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ALPINE ADDS BLUETOOTH SOLUTION FOR IN-DASH HEAD UNITS

TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 5, 2006 - Enhancing its commitment to help consumers connect their wireless technology-driven lifestyles in the car, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. today announced that its 2006 Ai-NET head units are enabled for hands-free Bluetooth connectivity. Compatible with many Bluetooth mobile phones, this new interface module will give consumers the power to listen and talk wirelessly with ease through the Alpine in-dash head unit - even if the phone is stowed away.

"Alpine has again demonstrated its leadership in bringing the latest wireless connectivity solutions into the in-vehicle space," said Stephen Witt, vice president, Marketing, Alpine Electronics. "Enabling Bluetooth hands-free capability with a plug-in adapter lets us offer great flexibility to Bluetooth phone users."

The KCA-100BT automatically initiates network connection upon entering the car, and works even if the mobile phone is in a briefcase, luggage or jacket pocket. It comes with an external call control button that can be mounted on the dash, for simple call-receiving and call-ending. A microphone and visor clip is also included.

For 2006, four Alpine Ai-NET DVD/CD head units, three AV head units and the Vehicle Hub Pro OEM interface system are Bluetooth Ready:

DVA-9965 DVD/CD/MP3/WMA tuner ($1600 SRI, available now)
DVA-9861 DVD/CD/MP3/WMA receiver ($650 SRI, available April)
CDA-9857 CD/MP3/WMA receiver ($400 SRI, available March)
CDA-9856 CD/MP3/WMA receiver ($230 SRI, available January)
IVA-W200 2-DIN DVD/CD/MP3/WMA AV head unit ($1,100 SRI, available April)
IVA-D100 1-DIN DVD/CD/MP3/WMA AV head unit ($1,200 SRI, available Spring)
IVA-D310 1-DIN DVD/CD/MP3/WMA AV head unit ($1,400 SRI, available now)
VPA-B222 Vehicle Hub Pro factory integration technology system ($500 SRI, available April)

Depending on the model, these units include features such as DVD/MP3/WMA playback, and Alpine's proprietary PulseTouch™ technology that provides users with tactile confirmation when they touch the screen. The KCA-100BT is also compatible with 2004 and 2005 Ai-NET head units that support CD/MP3 changers.

The KCA-100BT Bluetooth interface module also makes possible the wireless streaming of high-quality digital music from a Bluetooth A2DP-enabled portable device with music to the Alpine head unit and car audio system. With this revolutionary new technology, music preferences will essentially follow consumers from the home to the car and on the go.

Pricing and Availability
The KCA-100BT Bluetooth interface module will be available in March from authorized Alpine dealers at a suggested retail index of $220.

About Alpine Electronics
Alpine Electronics is the world's leading automotive consumer electronics system supplier and an ISO certified corporation. Alpine specializes in an integrated platform concept for mobile multimedia with premium components for digital audio/video media playback, digital broadcast reception, and satellite linked navigation. With research and development facilities in Asia, Europe and the U.S., Alpine is the global leader for mobile sound systems and in-vehicle navigation for both after-market and OEM factory installations. Alpine Electronics 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. Visit www.alpine-usa.com to learn more about Alpine products or to find an authorized retailer.

   


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