By Lisa Johnston
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CYPRESS, Calif. — Mitsubishi Motors announced that it has partnered with Rockford Fosgate to offer a high-end audio system for the 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse, set to reach dealers at the end of May.
The 650-watt, nine-speaker system includes a 10-inch subwoofer in a fiberglass-reinforced, acoustic suspension enclosure. It also has a six-disc, in-dash CD changer that accepts CD-R discs encoded with MP3 files. Another feature is advanced digital signal processing (DSP) with settings for pop, rock, hip-hop and country and a personal settings feature so users can preset and recall sound settings such as tone, balance, fader and staging. The system will also be available in the 2007 Eclipse Spyder in April 2006.
The collaboration is Rockford's first with Mitsubishi. Rockford has supplied OEM equipment to Nissan for the past several years, it said.
BROADVIEW, ILL. and LOUISVILLE, KY.— Blaupunkt and Boston Acoustics announced new programs designed to make operations more retail friendly.
Blaupunkt said it will change its shipping “supply chain.” Beginning January 2006, all Blaupunkt products will ship directly from overseas factories to the warehouses of independent regional distributors, bypassing the current Blaupunkt warehouses in the United States. The aim is to improve product availability and speed of delivery, said the company.
Boston Acoustics also recently adjusted its volume incentive rebate and shipping programs. The company is now calculating volume rebates by overall volume rather than requiring dealers to purchase specific quantities of each model, it said.
In addition, Boston Acoustics is offering free shipping with any masterpack order.
HAUPPAGE, N.Y. — Audiovox said it was named the supplier of Sirius Satellite Radio for 2005 Jaguar models including X-Type sedans and Sportwagons, S-Type sedans and XJ sedans. Jaguar plans to offer the Sirius products as dealer- and port-installed options beginning in May through the 2006 model year.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Car Audio is shipping new products in May, including two competition grade components and two new tweeters.
Under the MOJO competition label are a new amplifier — the 16-MCD4KW that delivers 1,000 watts at 4 ohms, and up to 4,000 watts at 1 ohm. It is joined by the 15-inch MOJO Mad Max Super Woofer that handles up to 4,000 watts RMS. Suggested retail prices are $1,850 and $1,800.
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