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  • Federal Recommendations

    We like to follow industry related news at Brandmotion. Just last week, CE Outlook published an article, "New Backup Camera Action Taken by Fed". The big question we had was: Will the government mandate vehicle manufactures to include backup camera systems in new vehicles? The short of it: No. " will recommend that new cars include backup camera systems but it fell short of making the cameras mandatory." Read the article to find out all the details.

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  • 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.

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    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 For more information, contact Brandmotion at (734) 619-1250, visit Brandmotion’s website at, or follow Brandmotion on Facebook at

  • 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.

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    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 For more information, contact Brandmotion at (734) 619-1250, visit Brandmotion’s website at, or follow Brandmotion on Facebook at

  • 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.

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    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 For more information, contact Brandmotion at (734) 619-1250, visit Brandmotion’s website at, or follow Brandmotion on Facebook at

  • Become a HomeLink Dealer!

    HomeLink® has been a popular vehicle feature for over 15 years and millions of consumers have it on their vehicle from the factory, and enjoy its convenience and clean integration. Continue reading

  • Top 10 Cars for Infinity Mirror

    Most of the time, purchasers of our new Infinity mirror are buying it to obtain the latest version of HomeLink in their vehicles in an easy to install product. But sometimes, the sheer design elegance and “retro modern” look of the Infinity mirror is what motivates. Winner of the 2012 Automotive News PACE award, and named to hint at the edgeless glass design, the Infinity mirror from Brandmotion is unlike the common rear view mirror encased in black plastic. This authentic OEM rear view mirror has a contemporary frameless design with a precision cut floating glass edge that gives it an elegant jewel-like look. The Infinity mirror is available with HomeLink, auto dimming technology and an optional compass display. It’s also starting to show up in new vehicles such as the 2014 Corvette, 2014 Dodge Viper and Tesla Model S. We thought it would be fun to look at some cars on the market today that the Infinity would also look great in. Here’s our top 10. Which car would you add to the list?
    1. Ford Mustang - The Infinity mirror looks great in any sports car, but in the Mustang it looks amazing. Because the Infinity is 24% smaller than normal mirrors, the driver’s visibility is greatly increased out of the windshield. And, the Mustang’s main competitor, the Camaro, already has it.


     2. Scion FR-S - Both the FR-S’s sister car, the Subaru BR-Z and the FR-S in Japan have the Infinity mirror direct from factory. Automotive purists who want the Japan spec mirror can now have it, and it does look great in this popular small sports car.


     3. Jeep Wrangler - The reduction of size in the Infinity mirror makes the Wrangler’s small windshield a lot easier to see out of. Plus it looks surprisingly retro cool in a Jeep. This is also a great way to add HomeLink to your Wrangler since you can’t currently get it at the factory level.


    4. Toyota Prius - Ininfity provides a high tech compliment a high tech car. The Prius is one of the most commonly requested cars to add HomeLink to. In fact, by adding the Infinity mirror, you can add 3 features that the Prius doesn’t come with: HomeLink, compass and auto dimming mirror.


    5. Ford Fusion - The infinity mirror looks great in the brand new modern interior of the Fusion. Plus, if a Fusion owner wants HomeLink they would have to add the expensive moon roof package from Ford. But with the Infinity mirror you can add HomeLink to your new Fusion for far less.


    6. Cadillac ATS - Since Cadillac will be making this feature standard in the 2014 model, many 2013 model owners are going to want this featutre as well. Also, you cant get HomeLink on the 2.5L S or 2.0L Turbo trim levels and OnStar is no longer in the mirror so you don’t have to worry about losing that feature.


    7. Honda Civic - Another good example of a small car where the frameless Infinity mirror increases windshield visibility by 24% compared to conventional mirrors. Also, you can not get HomeLink in most trim levels.


    8. Hyundai Genesis Coupe - The Infinity mirror really compliments the small interior of the Genisis Coupe. Another example of it being a perfect look for sports cars.


    9. Nissan 370Z - The Infinity mirror looks right at home in this handsome sports car. And what sports car driver doesn’t want to see less mirror and more road?


    10. Volkswagen Golf - The 2014 Golf has a brand new design and the Infinity mirror strikes a dramatic pose against the modern instrument panel. Also it’s a perfect method for adding HomeLink in a Golf since it isn’t available from factory. For the same reasons, it looks just as great in a Jetta.

  • The 10 Most Surprising Vehicles You Won't Find HomeLink® On

    HomeLink is a simple but elegant convenience feature that allows you to wirelessly control your garage door, front gate, and turn on your home’s security system while eliminating the conventional and clumsy remote. Tens of millions have been sold since its debut in 1995 and HomeLink and its little house icon are familiar to millions of Americans. But surprisingly, HomeLink is available on only 1/3rd of new vehicles from the manufacturer. More surprisingly yet is that HomeLink is not offered, either standard or as an option, on many high volume vehicles. Here is a list of the 10 best-selling vehicles that do not offer HomeLink at the factory level. Is your car on the list?

    1. Ford Focus

    • World's best-selling car
    • Over 1M units sold worldwide 2012
    • #4 Ranked affordable small car
    Ford Focus

    2. Toyota Corolla

    • 2nd Most selling car
    • Over 800K units sold worldwide in 2012
    • Top IIHS Safety Pic Award
    Toyota Corolla

    3. Chevy Cruz

    • Over 237K units sold in 2012
    • 13th Highest selling vehicle in America
    • #5 Ranked affordable small Car
    Chevy Cruz

    4. Toyota RAV4

    • Over 171K units sold in 2012
    • 18th Highest selling vehicle in America
    •  IIHS Top Safety Pick Award
    Toyota RAV4

    5. Volkswagen Jetta

    • Over 170K units sold in 2012
    • 19th Highest selling vehicle in America
    • IIHS Top Safety Pic Award
    Volkswagen Jetta

    6. Nissan Rogue

    • Over 142K Units sold in 2012
    • 26th Highest selling vehicle in America
    Nissan Rogue

    7. Jeep Wrangler

    • Over 141K units sold in 2012
    • 27th Highest selling vehicle in America
    • Awarded Best Resale Value for Compact SUVs by KBB
    Jeep Wrangler

    8. Toyota Tacoma

    • Over 141K units sold in 2012
    • 29th Highest selling vehicle in America
    • Highest selling compact pickup
    Toyota Tacoma

    9. Nissan Sentra

    • Over 106K units sold in 2012
    • Named “Most Affordable Compact Sedan” by
    Nissan Sentra

    10. Chevrolet Sonic

    • Consumer Guide Automotive “Best Buy” award for subcompact cars
    • Over 80K Units sold in 2012
    • 5 Star overall rating from NHSTA
    Chevrolet Sonic
  • Toyota brand sheet

    Here's something that we have long been requested to do, a brand specific product sheet.  We started with Toyota.  It lists the key authentic OEM products we offer, in as simple a way as possible. It's aimed at the car dealer, for use with the consumer. Because 90% of our products are OEM approved, the dealer can offer authentic OEM accessories to their customers, perhaps even over the F&I desk.

    Here's the Toyota brand sheet.

  • 2 New Toyota Rear Vision Kits

    Brandmotion has recently launched two new Rear Vision kits for 2013 Toyota models equipped with 6.1 inch audio displays. You can read all about it in our most recent newsletter.

  • HomeLink® Display

    Here's a quick look at the new HomeLink® Display (part number: HLDIS). This display can be yours for free with an order of 3 HomeLink products.

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