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Transportable HD Radio receiver, Dockable Entertainment featuring Game Boy Advance, and Wireless Charging Concept on show at SEMA

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October 30, 2006

Transportable HD Radio receiver, Dockable Entertainment featuring Game Boy Advance, and Wi...

Transportable HD Radio receiver, Dockable Entertainment featuring Game Boy Advance, and Wireless Charging Concept on show at SEMA

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October 31, 2006 The Specialty Equipment Markets Association (SEMA) Show opens in Las Vegas today and one of the stars of the show will undoubtedly be the extensively modified 2006 Scion xB on the Visteon stand which incorporates several new and pretty important technologies in not just automotive entertainment but mobile entertainment in general. Visteon is using the Scion to showcase the first transportable HD Radio receiver (pictured with docking stations in the car and the home), an in-vehicle portable entertainment system that plays movies, music, Nintendo Game Boy Advance video games and a Wireless Charging Concept (main picture), that allows users to charge handheld devices such as an iPod, cellular phone or PDA and does not interfere with the operation of other electronics.

HD Jump

The first HD Radio technology designed for use in both the vehicle and at home. Visteon's HD Jump is a transportable receiver that docks into a cradle in the vehicle. An optional home kit allows the receiver to also be used with a home stereo. The HD Jump offers the full spectrum of HD Radio features, including program associated data, such as real-time song title, artist and album information, as well as multicasting, where available. The clarity of HD Radio technology allows FM stations to be enjoyed with CD quality sound and boosts AM quality up to that of FM sound. More than 1,000 radio stations now broadcast HD Radio signals in the U.S. with over 400 offering new formats on HD2 channels.

Dockable Entertainment featuring Game Boy Advance

This system combines the performance and versatility of Visteon's first portable in- vehicle entertainment system with a video game platform that has sold nearly 300 million games worldwide. It can be undocked in a matter of seconds for use at home, in another vehicle or nearly any another location.

The Visteon Scion xB technology demonstration vehicle

Visteon brought dozens of cutting-edge mobile electronics, automotive interior and underhood technologies to the Scion engineering and fabrication project, with the result being one of the world’s most advanced and functional mobile platforms for work and play.

Among the innovative Visteon technologies integrated into the vehicle are Dockable Entertainment featuring Game Boy Advance; the company’s new Wireless Charging Concept for portable electronic devices; HD Jump, the world’s first transportable HD Radio receiver; Portable Navigation System; the Visteon Hands-Free Phone Kit featuring Bluetooth wireless technology; Ultra-Violet LED Instrument Cluster; and Boston Acoustics Aftermarket Premium Audio System upgrade. The vehicle also features a Visteon Charge

Air Cooler and Hydrocarbon Trap.

“This exciting vehicle demonstrates the compatibility of Visteon’s latest OE and aftermarket technologies with the rapidly evolving lifestyle of today’s vehicle owner,” said Greg Gyllstrom, vice president and general manager, Visteon North American aftermarket operations. “By day, for example, the consumer can use the vehicle’s Dockable Entertainment platform to share a DVD presentation with a client, while at night friends can use the system to play Game Boy Advance in the backseat. Each of the featured technologies is seamlessly integrated into the vehicle and adaptable to virtually any in-car work or entertainment situation.”

Located in an innovative, space-saving overhead platform created for the Scion, Visteon’s Dockable Entertainment featuring Game Boy Advance combines the performance and versatility of Visteon’s first portable premium in-vehicle entertainment system with a video game platform that has sold nearly 300 million games worldwide. Its lightweight (2.5 pound) flip-down media player – featuring a large, 10.2-inch screen – can be undocked in a matter of seconds for use at home, in another vehicle or nearly any another location.

Visteon’s HD Jump is a transportable receiver that docks into a cradle in the vehicle. An optional home kit allows the receiver to also be used with a home stereo. The HD Jump offers the full spectrum of HD Radio features, including program associated data, such as real-time song title, artist and album information, as well as multicasting, where available. The clarity of HD Radio technology allows FM stations to be enjoyed with CD quality sound and boosts AM quality up to that of FM sound. More than 1,000 radio stations now broadcast HD Radio signals in the U.S. with over 400 offering new formats on HD2 channels.

The new Visteon Wireless Charging Concept, located in the Scion’s center console, allows users to charge an iPod, cellular phone, PDA or any other compatible device that permits wireless charging. The system does not interfere with the operation of other electronics in the Scion.

The Hands-Free Phone Kit integrates cell phone functions into the vehicle’s audio system through a user-friendly, dash-mounted LCD (liquid crystal display) console. This technology enables voice recognition and several other advanced calling features designed to enhance user convenience and comfort while in the car.

The innovative Visteon Ultra-Violet LED (light emitting diode) Instrument Cluster adapts accordingly for the work-by-day, play-by-night theme using ultra-violet LEDs that reveal the cluster appliqué’s invisible inks.

Visteon’s Boston Acoustics Audio System upgrade replaces the original equipment speakers with premium aftermarket speakers and adds a trunk-mounted subwoofer and subwoofer amplifier.

In addition to the latest Visteon original equipment and aftermarket technologies, the Scion demonstration vehicle benefits from leading-edge solutions from several other respected aftermarket suppliers. These technologies include an HKS Turbocharger Kit, Suspension and Exhaust System, Toyo Tires mounted on 18-inch Motegi Wheels, JP USA Body Kit, and premium Recaro Sport Seats. The vehicle received a custom exterior finish at Farmington Hills (Mich.) Collision Center, utilizing an exclusive new Pro-Spray Clearcoat technology.

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