San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Las Vegas — Rockford Fosgate will go to International CES with more than 40 new car amplifiers, speakers, and factory-integration and application-specific products to round out the brand’s Power-, Punch- and Prime-series products.
The lineup will include the first 2-ohm single-voice-coil subwoofers in the Punch series. They’re designed to maximize the output of Rockford Fosgate’s mono-block amplifiers.
West Chester, Ohio – Escort, the supplier of radar and laser detectors, has begun offering a dongle that turns iPads, iPhones and iPod touches into TV screens for viewing free live local mobile-DTV broadcasts transmitted by local stations under the Dyle Mobile TV brand.
Torino, Italy – An engineering company that develops connected-car technologies for automakers has launched a device that plugs into the USB port of a vehicle or car audio system to play back cached music and podcasts synced via Wi-Fi.
The $99 Automatica from Inrete connects to a home’s Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g network, or to a Wi-Fi-tethered smartphone in the car, to download and store music and podcasts from Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, Microsoft SkyDrive and podcast channels via the company’s Automatica web site.
Edmond, Okla. – Petra Industries has named Jorge Grijalva as district manager of its Car Audio division for Texas.
Petra, a distributor of CE, custom installation products, wireless accessories, mobile audio/video accessories and appliance connection supplies, appointed Grijalva based on his extensive 10-year plus background in sales and business management, including four as a car audio multi-retail business owner, the distributor said.
The products will be displayed at January’s CES and be available in the first quarter. The products will also be showcased on the Inside West Coast Customs television show along with other Maxxsonics brands, the companies said.
Arlington, Va. — The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) responded to the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) update of its “Most Wanted List, which calls for a ban of portable electronic devices “that do not directly support the task at hand” in vehicles, planes, trains and vessels.
Tempe, Ariz. – Lightning Audio has begun shipping 10 new car subwoofers in three new series to provide enough sizes and power-handling capacities for almost any installation, the company said.
Prices on the 10- and 12-inch subwoofers range from $89 to $219 each.
The subs will surface at the International CES exhibit of parent Rockford, at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas from Jan. 8-10.
Scottsdale, Ariz. – Ingram Micro’s Consumer Electronics Division (IMCE) has inked a distribution deal with Blaupunkt to sell its car audio and Bluetooth enabled components.
The deal provides access to retailers in the western United States to Blaupunkt’s first class receivers, amps and speaker systems.
The initial product rollout will include 40 specially selected car audio components including iPod/iPhone compatible receivers, Bluetooth-enabled displays, subwoofers, speakers and amps.
Iwaki, Japan – Alpine’s net sales grew 9.4 percent in the fiscal first half ending Sept. 30, but profits were down.
Sales were 103.9 billion yen ($1.3 billion), but operating income fell 63.7 percent to 1.1 billion yen ($13.8 million), and net income declined 66.1 percent to 0.7 billion yen ($8.8 million).