STAMFORD, CT – HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR), the premium global audio and infotainment group, announced today it will continue to provide BMW drivers with the ultimate in-car infotainment and audio experience in 2014. Debuted during the BMW Can-Am Fall Launch, the latest 2014 BMW vehicles, including the new BMW 4 Series Coupe and the all-new 3rd generation BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle, are equipped with a Harman Kardon surround sound system that is precisely tuned to the interior of the vehicle and complemented by the company’s market-leading integrated infotainment system.
Forming the core of BMW’s “ConnectedDrive” experience, Harman’s premium infotainment unit will deliver BMW drivers a seamless connected experience in the car, combining Internet connectivity, advanced voice recognition, enhanced navigation and productivity applications – all safely and intuitively – allowing drivers to easily stay connected to the world around them. Thanks to its upgradeable software architecture, the infotainment system is ready for tomorrow.
Among the new innovative infotainment features are a special “bird’s-eye” view with realistic 3D city models and location-based services like up-to-date weather information, Google Street View of your destination, or local search within Google’s online POI database. Thanks to its high-resolution 1280x480 display and 1.3 GHz processor, the system combines sharp graphics and great performance with 3D menus for reduced driver distraction. Vehicles come with the new iDrive Touch controller that includes an integrated, touch-sensitive pad to enable written character entries such as telephone numbers and address information. To increase fuel efficiency, all components of the premium infotainment system are weight-and size-reduced and offer optimized heat transmission.
In addition, Harman Kardon premium audio brings an unparalleled listening experience to drivers, as atmospheric and faithful as a live performance, amplifying the ultimate driving experience. Across the BMW line-up, properly equipped vehicles offer premium Harman Kardon audio systems that are custom designed and tuned for each model. Harman engineers work closely with BMW from the earliest stages of vehicle development; incorporating multi-channel DSP amplifiers with distortion-free and high-performance playback, high-performance speakers, and Harman’s renowned Logic 7 surround sound technology that transforms traditional stereo recordings into an exhilarating multi-channel surround sound experience for all passengers.
Harman Kardon premium audio is available in the BMW 4 Series Coupe; BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo and Sedan; 7 Series; the new BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle; as well as the BMW 1 Series, BMW 3 Series; and the BMW X1. All models with Navigation Professional are equipped with a Harman Infotainment Unit.
“From the Coupe, Sedan to the SUV, we are proud to collaborate with BMW to provide the ultimate infotainment and audio experience across this range of new vehicles. We’re excited to continue our partnership with BMW and to offer new BMW owners a more connected, safer and intuitive driving experience, all with exhilarating Harman Kardon sound,” stated Michael Mauser, President Lifestyle Division HARMAN.
BMW 4 Series Coupe
The coupe vehicle features a total of seven 26 mm metal matrix dome tweeters and seven 100 mm ALumaprene midrange speakers on the dashboard, front, side and rear. The system also features two 217 mm woofers (central bass) below the front seats and the flagship Harman Kardon Logic 7 DSP amplifier in Class-D technology with a total output of 600 watts. The system was completely adapted to the flatter, wider and longer car body, which results in outstanding interplay of all individual components, even while driving with the top down.
BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo and Sedan; 7 Series; X5 Series
The various vehicles feature a total of seven 26 mm metal matrix dome tweeters and seven 100 mm ALumaprene midrange speakers on the dashboard, front, side and rear. The system also features two 217 mm woofers (central bass) below the front seats and the flagship Harman Kardon Logic 7 DSP amplifier in Class-D technology with a total output of 600 watts. Regardless of sedan or SUV, Harman Kardon audio technology is optimally adapted to spacious and changeable interior of the vehicle.
For more information about Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound systems, please visit: www.bmw.harmankardon.com
HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013. The company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR. Please visit www.harman.com for more information.