SOURCE: Gentex


March 22, 2011 08:35 ET

Gentex Rear Camera Display Mirror Featured on New Hybrid Lexus

ZEELAND, MI--(Marketwire - March 22, 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 the Company's auto-dimming rearview mirrors with Rear Camera Display (RCD) is now available on the all-new Lexus CT 200h hybrid. The premium compact CT 200h will be sold globally. 

"The CT 200h will feature the Gentex RCD mirror on all models sold without a navigation system," stated Enoch Jen, Gentex Senior Vice President. "We are excited to be included on Toyota's new generation of fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly vehicles, and exposing new markets to Gentex's products should help drive our continued success."

The vehicle is currently available in Europe but will arrive in North American showrooms this month. The featured mirror will also be available in Russia, China, Japan and other global markets.

The RCD Mirror contains a liquid crystal display (LCD) that works with a video camera mounted at the rear of the vehicle to provide a view directly behind the vehicle while backing up. When the vehicle is shifted into "reverse," a display appears automatically through the auto-dimming mirror's reflective surface. The display disappears when the vehicle is shifted into any other gear, a capability that is made possible utilizing Gentex's "transflective" coating and lighting techniques, which result in a bright, high-resolution color image. 

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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