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Pioneer AVIC-N3 Third Generation Multi-Media System

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today introduced its third generation multi-media system, AVIC-N3, designed for the commuters that demands products that multi-task. This feature-rich system offers a trio of functions for a complete in-car information and entertainment experience in a compact single-DIN chassis with a 6.5-inch motorized, touch-screen monitor. On-screen menus, graphic users interface and button placement on the face of the system have all been redesigned based on direct customer feedback from owners of the AVIC-N1 and AVIC-N2.

“Our consumers have a very high level of awareness and ownership of the latest technology trends. For example, we know that almost 50% of our customers own an iPod and/or iPod-like digital music player, and just as many people listen to XM Satellite radio, so we’ve integrated features on the third generation products to accommodate those devices,” said Karen Rubin, director of marketing and product planning for navigation products at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

Navigation: The AVIC-N3 provides accurate detailed route guidance for the entire United States and Canada within seconds. The step-by-step route guidance is accurate, easy-to-follow and even provides detailed lane information at complex highway interchanges to ensure the driver is in the proper lane for upcoming turns.

Powered by TeleAtlas mapping, the system holds nearly 11 million points of interest in 248 different categories so consumers can search for the nearest gas station, ATM or restaurant. Easy-to-recognize brand icons are used to identify hotels, restaurants, banks, gas stations and even specific chain store locations such as Target, Hilton, Marriott, Chili’s, Olive Garden, Pizza Hut, 76, Chevron and Shell.

When combined with the Pioneer GEX-P10XMT traffic tuner and a subscription to XM NavTraffic service, users can receive detailed traffic information to help guide them away from construction, road closures and heavily congested roads.

Pioneer’s memory navigation feature allows a driver to input a navigation route to memory and then remove the mapping DVD so the DVD slot can be used for entertainment purposes (CD or DVD for rear passengers). If a particular route is too long to be held in memory, the system will store the first half of the route and alert the driver when the mapping disc needs to be reinserted to save the second half of the route in memory. This feature provides maximum efficiency with the system’s single optical drive slot.

Entertainment: The state-of-the art audio/video entertainment system provides tri zone capabilities to separate front and rear seat entertainment as well as providing navigation information. Rear seat passengers can enjoy DVD video playback while front passengers listen to AM/FM/XM or Sirius Satellite Radio. Much like any Pioneer car stereo, the AVIC-N3 offers all with maximum power and sound performance with MOSFET50 (50 watts X 4 amplification), three pre-amp outputs and three-band parametric equalizer.

On-screen graphics are better then ever for viewing information from XM Satellite Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio and iPod device. With a XM tuner, multi-line text displays show station, artist and song information. When connected to Pioneer’s CD-IB100II iPod adapter, drivers can operate their iPod music player directly from the AVIC-N3’s touch panel display. The interface looks similar to the iPod screen and enables search by play lists, artists, albums, songs and genres.

Vehicle Dynamics: For auto enthusiasts who want to check the performance of their vehicle Pioneer offers Vehicle Dynamics gauges. These gauges offer an easy, fun and accurate way to determine a car’s performance in key areas including: acceleration, lateral G-force, angular velocity and slope. Drivers can monitor these key performance attributes in real time and perform peak holds to track a vehicle’s performance.

The AVIC-N3 will be available in March for a suggested price of $1800.

Pioneer’s Mobile Entertainment Division is the leading manufacturer of audio, video and information products for in-car use. Its focus is on the development of new digital technologies including audio video, navigation and satellite radio, while maintaining its strong heritage in products for car audio enthusiasts and competitors. The company markets its products under the Pioneer and Premier brand names. When purchased from an authorized dealer, consumers receive a limited warranty for one year with Pioneer products and two years for Premier electronic products.

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., and its U.S. Web address is Its parent company, Pioneer Corporation, is a leader in optical disc technology and a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio, video and computer equipment for the home, car and business markets. The company focuses on four core business domains including DVD, display technologies, Digital Network Entertainment™ and components.


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