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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.
Seattle — Ford vehicles equipped with OEM Sync systems can now access Amazon’s Cloud Player through a wirelessly connected Android smartphone running the Amazon MP3 app.
The app is now AppLink-enabled for Ford Sync voice-control systems, letting users access their Cloud-stored music via the factory sound system’s controls or via Sync’s voice control. The app also lets users play back music stored on an Android phone through the stock sound system.
Tempe, Ariz. – Blaupunkt is planning to ship a new in-dash multimedia-navigation system, a new A/V multimedia head unit, and its first mono amp to the car audio aftermarket.
The navigation system is the $699-suggested New York, which ships at the end of March to replace a current New York nav system.
Oxnard, Calif. – Boss International launched multiple aftermarket car audio products, including three Boss Audio DVD-equipped multimedia receivers, a multimedia-navigation unit, and five marine head units.
Boss International also launched a four-channel amp under the Planet Audio brand and a multimedia head unit under the Sound Storm Laboratories brand.
The Boss-brand navigation unit is the $496-suggested single-DIN BV9969NV, which features a motorized 7-inch widescreen touchscreen that emerges from the dash.
Las Vegas – Products and promotions were the key themes for Alpine at International CES.
Alpine announced that is teaming up with hip-hop/dance-music group Far East Movement to promote a line of Bass Line subwoofers targeted to the youth market.