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NISSAN FIRST TO EXPORT JAPANESE VEHICLE TO U.S. WITH AUTO-DIMMING MIRROR

 ZEELAND, Mich., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan Motor Company of Japan, Ltd. has taken the lead as the first Japanese automotive manufacturer to offer an automatic-dimming rearview mirror on a model exported to the United States. The 1994 Nissan Infiniti Q45 will feature a Gentex Interior Night Vision Safety(TM) Mirror as standard equipment on all models for sale in Japan, Australia and North America. It will be available in the United States in mid-1993.
 "We are encouraged that Nissan continues to offer our mirrors on more of its models," said Gentex Executive Vice President Kenneth LaGrand. "It is even more pleasing to see them on Japanese exports to the U.S.
 "The unique technology Gentex developed for these mirrors was key to generating initial sales in Japan. This move by Nissan further confirms that Japanese auto companies are making some progress in their quest to purchase more parts from American suppliers," LaGrand concluded.
 Ichikoh Industries, Ltd. of Japan is Gentex Corporation's distribution partner for NVSTM Mirrors to Nissan. Gentex sells its Interior Night Vision Safety(TM) Mirror sub-assemblies to Ichikoh for final assembly and subsequent resale to Nissan.
 To date Gentex NVSTM Mirrors have been offered in comfort and convenience option packages on five Nissan luxury and near-luxury models sold only in Japan, including the Cedric, Gloria, Cima, Cedric Sedan and Leopard.
 Nissan also has announced that its new, near-luxury Laurel and Laurel Club C models in Japan will feature the Interior NVSTM Mirror in options packages in early 1993. Sales of NVSTM Mirrors for the Nissan Infiniti Q45 and the Laurel models are expected to contribute about $1 million toward Gentex sales in calendar 1993.
 Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: GNTX) develops, manufactures and markets proprietary electro-optical products: patented automatic- dimming Interior and Exterior Night Vision Safety(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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