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HotShotŪ System Coming to a GM Vehicle Near You


FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., May 7/  A new system for heated cleaning and de-icing of windshields for full size sedan and sport utility vehicles will soon be appearing on a GM vehicle near you.


The HotShotŪ system, made by Microheat Inc., has been selected by General Motors Corporation to be included in future models of the luxury and mid-sized vehicle line.

 HotShot is a compact, easy-to-use system that enhances visual safety and offers all-season convenience for drivers in all climates. It interconnects to the vehicle windshield washer fluid tubes and electronic controls, quickly heating and spraying washer fluid on demand. This enables drivers to rapidly remove ice, snow, road grime, insects and other visual deterrents that smear, fog or obscure windshield glass.  It takes about 30 seconds for Hotshot to generate hot fluid to 135 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on ambient temperature (that's faster than the initial operation of seat heating or rear windshield defrosters).


The intelligent Hotshot system is optimally designed to meet GM demands

for a flexible concept that can be tailored to any GM model without altering

system performance or comfort features. Under development for nearly seven years at technical centers and advanced test facilities in Farmington Hills, Mich., Netanya, Israel, and St. Petersburg, Russia, Hotshot has led to the filing of 27 patents.


Recent market research conducted for Microheat by J. D. Power and Associates clearly shows that consumers perceive advanced windshield cleaning systems, as a desirable feature for their cars and trucks. According to the research, eight out of ten consumers surveyed believe that such a system provides both convenience and safety benefits to drivers.  In other research done by J.D.

Power and Associates, consumer interest in advanced windshield cleaning systems ranked among the highest of approximately 40 emerging technologies studied.


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