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CHRYSLER TO OFFER AUTOMATIC-DIMMING MIRRORS ON NEW MID-SIZED AND LUXURY MODELS

 ZEELAND, Mich., May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysler Corporation (NYSE: C) soon will offer the Gentex automatic-dimming Night Vision Safety(TM) (NVS)(TM) Mirror on its mid-sized and luxury model passenger cars. New 1994 model year Chrysler LH platform vehicles including the Chrysler Concorde, Dodge Intrepid and Eagle Vision will offer the NVS(TM) Mirror in popular option packages. The luxury Chrysler New Yorker and Chrysler LHS also will offer the mirror as optional and standard equipment, respectively.
 "This bold move by Chrysler shows us that its commitment to safety is very real," said Gentex Executive Vice President Kenneth La Grand. "Chrysler is making important safety features available across its vehicle platforms, extending beyond luxury models to include the high- volume, mid-sized, mid-priced passenger cars and light trucks," said La Grand. "This is an important new order for Gentex, which we believe may be the catalyst needed to encourage other automakers to follow suit."
 La Grand said the purchase order for the LH platform models is valued in excess of $5 million over the 1994 model year which begins Aug. 1. The Gentex electrochromic Night Vision Safety(TM) Mirror is recognized by automakers around the world as being in the class of active, crash-avoidance safety features that are intended to enhance the driver's ability to avoid accidents, such as ABS/anti-lock brakes. The patent-protected Gentex NVS(TM) Mirror is the only commercially successful electrochromic mirror for sale in the United States today.
 Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: GNTX) is headquartered in Zeeland. The company develops, manufactures and markets proprietary electro- optical products: patented automatic-dimming Interior and Exterior Night Vision Safety(TM) (NVS)(TM) Mirrors for the worldwide motor vehicle industry, and an extensive line of fire protection products for commercial applications.
 Gentex was the first company in the world to produce a commercial electrochromic mirror for the motor vehicle industry, and is the leading supplier of these mirrors to the worldwide automotive industry.
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 /CONTACT: Connie Hamblin of Gentex Corporation, 616-772-1800/
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