Monthly Archives: October 2012

  • Pick a Car, Any Car: 9 New Brandmotion Kits Cover the Aftermarket

    Mirror / camera combinations “fill the holes” between available factory options

    Ann Arbor, Michigan, August 29, 2012 – Brandmotion has become synonymous with providing authentic OEM product solutions to the aftermarket, particularly offering the same factory-approved products that are available at the car dealership, but at a significantly lower cost. Today, Brandmotion announced that it has turned this expertise toward an expansion and completion of its “universal” products, which are designed to appeal to vehicle owners who want authentic OEM products, but do not have factory approved options available for their particular vehicle.

    Over the past two months the company has introduced nine new kits that provide end-to-end backup view solutions while retaining the factory look and features of the vehicle. Models consist of two camera options: Four basic kits include the highly flexible and cost-efficient 9002-7601, which ships with two mounting brackets, while the remaining five premium kits feature the OEM-approved 9002-8601 Panasonic camera currently used in most of Brandmotion’s factory match applications.

    Each camera is paired with one of four OEM mirrors equipped with high-quality, 3.5-inch TFT color screens that turn on when the vehicle is put in reverse and disappear behind the mirror’s surface when not in use.

    • The 9002-7621 (basic; $579.95 MSRP) or 9002-8621 (premium; $649.95 MSRP) features a standard-sized OEM auto dimming mirror.
    • The 9002-7624 (basic; $579.95 MSRP) or 9002-8624 (premium; $679.95 MSRP) includes the company’s new Slimline OEM auto-dimming mirror.
    • The 9002-7622 (basic; $599.95 MSRP) or 9002-8622 (premium; $719.95 MSRP) is designed for GM vehicles and includes OnStar compatibility along with auto-dimming functionality. The 9002-8722 follows the design of the 9002-8622 but it is intended for GM vehicles with a 10-pin mirror connector.
    • The 9002-7623 (basic; $679.95 MSRP) or 9002-8623 (premium; $779.95 MSRP) adds a compass and temperature display to the standard-sized OEM auto-dimming model.

    All models are available and shipping, and include all accessories, wiring harnesses and instructions to go with a factory-match warranty.

    “Most companies that service the aftermarket think in terms of parts, but we have a different philosophy,” said Jeff Varick, president of Brandmotion. “Our OEM history teaches us to provide a complete solution, whether we are working with factory or aftermarket applications. It’s really the only way to guarantee a high level of quality with our products. These nine new kits allow us to maintain quality while still giving expeditors and dealerships the flexibility to fit almost any vehicle application.”

    For more information on the 9002-7601 or any of Brandmotion’s safety solutions, contact Brandmotion at (734) 619-1250, visit Brandmotion’s website at www.brandmotion.com, or follow Brandmotion on Facebook at facebook.com/brandmotion.

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  • Brandmotion Introduces New OEM Rear-View Cameras

    Replacement Ford Emblem features factory-validated cameras for newer F-150, Super Duty and Flex

    Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 17, 2012 – Brandmotion LLC, premier supplier of high-quality rear view solutions for cars and trucks, has introduced three Ford Oval Emblem OEM Camera kits in its extensive line of safety solutions for Ford. The kits cover the Ford F-150, Super Duty and Flex vehicles from 2009-2012 and are available for trims with or without a factory navigation screen, or with aftermarket navigation. The kits feature the same OEM-validated cameras that are available in factory-installed rear view systems.

    “We know that truck owners are fanatics about how their vehicles look, so they pay close attention to how aftermarket add-ons function as well as fit,” said Jeff Varick, president of Brandmotion. “In wanting to provide the best possible safety experience, we went through exhaustive steps to source the same cameras that have been approved by Ford and are installed on thousands of cars and trucks at the factory.”

    The Ford Oval Emblem OEM Camera comprises a replacement Ford emblem and extruded bezel, finished in chrome to match the factory look. The high-quality camera is encased in a waterproof plastic housing and anti-fog lens cover to enhance its reliability in severe weather conditions.

    The new OEM-validated camera is built on a CMOS framework with 1 Lux luminance for a sharper image. It offers a superior wide-angle and depth of field visibility, assisted by a 600-by-480-pixel image output, automatic white balance and electronic auto iris. The camera also displays parking grid lines over the rear view image to assist drivers in determining the distance to an obstacle.

    Brandmotion offers three versions of the kit:

    • Part No. 1008-9527 ($919.95 MSRP) is designed for vehicles without navigation. It includes a factory grade auto-dimming replacement mirror with an inbuilt, 3.5-inch TFT LCD color monitor to display the camera view.
    • Part No. 1008-6509 ($429.95 MSRP) is intended for vehicles with an aftermarket in-dash screen that uses a composite RCA video connection.
    • Part No. 1008-6510 ($499.95 MSRP) works with vehicles that come with factory-installed navigation. The wire harness connects directly to show the rear view through the factory screen when the truck is put in reverse.

    All kits include plug-and-play loomed harnesses and a factory-match warranty.

    “Rearview safety has gotten a lot of attention in the media, to the point that the government is mandating that all vehicles come with rearview cameras at some point in the future,” continued Varick. “The Ford Oval Emblem OEM Camera kit, as with all of our OEM-grade rearview solutions, enables customers without this feature on their vehicle to realize both the safety and convenience benefits that rear vision brings.”

    For more information, contact Brandmotion at (734) 619-1250, visit Brandmotion’s website at www.brandmotion.com, or follow Brandmotion on Facebook at facebook.com/brandmotion.

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  • Brandmotion Adds Value-Priced, Feature-Rich Camera Kit

    9002-7601 packs CMOS reliability, two mounting brackets and universal flexibility at $139 MSRP

    Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 11, 2012 – Brandmotion LLC, award-winning supplier of OEM-grade, integrated safety and convenience products for cars and trucks, announced it is now shipping the 9002-7601 camera kit, designed for universal applications. The kit allows Brandmotion resellers to offer a quality camera, complete with multiple mounting options and features comparable to higher-priced cameras, at an entry-level price point.

    The 9002-7601 comes with everything needed to add a camera to the top of a license plate or to any vertical or horizontal surface. Select from the license plate bracket, which contains eyeholes to affix the camera to the top screws of the license plate, or the smaller universal bracket, which provides slots for several mounting options. Both enable the camera to swivel to get the perfect viewing angle. Easily connect it to a video display with a sturdy composite connection.

    “We took some time in coming out with this kit, even though we knew that some of our resellers were looking for a value-priced solution to meet some of their customer requests, because we wanted the right package,” said Jeff Varick, Brandmotion president and CEO. “As with all of our products, we painstakingly select the best balance of capability and price point, and the resulting 9002-7601 provides a ton of features and value at a highly competitive MSRP.”

    The 9002-7601’s camera uses a fast CMOS sensor to produce accurate color images with 420 TV lines and a minimum illumination of 0.5 lux. A 170-degree viewing angle provides a large capture area behind the vehicle, and the image can be overlaid with colored parking lines that show the proximity to a potential hazard as the vehicle moves backward. The image can also be reversed for front-of-vehicle applications or video screen compatibility. Both of these options are selectable during installation.

    The 9002-7601 brings Brandmotion’s array of camera offerings to nine, and its universal flexibility complements a strong selection of OEM-grade, vehicle-specific camera models that interface with factory-installed or aftermarket radios. In addition, users can select from Brandmotion’s quality video-embedded replacement mirrors to fit any application. For more information on the 9002-7601 or any of Brandmotion’s safety solutions, contact Brandmotion at (734) 619-1250, visit Brandmotion’s website at www.brandmotion.com, or follow Brandmotion on Facebook at facebook.com/brandmotion.

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  • Brandmotion Appoints AutoMobility Distribution

    Canada’s largest electronics distributor to provide exclusive nationwide representation

    Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 5, 2012 – Brandmotion today announced it has secured an agreement with AutoMobility Distribution, Inc., to provide exclusive sales, support and representation for Brandmotion products throughout Canada. As the country’s largest automotive electronics distributor, AutoMobility will represent the complete line of Brandmotion OEM-grade, vehicle-specific cameras and replacement mirrors, as well as its universal and aftermarket safety solutions.

    Located in Ville St-Laurent, Quebec, AutoMobility Distribution enjoys 21 years of delivering advanced automotive aftermarket products to mass merchandisers, national electronics chain stores, regional automotive distributors and 12-volt aftermarket specialists. The company also provides its own sales and technical support teams, focusing on building strong rapport and a hands-on approach to service.

    “We’re extremely pleased to welcome AutoMobility to our team, and honored that they have welcomed us to theirs,” said Jeff Varick, Brandmotion president and CEO. “The company has a stellar reputation for both quality offerings and impeccable service, which was a prerequisite for us in selecting a distribution partner. We share a passion for excellence, and that’s why this partnership is a perfect fit.”

    For more information on Brandmotion call (734) 619-1250, visit Brandmotion’s website at www.brandmotion.com, or follow Brandmotion on Facebook at facebook.com/brandmotion. For more information on AutoMobility Distribution, visit automobilitydistribution.com.

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  • Brandmotion Now Shipping CTS/Equinox Rear View Camera Kit

    Adds back-up safety to 2011-2012 Cadillac CTS and 2010-2012 Chevy Equinox with lower trim levels

    Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 1, 2012 – Brandmotion LLC, award-winning supplier of OEM-grade, integrated safety and convenience products for cars and trucks, announced it is now shipping the rear view camera kit for the 2011-2012 Cadillac CTS and 2010-2012 Chevy Equinox. The kit enables owners of these vehicles to experience the safety and security benefits of rear vision, which is available only by purchasing expensive, higher-level trim packages from the car dealership.

    Carrying model no. 9002-9620, the rear-view camera kit features an OEM-validated Rear Vision system that reliably matches the fit, finish and features of factory installed systems on the Cadillac CTS Luxury trim package, or the Chevrolet Equinox Luxury, Performance Premium, LT and LTX trim levels. As a result of the factory match, all existing vehicle features are retained and function normally after the rear vision system is professionally installed.

    “This is a product we’re really excited to bring to our customers,” said Jeff Varick, Brandmotion president and CEO. “It caters to those with concerns of adding aftermarket equipment, and enables applicable vehicle owners with lower trim levels to get the safety and security a back-up system provides.”

    The OnStar button-equipped, auto-dimming mirror in the kit features a 3.5-inch LCD color backup monitor built into the mirror face. The camera comes with all mounting hardware, and the wiring is insulated to factory standards. The rear view camera kit carries a warranty that matches the term of the vehicle’s factory warranty.

    With the release of the 9002-9620 for CTS and Equinox, Brandmotion has solidified its camera offerings with an array of universal and application-specific models. The new Ford Emblem Camera comes built into an elongated but factory look emblem that replaces the factory logo on the bed of most newer F-series trucks, and to enhance the collision avoidance properties of the rearview camera line. Brandmotion also offers Curb-Alert Pro, an early warning proximity system that helps eliminate vehicle damage by running into or over curbs or parking blocks.

    For more information on the CTS / Equinox rear view camera kit, Curb-Alert Pro or any of Brandmotion’s safety solutions, contact Brandmotion at (734) 619-1250, visit Brandmotion’s Website at www.brandmotion.com, or follow Brandmotion on Facebook at facebook.com/brandmotion.

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