Italy's Magneti Marelli S.p.A. and US-based Harman International Industries Inc. will supply the next-generation entry-level infotainment system to BMW AG. In a joint statement, the suppliers said that the system will be seen in BMW's new vehicle platforms.
According to industry sources, this technology will be used on BMW and Mini models beginning in 2013. BMW said that it will debut its new front-wheel and four-wheel-drive architecture on the third-generation Mini hatchback.
The new multimedia-driven system will combine Magneti Marelli's open platform with Harman's connectivity and mobile office features.
The companies said that features that are offered include navigation, Internet access and wired or wireless connectivity; however, many are not presently available in entry-level systems.
The infotainment modules that are meant for BMW vehicles to be delivered in Europe will be produced and delivered by Marelli. Meanwhile, Harman is responsible for the Asian markets.
In a statement, Marelli CEO Eugenio Razelli said that this project leads to a "new era" as it adopts a new open platform for infotainment solutions.
Razelli added that this is an effective response to how the needs of the market, carmakers and customers have evolved. He said that it is also the answer to the "challenges of future mobility."