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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.
Phoenix — MTX Audio will attend a variety of events this month to showcase its new products and initiatives.
The MTX Audio StreetTeam will highlight the company’s new Connected Commerce selling model, which aims to bring factory-direct audio solutions to consumers. Representatives will be at the Import Face-Off April 7 in Ennis, Texas, and Arizona Bike Week April 10-14 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Clarksville, Tenn. — Sonus Car Audio will host a series of 12-volt training programs April 20-21, put on by members of the newly formed Strategic Weapon Advanced Techniques (SWAT) team.
The team, although not associated with any trade groups, consists of four longtime members of the 12-volt industry: Del Ellis, Micah Williams, Jason Kranitz and Ray West.
Long Beach, Calif. – Kenwood is stepping up its promotion and dealer-education programs in 2013.
The new effort will include additional vendor participation in its “X Rewards” sell-through promotion, a new customer database development program, video-based training content and deeper involvement in social media and online solutions forums.