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Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd.

It started from one component part.



  • Commences deliveries of Hybrid Car Systems.
  • Established a joint venture HCX Corporation with Clarion Co., Ltd. and Xanavi Informatics. Corporation.
  • Invested additional capital in Xanavi Informatics for transformation into a wholly-owned subsidiary.
  • Sagami works (then TOKICO, Ltd.) acquired ISO14001 certification.
  • Launched the production of world's first direct injectors for battery drive type.
  • Fukushima Works (then TOKICO, Ltd.) acquired ISO 14001 certification.
  • Commercialized a map/route distribution service system for in-vehicle information terminals using mobile phones, which was the world's first service system of this kind.
  • Launched the mass-production of world's first electric-powered 4WD systems.
  • Established Hitachi Automotive Products (Suzhou), Ltd. in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China.
  • Invests additional capital into Unisia Jecs Corporation, making it a wholly owned subsidiary, and changes company name to Hitachi Unisia Automotive, Ltd.
  • Low ホシ road test courses were constructed in Sawa Works.
  • Automotive Products was renamed Automotive Systems.
  • Established Hitachi Automotive Systems Europe GmbH as a R&D and sales company for electromechanical products, Bayern, Germany.
  • Established Hitachi Automotive Systems Europe GmbH - Sachsen works, in Sachsen, Germany.
  • Established Hitachi Highly Automotive Products (Shanghai), Ltd. in Shanghai, China
  • Acquired ISO/TS16949 certification, which is an integrated automotive industries product quality system standards of European countries based on QS9000.
  • Establishes Hitachi Vehicle Energy, Ltd. to develop and manufacture lithium-ion secondary batteries for hybrid electric vehicles.
  • NAS battery introduction/operation was commenced in Sawa Works.
  • TOKICO and Hitachi Unisia Automotive merge with Hitachi Ltd.
  • Acquires a 14.52 % stake in Clarion Co., Ltd., resulting in Hitachi Ltd. being the largest shareholder.
  • Commenced the operation of Guangzhou Hitachi Unisia Automotive Parts, Co., Ltd, in China.
  • Concluded a comprehensive business ties agreement regarding CIS business with Clarion Co., Ltd.
  • Established CIS Division as a business department of in-vehicle information terminal.
  • Completes construction of Tokachi Test Course in Hokkaido, Japan.
  • Succeeded in the development of a grip-type finger vein authentication technology that enables personal identification just by holding a door knob.
  • Acquired the whole stock of Hitachi Mobile Co., Ltd, making it a wholly-owned subsidiary.
  • Unisia North America, Inc. was merged with Hitachi Automotive Products (USA), Inc.
  • TOKICO (USA)'s sales department (Detroit office) and repair parts department (Los Angeles office) were merged with Hitachi Automotive Products (USA), Inc.
  • Clarion becomes a consolidated subsidiary after Hitachi Ltd. acquires a 63.3 % stake.
  • Transferred the stock of Xanavi Informatics Corporation to Clarion Co., Ltd., resulting in being a wholly owned subsidiary of Clarion.
  • Achieved one hundred million units in cumulative production of airflow sensors.
  • Unico Corporation, Unitas Corporation, and TOKICO SOFTSANGYO Ltd. were consolidated to establish HiAS Corporation.
  • Released a commercial vehicle navigation system "Solid Navi" with high durability and business communication functionality, which is the first product to be developed through collaboration of Hitachi and Clarion.
  • Succeeded in the development of a wheel-integrated finger vein authentication technology that enables personal identification just by holding a steering wheel of an automobile.
  • HCX Corporation was merged with Clarion Group as an effort to restructure and strengthen subsidiaries toward reinforcement the business of in-vehicle information systems.
  • Unisia JKC Steering System Corporation and Niigata Technos Co., Ltd. were consolidated.
  • Released an electronic map conversion/distribution service system that uses the technology of map data difference updating to enable prompt updating of the latest map information.
  • CIS Division acquired TS16949/ISO9001 certification.
  • Gunma Works achieved class-3 accident-free record.


  • Commences deliveries of Stereo Cameras.
  • Sawa Works achieved class-5 accident-free record.
  • Small compressor business was transferred to Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co., Ltd.
  • Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. was established by the split-off of Automotive Systems from Hitachi, Ltd.