Scosche Intros Its 1st Motorcycle Kit

Scosche Intros Its 1st Motorcycle Kit

By Lisa Johnston On May 7 2013 - 1:42pm

The HD7000 has a $79.99 suggested retail.
The HD7000 has a $79.99 suggested retail.


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.

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Cimble Adds Basic Plan For In-Car Telematics

Cimble Adds Basic Plan For In-Car Telematics

By Lisa Johnston On May 1 2013 - 1:04pm

The SecureConnex device provides tracking, remote start and maintenance notifica
The SecureConnex device provides tracking, remote start and maintenance notifications.


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.

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Parrot Expands Apps For In-Car Entertainment Systems

Parrot Expands Apps For In-Car Entertainment Systems

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 30 2013 - 4:02pm

Parrot’s newest Android-based in-car entertainment systems consist of one double
Parrot’s newest Android-based in-car entertainment systems consist of one double-DIN in-dash system and two dash-top systems that integrate with existing car stereo systems.


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.

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NPD: Car Video, Multimedia Up In Q1

NPD: Car Video, Multimedia Up In Q1

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 29 2013 - 11:43am




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.

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Cobra Posts Loss, Sales Drop

Cobra Posts Loss, Sales Drop

Doug Olenick On Apr 26 2013 - 9:27am




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.

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Rep Firm End Result Concludes 12th Annual Expo

Rep Firm End Result Concludes 12th Annual Expo

By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 19 2013 - 11:36am


Wayne Puntel of AudioCraft (left) and Paradigm’s Keith Dowd talk about the industry at a recent CE show held by rep company End Result of Pittsburgh.


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.”

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Pyle Offers Car Receiver With 10.1-Inch Touchscreen

Pyle Offers Car Receiver With 10.1-Inch Touchscreen

By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 13 2013 - 3:54pm

Pyle’s $284-suggested PLD10BT in-dash DVD receiver comes with detachable 10.1-in
Pyle’s $284-suggested PLD10BT in-dash DVD receiver comes with detachable 10.1-inch touchscreen.


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.

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American Int’l Debuts Dash Kits For Chevy Sonic

American Int’l Debuts Dash Kits For Chevy Sonic

TWICE Staff On Mar 11 2013 - 3:55pm

The GMK315DAX retains factory OnStar, Bluetooth and steering-wheel controls.
The GMK315DAX retains factory OnStar, Bluetooth and steering-wheel controls.


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.

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TextBuster Blocks Texting, Emailing, Web Browsing In Car

TextBuster Blocks Texting, Emailing, Web Browsing In Car

By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 6 2013 - 11:10am

The $179 TextBuster plugs into a vehicle’s OBD II port for power.
The $179 TextBuster plugs into a vehicle’s OBD II port for power.


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.

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Ford Sync Systems Access Amazon Cloud Player On Android Phones

Ford Sync Systems Access Amazon Cloud Player On Android Phones

By Joseph Palenchar On Feb 13 2013 - 11:04am




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.

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