STAMFORD, CT – HARMAN, the premium global audio and infotainment group (NYSE:HAR), announced today that it has been selected by Dongfeng Passenger Vehicle (DFPV) of China to equip its new luxury segment mid size sedan, the Aeolus, with branded audio systems. HARMAN will provide a ten-speaker premium surround audio system for the Dongfeng Aeolus models, including powered subwoofer and vehicle audio amplifier.
“Dongfeng Motors is among China’s top automotive manufacturers, and we are pleased to work with DFPV to promote our new relationship and our branded audio solutions,” said Dinesh C. Paliwal, the Company’s Chairman, President and CEO. “Dongfeng’s consumers desire an individual and uncompromising lifestyle, and our premium audio systems for the Aeolus will provide customers with an in-car listening experience perfectly customized to the car’s interior characteristics.”
HARMAN maintains manufacturing and R&D operations in Shanghai, Suzhou and Shenzhen, serving key customers such as Shanghai General Motors, BYD, and Geely. The Company recently announced a further US$100 million investment to bolster its manufacturing and research capabilities in the People’s Republic with new facilities in the city of Dandong. With more than 1200 employees currently in China, HARMAN has an established base from which to supply the foreign and domestic Chinese automakers in what has become the world’s largest automotive market.
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.6 billion for the twelve months ending March 31, 2011. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.