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NXT, the developer of innovative flat-panel loudspeaker technologies, and General Motors, the world's largest automobile manufacturer, have teamed up once again to provide a look into the future of auto sound in a bold new concept vehicle based upon the company's popular Chevrolet Suburban sport utility vehicle.

GM has created a highly modified Chevrolet Suburban that incorporates a number of innovative interior and exterior design features, including unique interior lights that double as speakers. The Suburban features Color Kinetics iColor(tm) light fixtures that illuminate translucent frosted NXT flat-panel speakers. Because NXT's SurfaceSound technology can be incorporated into translucent and transparent panels, it enabled GM designers to integrate lighting and high-quality audio into the vehicle in an entirely new manner.

NXT's groundbreaking SurfaceSound flat-panel loudspeaker technology has enabled GM's designers to incorporate loudspeakers into interior components such as door panels, trim panels, or ceilings-even molded into the dashboard or combined with interior lighting. Because they produce sound in an entirely different manner than conventional loudspeakers, SurfaceSound loudspeakers offer unique acoustical benefits, creating smooth, full-range sound quality throughout the vehicle without the beaming and discontinuity of standard car audio speakers. With a minimum thickness requirement of just 1/64" (0.3mm), SurfaceSound speakers can be fabricated into virtually any size and shape, including curved and contoured configurations.

Along with the Chevrolet Suburban demonstrator, GM has already created three extraordinary new concept vehicles featuring SurfaceSound-equipped sound systems: The Buick Bengal: A Dashboard That Doubles As a Speaker General Motors' Buick Bengal concept vehicle is a sleekly sculpted roadster with a convertible top, featuring a high-performance power train that includes a supercharged 3.4-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission, state-of-the-art voice-activated controls, heads-up display and an innovative audio system utilizing NXT SurfaceSound technology.

The Buick Bengal is fitted with voice-activated controls, a four position joystick on the steering wheel, and heads-up display, which eliminates the need for gauges and knobs and enables the entire dashboard to become a large NXT flat-panel speaker. Buick General Manager Roger W. Adams noted, "This design eliminates gauges and controls-except when you need them-and allows the driver to concentrate on the road."

Four additional NXT speakers round out the Bengal's premium audio system, which envelop the interior in audiophile-quality sound.

SurfaceSound Technology Goes Off-Road

Along with the Buick Bengal and Chevrolet Suburban, General Motors has created two totally unique off-road concept vehicles, the Pontiac REV and GMC Terracross-both incorporating NXT SurfaceSound technology into their interior design for superior audio reproduction.

The REV's sound system features NXT SurfaceSound speakers in the door panels and rear seating area. The speakers blend invisibly into the auto's interior, while providing rich, powerful and dynamic high-fidelity sound.

The GMC Terracross takes the sport utility vehicle to a new level of sophistication. Thanks to its moveable glass roof segments, mid-gate and gliding rear doors, the Terracross can be re-configured to become an SUV, a pickup or a five-seat convertible.

The Terracross features a highly sophisticated sound system that includes NXT SurfaceSound speakers integrated into contoured panels in the front doors and in the vehicle's C-pillars-a location not possible using conventional cone-type car audio speakers. Thanks to their ultra-thin design, the SurfaceSound speakers facilitated the designers' ability to maximize internal space, while delivering exceptional sound quality throughout the vehicle.

For additional information call Todd Rockwell at (734) 591 4596, or visit

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