Monthly Archives: April 2014

  • Brandmotion Unveils Its Showstoppers at the Hotrod and Restoration Show

    The president of Brandmotion, Jeff Varick, was recently at the Hotrod and Restoration Show in Indianapolis, IN. He brought with him a full line of products that integrate nicely into any car, both old and new.

    If you've been looking for a way to bring your old school hotrod into new school territory, you'll want to take a look at our newest product, FreedomCharge. It was on display at the show, being demoed to attendees. The wireless charging station for your phone installs cleanly into your vehicle for a clutter-less and cordless way to charge your cellphone. Not to mention, it makes a pretty cool "check out what I just got" item for any gear head that loves to show off his or her vehicle.

    Also on display was the uniquely designed Infinity mirror with an integrated HomeLink module. This mirror was designed without a bezel and gives off that retro look with a 21st century twist. With the HomeLink hidden at the bottom of the device, you'll keep that clean looking appearance but still have the convenience of the original module.

    Want to see what was featured at the show? Check out Jeff and the Brandmotion product line in the video below.

    Hotrod and Restoration Show Video

  • Top 10 Most Surprising Vehicles Without a Back Up Camera

    A recent ruling by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association has mandated that all cars under 10,000 pounds, starting model year 2019 and later must come with backup camera technology. There’s a good chance that the car you drive has a rearview camera, or at very least, the option to have one installed. This day and age, cameras and LCD screens are a common sight in most cars, but believe it or not, there are some out there that do not offer the safety of a rear vision camera system. Take a look at this list of the top 10 most surprising vehicles without the option for rear vision cameras. If you own one of these vehicles, it may be time to think about getting one.

    1. Jeep Wrangler

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    The Jeep Wrangler has seen an explosion in growth and popularity in recent years thanks to upgrades on the exterior and interior. It’s surprising that a car that has such low rear visibility, still does not offer a rear vision camera system option for any trim level.

    2. Jeep Patriot

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    For a car that was listed as IIHS’s Top Safety Pick, you’d think it would have the latest in preventive safety features. The Patriot is a fun car to drive and was appropriately awarded one of Consumer Guide’s “10 coolest cars under $18,000,” yet it lacks some of the most current technology.

    3. Dodge Challenger

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    The Challenger has been one of the most well received cars in its class. In 2013, AutoPacifica named the Challenger its best-in-class sports car. True to most sports cars, the Challenger features a low profile, which doesn’t help with its rear visibility. These cars can be a challenge to maneuver in parking lots, sounds like something a back up camera could solve.

    4. Toyota Prius-C

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    The Toyota Prius-C makes headlines as a vehicle featuring forward thinking. It was one of the first cars to incorporate a hybrid drive and solar panels to actively cool the interior. The small stature of the vehicle would make you think it has great visibility, but the sloping back creates a large blind spot for the driver, one that a camera could correct quite easily.

    5.The Entire Scion Lineup

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    Own a Scion? If you do, chances are you’ve noticed that there is no option for a factory installed backup camera. This is odd, seeing as how the Scion line up is built around customizing almost all parts of the car to fit the driver’s unique identity, as well as their wants and needs.

    6. Mini Lineup

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    Aside from the Hardtop, no other models in the Mini Cooper lineup feature a backup camera option. These vehicles have great visibility from the front, but the smaller windows in the back can make backing out difficult. With all of the great interior features and styling you can get with your Mini, a backup system would integrate nicely within their entire vehicle lineup and provide a safety edge.

     7. Mazda 5

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    Minivans are notorious for their lack of rear visibility, especially if you have a full load of cargo or passengers. Safety is a main concern, especially with vehicles transporting people. A rear vision camera would compliment such a long vehicle and make backing out much safer, as well as easier.

    8. Hyundai Accent

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    Compact cars are a high value that offer great mileage for a good price. Sadly, the Accent does not offer a rear vision camera system as an option. Due to the small stature of this vehicle, anyone sitting in the backseat could potentially obstruct the driver’s view of what’s behind them, a situation in which a camera system would make sense.

    9. Volkswagen Golf

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    Volkswagen vehicles are touted as efficient vehicles that get you from point A to point B and the rest of the alphabet thanks to their superior gas mileage. However, any successful journey starts with backing out of your driveway safely. Hatchbacks typically have blind spots in the rear where the roof supports are placed. A camera in the rear could save your vehicle, and most importantly, someone else’s safety.

    10. Dodge Avenger

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    This stylish vehicle has multiple optional amenities such as leather bucket seats, color matched rims, large in-dash displays and navigation. However, you won’t find a backup camera listed under any of the package options. A popular vehicle deserves a popular safety feature.

  • Brandmotion Introduces Versatile Camera Kits for Ram Trucks

    Factory or aftermarket, the solution is the same with the Authentic OEM™ 1009-6503 and 1009-6504

    SOUTHFIELD, MICH. – April 14, 2014 (SDG MEDIAWIRE) – Brandmotion announced the immediate availability of two multipurpose cameras kit for the Ram. Part No. 1009-6503 covers 2013-2014 models, while 1009-6504 fits models from 2009 to 2012. Whether the vehicle is furnished with a factory installed 8.4-inch display radio, aftermarket multimedia system or add-on monitor, the new kits provide rear vision safety with the seamless look that only comes from an Authentic OEM™ product.

    Both kits features a replacement rear tailgate handle that incorporates a Panasonic camera, angled optimally to deliver a 150-degree view of the area behind the vehicle. The wiring harness is custom fit and includes matching connectors for a true plug-and-play installation. The kits also contain an adapter harness that enables them to connect to the composite (RCA-type) video input of an aftermarket radio, add-on monitor, or one of Brandmotion’s monitor-equipped replacement mirrors.

    “We’re excited to bring out these ‘one-box’ solutions,” said Jeff Varick, Brandmotion president. “Most of our kits are designed for one application or the other: factory or aftermarket integration. Where it makes sense, we plan to provide both applications in a single kit to enable our dealers to service more vehicles while carrying one less SKU.”

    The two new Ram kits join Brandmotion’s extensive line of Authentic OEM solutions for the truck, including Slimline Auto-Dimming mirror with rear vision display, Infinity Auto-Dimming mirror with HomeLink®, and the Curb-Alert PRO front parking sensor. More information on the kits can be found on Brandmotion’s website at http://bit.ly/brandmotion6503 and http://bit.ly/brandmotion6504.

    The Ram Camera Kits are now available with a suggested retail price of $324.95 for the 1009-6503 and $339.95 for the 1009-6504. Authorized dealers can access and download a sell sheet of the camera 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.com or follow Brandmotion on Facebook at facebook.com/brandmotion.

  • Land Rover invents the transparent SUV

    "Part of the Discovery Vision concept SUV the company will reveal at next week's New York auto show, the "transparent hood" combines cameras mounted under the vehicle with a heads-up display that runs the width of the windshield. The system allows a driver to see what's directly around the front wheels — something not that useful in everyday driving, but game-changing off-road, where climbing slowly around obstacles often requires a spotter." Read more

    Who knows what the Red Rock 4-Wheelers Jeep Safari will look like in the next decade.

  • Suppliers Say New Rearview Camera Mandate May Boost Aftermarket

    A recent ruling by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) requiring back-up cameras in all new vehicles by the 2019 model year is being welcomed by aftermarket companies who already produce these important safety devices. Read all about it here.

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