Visteon increases production of radios with connectivity features for vehicles in Brazil

Global automotive provider Visteon will
support vehicle makers and dealers by increasing production of radios with
connectivity-related features.

Over the past five years, Visteon has
increased by 30 percent its production in Brazil of radios with
connectivity-related features such as USB, Bluetooth wireless technology, iPod
devices and voice command.

This year, connectivity-equipped radios
will account for approximately 40 percent of Visteon’s radio production in
Brazil. By 2015, Visteon expects that all radios it produces in Brazil will be
equipped with technologies capable of keeping drivers connected.

“The trend toward more sophisticated
radios is driven by an overall increase in Brazilians’ income, and by the
emergence of consumers who desire more on-board technology, driven in part by
the influx of imported vehicles that offer more content at competitive
prices,” said Roberto Picchi, director of electronics for Visteon in
South America.

Visteon began manufacturing radios equipped
with Bluetooth wireless technology in 2005. Today, they represent nearly half
of the 500,000 radio sets that Visteon assembles each year at its plant in
Brazil. The radios are sold as original equipment and as accessories at
dealerships in Brazil.

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