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2003-04-23 10:34 ET - News Release

ZEELAND, Mich., April 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gentex Corporation , the world's leading supplier of automatic- dimming rearview mirrors to the worldwide automotive industry, has begun shipping interior, automatic-dimming mirrors for the 2004 Acura TSX Sports Sedan. The shipments mark the first time Gentex has done business with Honda.

A Gentex base automatic-dimming mirror is available in option packages for the TSX, which is sold in North America. The TSX is in the Acura lineup between the RSX Sports Coupe and the 3.2 TL performance luxury sedan, and was designed to compete with other premium sports sedans from Europe and Japan.

Gentex Night Vision Safety(TM) (NVS(R)) Mirrors automatically darken to reduce glare from the headlamps of vehicles approaching from the rear. The brighter the glare, the darker the mirrors become, making nighttime driving safe.

"This is our first business with Honda, so we're thrilled to have been awarded this mirror program," said Gentex Executive Vice President Garth Deur. "We look forward to working with Honda and demonstrating our technological and electronics capabilities to this new, important customer."

Gentex Corporation (The Nasdaq Stock Market: GNTX) is an international company that provides high-quality products to the worldwide automotive industry and North American fire protection market. The Company develops, manufactures and markets proprietary electro-optic products, including interior and exterior electrochromic, automatic-dimming Night Vision Safety(TM) (NVS(R)) automotive rearview mirrors that dim in proportion to the amount of headlight glare from trailing vehicle headlamps, and an extensive line of fire protection products for commercial applications.

Gentex was the first company in the world to successfully develop and produce a commercial electrochromic mirror for the motor vehicle industry. The Company is the leading supplier of these mirrors to the worldwide automotive industry. Gentex OEM customers include Audi, Bentley, BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Fiat, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Kia Motors, Lexus, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, Renault Samsung, Rover, Rolls Royce, SsangYong Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen. Gentex accessory customers include Gulf States Toyota Distributors, Mito Corporation, Southeast Toyota Distributors, Subaru Distributors NE and Toyota Motor Sales USA.

Founded in 1974, Gentex operates out of four facilities in Zeeland, Michigan; an automotive sales office in Livonia, Michigan; automotive sales and engineering subsidiaries in Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, France and Korea; and four regional U.S. sales offices for the Fire Protection Products Group. The Company is recognized for its quality products, its application of world class manufacturing principles, for its commitment to developing and maintaining a highly skilled workforce, and for encouraging employee ownership of the Company's stock.

Gentex Corporation

CONTACT: FINANCIAL MEDIA AND INVESTOR CONTACT: Connie Hamblin,
+1-616-772-1800, or GENERAL MEDIA CONTACT: Craig Piersma, +1-616-772-1800,
both of Gentex Corporation

Web site: http://www.gentex.com/
 

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How can the Gentex be available in option packages for the TSX when the only option is the Navi? Don't they even know their customer's product?

I always preferred the Donnely mirrors anyway, at least their aftermarket models put the temperature and compass displays below the mirror. Gentex always stuck theirs in the mirror area which seemed annoying and distracting (IMHO).
 

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Doesn't the TSX have auto dimming rear view mirror as standard equipment?
 

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miner said:
Doesn't the TSX have auto dimming rear view mirror as standard equipment?
Yes sir :nod:

Not the side-rear view mirrors of course..
 
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