Hopkins Mfg.’s Smart Hitch Earns AAPEX Award
Emporia, Kan.-based Hopkins Manufacturing Corp. earned the top innovation award at the 2013 Automotive Aftermarket Product Expo (AAPEX) held this week in Las Vegas.
According to a press release, preregistered buyers for this year’s showcase cast nearly 5,000 votes and recognized the Hopkins Towing Solutions – Smart Hitch Camera and Sensor System as the best new product. The AAPEX is the largest annual automotive trade show, drawing more than 100,000 buyers from across the globe.
On hand to accept the award was Mike Williams, Hopkins chief marketing officer, and Dan Scheller, marketing director for towing products.
“This award reflects the professionalism and efforts of our entire team,” said Williams. “It is very gratifying that Hopkins has again been chosen for the most innovative product in our industry.
“We’re excited about this product.” added Scheller. “We know that hitching up to a trailer is not an easy task, and we wanted to solve that problem.” This is a true win for Hopkins, our retail customers and consumers alike.”
The Smart Hitch is an easy-to-use backup camera with two separate modes. In hitch mode, the built-in guiding system allows drivers to easily align hitch ball to the trailer coupler every time. When not towing, simply switch the monitor to everyday mode and back up using a 3 1/2-inch color monitor for optimal viewing and SmartZone Sensors that give the driver an audible alert when it detects objects behind the vehicle.
The Smart Hitch plugs directly into the existing vehicle towing connector for ease of installation.
The Smart Hitch Camera and Sensor System continues to get five star ratings and can currently be found at Amazon, Camping World, E-Trailer, Northern Tool, TSC Canada, Stag Parkway and Coast Distribution.
For more information visit www.HopkinsMfg.com.