Volkswagen Utilizes Gentex Mirrors

Zeeland, Mich.-based Gentex Corp. has begun shipping interior and exterior automatic-dimming mirrors for Volkswagen's 2004 Golf. The car currently is available in Europe and is expected to be available in North America in 2005.

Gentex automatic-dimming mirrors automatically darken to reduce glare from the headlamps of vehicles approaching from the rear; the brighter the glare, the darker the mirrors become.

For the German market, a base feature Gentex interior mirror will be standard on the comfort line and as part of a rain sensor and headlamp control package on the Sport and Trend lines. Driver- and passenger-side exterior auto-dimming mirrors will be a stand-alone option on all three lines.

"This is a significant program for Gentex because the Golf is the leading vehicle in the European market, where over 60 percent of all Golf models are sold," said Gentex executive vice president Garth Deur. "We expect Gentex interior mirrors to be on a high percentage of the Golf models sold worldwide."

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