarion’s 7-inch wide DVD Multimedia Station "VRX935VD" and 6-disc DVD Changer "VCZ625" (both American market models) adopted by NASA and the International Space Station (ISS). 
2008June 2008Launch of terrestrial digital TV tuner, Bluetooth®-equipped 7-inch wide VGA 2DIN/DVD/HDD AV-Navi system "CRASVIA (NX808)" 
November 2008Launch of mobile communication terminal “ClarionMiND” in North America. 
2009April 2009Wholly-owned subsidiary Xanavi Informatics Corp. is absorbed and merged. 
April 2009Clarion Sales Co., Ltd. renamed Clarion Sales and Marketing Co., Ltd. 
July 2009SDD navigation system supplied for the first time to Mitsubishi Motors’ “i-MiEV” electric car. 
October 2009Good Design Awards given to five 2009 models. 
2010January 2010Car audio supplied to Tata Motors, India for its “Nano” car. 
April 2010Clarion Manufacturing “Protech” Co., Ltd. and Clarion Service Co., Ltd. merge and change name to Clarion Manufacturing and Service Co., Ltd. 
May 2010Launch of “Smoonavi” 2010 series with Eco-Drive Advice and Save-energy Route Search functions. 
October 2010Registered Head Office transferred to Saitama Shintoshin; renamed “Registered Head Office/Technology Center”. 
2011March 2011World's first in-vehicle full-digital speakers developed. 
April 2011Hakusan and Zama Offices relocate to Saitama Shintoshin. New Headquarters-Annex Office opened. 
2012June 2012“Smart Access” cloud-based information network service for vehicles launches in North America. 
June 2012Launch of car navigation system compatible with “Smart Access” cloud-based information network service. 
December 2012Launch of world's first full digital speaker system "01DRIVE" series 
2013May 2013Sales company (CIL) established in India. 
October 2013Launch of navigation system supporting "cutting-edge cloud-based voice recognition search function". 
November 2013Launch of Smart Access link 7-inch wide VGA terrestrial digital TV/DVD/SD AV navigation system (NX713) 
2014April 2014Launch of two 2.4GHz digital wireless camera system models for commercial vehicles.
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