San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Clearwater, Fla. — iSimple, a division of Aamp of America, took the wraps off a pair of vehicle accessories today and will have the devices on display during CTIA 2013, held in Las Vegas next week.
The BluStream car kit (model ISBT52) is designed to be used with any car featuring a 3.5mm jack. The plug-in device enables in-car Bluetooth and connects to most car radios, the company said. Suggested retail is $59.95.
Features include an echo-canceling microphone, a Call/Play button, A2DP streaming, USB power port for charging. It’s currently available.
Oxnard, Calif. — Scosche Industries introduced its first motorcycle accessories, the HD7000B stereo installation kit and SAHD656 speaker adapters Harley Davidsons.
The HD7000B aftermarket kit, which will accommodate ISO side mounting, mounts into the factory location using OEM hardware. Features include a plastic front panel, stainless-steel mounting screws, and the company’s Custom Fit install design. Suggested retail is $79.99 suggested retail.
Liberty, Texas — Cimble announced a Basic version of its SecureConnex in-car telematics system.
The SecureConnex device, which must be professionally installed, allows consumers to monitor and track their vehicles with their iOS or Android smartphones. It is designed for 2008 and newer vehicles.
Southfield, Mich. — Parrot has expanded the selection of apps for its Asteroid series of Android-based in-car entertainment systems.
The seven new apps include Facebook for Asteroid, a media-player application and an email application, bringing the app selection to 17. Other apps previously available include GPS navigation, traffic data, TuneIn online radio and Spotify.
Port Washington, N.Y. – Retail-level aftermarket sales of car multimedia and car video products surged in the first quarter, The NPD Group’s Retail Tracking Service found.
However, the increase was not enough to keep the car electronics aftermarket from getting off to a rough start for the year.
Excluding portable navigation devices (PNDs), total sales of aftermarket car audio and video fell 9 percent from the year-ago quarter to $372.1 million, NPD found.
Chicago — Cobra Electronics cited lower store traffic and higher-than-expected legal expenses for its lower sales and loss for the company’s first quarter.
For the quarter, ended March 31, Cobra posted net loss of $1.5 million on sales of $21.6 million. This is down from the $339,000 profit on sales of $26.4 million generated during the same period last year.
The legal expenses were related to patent legal claims, the company said.
Columbus, Ohio — Pittsburgh-based rep company End Result wrapped up its 12th annual expo for home-A/V and 12-volt retailers.
The show attracted about 120 attendees who viewed new products, attended educational seminars, and participated in manufacturers’ training sessions.
The show, whose theme was “Get Better,” hosted seminars on such topics as “How to Increase Floor Traffic,” “How to Compete with the Internet,” and “Projector and Screen Tricks and Tips.”
New York — Pyle launched an in-dash DVD receiver with detachable 10.1-inch touchscreen display.
The $284-suggested PLD10BT joins multiple Pyle DVD receivers with fixed and motorized 7-inch touchscreens, including a single-DIN model with detachable 7-inch screen.
Clearwater, Fla. — American International launched two all-in-one custom-install dash kits for the 2012 and 2013 Chevrolet Sonic.
The module for the GMK315DAX and GMK315BX retains factory OnStar, Bluetooth and steering-wheel controls, and the kits are available in Dark Argent and Jet Black panel colors. All necessary installation hardware is included.
According to the company, the included harness and connecting module come preprogrammed out of the box and are compatible with most aftermarket head units.
Steubenville, Ohio — Access2Communications plans April in-store availability of an aftermarket device that prevents an app-equipped Android or BlackBerry smartphone from texting, emailing and browsing the web when the vehicle’s ignition is turned on.
The $179 TextBuster, currently available on the company’s website, will be available in some big-box stores in April, the spokesperson said.