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Perfect Partner for Smartphones: the ZENEC Infotainer Z-N426

The new 2-DIN DAB+ moniceiver offers a varied entertainment program and enables the comprehensive use of cellphone functions in the car.

Perfect Partner for Smartphones: the ZENEC Infotainer Z-N426

ZENEC Z-N426: modern 2-DIN DAB+ infotainer

Communicate on the move, listen to radio, enjoy music – with the Z-N426 the Swiss multimedia specialist ZENEC now has another high performance infotainer in its product range. The Z-N426 offers modern entertainment functions, mature DAB+ receiver technology, excellent sound quality, and the greatest possible ease of use. But that’s not all: thanks to SmartLink Direct the Z-N426 enables comfortable integration and use of Android and iOS based smartphones.
But also for those looking for a versatile sat nav, the ZENEC is a clever solution: with the microSDHC card Z-N426-SDFEU available separately the Z-N426 can be expanded into a navigation system with a full range of features.

INNOVATIVE SMARTPHONE USE
Whereas Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto only support certain selected apps from Apple and Google, the Z-N426 goes a step further: thanks to Smartlink Direct every installed app can be presented on the display of the infotainer and used. Simply dock the cellphone, and the smartphone screen will be mirrored on the user interface of the Z-N426. In the case of Android based smartphones SmartLink Direct even enables direct control of the apps from the touchscreen of the Z-N426 – naturally also sat nav apps.

FIRST CLASS SAT NAV – EASY RETROFITS
If using smartphone sat nav apps is not enough, you can retrofit the Z-N426 to a high end naviceiver with the microSDHC card Z-N426-SDFEU available separately. With detailed maps for 47 European countries, more than 6 million points of interest, 3D Auto-Zoom for junctions and roundabouts, free map updates for one year and TMC function, getting the latest navigation technology in your car is thus straightforward and at a reasonable price.
The combination of Z-N426 and sat nav software package makes a perfectly matched functional unit with a number of advantages: for example, the playback of music during active route guidance, or the continuation of route guidance after short stops (refueling).

ENTERTAINMENT TO SATISFY THE HIGHEST DEMANDS
The Z-N426 is a top modern entertainer that impresses with its wide range of functions. Radio reception of outstanding sound quality – that is what the integrated DAB+ twin tuner is good for. It ensures noise-free, crystal clear listening enjoyment of the digital format, and scores with a dynamic station list, MOT Slideshow and DLS text. A high-sensitivity FM RDS tuner ensures outstanding analog radio reception – for example in areas where there is still no DAB broadcasting network.
The Z-N426 has two USB ports: these are not just for docking smartphones but also for playing a wide range of A/V formats from a USB medium.
The comprehensive Bluetooth unit ensures a hands-free system so there is no stress, simple management of contact favorites, and comfortable A2DP music streaming.

ERGONOMIC DESIGN FOR INTUITIVE OPERATION
The design of the Z-N426 has undergone all-round optimization to ensure one thing: driving safety. The screen size benefits from the most important functional elements being reduced to an ergonomic button bar that is used to control the Z-N426 during the journeyas required. A large capacitive 6.8″/17.3 cm TFT display with a high-gloss glass front ensures clarity and excellent contrast. Thanks to the intuitive user interface it can be safely used at any time.

The brand Zenec stands for pure in-car multimedia. Moniceivers, naviceivers, roof mount and universal monitors sum to a well rounded portfolio of in-car products. Added to that are accessory components like DAB+-tuners, rear view cameras and headphones. All Zenec devices are perfectly compatible with one another.
The Zenec multimedia range is perceived to follow the edge of technology, but also to stand out with an exceptional price/performance value. Yet, quality before quantity is the other important maxim given, Zenec is strictly adhering to.
In 2008, Zenec brought the first E>GO model onto the market, thereby immediately establishing a completely new category of device: the vehicle-specific naviceiver. E>GOs are a perfect fit – visually and technically – in the respective target vehicle, without additional bezels, adapters and hours of installation work. With the new line up 2017 there are E>GOs to fit into over 60 models of vehicle.
Few car media brands have ever started out as successfully as Zenec. Today, Zenec has established itself as undisputed market leader for multimedia navigation and spots – according to the Association for Consumer Research (Gfk) – in the German speaking territories a market share in excess of 35%.

Company-Contact
Zenec by ACR (engl.)
Denny Krauledat
Bohrtumweg 1
5300 Bad Zurzach
Phone: 0041-56-269 64 47
E-Mail: denny.krauledat@acr.eu
Url: http://www.zenec.com

Press
punctum, Lechner und Peter GbR
Michaela Lechner
Schönstedtstr. 7
12043 Berlin
Phone: 030-61403817
E-Mail: micha@punctum-berlin.de
Url: http://www.punctum-berlin.de

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Optical Connections for Battery Management

Gigabit Ethernet POF by KDPOF Meets Requirements for Galvanic Isolation in Vehicles

Optical Connections for Battery Management

Optical connections with POF are ideal for galvanic isolation in battery management systems

KDPOF – leading supplier for automotive gigabit connectivity over POF (Plastic Optical Fiber) – now provide their plastic optical fiber connections for battery management systems (BMS) in vehicles. „Electric and hybrid power trains present different voltage domains with large level differences, such as the ECU domain with 12 Volts, the actuators domain with 48 Volts, and the electric power domain with 400 Volts,“ explained Carlos Pardo, CEO and Co-founder of KDPOF. „The galvanic isolation between these domains is a must due to ground parasitic resistance and potential shorts between voltage domains.“ Optical connections with POF provide the optimal means to achieve galvanic isolation, providing 100 Mbps Ethernet compatible solutions with enough margin to withstand the harsh automotive environment. In addition, they are easy to upgrade to 1000 Mbps when a higher data rate is required.

Galvanic Isolation

The lack of galvanic isolation between the domains of a battery management system causes a serious threat to the user and a source of severe damage to the electromechanical parts of the car. Galvanic isolation is also necessary between the primary and secondary systems of both ac-dc and dc-dc converters due to the presence of hazardous high voltage (above 25 Vac or 60 Vdc). According to the FMVSS 305 and ECE-R standards, the isolation barrier between battery and exposed conductive parts should maintain 500 Ohm/V before and after a crash impact. „This is a tough requirement that is very hard to reach without a nearly perfect isolation that copper-based networks are unable to ensure,“ added Carlos Pardo.

A low cost and low performance means to achieve galvanic isolation is an opto couplers based solution, which is rather unreliable and offers very limited speed performance. Looking at optical connections, glass optical fiber (GOF) does not provide enough margin for automotive requirements. This solution is mainly aimed at the highly-controlled environment of data centers, and does not meet automotive norms. Consequently, the first choice for battery management systems is Gigabit Ethernet POF (GEPOF), which perfectly meets the requirements of carmakers by providing high connectivity with a flexible digital host interface, low latency, low jitter, and low linking time. KDPOF’s transceiver for Ethernet over POF, the KD1053, is optimized for low power and small footprint and transmits data at 1000/100 Mbps on standard SI-POF, MC-POF, or PCS, according to 1000BASE-RH (IEEE 802.3bv).

About KDPOF

Fabless semiconductor supplier KDPOF provides innovative gigabit and long-reach communications over Plastic Optical Fiber (POF). Making gigabit communication over POF a reality, KDPOF technology supplies 1 Gbps POF links for automotive, industrial, and home networks. Founded in 2010 in Madrid, Spain, KDPOF offer their technology as either ASSP or IP (Intellectual Property) to be integrated in SoCs (System-on-Chips). The adaptive and efficient system works with a wide range of optoelectronics and low-cost large core optical fibers, thus delivering carmakers low risks, costs and short time-to-market.

Company-Contact
KDPOF
Óscar Ciordia
Ronda de Poniente 14 2ºA
28760 Tres Cantos
Phone: +34 91 8043387
E-Mail: support@kdpof.com
Url: http://www.kdpof.com

Press
ahlendorf communication
Mandy Ahlendorf
Schiffbauerweg 5F
82319 Starnberg
Phone: +4981519739098
E-Mail: ma@ahlendorf-communication.com
Url: http://www.ahlendorf-communication.com

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SmartTOP additional soft top control now available for the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Mods4cars SmartTOP convertible control system for the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class (A217) cabriolet is now available. The retrofitted comfort module allows the opening and closing of the roof via the original vehicle key from a distance.

SmartTOP additional soft top control now available for the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class

SmartTOP additional soft top control for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet

Las Vegas, Nevada – August 31, 2017

The company Mods4cars now offers a smart convertible top solution for the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class (A217) cabriolet. The retrofit SmartTOP module allows, among other things, the operation of the convertible top via the console button via One-Touch. For the opening and closing of the roof it is thereby no longer necessary to hold down the button continuously. A brief tap is sufficient and the convertible top movement is carried out automatically.

Furthermore, the SmartTOP module makes it possible to operate the roof via the original vehicle key from a distance. Pressing a key combination on the remote control automatically opens or closes the soft top. „The SmartTOP customer can already open the convertible top as they approach their vehicle and start their journey top down,“ explains PR spokesman Sven Tornow. A change to the car key is not required.

In addition, the latest development from Mods4cars has numerous additional features: The windows can be opened and closed by remote. It is adjustable whether windows should be raised after opening the top. With the window button in the center console all windows can be closed with One-Touch.

For vehicles with a keyless entry package, the top can be opened and closed by touching the door latch. On special request, the function „tear-wipe“ was also added. After the use of the spray nozzles, wipers will wipe once or twice more after a short break.

All functions of the SmartTOP roof module can be programmed according to personal wishes. A USB port attached to the SmartTOP module makes it possible to connect to the home PC/MAC. In this way software updates can be implemented, which Mods4cars provides free of charge.

The SmartTOP soft top control is supplied with a plug-and-play cable kit, which ensures an easy installation. The connection between the vehicle electronics and the SmartTOP is made by simply plugging together. For 100% accuracy, plugs are used in original equipment manufacturer quality. Since no cables are cut through, the cabriolet module can be completely dismantled as required.

Since 2001, Mods4cars has been producing roof control add-on systems for all common cabriolet models. The following vehicle brands are supported: Alfa, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Volvo and Volkswagen.

The SmartTOP for the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class A217 is available for 339.00 Euro + tax.

A product video can be viewed here:
http://youtu.be/Vr5UfVp8gbY

For more information:
http://www.mods4cars.com

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About Mods4cars:

Mods4cars was founded in 2002 from the idea to add a highly demanded feature to the otherwise almost perfect Porsche Boxster: Comfort One-Touch roof operation while driving at slow speeds. The resulting product offered not only that, but also allowed quick and easy installation by just swapping out a relay box, thus leaving no traces and no permanent changes on the vehicle. The first SmartTOP roof controller was born.

The success of their first products in Germany and Europe prompted them in late 2004 to move operations to the USA, to be able to serve the American market as well as all other English speaking countries such as Australia, UK and South Africa from one central location. Their business has grown to a full-fledged international corporation with an office in Las Vegas and a full line of innovative products as well as distributors and installation partners all over the globe.

Being highly specialized in the development and distribution of aftermarket roof- and comfort controllers since 2002 allows them to offer an unsurpassed level of competence and product quality. Their main goal is optimization of each individual product to a maximum in compatibility, usability and intuitive operation. They put greatest effort into development and quality checks of all their products to achieve this goal and meet all expectations of their customers.

The extraordinary success of their products is also based on the great communication with their customers, which usually already starts for each new product during the development and prototyping phase.

Contact
Mods4cars LLC
Sven Tornow
E. Flamingo Rd #3100 1350
89119 Las Vegas (NV) – USA
Phone: +1-310-9109055
E-Mail: tornow@mods4cars.com
Url: http://www.mods4cars.com

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ZENEC Z-E6150: Entertainer and sat nav for Toyota vehicles

It does not have to be a factory fitted sat nav – with the Z-E6150 ZENEC has now brought out a tailor-made navitainer for Toyota

ZENEC Z-E6150: Entertainer and sat nav for Toyota vehicles

Z-E6150: Infotainer for Toyota

Thought about retrofitting a tailor-made multimedia station in your Toyota so that you don’t have to do without modern entertainment during the journey? With the Z-E6150 from the E>GO Essential 2 series the Swiss multimedia specialist ZENEC has a state-of-the-art infotainer for Toyota in its product range: a system that integrates perfectly into the vehicle, that is an ideal entertainer, is easy to operate, and gives you an innovative smartphone interface. A system that can be expanded to become a full-fledged navitainer if desired.

Developed for diverse Toyota models
The design, button illumination, connectivity – everything about this E>GO is exactly matched to Toyota vehicles. The Z-E6150 has a variable RGB sensor button illumination in blue, white, red and green. Together with its high quality glass front it integrates seamlessly into the cockpit look. Without any additional interfaces it also supports the original multifunction steering wheel of compatible Toyota models – the Auris, Avensis, Camry, Celica, Corolla, GT86, Hilux, Previa, Estima, RAV4 and Yaris.

Every journey is a pleasure
ZENEC has long been well-known for the ease of use of its systems. In this respect the Z-E6150 is no exception. The E>GO is convincing in its high quality ‚reduced‘ design and clearly structured menus, which can be controlled completely intuitively from the large 6.8″/17.3 cm TFT capacitive touch screen.
Listening to radio has never been such a pleasure! This is because the Z-E6150 has an integrated DAB+ twin tuner for receiving digital radio of first class quality: while one tuner deals with the audio playback the second is constantly keeping the ensemble list updated with background scans.
Want to enjoy music like at home, or offer your passengers a high quality video? For media playback the Z-E6150 provides a CD/DVD drive and two USB ports, although the smartphone can also be used for the entertainment program.

Innovative smartphone integration
The Z-E6150 offers several options for using smartphones in the car in comfort – not just for making calls using the hands-free system or streaming music via Bluetooth. There is an HDMI input for connecting compatible smartphones and media devices to the E>GO to playback audio and screen content.
But that“s not all: the SmartLink Direct function allows you to connect your smartphone directly to the USB input of the Z-E6150. The screen content of your cellphone is then mirrored on the user interface of the ZENEC infotainer – the apps of Android smartphones can then be directly controlled from the touchscreen of the Z-E6150.

Upgradeable: from infotainer to naviceiver
If using smartphone sat nav apps for occasional navigation is not satisfying, for a reasonable price you can upgrade the Z-E6150 to a full function naviceiver with the Z-EMAP50 navigation package. Available as an option, this provides the latest ZENEC NextGen navigation software with 3D maps of 47 EU countries, more than 6.5 million points of interest, Lane Assist, and TMC – including free map updates for one year.
The combination of Z-E6150 and sat nav software package makes a perfectly matched functional unit with a number of advantages in practice: for example, the playback of music during active route guidance, or the continuation of route guidance after short stops (refueling).

The brand Zenec stands for pure in-car multimedia. Moniceivers, naviceivers, roof mount and universal monitors sum to a well rounded portfolio of in-car products. Added to that are accessory components like DVB-T/DAB+-tuners, rear view cameras and headphones. All Zenec devices are perfectly compatible with one another.
The Zenec multimedia range is perceived to follow the edge of technology, but also to stand out with an exceptional price/performance value. Yet, quality before quantity is the other important maxim given, Zenec is strictly adhering to.
In 2008, Zenec brought the first E>GO model onto the market, thereby immediately establishing a completely new category of device: the vehicle-specific naviceiver. E>GOs are a perfect fit – visually and technically – in the respective target vehicle, without additional bezels, adapters and hours of installation work. With the new line up 2013/2014 there are E>GOs to fit into over 60 models of vehicle.
Few car media brands have ever started out as successfully as Zenec. Today, Zenec has established itself as undisputed market leader for multimedia navigation and spots – according to the Association for Consumer Research (Gfk) – in the German speaking territories a market share in excess of 35%.

Company-Contact
Zenec by ACR (engl.)
Denny Krauledat
Bohrtumweg 1
5300 Bad Zurzach
Phone: 0041-56-269 64 47
E-Mail: denny.krauledat@acr.eu
Url: http://www.zenec.com

Press
punctum, Lechner und Peter GbR
Michaela Lechner
Schönstedtstr. 7
12043 Berlin
Phone: 030-61403817
E-Mail: micha@punctum-berlin.de
Url: http://www.punctum-berlin.de

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SmartTOP add-on roof top control by Mods4cars is now available for Ferrari 488 Spider

As of now, the SmartTOP soft top control from the manufacturer Mods4cars is also available for the Ferrari 488 Spider. The retrofit cabriolet module allows the opening and closing of the roof via the car key.

SmartTOP add-on roof top control by Mods4cars is now available for Ferrari 488 Spider

SmartTOP add-on roof top control by Mods4cars for Ferrari 488 Spider

Las Vegas, Nevada – August 10, 2017

The retrofit SmartTOP roof module for the Ferrari 488 Spider is now available. The newest development from the company Mods4cars provides crafty additional functions thereby facilitating the everyday use of the convertible. „With the new SmartTOP for Ferrari 488, we now support 5 Ferrari models,“ explains PR spokesman Sven Tornow. For Ferrari models 360, F430 Spider, California and 458 Spider SmartTOP modules are already offered.

The SmartTOP soft top control is retrofitted in the vehicle. After installation, the roof can be opened and closed from a distance using the existing car key. Pressing a key combination on the existing remote control activates the convertibles top movement. „This allows our customers to open their convertible tops while they are moving towards their vehicle,“ says PR spokesman Sven Tornow. There is no need to change the remote control for this function.

In addition, one-touch operation of the convertible top is also made possible while driving. With the installed SmartTOP module, only a tap on the soft top button in the interior is required. The convertible top movement is then executed automatically. This saves time and the driver has both hands back on the steering wheel quicker.

The SmartTOP provides additional features: position of the windows can be determined after the convertibles top movement. All windows can be opened and closed via the remote control. The functions can be configured according to personal requirements.

Starting or stopping the engine does not interrupt the convertible top movement. Thanks to a USB port attached to the SmartTOP module, it can be connected to the local PC and programmed. Programming can also be done directly in the vehicle.

A plug-and-play cable kit included in delivery provides for easy installation. The connection between the SmartTOP module and the vehicle electronics is made by simply plugging in the perfectly fitting connectors. No cables are cut through, which means that a traceless dismantling is possible at any time.

The company Mods4cars has been producing its smart cabriolet modules since 2002. The following vehicle brands are supported: Alfa, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Volvo and Volkswagen. SmartTOP soft top controls are also available for the Ferrari models 360 Spider, F430 Spider, 458 Spider and California.

The comfort control for the Ferrari 488 Spider is available for 339,00 Euro + tax.

A product video can be viewed here:
http://youtu.be/40l4XqC7n5s

For more information:
http://www.mods4cars.com

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About Mods4cars:

Mods4cars was founded in 2002 from the idea to add a highly demanded feature to the otherwise almost perfect Porsche Boxster: Comfort One-Touch roof operation while driving at slow speeds. The resulting product offered not only that, but also allowed quick and easy installation by just swapping out a relay box, thus leaving no traces and no permanent changes on the vehicle. The first SmartTOP roof controller was born.

The success of their first products in Germany and Europe prompted them in late 2004 to move operations to the USA, to be able to serve the American market as well as all other English speaking countries such as Australia, UK and South Africa from one central location. Their business has grown to a full-fledged international corporation with an office in Las Vegas and a full line of innovative products as well as distributors and installation partners all over the globe.

Being highly specialized in the development and distribution of aftermarket roof- and comfort controllers since 2002 allows them to offer an unsurpassed level of competence and product quality. Their main goal is optimization of each individual product to a maximum in compatibility, usability and intuitive operation. They put greatest effort into development and quality checks of all their products to achieve this goal and meet all expectations of their customers.

The extraordinary success of their products is also based on the great communication with their customers, which usually already starts for each new product during the development and prototyping phase.

Contact
Mods4cars LLC
Sven Tornow
E. Flamingo Rd #3100 1350
89119 Las Vegas (NV) – USA
Phone: +1-310-9109055
E-Mail: tornow@mods4cars.com
Url: http://www.mods4cars.com

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Price tip – the new XZENT infotainer X-F220 for Fiat Ducato

In a test carried out by the German Car & HiFi magazine (issue 04/2017) the XZENT X-F220 put on a thoroughly convincing performance.

Price tip - the new XZENT infotainer X-F220 for Fiat Ducato

XZENT X-F220 for FIAT Ducato

Multimedia systems from XZENT impress the trade press time after time with their price/performance. The X-F220 recently unveiled by XZENT is an infotainer specially for Fiat Ducato, Citroen Jumper, and Peugeot Boxer motor homes – and was an immediate hit with the journalists. The German Car & HiFi magazine (issue 04/2017) has thoroughly reviewed the new multimedia system, including the optional navigation package, and was impressed: „A good all-round solution for the Fiat Ducato. Highly recommended“ is the verdict of the testers, awarding the X-F220 the ‚Practical tip‘ accolade.

Sensational price/performance
High quality and the latest functionality at a fair price – a maxim that also holds true for the X-F220 according to Car & HiFi: „The infotainer can be had for as little as 600 euros, which is very reasonable. The navigation software X-F220-SDFEU adds another 200 euros. However, at 800 euros the package is still in the three digit range and is therefore probably the most attractively priced product on the market for motorhomes.“
The testers praise the comprehensive feature set of the X-F220 that „in spite of the low price can only be described as complete.“ A CD/DVD drive to playback the common audio and video formats, a versatile Bluetooth unit for hands-free calling and music streaming, and even a DAB+ tuner is on board – the testers attesting to its „very good reception“.
Two USB inputs are provided at the rear of the XZENT for connecting USB sticks or smartphones. The testers were especially enthusiastic about the innovative possibilities of smartphone integration: „Thanks to Easy Connect you can connect Android phones directly to the X-F220 so that the screen content is mirrored on the naviceiver display. The apps are then controlled from the touchscreen of the X-F220.“

Special camper software
The optionally available navigation software specially designed for motorhomes also convinced the tech journalists right down the line: „You can choose between four types of vehicles: car, motorhome under 3.5 t, motorhome from 3.5 to 7.5 t, and truck. The exact vehicle parameters such as weight, dimensions, and the number of axles can also be set. This ensures that the navigation system only proposes routes to destinations that the vehicle can really reach. In addition, the database offers a comprehensive listing of motorhome stopover sites beside the usual points of interest.“

Perfect for Fiat Ducato motor homes
Integration into the vehicle has also been well done according to Car & HiFi: With its high-gloss front, the X-F220 fits perfectly into the dashboard of the Fiat Ducato and its French cousins. In addition, the XZENT provides direct support for the Ducato steering wheel remote control functions of the X290 models (from 2014 onwards) – without an external stalk interface.
That the X-F220 is optimally tailored for use in motorhomes is shown not only by the two camera inputs, but also by the practical CAM direct access button: „This lets you switch to the camera picture even when driving ahead so that you can look if everything in the back is still firmly secured.“

Summary
„The XZENT X-F220 for the Ducato is convincing right down the line“ is the final verdict of the testers. „The navigation engine is perfectly adapted for motorhomes, the device comes with a full set of features, and has a very successful control concept with nice large buttons, including those for direct access.“

XZENT is a young brand that is focused exclusively on the „In-car Navigation and Multimedia“ sector. XZENT is the specialist for multimedia and navigation systems. As regards build quality and the range of features XZENT moni- and naviceivers are second to none and, with their sensational price/performance, are convincing right down the line.
XZENT products are now firmly established in the market – this is also demonstrated by the many awards and impressive test reports appearing in the trade press in recent years for XZENT devices.
XZENT products are distributed worldwide exclusively through the extensive ACR AG dealer network, Europe’s largest car media specialists. Among the ACR dealers you will also find a large range of accessories for XZENT systems: rear-view cameras, DAB+ and DVB-T tuners, and monitors as well as speakers and amplifiers.

Company-Contact
Xzent by ACR
Denny Krauledat
Bohrturmweg 1
5330 Bad Zurzach
Phone: 0041-56-2696447
Fax: 0041-56-2696464
E-Mail: denny.krauledat@acr.eu
Url: http://www.xzent.com

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punctum, Lechner und Peter GbR
Michaela Lechner
Schönstedtstr. 7
12043 Berlin
Phone: 030-61403817
Fax: 030-61403819
E-Mail: micha@punctum-berlin.de
Url: http://www.punctum-berlin.de

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SmartTOP convertible top module for Mercedes-Benz C-Class & S-Class available soon

The retrofit SmartTOP roof control by the manufacturer Mods4cars, for both of the new Mercedes-Benz models of the C-Class and S-Class will be available from August 2017 onwards.

SmartTOP convertible top module for Mercedes-Benz C-Class & S-Class available soon

SmartTOP convertible top module for Mercedes-Benz C-Class & S-Class

Las Vegas, Nevada – June 29, 2017

As of August 2017, the SmartTOP roof control system by Mods4cars will be available for the new models of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (A205) and S-Class (A217). The retrofitted module provides clever functions, which makes the convertibles operation more comfortable.

The SmartTOP roof module makes the opening and closing of the roof via the vehicle key possible from a distance. The SmartTOP customer can open the top of their convertible while heading toward their vehicle. For this, only a short key combination on the key fob is required.

Furthermore, the SmartTOP module makes One-Touch-Top-Control possible while driving. With just one push of a button in the interior the convertibles top movement is activated. It is thereby no longer necessary to continuously hold down the button. So, hands are faster back on the steering wheel.

The latest development from Mods4cars will also contain useful additional features. For example, windows can be operated via the vehicles remote control. Starting and stopping the engine does not interrupt the convertible top movement. In addition, the control can be deactivated as required.

Each module can be programmed according to the personal wishes via any PC. For this reason, a USB port is attached to the SmartTOP module. With it you can also download software updates that Mods4cars provides, unlimited, for free of charge.

Also included in delivery is a plug-in installation kit. This ensures easy installation. „The new SmartTOP soft top control for the Mercedes-Benz C- and S-Class is delivered with a plug-and-play wiring harness,“ explains PR spokesman Sven Tornow. „By simply plugging in, connection between the SmartTOP and the vehicles electronics takes place. No cables need to be cut through. Connectors in original OEM quality guarantee a 100% accuracy,“ Sven Tornow continues.

The convertible top control for the new models of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (A205) and S-Class (A217) will be available from August 2017 onwards. For preceding models soft top control systems are already on offer.

Mods4cars also supports the following car brands: Alfa, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Volvo and VW.

A first demo video can be found here:
http://youtu.be/XHhhpemcLus

For more information:
http://www.mods4cars.com

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About Mods4cars:

Mods4cars was founded in 2002 from the idea to add a highly demanded feature to the otherwise almost perfect Porsche Boxster: Comfort One-Touch roof operation while driving at slow speeds. The resulting product offered not only that, but also allowed quick and easy installation by just swapping out a relay box, thus leaving no traces and no permanent changes on the vehicle. The first SmartTOP roof controller was born.

The success of their first products in Germany and Europe prompted them in late 2004 to move operations to the USA, to be able to serve the American market as well as all other English speaking countries such as Australia, UK and South Africa from one central location. Their business has grown to a full-fledged international corporation with an office in Las Vegas and a full line of innovative products as well as distributors and installation partners all over the globe.

Being highly specialized in the development and distribution of aftermarket roof- and comfort controllers since 2002 allows them to offer an unsurpassed level of competence and product quality. Their main goal is optimization of each individual product to a maximum in compatibility, usability and intuitive operation. They put greatest effort into development and quality checks of all their products to achieve this goal and meet all expectations of their customers.

The extraordinary success of their products is also based on the great communication with their customers, which usually already starts for each new product during the development and prototyping phase.

Kontakt
Mods4cars LLC
Sven Tornow
E. Flamingo Rd #3100 1350
89119 Las Vegas (NV) – USA
+1-310-9109055
tornow@mods4cars.com
http://www.mods4cars.com

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Mods4cars Video-in-motion unlocker SmartTV for Volkswagen and Bentley in a new design

The manufacturer Mods4cars has reworked the design of its retrofit SmartTV module. The Video-in-motion unlocker for Volkswagen, Bentley and Skoda is now also being shipped in the newly designed housing.

Mods4cars Video-in-motion unlocker SmartTV for Volkswagen and Bentley in a new design

Mods4cars Video-in-motion unlocker SmartTV for Volkswagen

Las Vegas, Nevada – June 28, 2017

As of now the company Mods4cars delivers its Video-in-motion unlocker SmartTV for Volkswagen, Bentley and Skoda in a new housing. With the retrofit module it is possible to activate TV and DVD playback while driving. This allows the passenger to use the entertainment system and play DVDs during long journeys.

„With our SmartTV control, we offer a well thought-out and professional solution for TV unblocking,“ explains PR spokesman Sven Tornow. The SmartTV module is firmly installed in the vehicle, which means that the functions are retained even after inspection by a workshop. Activation and deactivation of the Video-in-motion module are carried out via a key combination in the interior.

Mods4cars has optimized the design of their SmartTV module. The housing, designed specifically for Mods4cars, is 30% narrower and therefore easier to mount in the vehicle. Two LEDs provide additional help with installation. As less plastic and no screws are used, it is also more environmentally friendly.

The SmartTV module has a standard USB port. This makes it possible to upload software updates, which Mods4cars provides free of charge. Thereby, the Video-in-motion unlocker always remains up to date. The SmartTV module can also be deactivated completely as required. A trace-free dismantling is also possible at any time, as no lines are cut through during installation.

The Video-in-motion unlocker SmartTV can be used by numerous models. With Volkswagen, the following Navi-Radios are supported: MFD-2, RNS-300 and RNS-510. It is also compatible with all Bentley models with CAN-Bus and Skoda vehicles with the „Columbus“ Navi-Radio. In addition, Video-in-motion unlockers are also offered for vehicle brands BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The SmartTV module is available from 169,00 Euro + tax.

The company Mods4cars is manufacturer of the SmartTOP soft top controls. The clever cabriolet module allows the opening and closing of the convertible top while driving with just one push of a button as well as the operation of the roof top via the original vehicle keys from a distance. They are available for all current convertible and roadster models.

A demonstration of the SmartTV can be viewed here:
http://youtu.be/7cwVFCEANlg

For more information:
http://www.mods4cars.com

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About Mods4cars:

Mods4cars was founded in 2002 from the idea to add a highly demanded feature to the otherwise almost perfect Porsche Boxster: Comfort One-Touch roof operation while driving at slow speeds. The resulting product offered not only that, but also allowed quick and easy installation by just swapping out a relay box, thus leaving no traces and no permanent changes on the vehicle. The first SmartTOP roof controller was born.

The success of their first products in Germany and Europe prompted them in late 2004 to move operations to the USA, to be able to serve the American market as well as all other English speaking countries such as Australia, UK and South Africa from one central location. Their business has grown to a full-fledged international corporation with an office in Las Vegas and a full line of innovative products as well as distributors and installation partners all over the globe.

Being highly specialized in the development and distribution of aftermarket roof- and comfort controllers since 2002 allows them to offer an unsurpassed level of competence and product quality. Their main goal is optimization of each individual product to a maximum in compatibility, usability and intuitive operation. They put greatest effort into development and quality checks of all their products to achieve this goal and meet all expectations of their customers.

The extraordinary success of their products is also based on the great communication with their customers, which usually already starts for each new product during the development and prototyping phase.

Kontakt
Mods4cars LLC
Sven Tornow
E. Flamingo Rd #3100 1350
89119 Las Vegas (NV) – USA
+1-310-9109055
tornow@mods4cars.com
http://www.mods4cars.com

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All-rounder – XZENT Infotainment System X-F220 for FIAT Ducato

Smart multimedia retrofit for FIAT Ducato: The X-F220 from XZENT offers the latest infotainment and can be optionally expanded to a motorhome naviceiver.

All-rounder - XZENT Infotainment System X-F220 for FIAT Ducato

XZENT X-F220 for FIAT Ducato

If you are looking for a versatile multimedia system for your FIAT Ducato, Citroen Jumper, or Peugeot Boxer, you are sure to be on the right road with the X-F220 from XZENT. The vehicle-specific infotainer of the new ARGO series integrates perfectly into the target vehicle: the fit of the unit and the button illumination in amber are optimally matched to the vehicle interior. The X-F220 supports the steering wheel remote controls of the latest FIAT Ducato model X290 – without an external stalk interface.

But that“s not all. With the navigation package obtainable as an option, the ARGO can easily be expanded to a powerful motorhome naviceiver with maps of 47 European countries.

Infotainment in the FIAT Ducato
The X-F220 offers a rich variety of infotainment. The integrated DAB+ tuner provides top quality relaxed mobile digital radio reception. Videos and music can be played by the ARGO from USB, CD, DVD, Smartphone or HDMI compatible sources. Added to that is a comprehensive Bluetooth unit for music streaming and safe telephony while driving.
All functions can be intuitively controlled from the driving seat via the capacitive 6.2″/15.7 cm touchscreen and/or the buttons on the unit.

Easy smartphone connectivity
Also, if you want to make best use of your cellphone in your motorhome, for example to listen to music, or for navigation Apps, then the XZENT multimedia system is just right for you. The ARGO has two specially designed USB ports: one supports the „Made for iPod/iPhone“ functionality; the other port provides a connection of compatible Android smartphones. Highlight: The Easy Connect function mirrors all Android Smartphone Apps, including the sat nav Apps, on the display of the X-F220 so that they can then be comfortably controlled from the touchscreen.

Multifunctional motorhome sat nav for FIAT Ducato
With the X-F220-SDFEU sat nav package obtainable as an option, the ARGO can be expanded into a highly specialized motorhome navigation system for the FIAT Ducato. With maps of 47 European countries, an integrated multilanguage camper POI database and more than 6.5 million Premium POIs, the X-F220 guides you safely to any destination. By selecting an appropriate vehicle profile and entering vehicle-specific data (length, width, height, and weight) it is possible to obtain a perfect match to the particular vehicle. TMC, 3D map views, tunnel mode, 3D Auto Zoom for junctions and roundabouts, as well as free map updates for one year – the ARGO is well equipped for all sat nav requirements.

Smart details for the motorhome
The X-F220 is a convincing device with many clever detailed solutions that make it attractive for use in motorhomes. Thus it does without stand-by LEDs: there are therefore no illuminating lights that might disturb sleep at night.
The ARGO has a practical CAM direct selection button on the front of the device that allows manual control of the rear-view camera system. The X-F220 has two camera inputs (RCA, CVBS) with switched power supply, and automatic maneuvering and changeover functions. The CAM inputs can be flexibly adapted to the cameras installed in the vehicle: it is therefore possible to set up for use as front/rear, or rear/rear.

XZENT is a young brand that is focused exclusively on the „In-car Navigation and Multimedia“ sector. XZENT is the specialist for multimedia and navigation systems. As regards build quality and the range of features XZENT moni- and naviceivers are second to none and, with their sensational price/performance, are convincing right down the line.
XZENT products are now firmly established in the market – this is also demonstrated by the many awards and impressive test reports appearing in the trade press in recent years for XZENT devices.
XZENT products are distributed worldwide exclusively through the extensive ACR AG dealer network, Europe’s largest car media specialists. Among the ACR dealers you will also find a large range of accessories for XZENT systems: rear-view cameras, DAB+ and DVB-T tuners, and monitors as well as speakers and amplifiers.

Firmenkontakt
Xzent by ACR
Denny Krauledat
Bohrturmweg 1
5330 Bad Zurzach
0041-56-2696447
0041-56-2696464
denny.krauledat@acr.eu
http://www.xzent.com

Pressekontakt
punctum, Lechner und Peter GbR
Michaela Lechner
Schönstedtstr. 7
12043 Berlin
030-61403817
030-61403819
micha@punctum-berlin.de
http://www.punctum-berlin.de

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Huf: The success story of a TPMS pioneer

A driving force behind tire safety for 20 years

Huf: The success story of a TPMS pioneer

Sensors of the TPMS pioneer Huf then and now.

What hit the market as a safety innovation 20 years ago is today a successful product that drivers do not want to be without. Since 1997, Huf Electronics Bretten (formerly BERU Electronics) has been supplying direct measuring tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) to a growing number of automotive manufacturers, making it one of the most important suppliers in this product segment.

„In 20 years, our product has not only improved significantly, but the design has also changed“, says Ralf Kessler, TPMS Development Manager at Huf, referring to sensor generations 1 through 5, which have become smaller and smaller while performing better and better. Direct monitoring systems display the actual pressure in each individual tire, so that the driver can react immediately in the case of pressure loss. Huf’s tire pressure sensors are particularly robust in order to withstand extreme environmental demands. The sensors can not only handle temperatures between -40 and 150 degrees Celsius, but also mechanical loads of up to 2000 G. Such excellent performance is required in particular by the sports car manufacturers Huf supplies of their products at speeds over 300 km/h.

A winning strategy

As ever, the two most important features are innovation and quality. In addition to numerous individual customer sensors, we also offer a universal sensor for the spare-parts trade. It can be used for all common tire pressure monitoring systems. In terms of quality, the Bretten specialist continues to bet on German manufacturing. Particularly noteworthy is the outstanding, high-precision fit of the sensors. „Our sensor design fits all manner of rims perfectly thanks to the optimal screw connection concept. Not least because of this, Huf received the Red Dot Design Award for its sensor concept,“ says Ralf Kessler.

Tire pressure monitoring systems by Huf – for automotive manufacturers worldwide

Over the past 20 years, Huf Electronics Bretten has been producing tire pressure sensors for major automotive manufacturers all over the world. Customers include Audi, Aston Martin, BMW, Bentley, Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Mercedes Truck, Mini, Novabus, Porsche, Prevost, SsangYong, Volkswagen, Volvo Truck.

Huf develops and produces tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) for renowned automobile manufacturers all over the world: Audi, Aston Martin, BMW, Bentley, Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Mercedes Truck, Mini, Novabus, Porsche, Prevost, SsangYong, Volkswagen, and Volvo Truck, just to name a few.
In addition to offering original replacement sensors for the replacement parts market, Huf also offers the IntelliSens universal sensor, which has the best vehicle coverage in the market and can be installed faster than any other sensor due to its unique concept. Numerous valves, accessories, and tools from ATEQ and Bartec round off our product range. With the new IntelliSens app, tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) can now be diagnosed and configured even faster and easier.

Kontakt
Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG
Dipl. Oec. Ute J. Hoppe
Steegerstr. 17
42551 Velbert
+ (0)2051/ 272 572
ute.hoppe@huf-group.com
http://www.huf-group.com