SOURCE: Gentex


April 28, 2011 08:23 ET

Gentex Announces New Programs on Two Dodge Brand Models

ZEELAND, MI--(Marketwire - Apr 28, 2011) - Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX), the Zeeland, Michigan-based manufacturer of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and camera-based active-safety systems for the automotive industry, commercial fire protection products and dimmable aircraft windows, has announced that it is supplying auto-dimming mirrors with its SmartBeam® high-beam headlamp assist technology for the all-new 2011 Dodge Durango and Dodge Charger. The Durango, a full-size support utility vehicle (SUV), and the Charger, a world-class performance sedan, are both currently being sold in the United States and Canada.

The Durango features interior auto-dimming mirrors with microphones as standard equipment on the Crew, Citadel, Heat, and RT trim levels, and as part of the Popular Equipment Group optional package on the Express trim level. In addition, SmartBeam intelligent headlamps are part of the Entry Nav/Commuter group on Crew, and standard on the CrewLux and Citadel trim levels.

An auto-dimming mirror with microphones is standard equipment on the 2011 Dodge Charger models equipped with the Rallye, Rallye Plus, RT, RT Plus, RT Road & Track, and R/T Max packages. SmartBeam is standard equipment on the R/T Max trim level and is available as part of the Driver Confidence Group package on most of the other trim levels.

"The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango and Charger are both highly recognizable names in the auto industry. Gentex is excited to offer its new SmartBeam technology on these vehicles, especially in their 'home market,'" stated Enoch Jen, Gentex Senior Vice President.

SmartBeam is integrated into a Gentex auto-dimming mirror, which automatically darkens to eliminate glare from the headlamps of vehicles approaching from the rear. It uses a miniature camera-on-a-chip combined with algorithmic decision-making to automatically operate a vehicle's high beams in order to optimize their usage according to surrounding traffic conditions. The system maximizes forward lighting while eliminating the repetitive task of turning the high beams on and off manually.

Founded in 1974, Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX) is the leading supplier of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and camera-based active safety systems to the global automotive industry. The Company also provides commercial smoke alarms and signaling devices to the North American fire protection market, as well as dimmable aircraft windows for the commercial, business and general aviation markets. Based in Zeeland, Michigan, the international Company develops, manufactures and markets interior and exterior automatic-dimming automotive rearview mirrors that utilize proprietary electrochromic technology to dim in proportion to the amount of headlight glare from trailing vehicle headlamps. More than half of the Company's interior mirrors are sold with advanced electronic features, and more than 98 percent of the Company's net sales are derived from the sale of auto-dimming mirrors to nearly every major automaker in the world.

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