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A manufacturer of automotive systems including entertainment, navigation, and communications equipment founded as Hakusan Wireless Electric Company in 1940. The company became Clarion in 1970.


The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Clarion (company) page on 11 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Clarion Co., Ltd. (クラリオン株式会社 Kurarion Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese manufacturer of car audio, automotive navigation systems, AutoPCs, visual equipment, bus equipment, and communication equipment. It is majority owned by Hitachi and joined by Foxconn.

Up until the end of 2005, products in Japan were marketed under the brand name AddZest, while outside Japan the same product typically carried the Clarion name brand. This was changed in 2006, and the brand "Clarion" along with a redesigned logo are now used worldwide. It is known for its close relationship with Nissan, who uses Clarion products almost exclusively in its vehicles, and owned a 6.25% share in them until 2002.

Clarion has an OEM relationship with many automotive companies, providing car headunits and components to them for their production vehicles. Clients include Saab Automobile, Suzuki, Ford, Volkswagen, Proton, Toyota, Subaru, and Peugeot.

A contest is held annually to select the Clarion Girl, who is chosen to represent Clarion's car audio equipment in television and print advertising campaigns during the following year. The contest was started in 1975, and is now co-sponsored by Fuji TV.


DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
4 September 2012Image Generating Apparatus and Image Generating Method
United States Patent US 8,259,173
Hirotaka Iwano for Clarion Co., Ltd.

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28 September 2002Clarion Selects Espial Components for New Telematics ProjectsEspial Technology

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