By Lisa Johnston
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ARLINGTON, VA. — The mobile electronics aftermarket is muddling through 2013 despite a surge in installed- navigation dollar volume, a slight gain in speaker dollar volume, and a slight gain in unit sales of multimedia head units, CEA factory-level sales statistics show.
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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — Jensen has begun shipping its line of six single- and double-DIN in-dash multimedia receivers, including a navigation-equipped model and two nav-ready models.
LONG BEACH, CALIF. — The number of Android smartphones compatible with Pioneer in-dash head units incorporating AppRadio Mode technology has grown to 40 now that Pioneer has confirmed that 16 more Android phones are compatible.
The 16 smartphones tested by Pioneer for compatibility include the HTC One, One S and One XL; Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD and Razr HD; Samsung Galaxy SIII, S4 Note II and Galaxy Express; and the Sony Xperia Z, TX, TL and ZL.
BOSTON — Aftermarket head-unit sales in North America surged in units and dollars in 2012, but 2013 is not looking so good, Strategy Analytics forecasts show.
The research and consulting company also concluded that North American portable navigation device (PND) sales in units and dollars will slide faster in 2013 than they did in 2012.
In the head-unit market, the company found that factorylevel unit sales grew in 2012 by 14 percent to 5.47 million, but the segment is forecast to fall by 3.2 percent in 2013 to 5.3 million units.
GRAPEVINE, TEXAS — All signs point to a positive year for the annual KnowledgeFest car electronics trade show, put on by the Mobile Electronics Retailers Association (MERA).
At press time, the number of exhibitors was more than 50, according to Chris Cook, MERA president. This is down slightly from the 2012 show, but the number of attendees is still expected to be more than 1,000. Retailer attendance registrations are up around 35 percent vs. this time last year, Cook told TWICE.
NEW YORK — Head-up displays (HUDs) are a niche in the consumer aftermarket, but Garmin’s introduction of its first portable HUD could spur its navigation-device competitors to follow suit as they struggle with a declining PND market, said John Canali, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics.
Tier-one aftermarket autosound suppliers might also take a closer look at the category if Garmin is successful, he said.
PHOENIX — MTX Audio expanded its ThunderForm line of vehicle-specific subwoofer enclosures to include 2011-2013 Scion TC vehicles.
The company said it is the first time in several years that it has introduced a custom-fit ThunderForm enclosure for an import car.
Three configurations will be available: enclosure with 200-watt amp and 10inch sib, enclosure with 10-inch sub, and unloaded enclosure for use with other subs. All install in the trunk on the passenger side. Pricing wasn’t announced.
NEW YORK — Dollar sales of in-dash DVD receivers are skyrocketing this year, but sales aren’t growing fast enough to prevent the overall car-A/V aftermarket from dipping slightly.
COLUMBIA, MD. — Online radio listening in the car continues to grow, with 21 percent of cellphone owners reporting that they have listened to music streamed from a cellphone to a connected car stereo, according to a first-quarter survey by Arbitron and Edison Research.
That’s up from 17 percent in the 2012 survey, 11 percent in the 2011 survey, and 6 percent in the 2010 survey.
TORRANCE, CALIF. — Alpine has begun shipping its first in-dash head unit with MirrorLink, which enables control of a smartphones’ core functions from touchscreenequipped in-dash aftermarket and OEM head units.
The head unit is the $800-suggested ICS-X7HD, a mech-less model with 7-inch WVGA touchscreen.
MirrorLink is an industry-standard technology that enables touchscreen-equipped OEM and aftermarket head units to control and stream content from MirrorLink-compatible smartphones that run the handset suppliers’ MirrorLink app.