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BuyAutoParts.com is a proud distributor of Alpine parts. Alpine Electronics specializes in manufacturing audio and in-dash navigation systems for automobiles. Its headquarters are located in Tokyo, Japan. The company's manufacturing divisions are established in various countries including Mexico, Thailand and Brazil. The range of products offered by Alpine includes amplifiers, wireless Bluetooth technologies, speakers, subwoofers, rear-seat entertainment systems, rear-view cameras and signal processing equipment. Alpine is a leader in producing high-performance mobile electronics and is a pioneer in inventing various advanced audio systems. Some of the vehicles that come with OEM Alpine parts include Audi, BMW, Mini, Land Rover, Aston Martin, Dodge and Mercedes Benz. The five stripes in the brand's logo signify excellence in engineering, manufacturing, marketing, service and partner.
Alpine was formed on May 10, 1967 as the Alps Motorola Company, a joint venture of Alps Electric and Motorola brands. 8-track cartridge players and “Handy-8” portable 8-track cartridge players were introduced in the years 1968 and 1971, respectively. In 1978, when Alps Electric acquired the shares of Motorola, the company's name was changed to Alpine Electronics. The brand inaugurated its sales subsidiary in Canada and manufacturing subsidiary in United States in the years 1979 and 1986, respectively. In 1981, the company rolled out the world's first automotive navigation system called the Electro Gyrocator. In the following year, Alpine introduced the first in-car computerized equalizer in the world. 1989 saw the introduction of the brand's flagship product, the CD Shuttle. The GP Shuttle, a more precise GPS car navigation system, was released in 1993. In the millennium year, the brand established a partnership with Nokia to work on developing products in the mobile multimedia industry. During 1984-2000, Alpine owned the home audio equipment brand, Luxman.
In 2004, Alpine became the first company in the world to manufacture a part incorporating the capability to interact with an iPod. Alpine's BioLite Display, with a superior visibility and wider viewing angle, was launched in the same year. The PMD-B100, Alpine's first portable navigation device was launched in 2006. In 2008, Alpine rolled out a complete range of iPod integration digital media receivers. The brand launched the first double-din iPod digital media station, the iXA-W404 in 2009.
Alpine's innovative advancements have received a lot of recognition. In 1996, Alpine's NVE-N055V navigation system won the Car Accessories Awards Grand Prize. The company's F#1Status won the Car Hi-Fi Grand Prix in France in 2000. In addition, the product won the following recognitions: Good Design Award, Annual In Car Awards 2002 and European Car Audio of the Year 2001-2002. The IVA-D300 head unit that featured the world's first PulseTouch™ display won the Best of CES 2004 award. The DVD-based NVE-N872A, the firm's fourth-generation navigation system that connects with a satellite, won J.D. Power awards four times. Alpine's parts were also recognized by EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) six times with various awards including the Best sound processor and Best Innovation awards. In 2014, Alpine's BigX and BigX Premium series navigation systems won the Grand Prize, the highest recognition in the Car Accessory Awards presented by Auto Sound, a magazine for in-car audio and AV equipment.