SmartTOP Convertible Top products for Mercedes-Benz E-Class and CLK receive design refresh 1/2

The add-on SmartTOP Convertible Top Controllers offered by aftermarket automotive electronics specialist Mods4cars are meant to simplify operation of the top. They make it possible for owners of Mercedes-Benz E-Class and CLK convertibles to use the center console top switch while the car is moving at slow speeds. All that is needed is a quick tap on the switch to trigger full automatic “one-touch” operation. It is neither necessary to stop and pull over, nor does the switch have to be held down for the duration of the operation.

Additionally, the SmartTOP module allows top operation from the original key fob remote with one-touch convenience. After using a quick button combination on the key fob, the top opens or closes fully automatically. No changes are necessary to the original key fob transmitters or receiver system.

Next to these two main features the SmartTOP add-on kits for E-Class and CLK convertibles offer a host of bonus features: The windows can be opened or closed from the remote and independently from the top. All windows can be opened or closed one-touch style from the console switch. The hazard flashers can be activated during remote top operation and it is possible to activate a short audible confirmation sound when locking and unlocking the car (CLK only). On both models top and window operation from the remote is possible up to the full RF range of the remote. All features are individually programmable and adjustable to taste. An extended mode even allows starting or stopping the engine during an ongoing top operation. The entire module can be temporarily disabled while retaining all user configurable settings.

“We constantly work on improving our existing products“, says PR-Manager Sven Tornow. “We are always happy to implement new features as a result of customer inquiries.” But not only software is being improved on continually. Recently the enclosure of the intelligent top opener was completely redesigned. Effective immediately all SmartTOP kits for Mercedes-Benz E-Class and CLK Convertibles come equipped with the new enclosure.

The new product enclosure was designed and developed exclusively by Mods4cars for the use case at hand. It is slimmer and more streamlined and can be installed in tighter spots in the car. Use of less plastic and omission of screws also make it a better choice for the environment. Two LEDs now offer an unparalleled level of status and diagnostics information during installation. To make installation extremely simple, the SmartTOP kits also come with plug-and-play wiring adapters which simply connect the module to the vehicle electronics. User programmable settings can be adjusted via clear text in-dash menu or via USB setup and support software available for Windows and Mac.

SmartTOP kits are available for Alfa, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Ford, Infiniti, Lamborghini, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Volkswagen and Volvo.

Current pricing for these Mercedes-Benz SmartTOP kits starts at just 249 Euros + tax.

AVAILABLE AT www.mods4cars.com !

Added features: SmartTOP Convertible Top Controller for Mercedes-Benz SLK R172 2/2

SmartTOP add-on Convertible Top Controller for Mercedes-Benz SLK R172 Feature Overview:

Remote control of convertible top
Open/Close your convertible top using the original factory remote control key / key fob.
Open/Close the top while driving
Open/Close your top while driving. Speed programmable up to 60kmh.
One-Touch power convertible top
“One-Touch” convertible top operation allows your top to open or close automatically.
Range Extender
Increases the remote range, allowing you to operate the top from the same distance as the door locks.
Full text setup in car display
Configure functions of the module to meet your personal preferences via our full text setup menu.
Passive / Invisible mode
Turn the whole module off with an easy key sequence. Ideal when letting someone else drive your car.
Separate window control
Raise and lower the windows separately by remote without activating the top.
Comfort window close
One-Touch operation when closing all windows simultaneously via the separate “all windows” button.
Full Rear Window control
Raise rear windows with top down.
Top convenience mode
Turning the ignition on or off does not interrupt convertible top operation.
Chirp-signal function
When locking and/or unlocking the car, the horn sounds briefly if desired.
Hazard Signals
Optionally the hazard blinkers are activated while top is operated from the remote.
Keyless Go top control
Open and close the top by touching the door handle three times.
Folding Mirrors
On models equipped with motorized mirrors, fold them in and out by remote.
Reversible plug-in installation
Remove any time allowing sale or return of a leased vehicle in it’s original condition.
Plug-n-Play Wiring harness
Custom designed plug-in-between wiring harness for extremely simple and quick installation included.
USB Port for easy setup / updates
This module can be configured and updated using any Mac or PC.
AVAILABLE AT www.mods4cars.com !

Added features: SmartTOP Convertible Top Controller for Mercedes-Benz SLK R172 1/2

The aftermarket SmartTOP module offered by Mods4cars for Mercedes-Benz SLK R172 makes it possible to open or close the hard top while driving at speeds of up to 60 km/h (~38 mph). Thanks to the one-touch operation, a quick touch is sufficient to start the operation. The top can also be controlled from the original factory remote, using long range RF signals and with full automatic one-touch mode.

Just recently aftermarket electronics specialist Mods4cars added another feature to the module: The side mirrors (factory option for motorized mirrors is required) can now be folded in or out automatically. Two different modes of operation are selectable. They can either be folded in by using a quick button sequence on the remote or they always automatically fold in when the car is locked. Upon unlocking and opening the driver’s door they automatically fold back out.

“We are happy to be able to offer our customers even more comfort and convenience by adding this new feature.” says PR-Manager Sven Tornow. “It is now possible to fold the mirrors in at any time from the remote as needed.” he continues. The full-auto mode saves time and protects the car for people always having to park in tight spaces.

Existing customers get to benefit from the new feature the same way new ones do. All SmartTOP Convertible Top Controllers come equipped with a USB port for quick and easy firmware updates and product configuration via support software available for PC and Mac. Like all other updates, this one is free of charge and available online on the outfit’s website. SmartTOP is a smart investment; owners will always benefit from added features down the road.

The SmartTOP module for the Mercedes-Benz SLK R172 offers a host of bonus features and benefits: Extended range of the remote (RF instead of IR signals), remote control commands for top and windows independently from each other, all 4 windows can be raised while the top is down and it is possible to program the module to give a quick horn chirp confirmation when locking or unlocking the car. An extended mode can be activated which allows top operation to continue while the engine is being started or stopped. Also the entire module can be temporarily disabled via the convenient clear text in-dash setup-menu while retaining all user configurable settings. The kit comes with a full plug-and-play wiring adapter that makes installing and removing possible without leaving any traces or damage.

Mods4cars offers SmartTOP Convertible Top kits for Alfa, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Ford, Infiniti, Lamborghini, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Volvo and Volkswagen: Pretty much all popular modern convertible and roadster models are covered. Kits are available for previous versions of the SLK (R170) and SLK (R171) as well. The SmartTOP kit retails for 249 Euros + tax.

AVAILABLE AT www.mods4cars.com !

New product enclosure: SmartTOP Convertible Top Controllers for Mercedes-Benz SLK and SL by Mods4cars 2/2

SmartTOP add-on Convertible Top Controller for Mercedes-Benz SLK (R172) Feature Overview:

Remote control of convertible top
Open/Close your convertible top using the original factory remote control key / key fob.
Open/Close the top while driving
Open/Close your top while driving. Speed programmable up to 60kmh.
One-Touch power convertible top
“One-Touch” convertible top operation allows your top to open or close automatically.
Range Extender
Increases the remote range, allowing you to operate the top from the same distance as the door locks.
Full text setup in car display
Configure functions of the module to meet your personal preferences via our full text setup menu.
Passive / Invisible mode
Turn the whole module off with an easy key sequence. Ideal when letting someone else drive your car.
Separate window control
Raise and lower the windows separately by remote without activating the top.
Comfort window close
One-Touch operation when closing all windows simultaneously via the separate “all windows” button.
Full Rear Window control
Raise rear windows with top down.
Top convenience mode
Turning the ignition on or off does not interrupt convertible top operation.
Chirp-signal function
When locking and/or unlocking the car, the horn sounds briefly if desired.
Hazard Signals
Optionally the hazard blinkers are activated while top is operated from the remote.
Keyless Go top control
Open and close the top by touching the door handle three times.
Folding Mirrors
On models equipped with motorized mirrors, fold them in and out by remote.
Reversible plug-in installation
Remove any time allowing sale or return of a leased vehicle in it’s original condition.
Plug-n-Play Wiring harness
Custom designed plug-in-between wiring harness for extremely simple and quick installation included.
USB Port for easy setup / updates
This module can be configured and updated using any Mac or PC.
AVAILABLE AT www.mods4cars.com !

SmartTOP add-on Convertible Top Controller for Mercedes-Benz SL (R231)
Feature Overview:

Remote control of convertible top
Open/Close your convertible top using the original factory remote control key / key fob.
Open/Close the top while driving
Open/Close your top while driving. Speed programmable up to 60kmh.
One-Touch power convertible top
“One-Touch” convertible top operation allows your top to open or close automatically.
Range Extender
Increases the remote range, allowing you to operate the top from the same distance as the door locks.
Full text setup in car display
Configure functions of the module to meet your personal preferences via our full text setup menu.
Passive / Invisible mode
Turn the whole module off with an easy key sequence. Ideal when letting someone else drive your car.
Separate window control
Raise and lower the windows separately by remote without activating the top.
Comfort window close
One-Touch operation when closing all windows simultaneously via the separate “all windows” button.
Top convenience mode
Turning the ignition on or off does not interrupt convertible top operation.
Hazard Signals
Optionally the hazard blinkers are activated while top is operated from the remote.
Keyless Go top control
Open and close the top by touching the door handle three times.
Reversible plug-in installation
Remove any time allowing sale or return of a leased vehicle in it’s original condition.
Plug-n-Play Wiring harness
Custom designed plug-in-between wiring harness for extremely simple and quick installation included.
USB Port for easy setup / updates
This module can be configured and updated using any Mac or PC.
AVAILABLE AT www.mods4cars.com !

New product enclosure: SmartTOP Convertible Top Controllers for Mercedes-Benz SLK and SL by Mods4cars 1/2

The outfit Mods4cars has completely redesigned the appearance of their signature product, the SmartTOP Convertible Top Controller. Effective immediately all shipped kits for Mercedes-Benz SLK and SL now sport the exclusive, custom designed slim-line enclosure. Thanks to its smaller size the module can be installed in even tighter spaces in the car. Due to less plastic and no screws being used, the new design is also more eco-friendly.

With the SmartTOP add-on kit installed, owners of the SLK and SL class convertibles can open or close the top fully automatically from the factory remote key fob. A quick push button combination is all that is needed to start the operation. No changes need to be made to the key fobs. From the center console switch the top can be lowered or raised with one-touch convenience and while the car is moving at slow speeds. It is no longer necessary to hold down the switch. This is a real time saver.

“With days getting shorter it is now more than ever enjoyable to benefit from the last rays of sunlight for the top-down experience. For our customers it’s a breeze. Thanks to the SmartTOP module all they need to do is tap the switch briefly to bring the top down. Once the sun begins to set, another quick tap brings the top back up, no need to pull over and keep holding that switch.” says PR-Manager Sven Tornow.

Apart from these main features each SmartTOP product comes with a host of bonus features to make the roadster lifestyle more enjoyable. On Mercedes SLK R171 and R172 it is possible to raise the small rear windows while the top is down. It is possible to activate an extended mode which will not interrupt an ongoing top operation when starting or stopping the engine. All models dramatically increase the range of the remote operation by using RF instead of IR signals and make it possible to activate the top from a long distance. All features are individually programmable and each module comes with a main switch to temporarily disable the entire product while retaining all user configurable settings.

“The names Mods4cars and SmartTOP stand for innovation. We continuously work on bringing new features and strive to make installation as simple as possible for our customers.” Sven Tornow continues. All modules come with custom made wiring adapters and harnesses that allow a quick and simple connection to the car electronics. The new enclosure comes with two LEDs which show current status or trouble codes. Each module also comes equipped with a standard USB port which allows firmware updates to be applied, all of which are available online free of charge.

SmartTOP modules are available for Alfa, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Ford, Infiniti, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Volkswagen and Volvo. Almost all modern convertibles and roadsters are supported. SmartTOP kits are available for the following Mercedes-Benz models: SLK (R170, R171, R172), SL (R129, R230, R231), E-Class Convertible and CLK Convertible.

The kit for Mercedes SLK and SL is available from 249 Euros + tax.

AVAILABLE AT www.mods4cars.com !

SmartTOP Convertible Top Module for Mercedes-Benz gets functionality boost

Thanks to the aftermarket SmartTOP Convertible Top Controller offered by automotive electronics specialist Mods4cars, Mercedes-Benz SLK R172 owners can now open and close the top while driving at slow speeds or control the top from afar via the original factory key remote. Both functions gain convenient one-touch operation, making the need to hold down any switch or button a thing of the past. Mods4cars continuously works on improving their existing products, always taking customer requests into account.

In April of this year Mods4cars published an update which now allows new and existing customers of the SmartTOP product to lower the top and raise the rear windows. By factory these windows are locked in the down position as long as the convertible top is down. The SmartTOP allows owners to bring them up with simple one-touch convenience.

This new feature was fully integrated into the SmartTOP firmware. Owners can choose if they want all 4 windows to come up automatically after opening the top from the console switch or the remote. Of course it is possible to retain the default setting and only control the front windows.

Additionally a new chirp feature was integrated into the module which can be programmed to either emit a brief sound on locking, unlocking or both. “This gives our customers an audible feedback that the remote command was actually received.” explains PR-Manager Sven Tornow. “It is particularly useful in bright daylight when you can’t see the flashers or hear the clicking noise. You can simply start walking away from the car and be sure it locked correctly.” Sven Tornow continues.

As a courtesy service Mods4cars always makes such improvements accessible to all customers, even existing ones. Every module comes equipped with a standard USB port to allow customer to quickly configure or update their product at any time. “Our customers have the distinct advantage to always get the latest and best software version for their product, completely free of charge. Firmware updates are provided by Mods4cars online for free.” Sven Tornow concludes. A custom designed plug-and-play wiring adapter is also part of the kit. It guarantees a quick and simple installation without the need to handle any wires or specialized knowledge.

The SmartTOP Convertible Top Controller for Mercedes-Benz SLK R172 is available for 249 Euros + tax. There are versions available for the previous generation SLK R171 and SLK R170 as well.

AVAILABLE AT www.mods4cars.com !

SmartTOP for Mercedes-Benz SLK now allows use of the rear windows with top down

Recently Mods4cars announced the availability of a firmware update allowing use of the rear windows on Mercedes SLK R172 with the top down. Now the same function is available on the SLK R171 as well. The Vegas based outfit Mods4cars offers aftermarket electronic modules called SmartTOP which extend the functionality of the cars’ convertible top operation. The signature feature of the modules is the ability to raise and lower the top while driving at slow speeds and with one-touch convenience. They also allow top operation from the original key fob remote and each one comes with an individual set of user configurable bonus features adding to every day convenience.

“We continually work on improving our existing products and are always taking our customers‘ wishes and input into consideration.“ says PR-Manager Sven Tornow. “Raising the rear windows with the top down was one of the most requested features; it creates a more elegant appearance and improves wind protection.” Sven Tornow continues.

By factory default the two small rear windows are permanently in the down position as long as the convertible top is open. The new SmartTOP feature now allows them to be raised and was completely integrated into the existing module as a firmware update. Now car owners can decide if they want all four windows to come up after opening the top or if they want them to stay down.

When using the key remote top open the top, the user configurable setting also applies. Choose if all windows come up or stay down. The setting can be programmed independently from the front windows, so it is possible to leave all windows down, raise only the front ones or raise all.

Mods4cars publishes at least 50 firmware updates every year, all of which are not just for new customers to enjoy. All SmartTOP modules come equipped with a standard USB port for quick and easy end user product configuration and update. Firmware updates are free of charge. “Once you purchased a SmartTOP module, you will be eligible to receive firmware updates for the entire life of the product.” Sven Tornow concludes.

The SmartTOP convertible top convenience add-on module comes with a plug-in-between wiring harness for simple installation by anyone. Pricing starts at 249 Euros + tax.

SmartTOP modules are available for all SLK models R170 through R172. All these popular car brands are supported: Alfa, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Ford, Infiniti, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Volvo and VW.

AVAILABLE AT www.mods4cars.com !