2008 Detroit Auto Show: 2009 Cadillac CTS-V Equipped With Alpine 40-GB HDD Pop-Up Navigation and Infotainment System
DETROIT, Jan. 14, 2008 -- Alpine Electronics of America, Inc., the industry-leading provider of mobile media solutions, today announced it will supply state-of-the-art hard-disk drive (HDD) navigation/infotainment systems to the all-new 2009 Cadillac CTS-V. The highly anticipated performance version of the Cadillac CTS was unveiled today at the 2008 North American International Auto Show.
Already a hit in the award-winning 2008 CTS, Alpine's 40-GB infotainment system is noted for its 8-inch pop-up touch screen display that rises effortlessly from the dashboard on command. Capabilities include iPod(R) and USB 2.0 connectivity, voice command, text-to-speech and navigation with real- time traffic and live weather powered by XM satellite radio. All features are seamlessly integrated into the CTS-V for optimum ease of use.
"Our latest OEM infotainment technology has been well received in the marketplace on the award-winning 2008 CTS, and we are excited to be part of the next phase of this dynamic vehicle program," said Jim O'Neill, executive vice president. "Alpine's system integrates audio, video, navigation and information/communication functions into a seamless whole, enhancing the total driving experience for greater comfort and convenience."
A standard feature on the CTS-V, Alpine's infotainment system uses a 40-GB HDD to store map data, music, audio books and more. Key features include:
- 10 GB of space dedicated exclusively for music storage. Users can download thousands of their favorite MP3 tunes from a USB or CD. - Music can be sorted by song title, artist, album or genre and playlists can be created for easy access. - Music can be ripped from CD and tagged (via Gracenote(R)) to capture artist, album and song information. - Supports audio books purchased from Audible.com, allowing users to download books and store them in their vehicle. - Time-shift feature has digital recording capability, enabling listeners to pause and play back up to one hour of AM/FM or XM satellite radio airtime. Navigation
Alpine's navigation system uses advanced technology for faster route calculation, richer map views and significantly improved human-machine interface (HMI). Features include:
- Real-time traffic alerts drivers to traffic flow, road closings, accidents and other travel conditions (powered by XM). - Live weather information with alerts on route conditions and extended forecast (powered by XM). - 3D interactive buildings and landmarks for major cities.
"This system combines advancements in HDD technology with Alpine's innovative design and engineering to deliver a truly dynamic vehicle infotainment experience," said Todd Kovach, vice president and general manager. "This state-of-the-art navigation system provides drivers with increased peace of mind and a more comfortable, safer ride."
Additional navigation features include: - 2D & 3D bird's eye view of roads - Intelligent spelling - Lane guidance for highways - One-way street guidance - Point-of-interest exit information - Next cross street guidance - Bread-crumb trail feature - User selectable point-of-interest icons - Add current location feature - Multiple simultaneous route calculation options - Voice tag to favorite points-of-interest Fit and Finish
Alpine's multimedia display allows for unobtrusive and efficient storage in an effort to optimize packaging in an expanding electronics environment. The 8-inch VGA screen rests hidden and flush with the dash when the system is not being used. When required, a motor raises the display and allows for touch-screen operation. The results - increased cabin room and superior interior styling.
DVD video playback is also available on the 8-inch screen while the vehicle is in park.
About Alpine Electronics
Alpine Electronics is a global supplier of mobile media solutions including audio, video, satellite-linked navigation and connectivity systems for automotive original equipment and aftermarket applications. Alpine is at the forefront of vehicle information and entertainment innovation, with many first-to-market technologies such as in-vehicle navigation systems, OEM- integrated iPod(R) connectivity and time shift for AM/FM and satellite radio. With manufacturing and R&D facilities in Japan, China, Europe and North America, and more than 1,600 global patents, Alpine's premium sound systems and user-friendly navigation products offer the latest in advanced technology integration for the ultimate driving experience.
Alpine, a multi-billion dollar company, is a consolidated subsidiary of Alps Electric Co., Ltd., one of the world's premier manufacturers of electronic components for computer, communications and car electronics equipment. For more information about Alpine products, visit www.alpine.com. For Alpine's latest news during the 2008 North American International Auto Show, please visit www.alpine-usa.com.