April 8, 2002
Gentex Begins Shipping
Automatic-Dimming Mirrors for Toyota Corolla and Matrix
Gentex Corporation, the Zeeland, Michigan-based manufacturer of
automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and commercial fire protection products,
has begun shipping interior automatic- dimming rearview mirrors for the
Toyota Corolla and the all-new Matrix.
These vehicles represent a milestone for Gentex, marking the first time the
Company's mirrors have been offered on North American compact vehicles.
Gentex's Night Vision Safety(TM) (NVS(R)) Mirrors are active, crash-
avoidance safety features. They automatically darken to reduce glare from
the headlamps of vehicles approaching from the rear. The brighter the glare,
the darker the mirrors become, making nighttime driving safer.
The Gentex mirrors are available on the LE version of the Corolla and the
XRS version of the Matrix. They're also available as a stand-alone feature
through several dealer installation programs.
In addition to automatically dimming upon detecting glare, the mirrors
contain a compass display and map lamps that feature the Company's patented
"white light" LED technology.
"Last summer our mirrors debuted on the Camry, and now they're available on
the Corolla and Matrix," said Ken La Grand, Gentex executive vice president.
"This means automatic-dimming mirrors have successfully penetrated each
segment of the market and now can be found on nearly every vehicle type:
from luxury cars and SUVs to mid-sized and compact vehicles. Historically,
once you break into a new vehicle segment, it opens the door for increased
sales and application rates.
"There's more glare on the road today than ever before," continued La Grand.
"The higher-mounted headlamps of trucks and SUVs, high-intensity discharge
lamps, the increased number of vehicles on the road -- for these and other
reasons, the time is right for our glare-elimination technology, especially
for smaller cars."
Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX) is an international company that provides
high-quality products to the worldwide automotive industry and North
American fire protection market. The Company develops, manufactures and
markets proprietary electro-optic products, including interior and exterior
electrochromic, automatic-dimming Night Vision Safety(TM) (NVS(R))
automotive rearview mirrors that dim in proportion to the amount of
headlight glare from trailing vehicle headlamps, and an extensive line of
fire protection products for commercial applications.
Gentex was the first company in the world to successfully develop and
produce a commercial electrochromic mirror for the motor vehicle industry.
The Company is the leading supplier of these mirrors to the worldwide
automotive industry. Gentex OEM customers include Audi, Bentley, BMW,
Daewoo, DaimlerChrysler, Fiat, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Infiniti, Kia
Motors, Lexus, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, Rover, Rolls Royce, Samsung Motors,
SsangYong Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen. Gentex aftermarket/distributor
customers include Gulf States Toyota Distributors, Mito Corporation,
Southeast Toyota Distributors, Subaru Distributors NE and Toyota Motor Sales