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History Of Clarion


Our History as a Front-Runner in In-Vehicle Equipment Means We will Continue to Visualize the Future.

Clarion’s history is closely tied to the history of the automobile industry itself. As a worldwide front-runner who created Japan’s first car radio and Japan’s first car stereo, Clarion has always led the field in any era. We give top priority to understanding driver needs and supporting them through sure technology, as well as steadfastly proposing unique new products based upon our advanced creativity. Having evolved from car radio and audio visual devices to car navigation systems and beyond, the field of automotive information equipment is entering a new period of change, filled with amazing potential. We at Clarion will likewise be evolving “Expansion From In-Vehicle Equipment Manufacture To In-vehicle Information Solution Provider”.

December, 1940 / Established as 1970 Hakusan Wireless Electric Company,began manufacturing of battery-operated household radios. / Capital of 180,000 yen
November, 1943 / Merged with Takizawa Wireless Electric Industries Co., Ltd., renamed as Teikoku Dempa Co., Ltd..
1948 / Japan’s First Car radio and PA system for buses developed and released
February, 1951 / Produced Japan’s first car radio.
1951 / Japan’s First Clarion’s first original radio Hino Renault “Le Parisien” released
June, 1958 / Exported car radios to U.S.,creating the base for Japanese car audio exports.
May, 1959 / Car radio receives genuine parts specification from Nissan Motor.
August, 1962 / Teikoku Dempa listed on 2nd section of Tokyo Stock Exchange.
October, 1963 / Developed Japan’s first car stereo, began marketing August of following year.
September, 1967 / Saitama office opened in Toda-shi, Saitama, Japan.
March, 1968 / Marketed Japan’s first cassette car stereo.
August, 1969 / Teikoku Dempa is listed on 2nd section of Osaka Stock Exchange.

February, 1970 / Teikoku Dempa upgraded from 2nd to 1st section of Tokyo and Osaka stock exchanges.
April, 1970 / Opened head office at Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
December, 1970 / Corporate name changed to Clarion Co., Ltd. / First overseas factory (CM) established as joint venture in Malaysia.
June, 1975 / Started Clarion Girl campaign, with Agnes Lum becoming first grand prix winner.
August, 1976 / Business-use karaoke “Karaoke 8” and cassette editing deck “Dubbing X” are marketed.
October, 1978 / Tohoku office opened in Koriyama-shi, Fukushima, Japan.
November, 1980 / Head office moved to Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
1981 / Car stereo “City Connection” released
July, 1983 / Factory established in France (CEF).
November, 1983 / Gumma office established in Oura-gun, Gumma-ken. / Manufacturing company established in Mexico (ELECLA).
July, 1987 / CD5000 car CD player marketed.
October, 1989 / Manufacturing company established in the Philippines (CMCP).

February, 1992 / Voice-guidance car navigation system NAC-200 is marketed.
1993 / Japan’s First Hybrid navigation system NAX-700 released
April, 1993 / Clarion’s SS wireless modem clears for the first time the technical standards set by Japanese government, and is marketed.
January, 1995 / Clarion Orient Co. (CHI) established in Hong Kong. March, 1995 / ISO 9001 certification obtained for all Clarion establishments in Japan.
April, 1995 / Factory completed in China (DCOE).
1995 / Aftermarket’s First Double-DIN unit in the industry ADX8155 released
May, 1996 / VICS-compatible car navigation system marketed
1996 / Single-DIN type CD/DSP control, TV/AM/FM tuner-equipped 5-inch LCD amp VRX8250 released
1996 / High-performance high-quality CD center unit DRX9255 released
April, 1997 / Hamamatsu Sales office opened.
October, 1997 / Manufacturing company established in Hungary (CHE).
January, 1998 / “AutoPC” jointly developed with Microsoft Corp.
December, 1998 / World’s First Clarion AutoPC in-vehicle computer developed in collaboration with Microsoft world’s first “Clarion AutoPC” released in U.S. 
August, 1999 / ETC terminal jointly developed with Hitachi, Ltd..
December, 1999 / OEM supply of “AutoPC” to French automaker Citroën begins

March, 2000 / Clarion Sales Co., Ltd. founded.
April, 2000 / Five Clarion offices in Japan obtain ISO 14001 certification. December, 2000 / HCX Corporation established as joint venture between Hitachi, Clarion, and Xanavi Infomatics.
May, 2001 / Head office relocated to Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku, Japan.
August, 2001 / Clarion scholarship “MEDAMA” campaign started.
October, 2001 / In-vehicle terminal for ETC system marketed.
November, 2001 / “AutoPC CADIAS” exhibited at Tokyo Motor Show.
March, 2002 / Satellite radio receiver on sale in North America.
September, 2002 / Head office functions moved to Toda City, Saitama.
October, 2002 / Clarion Tohoku Seizo Co., Ltd. merged with the Automotive Products Production Department of Clarion Co., Ltd. and Clarion Logistics Co., Ltd. and renamed Clarion M&L Co., Ltd..
December, 2002 / Launched “AutoPC CADIAS”, first in-vehicle PC in Japan.
2002 / Japan’s First “AutoPC CADIAS” in-vehicle computer released. Adopted Windows CE for Automotive as the OS, and “AccessNAVI” communication type navigation system
February, 2003 / World’s first “bird’s-eye view” camera for rear-view system supplied to Nissan Motor.
June, 2003 / HDD (Hard Disk Drive) equipped AV car navigation system marketed.
August, 2003 / Started delivering Car Audio to Shanghai General Motors, China. October,
October, 2003 / HDD (Hard Disk Drive) equipped AV car navigation system, compatible with “CARWINGS” of Nissan Motor Information Service.
February, 2004 / the world’s first Linux, Java J2ME CDC equipped in-vehicle information terminal for commercial vehicles marketed.
June, 2004
/ the industry’s first 2DIN commercial sized, 7-inch monitor equipped HDD AV car navigation system marketed.
July, 2004 / First-in-the-industry bus FM teletext tuner for use in community bus stop name display marketed.
January, 2005 / First-in-the-industry AV center unit VRX755VD with iPod control via virtual onscreen iPod marketed in U.S..
March, 2005 / HDD AV-Navi System developed for all models for Porsche Japan.
May, 2005 / First iPod compatible integrated AV-HDD Navigation unit developed for the Japanese market.
June, 2006 / Car navigation introduced for first time in China and N. American markets.
July, 2006 / Launched “Movieum”, Japan’s largest-scale travel and driving information website with video clips showing travel destinations.
December, 2006 / Became a Hitachi group company.
January, 2007 / Xanavi Informatics Corporation became 100% subsidiary.
January, 2007 / Supplied car audio to Toyota Motor for the first time (contracted by Daihatsu Motor).
April, 2007 / Bus location ASP service started.
April, 2007 / Name change of Clarion M & L Co., Ltd. to Clarion Manufacturing “Protech” Co., Ltd., as production control and production engineering functions transferred from Clarion Co., Ltd.
July, 2007 / World’s First Car navigation system for use in commercial vehicles “Solid Navi” (CQ- 8000) developed and introduced into the market.
August, 2007 / Relocated our Headquarters to Saitama, Shintoshin. New facility named “Corporate Headquarters & Technology Center”.
December, 2007 / Clarion’s 7-inch DVD Multimedia Station VRX935VD and 6-disc DVD Changer VCZ625 (both American market models) selected by NASA installation and the International Space Station (ISS).
June, 2008 / “CRASVIA” (NX808) Terrestrial digital TV tuner and Bluetooth equipped 7-inch wide VGA Double-DIN DVD/ HDD AV-Navi System released
November, 2008 Mobile communication terminal “ClarionMiND” released in North America
April, 2009 / Xanavi Informatics Corp. (100% owned subsidiary) absorbed and merged
April, 2009 / Company name of Clarion Sales Co., Ltd. changed to Clarion Sales and Marketing Co., Ltd..
July, 2009 / SDD navigation system delivered for the first time to Mitsubishi Motors’ electric car, “i-MiEV”.
October, 2009 / Good Design Awards given to 5 of 2009 models.
January, 2010 / Car audio delivered to “nano” of Tata Motors, India.
April, 2010 / Clarion Manufacturing “Protech” Co., Ltd., and Clarion Service Co., Ltd.. merged with new name Clarion Manufacturing and Service Co., Ltd..
May, 2010 / “Smoonavi” 2010 series with Eco-Drive Advice and Save-energy Route Search functions released.
October, 2010 / Head office registration transferred to Saitama Shintoshin; name of Headquarters / Technology Center changed to “Registered Head Office / Technology Center ”
March, 2011 / First in the world full digital speakers for cars developed
April, 2011 / Hakusan and Zama Offices moved to Saitama Shintoshin; Headquarters-Annex Office opened.
June, 2012 / “Smart Access” cloud-based information network service for vehicles is launched in North America.
June, 2012 / “Smart Access” cloud-based information network service compatible car navigation system released.
December 2012 / “First-in-the-world, Full digital speaker system “01DRIVE” series released.
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