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TMCNet:  Clarion Introduces New Infotainment In-Vehicle Devices with Smartphone Connectivity and Access to Cloud Server

[January 08, 2013]

Clarion Introduces New Infotainment In-Vehicle Devices with Smartphone Connectivity and Access to Cloud Server

CYPRESS, Calif., Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Clarion Corporation of America, a leader in consumer and industrial mobile electronics, announced the addition of two new innovative products to their 2013 mobile electronics line up. Both devices have been designed and developed with today's mobile lifestyle and connectivity in mind, offering seamless compatibility with satellite radio from SiriusXM, iPhone and Android smartphones and featuring access to Clarion's exclusive Smart Access cloud server.


(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130108/NY38760LOGO-a )(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130108/NY38760-b ) The award winning and exclusive to Clarion Smart Access cloud service is the most advanced system in the market for allowing users easy and flawless access to a myriad of activities and services inside their vehicles via in-vehicle smartphone apps and seamless connectivity.

The flagship NX603 is Clarion's most advanced in-dash navigation source unit model for 2013. It features built-in Bluetooth capabilities including a microphone, CD/DVD/SD/USB ports, 8GB micro SD card for map storage and a second SD card slot to access entertainment files. This model incorporates the highly acclaimed iGo Primo navigation software as part of its built-in applications and features Clarion's latest map system, ensuring users access to the most updated maps and data available at the time of purchase. The large 6.2-inch WVGA touch panel display offers an all-new highly animated GUI highlighted by variable color key illumination featuring 728 colors and offers an HDMI port for smartphone mirroring.

The FX503 is Clarion's first double DIN digital media receiver. The sleek device is highlighted by a wide touchscreen display with advanced animated graphics (GUI). Its clean sleek styling offers minimal hard buttons allowing the unit to feature an expanded touch screen display for easier, more intuitive operation. Like the NX603, FX503 also offers and HDMI port for smartphone mirroring Both the NX603 and FX503 are SiriusXM-Ready(TM) via the optional SXV200 SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit (sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required,) and capable of receiving SiriusXM's commercial-free music, premier sports talk and live events, comedy, news, exclusive talk and entertainment, and SiriusXM Latino, the most comprehensive Latin music, sports and talk programming in radio, have several input ports including a MicroSD, dual aux audio and video inputs, a rear USB port and an optional external Bluetooth microphone port. Additionally, they can both control iPod and iPhone directly via USB. The Smart Access apps are available via the Apple AppStore or Google Play Store and include popular names such as Pandora, Tunein Radio as well as Clarion exclusive apps like FB4Car and Twit4Car.

"In our 70 year history, we have designed and manufactured some of the world's best performing in-vehicle audio, navigation and infotainment systems," stated Paul Lachner, President of Clarion Corporation of America. "Our goal is to simplify what it takes for people to fully and safely take full advantage of infotainment in their vehicles by providing them with not just great audio, but superior yet streamlined interface as well as easy connectivity to the ever-growing services and capabilities available online. It is not a coincidence that these new products perform so well when it comes to user interface and seamless connectivity." Clarion's FX503 and NX603 will be available in the second quarter of 2013 and showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. FX503's suggested retail price is at $799.99 while NX603 will be available for $999.99. To learn more about these products from Clarion, visit www.clarion.com/us Clarion NX603 Features and Benefits: MSRP $999.99 -- Smart Access compatibility -- Built-in iGo Primo Navigation Software by NNG -- HDMI for Smart Phone "Mirroring" -- CD/DVD/USB/SD - MP3/WMA/MP4 -- 6.2" WVGA Display with Touch Panel -- New Highly Animated GUI -- Variable color key Illumination (728 colors) -- Built-in Bluetooth for HFP/A2DP -- Built-in and Optional External Bluetooth Microphone -- MOSFET 50W x 4, 4V.6ch RCA output -- LPF/HPF for Subwoofer, 3-band PEQ -- SiriusXM-Ready(TM) with iTunes tagging (optional SXV200 Connect Vehicle Tuner, sold separately, and SiriusXM subscription required) -- Rear USB -- Dual Aux Audio/Video Inputs (rear RCA/Front 3.5mm) -- iPod/iPhone Direct Control via USB -- Pandora Control via iPhone USB -- Smart Phone Connectivity (iPhone and Android) -- 8GB Micro SD Card for Map Storage -- Latest Map Guarantee -- Dedicated rear view camera input -- OEM-SWRC ready Clarion FX503 Features and Benefits: MSRP $799.99 -- Smart Access compatibility -- HDMI for Smart Phone "Mirroring" -- AM/FM/MicroSD -MP3/WMA/MP4 -- 6.2" WVGA Display with Touch Panel -- New Highly Animated GUI -- Built-in Bluetooth for HFP/A2DP -- Built-in and Optional External Bluetooth Microphone -- Rear USB -- Dual Aux Audio/Video Inputs (rear RCA/Front 3.5mm) -- iPod/iPhone Direct Control via USB -- Pandora Control via iPhone USB -- Smart Phone Connectivity (iPhone and Android) -- MOSFET 50W x 4, 4V.6ch RCA output -- LPF/HPF for Subwoofer, 3-band PEQ -- Dedicated rear view camera input -- OEM-SWRC ready -- SiriusXM-Ready(TM) with iTunes tagging (optional SXV200 SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner, sold separately, and SiriusXM subscription required) About Clarion Headquartered in Cypress, California, Clarion Corporation of America is a subsidiary of Japan-based Clarion Co. Ltd, which has been a consolidated subsidiary of the Hitachi Group since 2006. Clarion has been an international leader in car audio and electronics since 1940. The company is engaged in the research, development, engineering, design, manufacturing, sales and marketing of mobile entertainment, navigation, infotainment, communication, safety and security products for the automotive, marine, recreational vehicle, commercial fleet and heavy industry environments. Clarion has been the recipient of numerous excellence awards for design, innovation, support, manufacturing and product reliability from independent organizations. The company has 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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SOURCE Clarion Corporation of America

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