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Eclipse Leaving Car Electronics Aftermarket

1/06/2010 01:29:49 PM Eastern

Los Angeles-The
Eclipse brand will disappear from the car electronics retail aftermarket after
a run of 21 years.

Parent company Fujitsu Ten Corp. of America confirmed plans to discontinue sales of
Eclipse mobile audio, video and navigation products in the struggling aftermarket
in North America, Latin America and South America.

Fujitsu will merge the Eclipse business with its existing
OEM car electronics unit to expand Fujitsu's OEM accessory business, which markets
entertainment, communication and safety products as options sold by new vehicle
dealers and manufacturers.

Eclipse was the first aftermarket autosound company in the
1980s to introduce a digital data bus for car audio components, and it was
known for its double0DIN in-dash navigation/entertainment units.