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ZENEC ZE-RVSC200: Twin Lens Rear-view Camera for Motorhomes

Maneuvering and parking made easy – ZENEC’s new rear-view camera for recreational vehicles is easy to fit and flexible in use.

ZENEC ZE-RVSC200: Twin Lens Rear-view Camera for Motorhomes

ZENEC ZE-RVSC200: rear-view camera for motorhomes

Multimedia specialist ZENEC has added a new rear-view camera to its range of accessories. The ZE-RVSC200 has been specially developed for use in partially and fully integrated motorhomes. The practical features make this a convincing camera unit.
This very compact ZE-RVSC200 is designed as a twin lens model having two camera modules with different angles of view. In the upper part of the camera housing is Cam1 (45° horizontal angle of view), which primarily does the job of an interior rear view mirror. The lower camera lens Cam2 (100° horizontal angle of view is mainly intended for backing up. It records what is to the rear of the motorhome within a range of up to 5 meters, which can be individually set. Cam2 is supported by the built-in microphone and the IR-LED night illumination system.
ZENEC’s rear-view camera is equipped with sensitive CMOS sensors. Impressive for their low noise, they produce very high-contrast images. The high resolution – 680 x 512 pixels – and high light sensitivity of 0.5 lux enable an optimum image to be obtained even in poor light conditions. Cam2 has powerful night vision IR-LEDs with dynamic LDR brightness control. The area to the rear of the motorhome is illuminated well by the LEDs, for excellent visibility of objects in the dark.
Being a plastic injection molding, the housing of the ZE-RVSC200 is corrosion resistant. Together with the clever construction in accordance with protection rating IP69K, the use of high quality materials ensures high resistance to weather and a long service life.
Equipped with a fast-mount click attachment and a 3-part separable system cable with 17-meter main cable length, ZENEC’s rear-view camera offers a very flexible mounting arrangement. The ZE-RVSC200 set also comes with two special adapter cables. Motorhomes with factory routed DOMETIC/WAECO main system cable can be interfaced using the provided adaptors – avoiding the need to lay a new main cable.
The ZE-RVSC200 is compatible with all monitors and 2-DIN moniceivers and naviceivers having two camera inputs (RCA); devices with only one camera input will additionally need an optional camera switch.

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 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 2018 there are E>GOs to fit into over 60 models of vehicle.

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

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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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Small, Good, Nice Price: AXTON’s Subwoofer ATB120 Tested

The new AXTON compact woofer ATB120 has been awarded the ‚Price Tip‘ accolade from the German magazine Car & HiFi (issue 05/2018).

Small, Good, Nice Price: AXTON

Price Tip: AXTON’s bass box ATB120

Today a subwoofer for a car is expected to be as compact as possible so as to save space and remain inconspicuous when installed in the trunk or the trunk double bottom. But what about the bass performance of a small subwoofer? In issue 05/2018 the magazine Car & HiFi has thoroughly tested the new ATB120 compact woofer from car audio specialist AXTON – and is impressed. In the opinion of these tech journalists the ATB120 makes not only a „proper bass sound“, but also puts on a convincing show with its build quality and the fair price. This everyday compact woofer with a difference therefore gets the ‚Price Tip‘ accolade from Car & HiFi.
Enthusiastically the testers praise the many installation options of the new ATB120, which hardly restricts the usability of the trunk: „The new AXTON ATB120 is light enough to be lifted out of the trunk without any effort; and when onboard it is hardly noticeable. At 13.5 cm high the enclosure is very flat so that it can also be used in the trunk.“
The construction and workmanship of the new AXTON bass reflex box also impress the journalists. This is not only true for the ‚robust‘ 16 mm thick MDF enclosure with a reinforced acoustic baffle and generously sized reflex tunnel. „Together with the neatly made, quality felt cover we have nothing but praise for the build quality“, say the testers „and not just because of the affordable price.“
That goes also for the installed 20 cm woofer with fiber glass cone, 38 mm dual voice coil and large size magnet: „Instead of saving on the driver, AXTON has thankfully decided on a really expensive cone construction.“ But not only that: „Even the driver turns out fullsize and works with a thick ferrite ring.“
But does the ATB120 also produce decent bass? The tech journalists answer this with an emphatic ‚yes‘: „The little AXTON plays amazingly low down in the frequency basement and leaves no desire for more low bass if the music is a normal program of rock or out of the charts.“
The ATB120 scores with its power, and also with its sound quality: „The 20 cm woofer plays really cleanly, the bass never appears fuzzy or soggy. Fast bass lines are reproduced by the minnow with great agility and precision so that the sound quality is fully adequate even for discerning ears.“
„The AXTON ATB120 is a faithful everyday companion for music fans who simply just wish to have a decent bass“, is the final verdict of the tech journalists, awarding the new bass reflex box the ‚Price tip‘ accolade on account of its outstanding price/performance.

The brand AXTON has been popular with car enthusiasts for almost 30 years. AXTON’s products are regularly recognized in trade magazines for their high price performance ratio. The range includes amplifiers and various loudspeakers for car retrofitting: component and coaxial systems, bass boxes, and also compact under seat woofers.

Company-Contact
ACR
Denny Krauledat
Bohrturmweg 1
5330 Bad Zurzach
Phone: 0041562696447
Fax: 0041562696464
E-Mail: Denny.Krauledat@acr.eu
Url: http://www.axton.de

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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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Premium prize for Asahi Kasei – German Design Award for a fascinating glimpse of the automotive world of tomorrow

Premium prize for Asahi Kasei - German Design Award for a fascinating glimpse of the automotive world of tomorrow

AKXY Concept Car (Source: @Asahi Kasei)

Düsseldorf, November 08, 2018 – The German Design Council has honoured Asahi Kasei and its fully drivable electric vehicle AKXY™ with the German Design Award 2019 in the category ‚Special Mention‘. The predicate ‚Special Mention‘ acknowledges works with a design that offers particularly successful solutions and honors the commitment of companies and designers. Asahi Kasei received the award in the category ‚Excellent Product Design – Conceptional Transportation‘. The award ceremony will be held in Frankfurt on February 8, 2019.

The German Design Award sets international standards when it comes to innovative design developments. It exclusively honours projects that are pioneering in the German and international design landscape. This is ensured by an international jury, which gathers leading heads from all disciplines of design. Design experts justified their decision as follows: „The concept combines all relevant vehicle areas – exterior and interior – into a progressive design that convinces in form and function right down to the last detail and thus provides a fascinating glimpse of the automotive world of tomorrow“.

„AKXY™ perfectly combines organic curves with inorganic straight lines,“ explained Michitaka Udaka, Head of Automotive Marketing at Asahi Kasei, about the design philosophy. „I am delighted that this design, which embodies our ideal for the future of safety, comfort and environmental performance in the automobile, has received such prestigious recognition.

Moreover, futuristic design would not be a contradiction to harmony with the environment, Udaka further said, and it would also offer an invitation to feel good. Components people have direct contact with would be characterised by elegant shapes and soft and warm materials.

Since its debut in Japan in May 2017, AKXY™ has been exhibited at trade shows, roadshows and customer events worldwide. Wherever it appears, the „rolling competence center“ stimulates discussions with experts from the automotive industry about the future of the automobile and the solutions AKXY™ offers.

Hideki Tsutsumi, Managing Director of Asahi Kasei Europe, added: „In September 2018, AKXY™ delighted more than 200 customers and journalists at our Business Forum in Düsseldorf. I am proud of this pioneering vehicle and the achievements of our designers and engineers“.

Asahi Kasei will present AKXY™ for the first time at a European trade fair from November 13 to 16, 2019 at the world’s leading trade fair for electronics electronica in Munich (Hall B4 – Booth 516).

For further information on AKXY™ please visit: https://automotive-asahi-kasei.eu/.

About AKXY™
AKXY™ is a drivable electrically powered concept vehicle focused on vehicle safety, comfort and environmental performance. It contains 36 Asahi Kasei products and technologies, including driver recognition technology to support safe driving, fiber materials and a communication system to improve interior comfort, and high-performance polymers to reduce environmental impact. The name derives from Asahi Kasei X (multiplied by) You (the customer).

About the German Design Council
The German Design Award is awarded by the German Design Council, the German brand and design authority. Its mission from the highest level: To represent the German design scene. Founded in 1953 on the initiative of the German Bundestag, it supports the economy in consistently achieving added brand value through design. This makes the German Design Council one of the world’s leading competence centres for communication and brand management in the field of design. In addition to trade associations and institutions, the exclusive network of foundation members includes in particular the owners and brand managers of many well-known companies.

The Asahi Kasei Group is a diversified group of companies led by Asahi Kasei Corp., with operations in the Material, Homes, and Health Care business sectors. Asahi Kasei distributes its innovative technologies and unique materials on markets worldwide.
With more than 30,000 employees around the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries. Asahi Kasei is „Creating for Tomorrow“ with all operations sharing a common mission of contributing to life and living for people around the world.

Company-Contact
Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH
Sebastian Schmidt
Am Seestern 4
40547 Düsseldorf
Phone: +49 (0)211 280 68 139
E-Mail: Sebastian.Schmidt@asahi-kasei.eu
Url: https://www.asahi-kasei.eu/

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financial relations GmbH
Henning Küll
Louisenstraße 97
61348 Bad Homburg
Phone: +49 (0) 6172 27159 12
E-Mail: h.kuell@financial-relations.de
Url: http://www.financial-relations.de

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SmartTOP convertible top control for Porsche 911 Targa now operational while driving

The SmartTOP additional convertible top control for the Porsche 911 Targa (991), among other features, makes it possible to open and close the convertible top via One-Touch.

SmartTOP convertible top control for Porsche 911 Targa now operational while driving

SmartTOP convertible top control for Porsche 911 Targa

Las Vegas, Nevada – October 11, 2018

The retrofit SmartTOP comfort module, made by Mods4cars, facilitates the everyday cabriolet life with smart functions. Among other things, it enables the convertible top to be opened and closed via the existing vehicle key from a distance. The SmartTOP customer can already open their convertible top as they move towards their vehicle.

In addition to this function, the module for the Porsche 911 Targa (991) also offers the option of opening and closing the top using the interior button in the vehicle with just one push of a button. With the latest update, it is now also possible to operate the top while driving at a speed of up to 15 km/h.

„We are constantly improving our products and responding to customer requests,“ explains PR spokesman Sven Tornow. „We are pleased that we have been able to expand the SmartTOP convertible top control for the Porsche 911 Targa (991) with this coveted function to make the cabriolet experience even more convenient for our customers.“ Sven Tornow continues.

In addition to these two main features, per customer request, we have also added another new feature to the module. With Valet Mode, a simple key combination can block the
opening of the cabriolet top. This feature is useful when the vehicle is being used by a third party or handed over for parking.

Existing customers can also benefit from the new features. SmartTOP Cabriolet modules are equipped with a USB port, enabling software updates to be uploaded via the home PC/Mac. Mods4cars provides these updates on their Homepage to all their existing customers, free of charge.

For easy installation, a plug-and-play adapter kit is included in delivery. This ensures for a fast connection between SmartTOP and vehicle electronics by simply plugging together. No cables need to be cut or changed and dismantling without a trace is possible at any time.

The SmartTOP module for the new Porsche 911 Targa (991) is available for 339.00 Euro + tax. SmartTOP convertible top controls are also available for the Porsche Boxster and the Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet.

The following vehicle brands are supported: Alfa, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Maserati, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Volkswagen and Volvo.

The new product video can be viewed here:
http://youtu.be/NDsKDc1Nt1U

More Information can be found under:
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-E2060: Top Entertainer with Sat Nav Option for VW T5

Easy Multimedia retrofit in VW T5: The Z-E2060 is a versatile infotainer from ZENEC that can be easily upgraded to a navigation system.

ZENEC Z-E2060: Top Entertainer with Sat Nav Option for VW T5

ZENEC Z-E2060 for VW T5

Convenient and affordable retrofitting of multimedia and navigation functions for VW T5 Multivan and T5 California vehicles – with the Z-E2060 of the E>GO model range. Brought out by the Swiss multimedia specialist ZENEC, the Z-E2060 is a versatile infotainer that integrates perfectly into T5 based VW vehicles. High end sound, enthralling pictures and films, optimal DAB+ radio reception, and clever smartphone integration – ZENEC’s new E>GO makes every trip in the popular VW Bully successor even more entertaining. Also for those looking for a comfortable sat nav, the Z-2060 is the intelligent solution: With the Z-EMAP50 sat nav package available as an optional package, the infotainer can be extended to become a well equipped naviceiver.

PERFECT UPGRADE FOR THE VW T5
ZENEC’s new naviceiver stands for premium quality and premium components, designed for perfect system integration into the VW T5. Appearance, fit, electrical connections – the Z-E2060 has been developed uncompromisingly for the following T5 transporters (build years from 2010 to 2015): the VW T5 Multivan Comfortline, PanAmericana, Highline, Edition25, BlueMotion, Match, Special, Business and Caravelle as well as the VW T5 California, Comfortline and Europe.
The Z-E2060 is optimally integrated into the VW electrical system, being connected via the CAN bus to the steering wheel remote control, multifunction display (MFA+, MFA), Climatronic status display and the the optical parking system (OPS). These comfort functions can therefore be readily used as normal.

QUICK RESPONSE TOUCHSCREEN
From the capacitive 16.5 cm / 6.5″ display it is possible to control the new T5 E>GO precisely and completely intuitively. The touchscreen responds to to just a light touch.
The display is impressive not just because it is easy to use: the images presented on the display screen also convince with color brilliance, high brightness level and large contrast range.

VERSATILE ENTERTAINMENT
All your favorite radio stations in clear digital quality. The Z-E2060 has an integrated DAB+ twin tuner. Its full feature set – MOT Slideshow, DLS text, Service Following and dynamic station list – ensures excellent reception and ease of use.
With the versatile entertainment functions of the Z-E2060 you get a totally new music and video experience. Beside a CD/DVD drive the T5 specialist offers two USB ports for connecting USB media, iPod or iPhone.
A powerful 4 x 45 watt amplifier, the 10-band graphic equalizer and the DSP based 5-channel time alignment make for the best possible sound, and allows for comprehensive sound tuning. Whether driving away on vacation or to work – boredom on board will at any rate not arise!

OPTIMAL SMARTPHONE PARTNER
The Z-E2060 can use smartphones in the T5 in many ways, not only for telephoning with the hands-free system or music streaming via Bluetooth. Direct USB connections to the Z-E2060 are also available for Android smartphones – the apps are all mirrored on the display of the E>GO using the SmartLink function. The apps can then be controlled directly from the touchscreen of the Z-E2060, allowing the functions of the mobile phones to be fully exploited in the vehicle – including the comfortable use of navigation apps.

UPGRADABLE: FROM INFOTAINER TO NAVICEIVER
If using smartphone sat nav apps for occasional navigation is not enough, you can upgrade the Z-E2060 to a full-function naviceiver by purchasing the optional Z-EMAP50 navigation package. This includes the latest ZENEC NextGen navigation software on 16 GB microSD card, containing 3D maps of 47 EU countries, more than 6.5 million points of interest, Lane Assist function and TMC – together with free map updates for one year.
In combination with the sat nav software package the Z-E2060 is turned into a perfect navigation system, offering many advantages in everyday use.

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 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 2018 there are E>GOs to fit into over 60 models of vehicle.

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

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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 additional top control now available for the Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet

The SmartTOP convertible top module by the company, Mods4cars, is now available for the Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet. The retrofit convertible top control allows for the operation of the top while driving with One-Touch.

SmartTOP additional top control now available for the Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet

SmartTOP additional top control for Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet

Las Vegas, Nevada – September 27, 2018

Mods4cars has launched their smart top solution for the Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet. The SmartTOP cabriolet top module is retrofitted to the vehicle and with clever additional functions, makes cabriolet life easier. Once installed, among other things, the opening and closing of the top via the interior key with One-Touch function is made possible. It is therefore no longer necessary to continuously hold the button down. All it takes is a quick tap and the roof movement is carried out automatically.

Furthermore, the operation of the cabriolet top from a distance using the original vehicle key is also possible. By simply pressing a key combination on the key fob, the top can be opened and closed from a distance. „Our customers can open their cabriolet top as they move towards their vehicle,“ explains PR spokesman Sven Tornow. A change to the vehicle key is not needed for this function.

Like every SmartTOP, the comfort module for the Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet also includes other additional features. Windows can be opened and closed separately via the remote control. It can be adjusted whether the front or all windows should close automatically after the cabriolet top opens. If desired, the operating direction of the interior cabriolet top button can be inverted.

Starting or stopping the engine does not interrupt the current top movement. The module allows for deactivation at any time. All functions of the SmartTOP top module are programmable according to personal wishes. A USB port attached to the SmartTOP module allows for connection to the home PC / Mac. Which in turn allows the cabriolet module to be conveniently configured. In addition, it is possible to install software updates provided by Mods4cars, free of charge.

The included plug-and-play adapter ensures for an easy installation. By simply plugging together, connection between the SmartTOP module and vehicle electronics is established. No cables need to be cut, therefor a traceless dismantling is possible at any time.

The convertible top control for the Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet is available for 269.00 Euro + tax.

Mods4cars offers SmartTOP comfort modules for the following vehicle brands: Alfa, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Maserati, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Volkswagen and Volvo.

A product video can be viewed here:
http://youtu.be/Tys5oiafyus

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: XZENT’s new 2-DIN infotainers X-422 and X-222

„Superb entertainment package at a sensational price“, is the verdict of the German Car & HiFi magazine (issue 05/2018) about XZENT’s multimedia systems, awarding it the ‚Price tip‘ accolade.

Price tip: XZENT

Price tip: XZENT X-422 and X-222

Launched in early summer, the two 2-DIN DAB+ infotainers X-422 and X-222 from multimedia specialist XZENT have now been thoroughly tested by the German Car & HiFi magazine in issue 05/2018. After an in-depth check out in a major test, both these systems were able to put up an all-round convincing performance. „Superb entertainment package at a sensational price“, is the verdict of the critical tech journalists on these new multimedia systems, awarding them the ‚Price tip‘ accolade to account for the outstanding price/performance.

WITH OR WITHOUT SAT NAV
With the X-422 and X-222 there are two moniceivers on the test bench that are identical as far as features and design are concerned. The only difference is: With its integrated GPS receiver the X-422 can easily be upgraded to become a fully-fledged naviceiver. For 99 euros you get the navigation package for cars with Europe-wide 3D navigation on a microSD card. And for just under 200 euros there is the motorhome variant, which allows vehicle parameters such as vehicle height and weight to be entered as well as providing an additional camping POI database. „Together with the optional navigation software the XZENT X-422 forms a completely equipped infotainment system at a very attractive price“ say the Car & Hifi testers.

SUPERB SMARTPHONE INTEGRATION
But even without the sat nav package comfortable navigation is still possible with either of these XZENT systems – with the aid of a compatible Android smartphone: „This is because the X-222 as well as the X-422 has Easy Connect“, the journalists explain. „With a suitable phone connected to one of the two USB ports at the rear you can mirror smartphone apps on the monitor of the car radio and control them via its touchscreen. This works just as well with the music player or Spotify as with Google Maps or other apps.“

SUPERB ENTERTAINMENT PACKAGE
The journalists are also convinced by the versatile media section of the two XZENT infotainers. Beside an FM tuner to receive classic radio programs, the systems are equipped with a DAB+ tuner that scored with the testers for „comfortable station search, Service Following and MOT Slideshow“.
With two USB ports the moniceivers are well equipped for audio and video playback. Then there is the option for comfortable use of the mobile phone in the vehicle: „The devices also work together brilliantly with smartphones using a Bluetooth wireless connection to telephone and hear music.“ There is an HDMI interface for the connection of multimedia devices or mobile phones with an HDMI output.

COMFORTABLE OPERATION
Car & HiFi particularly praise the ease of use of both systems, that have a large capacitive 6.5″/16.5 cm touchscreen together with a practical rotary volume control and sensor buttons: „The menus are clearly laid out, the touchscreen reacts promptly, and as a result overall control is smooth and intuitive“, according to the well-respected tech journalists.
In conclusion, the testers attest to the versatile multimedia functions paired with ease of use and trouble-free in-vehicle integration of both systems, awarding them the ‚Price tip‘ accolade.

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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Autonomous Driving: Optical Data Network Enhances Safety

KDPOF Demos Seamless and EMC-compliant Network Integration at AESIN Conference and at IEEE SA Ethernet & IP @ Auto Tech Day

Autonomous Driving: Optical Data Network Enhances Safety

KDPOF’s optical data network enhances safety for autonomous driving

KDPOF – leading supplier for gigabit transceivers over POF (Plastic Optical Fiber) – provides their optical network technology in order to enhance safety for autonomous driving. „For safety-related functions such as the data network backbone, autonomous driving requires redundant systems in order to increase safety and avoid the autonomous car locking up if one of the systems is disabled in some way,“ explained Ruben Perez de Aranda, CTO and Co-founder of KDPOF. Reliability analysis shows that a technology redundancy like optical and copper cabling provides the highest reliability. Consequently, more and more OEMs are now considering Plastic Optical Fiber. KDPOF will demonstrate the seamless and EMC-compliant network integration with POF at the AESIN (Automotive Electronics Innovation) Conference on October 2, 2018 in Solihull, UK, and at the IEEE-SA Ethernet & IP @ Automotive Technology Day on October 9-10, 2018 in London, UK.

EMC Lessons Learned on Gigabit Ethernet Implementation for ADAS & AV

In his presentation „EMC Lessons Learned on Gigabit Ethernet Implementation for ADAS & AV“ at the AESIN Conference on October 2, 2018 at 16:30, Ruben Perez de Aranda will describe the lessons learned in the iterative design process with the final goal of bringing into the market a mass-produced automotive Gigabit Ethernet PHY integrated in an ECU and meeting the most stringent EMC specifications. „This grows more important as in-car network speeds increase to accommodate the demands of driverless systems,“ he added. „Higher speeds are achieved by wider use of the electromagnetic spectrum.“ This situation makes the underlying communication system implementation less immune to radiated and conducted noise. It also forces OEMs to impose more and more stringent emissions limits on the electronic components, limits that are often already tighter than the demands imposed by international standards. POF is ideal for the new architectures since it provides natural galvanic isolation between communicating modules and a radiation-free harness.

With the first automotive Gigabit Ethernet POF (GEPOF) transceiver KD1053, KDPOF provides high connectivity with a flexible digital host interface, low latency, low jitter, and low linking time. The transceiver complies with the standard amendment IEEE Std 802.3bv™ and thus fully meets the requirements of carmakers.

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: ma@ahlendorf-communication.com
Url: http://www.kdpof.com

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

Automotive Traffic

Shallow form with deep bass response – AXTON’s bass box ATB120

With the ATB120 car audio specialist AXTON presents a powerful bass reflex subwoofer that also scores for its compact dimensions.

Shallow form with deep bass response - AXTON

AXTON’s subwoofer ATB120

Whichever way you look at it: you always find a place for the new bass box ATB120 from car audio specialist AXTON. The shallow form with 20 cm subwoofer chassis and reflex port is guaranteed to fit into almost any trunk with its practical dimensions: Flat on the floor or hidden in the the double floor, fixed on the side panel or even on the rear seat backrest – you’ll appreciate the extremely small footprint.
The bass reflex box ATB120 is designed for music lovers who do not want to compromise on luggage space or bass power on the road. Of minimal size 13.5 x 48.5 x 34.5 cm, the ATB120 produces enormous bass waves with the greatest of ease, setting an impressive stage for every electro beat, every guitar riff, and every bass drum.
AXTON’s new bass reflex subwoofer is a completely new design whereby the intended purpose, size of the enclosure, practical suitability, and fitting have been perfectly matched. In the solid enclosure there is a powerful 20 cm woofer at work that packs a punch: With a very stiff cone out of a combination of air dried paper and a woven layer of fiber glass with a butyl rubber surround, and a large 2 x 2 ohms 1.5″/38 mm voice coil on a Kapton former, the driver is well equipped to produce powerful bass with a fast attack.
The enclosure is made of MDF and covered with robust felt. To minimize air turbulence the port is flow optimized. The terminal offers various connection options to allow a free choice of amplifier. With the connector the plug and play bass box is quickly connected to the amplifier, and can be removed from the trunk just as fast if required.
The awesome output of 200 watts RMS, outstanding build quality, and the attractive price of 149 Euro make the smart ATB120 a convincing total package for the straightforward implementation of an in-car bass system.

The brand AXTON has been popular with car enthusiasts for almost 30 years. AXTON’s products are regularly recognized in trade magazines for their high price performance ratio. The range includes amplifiers and various loudspeakers for car retrofitting: component and coaxial systems, bass boxes, and also compact under seat woofers.

Company-Contact
ACR
Denny Krauledat
Bohrturmweg 1
5330 Bad Zurzach
Phone: 0041562696447
Fax: 0041562696464
E-Mail: Denny.Krauledat@acr.eu
Url: http://www.axton.de

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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

Automotive Traffic

Highlight – The ZENEC Z-E3756 Sat Nav for the Fiat Ducato

ZENEC’s new Z-E3756 navigation system is judged by the German Car & HiFi magazine (issue 4/2018) to be the perfect sat nav for all motorhomes based on the Fiat Ducato, Citroen Jumper and Peugeot Boxer.

Highlight - The ZENEC Z-E3756 Sat Nav for the Fiat Ducato

Highlight: the Z-E3756 sat nav for Fiat Ducato

Together with the Citroen Jumper and Peugeot Boxer, the Fiat Ducato is the most popular basic vehicle for motorhomes. With the Z-E3756 the Swiss multimedia specialist ZENEC has a new motorhome navitainer in its product range that integrates perfectly with vehicles based on this platform – technically and visually. The specialist magazine Car & HiFi has thoroughly tested ZENEC’s new camper sat nav in issue 4/2018 over three pages, and is enthusiastic. The testers rate the price/performance as outstanding, awarding the Z-E3756 the ‚Highlight‘ accolade in the ‚Top Class‘ category.

IDEAL CAMPER NAVICEIVER
The Z-E3756 scored with the testers on account of its navigation software being specially designed for camping vehicles. The new navigation engine knows its way around in 47 European countries and includes over 6.5 million Premium Points of Interest. Added to that is an impressively comprehensive camping POI database that offers „information on approx. 20,000 different camping and motorhome stopover sites in almost every European country“.
To make sure you are navigated only along routes suitable for your motorhome, the Z-E3756 gives you a choice of different vehicle profiles so you can enter data specific to your vehicle. „Important parameters like weight, height, length, width and so on can be individually set and then taken into account for selection of the route“, explain the tech journalists. „This eliminates nasty surprises such as bridges that are too low or narrow local through-roads.“ Also taken into account are the different speed limits and speed restrictions in European countries, which also contributes to a relaxed journey.

MOTORHOME SPECIALIST
As the new ZENEC is specifically built for use in the motorhome three cameras can be connected. In addition there is an audio channel for a microphone that is automatically activated on engaging the reverse gear. „But you don’t just see but also hear what is going on behind the vehicle“, explains Car & HiFi, „very practical if you want someone to stand there and help direct.“ The other camera inputs can be used for various other functions, for example as a front camera or as an aid when draining gray water.
The Z-E3756 has an integrated streaming module for transmitting music to external Bluetooth speakers. Audio functions are then controlled via an app from the Android smartphone. „That makes a lot of sense for a camper navigation system“, is the praise to be heard from the tech journalists. „You can then sit in comfort outside at a stopover site and still enjoy the full range of media features of the ZENEC.“

VERSATILE INFOTAINER
The comprehensive infotainment feature set of the Z-E3756 is thoroughly convincing: DAB+ digital radio, CD/DVD drive, Bluetooth, HDMI and two USB inputs ensure optimal entertainment and communication. Added to that is also the option to integrate Android smartphones using Android Auto so you can use compatible apps or online services and control them from the touchscreen of the navitainer.
„Whether during the journey or at a stopover boredom is therefore guaranteed not to arise“ is the resulting judgment of Car & HiFi on the media section, which also turned in a „faultless performance“ in the test lab: „Vanishingly low distortion and noise figures, solid power at the preamp outputs and linear frequency responses are positives to note.“

SUPERB SOUND
Special praise is reserved not only for the integrated DAB+ dual tuner which, according to the tech journalists, „indulges the listener with a crystal clear, noise-free sound and very stable reception“. The numerous audio functions – audio DSP, 10-band graphic EQ, active high- and low-pass filters and 24-bit D/A converter – also impress the testers: „The sound quality from all sources is very good, with the comprehensive setting options of the DSP also allowing high quality audio chains to be controlled.“

COMFORTABLE OPERATION
The tech journalists are particularly impressed by how easy the Z-E3756 is to use: „The capacitive 17.8 cm size touchscreen sits securely behind a glass surface. It reacts rapidly to the touch of a finger and provides a high level of brightness and good contrast for brilliant reproduction.“
At the same time the ease of use according to Car & HiFi is supported by the GUI design: „The clear menus are very nicely done with pleasingly large buttons. Using the controls is therefore safe even while driving.“

SUMMARY
„The ZENEC Z-E3756 is in all respects very well-thought out, and perfectly tailored to the needs and requirements of motorhome travelers“, is the final verdict of the testers, awarding ZENEC’s „perfect travel companion“ in the Fiat Ducato the ‚Highlight‘ accolade.

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 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 2018 there are E>GOs to fit into over 60 models of vehicle.

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

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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