February 27, 2012 -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Toyota Honors HARMAN with Top Technology Award
Long-Time Partner Praises HARMAN's Development of Key Audio and
Infotainment Systems for Models Including the Prius, Camry, Yaris and
Other Worldwide Best-Selling Autos
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
HARMAN, the global premium audio and infotainment group (NYSE:HAR), has
been awarded a coveted Technology & Development Award by Toyota Motor
Corp. The award, which honors innovation that helps the Japanese
automaker develop a full line up of vehicles from sedans to SUVs with
state-of-the-art technology, was presented to HARMAN executives on
February 23 in Nagoya, Japan.
"This honor represents the commitment we have to working with Toyota to
develop the most sophisticated audio and infotainment systems that
buyers across all price points have come to expect," said Dinesh C.
Paliwal, Chairman, President and CEO of HARMAN.
Recent innovations HARMAN has introduced with Toyota include:
The Toyota Touch & Go and Toyota Touch & Go Plus multimedia systems
offer flexibility and affordability for the automaker's European
models, including the new Yaris, Verso S, Avensis, Prius and Hilux.
The system offers advanced Bluetooth and USB functions including
e-mail and SMS integration along with downloadable applications from
the Toyota Customer portal. The navigation system was completely
redesigned and offers a more user-friendly interface with new features
such as safety camera and speed limit warnings along with online POI
search capabilities through Google.
The Toyota Entune™ multimedia system, which blends advanced automotive
navigation with the connectivity and entertainment features of
smartphones. Through voice commands, drivers can make hands-free
calls, control music from multiple sources and interact with the
navigation system. The system works with Android phones, Apple Inc.'s
iPhone and Research in Motion's BlackBerry. Entune is available on the
Prius (pictured) and Camry, with more to come.
The 2012 Toyota Prius, Prius+ and Camry are the first cars to offer
the JBL GreenEdge™ audio system. GreenEdge reduces power consumption
and heat generation while offering superior sound quality. GreenEdge
audio components weigh less and take up less interior space.
Mark Levinson premium audio system with GreenEdge technology making a
more efficient and powerful audio system was recently launched on the
all new Lexus GS. Harman also provides JBL audio systems for a range
of Toyota vehicles around the world including the Toyota Highlander,
Land Cruiser, Avalon , 4-Runner, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Verso, and
designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment
solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets —
supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity,
JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles
across multiple generations and supports leading professional
entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million
automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and
infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people
across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2
billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011. The Company's shares
are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.
© 2012 HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated. All rights
reserved. Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson are
trademarks of HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated, registered
in the United States and/or other countries. AKG is a trademark of AKG
Acoustics GmbH, registered in the United States and/or other countries.
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Darrin Shewchuk, +1 203-328-3834
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