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Car Infotainment To Grow 3% In 2012: IHS

El Segundo, Calif. –
Automotive infotainment systems will rise 3 percent globally in 2012, according
to IHS iSuppli, due to rising car production and increased electronic content
in vehicles.

Automotive infotainment
revenue in 2011 was $32.5 billion, up 3.4 percent from 2010, due mainly to car
production increases, according to the IHS iSuppli “Automotive Infotainment
Semiconductor Market Tracker” report. It rose 4.6 percent in 2010.

IHS includes navigation
systems, premium audio, telematics, fuel efficiency, safety and connectivity
solutions in automotive infotainment.

Revenue in 2012 is
projected to surge to $33.5 billion, IHS said, and growth will range from 4.7
to 6.4 percent in the next four years. By 2016, the market will reach $41.2
billion, it noted.

 “The vehicle infotainment market has defied
the impact of the natural disasters in Japan and Thailand,” said Luca De
Ambroggi, senior analyst for automotive infotainment at IHS. “The industry is
set to achieve good growth in 2011 and 2012 as car sales continue to expand and
as automakers add more electronic features into their vehicles. Also, a surge
in automobile production is pushing up global revenue for the vehicle
infotainment market, with connectivity and telematics options as well as
low-cost navigation solutions embedded into car dashboards on the rise.”