Monthly Archives: August 2013

  • New F-Series Kit Simplifies Installation, Enhances Safety

    Rear Vision upgrade retains factory features without retaining old parts

    Ann Arbor, Michigan, August 8, 2013 – What if, in order to get a new smartphone to work, you had to glue part of your old phone to the back of the new one? That is essentially the process of replacing the factory mirror with a Rear Vision-enabled version on 2009-2013 Ford F-Series trucks that are equipped with a compass display: Part of the old mirror must be kept connected and relocated under the dash to retain functionality of the compass.

    1008-9528 mirror with Rear Vision actvitated 1008-9528 mirror with Rear Vision actvitated
    CCD camera inside extruded Ford Oval assembly CCD camera inside extruded Ford Oval assembly

    Today, Brandmotion announced it has solved the problem on newer Ford F-Series models. Designed for 2011 to current trucks with a compass and 16-pin mirror connector, the new F-Series Kit (Part No. 1008-9528) completely replaces the factory mirror, requiring no retention of old components, resulting in a clean, trouble-free installation.

    “This is an issue that has made upgrading the factory mirror on the F-Series an unpopular task among professional installation technicians,” said Jeff Varick, president of Brandmotion. “With our new all-in-one design, we’ve been able to incorporate all of the parts of the old mirror into our new version, providing a vital safety and convenience feature while retaining key factory functions.”

    The 1008-9528 features an Authentic OEM™ mirror with an inbuilt 3.5-inch color monitor to show an ample view behind the truck, helping the driver avoid obstacles or attach to and monitor towed vehicles. The display disappears behind the mirror’s surface when not in use. Inside, it contains a gyroscope that performs directional duties, enabling all factory features to operate normally.

    The kit also includes the popular Ford Oval camera, which replaces the emblem on the truck’s tailgate with an extruded version that incorporates a high-quality, CCD-embedded camera. It also displays colored gridlines on the mirror’s screen to assist with parking.

    The 1008-9528 kit carries an MSRP of $899.95 and is currently available. Authorized dealers can access and download a sell sheet for the 1008-9528, as well as sales tools and information on many more Brandmotion products, by logging into the Brandmotion Dealer Central website at dealer.brandmotion.com. 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.

  • Brandmotion Introduces 5 Rear Vision Packages to Tackle New Models

    Kits include application-specific mirrors with premium Authentic OEM™ camera

    Ann Arbor, Michigan, August 5, 2013 – Brandmotion, leading supplier of Authentic OEM™ rear vision systems to the aftermarket, has announced it is adding a new series of rear vision packages to its full line of vehicle safety systems. The 8500 series consists of five new models to fit newer vehicles, with one model designed for vehicles equipped with the tri-lobe mirror mount, such as the 2013 Ford Escape and Dodge Journey.

    Lip-mount camera with newly designed base Lip-mount camera with newly designed base
    9002-8523 kit for GM vehicles 9002-8523 kit for GM vehicles

    The 8500 series incorporates the OEM-validated Panasonic recessed-lip camera, which offers a wide-angled view behind the vehicle. Installed on many new cars and trucks during production, the camera utilizes Charge Coupled Device (CCD) technology to provide superior illumination, white balance and sharpness. The camera mounts to an included base that has been re-engineered to minimize drilling during installation while providing a factory installed look and finish.

    Each Brandmotion kit includes the necessary wiring harnesses and accessories to ensure a professional installation, along with a replacement mirror featuring a 3.5-inch TFT color display that turns on when the vehicle is put into reverse gear and disappears behind the mirror surface while driving. The mirrors all feature auto dimming technology to protect the driver from night blindness due to approaching high-beam lights and each fits different applications to bring new safety features to the driving experience:

    • The 9002-8524 and 9002-8521 ($587.95 MSRP) provide a direct replacement for most standard mirrors. The 9002-8521 is compatible with vehicles that include auto-dimming side mirrors, and will dim in concert when connected.
    • The 9002-8522 ($649.95 MSRP) and 9002-8523 ($699 MSRP) replace OnStar-equipped mirrors in vehicles equipped with 16-pin and 10-pin mirror connectors, respectively.
    • The 9002-8525 ($629.95 MSRP) features an exclusive Slimline design that is specially built to fit the tri-lobe mirror mount found on a select number of vehicles including the 2013 Ford Escape and Dodge Journey.

    “Every year we research new vehicle makes and models to determine which might be missing those all-important safety features, and we figure out how to build price-competitive solutions that integrate seamlessly,” said Brandmotion President Jeff Varick. “In addition, we align our company with quality installation centers to ensure that the end user experiences our products as if they came with the vehicle from the factory floor.”

    Authorized dealers can access and download a sell sheet on the 8500 series, as well as sales tools and information on many more Brandmotion products, by logging into the Brandmotion Dealer Central website at dealer.brandmotion.com. 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.

  • Exclusive Rear Vision Upgrade Ready for 2014 Silverado and Sierra

    Brandmotion introduces market-first OnStar-ready kit as popular truck debuts

    Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 31, 2013 – Brandmotion, producer of Authentic OEM safety and convenience packages for the aftermarket, pleased customers and end users when it introduced exclusive solutions for the 2013 Dodge Ram. Today, the company repeats the feat as it announces a first-to-market upgrade for the 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra. The new kit, model number 9002-1010, allows truck buyers to experience the added safety of an enhanced rear view without the loss of factory features.

    9002-1010 OnStar-equipped replacement mirror 9002-1010 OnStar-equipped replacement mirror
    New tailgate handle assembly with 9002-1010 camera New tailgate handle assembly with 9002-1010 camera

    The 9002-1010 continues Brandmotion’s tradition of enhancing the safety features of the Silverado and Sierra, complementing the 9002-9503 and 9002-9504, which apply to 2007-2013 models. The new kit, which accommodates the redesigned tailgate bezel and handle assembly found on the 2014 version, applies to select trim packages. While rear vision comes standard on the LTZ, SLT and SLE versions, it is only optional on LT trim packages, and not available from the factory on 1WT, 2WT and Base models.

    The mirror in Brandmotion’s new kit replaces the factory OnStar-equipped mirror, retaining buttons and functionality while adding a 3.5-inch TFT color monitor that displays from behind the mirror surface when the truck is in reverse gear. Its factory-style harness plugs directly into the existing connectors, eliminating the need for cutting wires.

    In the rear of the truck, the tailgate bezel and handle are replaced with an identical assembly, save for the embedded Panasonic camera that provides an OEM-approved, wide-angle view to detect obstacles and assist in towing operations.

    “We are pleased to be the first to offer a rear vision solution to the aftermarket for the 2014 Silverado and Sierra,” said Jeff Varick, president of Brandmotion and former engineer at General Motors. “We feel they will sell extremely well, and having the ability to improve safety and convenience features after the purchase will make owning the popular trucks that much more fulfilling.”

    With an MSRP of $899.95, the 9002-1010 kit will be available this month to Brandmotion customers. Authorized dealers can access and download a sell sheet for the kit, as well as sales tools and information on many more Brandmotion products, by logging into the Brandmotion Dealer Central website at dealer.brandmotion.com. 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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