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Torrance, Calif. – Alpine wants its dealers to get social.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Arvada, Colo. — The Mobile Electronics Specialists of America (MESA) has added 14 Gold members, bringing the buying group’s total member count to 61.
The Gold program is geared toward car audio retailers that want MESA’s marketing, educational and group buying benefits but don’t meet the Platinum program volume requirements. The new program was announced in June.
Hauppauge, N.Y. — Voxx International reported higher net earnings but slightly lower sales in its fiscal second quarter, ended Aug. 31.
Net income for the quarter was $4.9 million compared with net income of $3.7 million for the comparable period last year. Net income for this year’s fiscal second quarter was favorably impacted by funds Voxx received as part of a class action settlement and funds related to the Circuit City bankruptcy.
Los Angeles — Car electronics supplier Massive Audio is enabling its dealers for the first time to fulfill orders placed by consumers through the company’s online store.
Massive teamed up with Shopatron, an e-commerce technology company that lets branded suppliers accept online orders and fulfill them through dealers.
Dearborn, Mich. — Ford announced it will acquire Livio, a manufacturer of in-car technology and entertainment devices and software.
“With the additional expertise Livio provides us, Ford intends to continue to lead the next generation of in-car connectivity with technology advancements that give consumers more options to access their devices on the go,” said Paul Mascarenas, chief technical officer and VP, Ford research and innovation.
Torrance, Calif. — Remote-starter manufacturer Auto Page announced it will distribute Fortin’s Evo series of in-car installation products.
Auto Page is owned by Varad International.
Fortin products include the Evo-All data immobilizer bypass and door-lock interface combo module, and the Evo-Ride high encrypted key immobilizer bypass module.
The Fortin products and accessories will be available through the Varad/Auto Page national sales network, the companies said.
West Chester, Ohio — Escort entered a new category this month with the launch of its MediaFlair portable Wi-Fi streaming accessory.
Designed to act a personal wireless hub for sharing content, the MediaFlair allows content stored on an SD card to be shared via Wi-Fi with up to five friends, once all have downloaded the free accompanying app. The app, which is compatible with Apple, Android and Kindle devices, allows the friends to actually download the files to their own portable devices.
Clearwater, Fla. — iSimple, a division of Aamp of America, added to its line of TranzIt universal car kits with a model meant for Lightning connectors.
The TranzIt Link (IS7705), intended for pro installation, enables consumers to play their music from a Lightning-capable Apple device through their factory or aftermarket stereo, using a preset radio frequency.
The TranzIt Link also charges the iPhone, iPad or iPod while in use, and it has a digital-to-analog converter.
Suggested retail is $119; it’s currently available.
Jericho, N.Y. — Mobileye, a maker of collision-avoidance systems, is now selling its products directly through its website and has updated the site with an e-commerce store.
The site, found at US.Mobileye.com, was created to “to make it easier for our consumers to learn about our technology and purchase our systems,” Daniel Rosenfeld, Mobileye online marketing manager, told TWICE. “Our new site also offers much more information about our systems capabilities and how they function.”