By Lisa Johnston
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Las Vegas – More aftermarket car-audio upgrade packages are being tailored for use in specific vehicles with the vehicle’s factory radio.
At International CES, Harman unveiled vehicle-specific aftermarket upgrade packages tailored for specific vehicles in various countries. The first system for a U.S. market vehicle is intended for the Jeep Wrangler and will be JBL-branded.
Rockford expanded its selection of vehicle-specific systems under the Match brand.
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.
Daytona Beach, Fla. -- Next year’s Spring Break Nationals Mobile Electronics Expo will return to its traditional late-March time frame during the peak of Spring Break activities.
In addtion, the 28th annual event will separate loud displays from sound-quality-focused displays at the request of exhibitors, said SBN founder Paul Papadeas.
The consumer and trade show will run March 22 and 23 at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center. The 2013 event was held earlier in March and fell between the Daytona 500 Race and Bike Week.
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.”
Years ago, the autosound aftermarket rightly feared the arrival of the digital OEM databus and the integration of multiple OEM electronics and electrical systems.
These technologies rendered many aftermarket autosound installations impractical because removing a factory head unit often disabled one or more OEM systems. The OEM developments did indeed cause irreparable harm to the aftermarket, as did the rising quality of OEM sound systems.
But now the aftermarket is leveraging the OEM databus to its advantage.
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.
Tampa Bay, Fla. – Car stereo accessories supplier iSimple is expanding its distribution to Sears Automotive and Kmart stores.
The retail chains will offer products from the brand’s StrongHold line of tablet- and smartphone-mounting kits and several other products.
StrongHold products began appearing this month in 800 Sears Automotive stores, and about 1,200 Kmart stores will feature the products in a new display area called “The Gift Bar,” said Bogden Nedeclu, senior VP/GM of iSimple parent Aamp of America.
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.
Las Vegas — Audiovox went to the SEMA show armed with a variety of announcements, including the introduction of a rearview mirror with built-in navigation, and a new iPad mount and accessories line.
Detroit — The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) said a record number of automotive manufacturers will exhibit at the 2013 International CES.
Seven manufacturers will showcase their latest technologies on the show floor: Audi, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Kia and Subaru. This will be Subaru’s first time exhibiting at the show, which will be held Jan. 8-11, 2013, in Las Vegas.
Canoga Park, Calif. — Precision Interface Electronics (PIE) will go to next week’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show to demonstrate OEM-interface technology compatible with the iPhone 5 and other Apple mobile devices equipped with the new eight-pin Lightning connector.
PIE said it expects to deploy the technology in a variety of new products in the coming year.
The technology is designed to be compatible with the iPhone 5, fourth-generation iPad, iPad Mini, and the latest iPod Touch and Nano. All come with a Lightning connector.