By Lisa Johnston
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Hauppauge, N.Y. — Audiovox Electronics has revamped its tech-support website with additions specifically for its authorized 12-volt dealers.
The site, which can be accessed at AvxTech1.com, features vehicle wiring and fit information on more than 27,000 vehicles with hundreds of vehicle-specific fit and wiring location photos
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.
Arlington, Va. — The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) scheduled Nov. 9-11 for this year’s CarTech Demo Days, a nationwide campaign that encourages consumers to visit retailers to learn about the latest aftermarket technologies for the car.
Vista, Calif. – Car security brand Viper has made its first foray into the home security market with Viper Home, a self-installing app-based home monitor that can be controlled by a smartphone.
London — MirrorLink and Apple’s iOS In The Car will be the dominant smartphone-connectivity technologies used in OEM in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems shipped in 2018, but other smartphone-connectivity technologies will also be used, ABI Research forecasts.
Schaffhausen, Switzerland – GPS supplier Garmin posted a 4 percent decline in consolidated sales in the third quarter to $643.6 million and a 5.2 percent drop in operating income to $151.8 million.
Thanks to an income tax benefit of $26.9 million, third-quarter net income soared 33.7 percent to $187.7 million.
Sales declined in its auto/mobile and outdoor segments but rose in its fitness, marine, and aviation segments.
Vista, Calif. – DEI Holdings CEO Jim Minarik has assumed direct responsibility for the company’s Directed car security and remote-start business following last week’s departure of Directed president Mike Simmons to pursue other interests.
The company hasn’t yet assessed whether a replacement for Simmons will be named, Minarik told TWICE.
Simmons was with Directed for five years and became president almost two years ago.
Minarik said he is “excited about getting re-engaged” with the security and remote-start business.
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.