San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Heathrow, Fla. – Dual began shipping the first four head units in its 2013 Axxera-branded aftermarket car audio lineup following the shipment of the brand’s first amplifiers.
Axxera’s first speakers will ship in June.
Two other higher-priced Axxera head units are due soon.
As part of its strategy, Dual in 2013 is launching 21 new Axxera SKUs to expand the selection of Axxera head units and offer the brand’s first speakers and amps.
Tempto, Ariz. – Car audio supplier Rockford Fosgate renewed its partnership with Vans Warped Tour concerts, which kick off June 15 in Seattle and wrap up August 4 in Houston.
The aftermarket supplier launched a Warped Tour promotion and will bring its Mercedes Benz Sprinter demo vehicle to the summertime events.
Edmond, Okla. — Petra Industries held its 11th Annual Car Audio Expo Sunday, April 21, here, with retailers seeing demos of new mobile A/V products.
The Expo included A/V receivers, DVD players, speakers, CD head units, navigation systems and accessories, subwoofers and much more from the 26 industry-leading manufacturers exhibiting, the distributor said.
New York – A first-of-its-kind promotion launched by SiriusXM through the end of the year gives consumers three free months of All Access service when they purchase the $69-suggested SVX200 Connect Vehicle Tuner.
The compact, hideaway tuner can be controlled from aftermarket car and marine head units offered by Advent, Alpine, Clarion, Dual, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer and Sony. The tuner mounts behind the dash and connects directly to the head units without special adapters or the need to run a separate power wire.
Torrance, Calif. – Alpine has begun shipping its first in-dash head unit with MirrorLink, which enables control of a smartphones’ core functions from touchscreen-equipped in-dash aftermarket and OEM head units.
The head unit is the $800-suggested ICS-X7HD, a mech-less model promoted as an “in-dash app receiver” with 7-inch WVGA touchscreen.
Oxnard, Calif. — Boss Audio Systems has expanded its selection of 12-volt audio systems for off-road vehicles to six with the launch of its flagship ATV25B with stereo Bluetooth at a suggested $365.
The series of active weatherproof speaker systems is designed for tailgating as well as for boats, jet skis, and snowmobiles, the company said. They use portable devices such as cellphones or MP3 players as their sources.
Huntington, U.K. – Luxury-audio supplier Meridian is expanding its OEM autosound presence in luxury vehicles with the launch of two audio systems in the all-new Range Rover Sport.
In the vehicle, a choice of two Meridian audio systems includes the Meridian Signature Reference System, which incorporates Meridian’s Trifield 3D surround technology. The technology is said to create an enveloping and consistent surround sound experience for each passenger.
Torrance, Calif. — Apple launched its TuneIt app for iPhones and plans an Android version later this month for use with a currently shipping car CD receiver and with two more CD receivers to come.
Secaucus, N.J. — Panasonic Corp. of North America acquired the Aupeo personalized music-streaming service.
However, Panasonic told TWICE it will continue to offer the service to competing consumer electronics brands and automaker suppliers for use in their products.
Cypress, Calif. – Clarion launched a consumer-rebate program this week through its authorized dealers.
The “Spring Cash-in" promotion runs through June 30 and applies to seven models from the entry-level CZ102 to the top-of-the-line NX702, enabling the promotion to appeal to a much broader range of consumers compared to other companies’ rebate programs, the company said.
The rebates range in value from $10 to $100. Once a consumer submits the rebate form, Clarion mails out a prepaid Clarion-branded Visa Card.