Meteorologist Jim Cantore pitches Bosch Icon wiper blades

Robert Bosch LLC has signed Weather Channel Meterologist Jim Cantore as the latest spokesman for Bosch Icon wiper blades with ClearMax 365. The company also is introducing an advertising campaign featuring the product that will run through the first quarter of 2015.

The campaign draws attention to the importance of visibility in safe driving and is based on the fact that if drivers can’t see clearly for one second while driving at 60 mph, then they can’t see clearly for 88 feet.

“The new thought-provoking “88 Feet” concept used in this campaign, highlights our safety message," says Tony Pauly, director of advertising and brand management for Bosch automotive aftermarket. "(It) creates just the right setting in which to communicate to consumers the importance of having a high quality wiper blade like the new Bosch Icon with its patented ClearMax 365 technology.

“Furthermore, as the new spokesperson for Bosch Icon with ClearMax 365, Jim Cantore, meteorologist for The Weather Channel, will bring a fresh perspective to storm preparedness and inspire trust among consumers with his expertise and relaxed style."

The advertising campaign will include:

* The new 30-second TV spot airing on top-rated national cable TV networks

* A national radio schedule supported by weather and traffic sponsorships to drive consumers to retail locations with a combination of pre-recorded spots and live reads

* Strategic regional TV and radio in key markets to supplement national media

* A digital mobile campaign in support of retail promotions

* Social media engagement and targeting

* In-store point-of-sale promotional materials

ClearMax 365 is a synthetic rubber compound bonded both physically and chemically with a polymer powder coating. The company says this patented technology from Bosch helps the new Icon wiper blade provide consistent, streak-free visibility year-round and resists damage due to external contaminants, road debris such as salt and grime, as well as chemicals and waxes.

According to Pauly, the beam construction and patented rubber technology of Bosch Icon with ClearMax 365 wiper blades deliver up to 40 percent longer life compared to other premium beam blades. Its exclusive tension spring arcing technology creates a fit that is custom-contoured to the curvature of each side of the windshield – driver’s side and passenger’s side. Icon hugs the windshield in strong winds and heavy precipitation, and its one-step connection system makes it simple to install.

Packaging for the Bosch Icon wiper blade with ClearMax 365 has been redesigned to communicate the new and distinctive features and engage consumers at retail.

“We expect that this engaging new campaign will drive traffic to Icon retailers and create a new awareness among consumers of the premium features of Bosch ICON with ClearMax 365, making it their top choice,” Pauly said.

For more information on Bosch wiper blades, visit: http://www.boschautoparts.com/wiper-blades.

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