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  • 3D Printing and What It Means For the Automotive Industry

    In recent years, the 3D printing industry has seen explosive growth. It seems like there are new companies popping up everyday with their own version of the printers. Three-dimensional printers are part of an ever-expanding manufacturing industry, and with each passing year, their print times shorten and the amount of printable materials increases. Automotive companies like Ford have already invested in this technology to make prototypes, and even NASA is adopting this new tech.

    These printers work by depositing a thin layer of a selected material on top of a previous layer, gradually building up the object. The ability to literally print parts from scratch will give companies and hobbyists alike, a number of advantages.

    Check out the clip of a turbocharger housing being printed at the 2014 SEMA Summit.

    Set-up Shop Anywhere
    Traditional manufacturing processes can take weeks or even months to deliver new parts, not to mention, they require huge facilities. If you’re not looking to get into manufacturing, you can still print items from the comfort of your own workshop in a variety of materials, NASA even created a food printer for the International Space Station.

    A Do-It-Yourselfer’s Dream
    With 3D printers, production possibilities are endless. The printers are able to produce any object without having to create a mold. This means, hobbyists and do-it-yourselfers can produce one-of-a-kind trim pieces for their vehicle or home.

    Research, Develop, Print
    Early test methods involved having a small number of parts produced to test. However, when a part didn’t perform quite like the engineers had believed it would, production and testing would come to a standstill. Companies now have the ability to print a part, test it, and make any necessary changes before sending it to production. Ford has been aggressively adopting 3D printers to reduce costs and part development. They have managed to cut development times by 25% and can now send sand molds directly to a foundry instead of making a second casting.

    Hard To Find Parts
    As years pass, the availability of parts for older car models becomes more and more scarce. Utilizing a 3D printer, part manufacturers or even hobbyists could make a replacement for that hard to find piece. You might also expect to see more one-of-a-kind vehicles and modifications on the road in the near future.

    Going Green
    There has been a majorpush for the green movement in recent years. Unfortunately, in manufacturing, waste is always an issue. Three-dimensional printers offer a solution to this age-old problem. Instead of producing large batches of parts, of which some may never be used, printers can make the exact number of parts that are needed. This will reduce unused inventory and wasted material.

    Three-dimensional printers stand to make a large impact not only within the automotive industry but many other aspects of daily life. We will see more and more products being printed in the very near future.

  • 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.

  • Brandmotion Ships 3 Rear Vision Kits for Jeep Wrangler

    Innovatively designed series is the first aftermarket solution

    SOUTHFIELD, MICH. – February 13, 2014 (SDG MEDIAWIRE) – Brandmotion, premier provider of Authentic OEM™ components for the aftermarket, has announced it is shipping three Rear View products for the Jeep Wrangler. The kits, which are currently only available in the aftermarket from Brandmotion, enable installation of a rear view camera on models from 1997 to 2014.

    “Rear vision on the Jeep Wrangler has been a sought-after solution for some time,” said Jeff Varick, president of Brandmotion. “It’s something our dealers and expediters have requested from us, and we are excited to provide not just one, but three solutions to the aftermarket.”

    The Authentic OEM(tm) camera is mounted high for superior viewing, and looks out through the the spare tire wheel.

     

    Brandmotion’s Rear Vision kits for the Jeep Wrangler all include an OEM-validated Panasonic camera that provides superior clarity and image width. The camera is affixed to a specially designed bracket that allows it to ‘peek’ through the spokes of the mounted spare tire.

    Part No. 9002-8826 (MSRP $699.95), which is intended for vehicles without a screen, includes an Authentic OEM replacement mirror with a built-in, 3.5-inch color monitor. The mirror features auto dimming capability.

    Part No. 9002-8827 (MSRP $649.95) is designed to interface directly with the factory radio / navigation display in the Jeep Wrangler. The kit comes with a special programmer that temporarily plugs into the vehicle’s OBD2 port (On-Board Diagnostics) and codes the display to work with the camera, eliminating the need to have the dealership involved in activation.

    Part No. 9002-8828 (MSRP $299.95) is designed to interface with an aftermarket screen-equipped radio or monitor. It includes a composite video connection that plugs directly into a monitor’s RCA input.

    Authorized dealers can access and download a sell sheet for the 3 kits, 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.

  • Brandmotion Partners With Velocity Sales and Marketing

    Award-winning manufacturer’s representative to service dealers in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana

    SOUTHFIELD, MICH. – January 31, 2014 – Brandmotion announced that it has engaged Velocity Sales and Marketing to act as its manufacturer’s representative. The firm will present Brandmotion products and provide support to specialist retailers and expediters in Illinois, Wisconsin and a portion of Indiana.

    Velocity is led by Mike Lewis, an industry veteran who worked in manufacturer representation since 1989. Lewis started Velocity in 2006, and with the partnership of Gary Roach, the firm has since grown to count Alpine Electronics, Helix, PHD and Lightning Audio among its prominent vendor partners. Velocity also won Representative of the Year honors in 2012 from Mobile Electronics magazine, and industry trade publication.

    “Mike has an outstanding reputation for integrity and product knowledge,” said Jeff Varick, president of Brandmotion. “His company’s vendor partners have benefitted from strong dealer relationships and his attention to detail. The Rep of the Year award was well-deserved, and we are confident that Velocity will strengthen the Brandmotion brand throughout the territory.”

    Velocity will carry Brandmotion’s entire product mix, including the expanded Rear Vision camera line for the newer Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, an exclusive line for the Jeep Wrangler, and specialist products like Curb-Alert Pro spoiler protection, Freedom Charge custom wireless phone chargers and HomeLink embedded control systems.

    “I’m very excited to represent Brandmotion in our area and count the company among our vendor partners,” said Lewis. “Brandmotion is a premium brand that lets our dealers sell OEM quality parts. You can buy a $30 camera anywhere, but around here, this time of year, the salt all over the roads will tear them up. Nothing beats Authentic OEM quality.”

    Velocity Sales and Marketing can be reached at info@emailvelocity.com or (847) 847-4775. For more information on Brandmotion, call (734) 619-1250, visit Brandmotion.com or follow Brandmotion on Facebook at facebook.com/brandmotion.

  • Brandmotion Expands Rear View Line for Silverado, Sierra

    Two additional kits provide solutions for non-OnStar vehicles and standalone applications

    SOUTHFIELD, MICH. — December 30, 2013 – Brandmotion introduced two new kits during the November Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show to complete its safety line for the 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra. The Michigan-based supplier of Authentic OEM™ collision avoidance and convenience products was first to ship an aftermarket rear vision system for the popular trucks.

    “Our dealers were excited when we were first to introduce a quality aftermarket rear view solution with the 9002-1010 kit,” said Brandmotion President Jeff Varick. “It works with OnStar-equipped vehicles and matches the factory version feature for feature. Dealers have also asked us to expand and diversify the kit, and we’ve done so with the 9002-1015 and 9002-1005.”

    Both the 9002-1015 and 9002-1005 feature the same Authentic OEM™ Magna Corp. camera as in the 9002-1010, embedded in a factory-equivalent replacement tailgate handle and bezel assembly. The kits are ideal for select versions of the trucks that do not come with rear vision from the factory, such as Base, 1WT and 2WT trim packages, and some models of the LT package.

    The lower cost 9002-1015 is designed to fit Silverado and Sierra WT work trucks and includes a mirror / monitor assembly intended to replace factory mirrors without OnStar controls or an auto-dimming mirror surface. The mirror features a 3.5-inch TFT color monitor that displays from behind the surface when the truck is in reverse gear, and a factory style harness that plugs directly into the existing mirror connector.

    The 9002-1005 is a standalone OEM camera solution that connects to any aftermarket monitor or mirror / monitor that is equipped with a composite (RCA-type) connector.

    The entire Silverado / Sierra product line is now available and shipping to Brandmotion dealers. Authorized dealers can access and download a sell sheet for each 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.

     

    Brandmotion's new kits join the current 9002-1010 to cover select trims of the 2014 Sierra and Silverado.

     

     

     

  • Brandmotion Ships Duo of Rear Vision Kits for New Chrysler Vehicles

    Authentic OEM™ cameras work with factory display Radios in Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep models

    SOUTHFIELD, MICH. — December 16, 2013 (SDG MEDIAWIRE) – Brandmotion announced it is shipping two new Rear Vision solutions for select 2011-2014 Chrysler vehicles, both of which are designed to integrate with the factory installed radio display. The new kits enable vehicle owners to experience factory quality safety in a seamless look that only comes from an Authentic OEM™ product.

    The 9002-8531 features an OEM-validated Panasonic camera with a lip-mount design for placement versatility and a re-engineered mounting base that minimizes drilling. The 9002-8531 fits 2012-2014 models of the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Journey.

    8531-8532-camera Brandmotion's new Chrysler kits use an Authentic OEM lip-mount camera.

    The 9002-8532 mirrors the 8531’s features and characteristics, but is designed to fit the 2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, as well as 2011-2014 models of the Dodge Durango and Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country and Ram C/V Tradesman.

    “Backup cameras are optional on these vehicles, but they are sold as part of a larger grouping,” said Brandmotion President Jeff Varick. “For instance, on the Ram Tradesman, you’d have to upgrade to the Uconnect® 430N package at an additional $1,500 MSRP. Our two new kits give drivers the benefits of OEM-grade safety enhancements, using the factory radio, at a fraction of the cost.”

    Both camera kits include a custom-fit wiring harness with matching connectors to allow them to interface directly with the factory navigation radio. The 9002-8531 and 9002-8532 Rear Vision kits are now available at a suggested retail price of $195.95. Both carry a factory match warranty.

    Authorized dealers can access and download a sell sheet for each 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.

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