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GENTEX HIRES EUROPEAN MARKETING AND SALES ENGINEERING MANAGER

    ZEELAND, Mich., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: GNTX) recently hired Klaus P. Weibler, a German native, to serve as European Manager of Marketing and Sales Engineering.  Weibler will be based in southern Germany.
    Gentex Executive Vice President Kenneth La Grand said that this move confirms Gentex's commitment to the European market.  "Gentex electrochromic, automatic-dimming Night Vision Safety(TM)(NVS(TM)) Mirrors have gained widespread acceptance at automakers in Germany and throughout Europe.  A direct presence there will provide the essential sales and engineering support required by those customers.
    "We believe that Klaus Weibler has the management experience and vision required to expand Gentex's opportunities in Europe, as well as the strong marketing, sales and engineering background so important to this position.  We're looking forward to a long and prosperous relationship."
    Gentex first marketed its NVS(TM) Mirrors in Europe in 1988 through two manufacturers' representatives in Germany and one in the United Kingdom.  The results of those early and ongoing marketing efforts are that this year Mercedes-Benz is offering Gentex NVS(TM) Mirrors as standard or optional equipment on every vehicle it builds, and BMW is offering the mirror on a number of its models.
    "In the automotive industry, proximity to your customers is important to providing hands-on technical support.  We believe a direct presence in the market will provide the sales, marketing and engineering support that our customers and manufacturers' representatives now require due to the increased volumes and new programs in that market," La Grand said.
    Weibler initially intends to maintain an office near Heilbronn, Germany, which is centrally located to Mercedes-Benz and BMW.  La Grand said that continued volume increases in Europe could eventually require an expanded sales and engineering office, warehousing, and/or light manufacturing of Gentex NVS(TM) Mirrors.
    Weibler is Gentex Corporation's first non-U.S. employee.  He has been employed in the automotive industry since 1983 in sales, engineering and marketing management positions.  Weibler worked in North America from 1985 to 1990, while he was employed by auto supplier Pebra Inc. in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, as manager of marketing/sales engineering and most recently as vice president of operations.  In his previous positions, he worked with the majority of the European car manufacturers, providing technical support and managing new projects in the original equipment business.  Weibler is fluent in English.
    Gentex Corporation 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.
    Following is the list of foreign and domestic 1994 models which offer Gentex exterior and/or interior NVS(TM) Mirrors.
            GENTEX NIGHT VISION SAFETY(TM) (NVS(TM)) MIRRORS
                AVAILABILITY AND PENETRATION BY CAR LINE
    Interior Mirrors - Foreign
                                              Forecast
                                          Model Year 1994
    Car Line                              Package Group  Pct.
    Bentley                                     xx       100
    BMW               800 Series                xx       100
                      700 Series                 +        50
                      500 Series                 +        10
    Daewoo            Imperial                  xx       100
    Fiat              Alfa 164                   +        20
                      Lancia Thema               +        50
    Fiat/Brazil       Tempra                     x        50
    GM/Brazil         Monza                      x        10
    Hyundai           Grandeur                  xx       100
    KIA Motors Corp.  Potentia (3.0 L)          xx       100
     (Korea)          Potentia (2.2 L)          xx       100
    Mercedes-Benz     S Class Coupe             xx       100
                      S Class Sedans             +        80
                      SL Roadster                +        70
                      E Series Convertible       +        50
                      E Series Sedan             +        30
                      C Series Sedan             +        15
    Nissan            Cima                       +        23
                      Cedric                     +        23
                      Gloria                     +        23
                      Leopard                    +        30
                      Laurel                     +        30
                      Q45 Infiniti              xx       100
    Rolls-Royce                                 xx       100
    Key for Package Group: x -- Free Float Option
                           + -- Option Package
                           xx -- Standard Equipment
    NOTE: 1994-1/2 Models or mid-year introductions are not included on this list.
    Interior Mirrors - Domestic
                                                Forecast
                                            Model Year 1994
    Car Line                               Package Group  Pct.
    GM/Cadillac       Fleetwood                    x       90
                      Deville                     xx      100
                      Concours                    xx      100
                      Eldorado                    xx      100
                      Eldorado Touring Coupe      xx      100
                      Seville                     xx      100
                      Seville STS                 xx      100
    GM/Buick          Park Avenue                  +       80
                      Park Avenue - Ultra         xx      100
                      Riviera (3)                ---      ---
                      Roadmaster Ltd. Sedan    EL xx      100
                      Roadmaster Sedan         EL  +       70
                      Roadmaster Estate Wagon  EL  +       85
    GM/Oldsmobile     98 Regency Elite         ECC +       80
                      98 Touring Sedan (2)       ---      ---
                      Toronado (1)               ---      ---
                      Trofeo (1)                 ---      ---
                      88                       ECC +       10
    GM/Pontiac        Bonneville SSEi (2)        ---      ---
                      Bonneville SSE               +       65
    GM/Chevrolet      Caprice Classic LS/LTZ   EL  +       40
                      Caprice Classic Wagon    EL  +       60
    Key for Package Group: x -- Free Float Option
                           + -- Option Package
                           xx -- Standard Equipment
                           EL -- NVS(TM) Mirror with Map Lights
                           ECC -- NVS(TM) Mirror with Electronic Compass
    (1) Production of these models discontinued in 1993 Model Year.
    (2) Production of these models discontinued in 1994 Model Year.
    (3) Delayed 1994 introduction of this model.
    NOTE:  1994-1/2 Models or mid-year introductions are not included in this list.
    Interior Mirrors - Domestic
                                              Forecast
                                          Model Year 1994
    Car Line                              Package Group  Pct.
    Ford/Lincoln     Continental (1)            +         20
                     Town Car                   x         25
                     Mark VII (2)              ---       ---
                     Mark VIII                  x         75
    Ford             Aerostar Wagon             +         10
                     Crown Victoria             +         15
                     Explorer Limited       EH xx        100
                     Thunderbird                +         10
                     "F" Series Pickup          +         15
                     Bronco                     +         50
    Chrysler         Imperial (3)              ---       ---
                     Fifth Avenue (3)          ---       ---
                     New Yorker - RWD (3)      ---       ---
                     LHS                       xx        100
                     New Yorker - FWD           +         65
                     Concorde                   +         30
    Dodge            Dynasty (3)               ---       ---
                     Intrepid                   +         30
                     Ram Pickup                 +         15
                     Dakota Pickup              +         18
    Eagle            Vision                     +         40
    Jeep             Grand Wagoneer            xx        100
                     Grand Cherokee Limited    xx        100
                     Grand Cherokee Laredo      +         25
    Key for Package Group:  x -- Free Float Option
                            + -- Option Package
                           xx -- Standard Equipment
                           EH -- NVS(TM) Mirror with Automatic Headlamp
                                 Control
    (1)  NVS(TM) Mirror first offered on 1988 Lincoln Continental as optional equipment on 25 percent of the build.
    (2)  Production of these models discontinued in 1993 Model Year.
    (3)  Production of these models discontinued in 1994 Model Year.
    NOTE:  1994-1/2 Models or mid-year introductions are not included on this list.
    Exterior Mirrors - Domestic
                                              Forecast
                                          Model Year 1994
    Car Line                              Package Group  Pct.
    Ford/Lincoln     Continental                +         20
                     Mark VIII                  +         75
    GM/Cadillac      Deville                    +         70
                     Concours                  xx        100
                     Eldorado                   x         50
                     Eldorado Touring Coupe    xx        100
                     Seville                    x         50
                     Seville STS               xx        100
    GM/Buick         Park Avenue                +         40
    GM/Oldsmobile    98 Regency Elite           +         80
                     98 Touring Sedan (1)      ---       ---
    Key for Package Group:  x -- Free Float Option
                            + -- Option Package
                           xx -- Standard Equipment
    (1)  Production of these models discontinued in 1994 Model Year.
    NOTE:  1994-1/2 Models or mid-year introductions are not included in this list.
    NOTE TO EDITORS:  Information on prior model year vehicles which offered NVS(TM) Mirrors is available upon request.
    -0-             08/05/93
    CONTACT:  Connie Hamblin of Gentex Corporation, 616-772-1800
    (GNTX) CO:  GENTEX CORPORATION IN:  AUT ST:  MI


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