By Lisa Johnston
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CES 2014 Las Vegas – Three in-dash A/V navigation systems launched by Alpine are the company’s first in-dash head units with HDMI inputs to display video stored on MHL-enabled Android phones and on the iPhone 5, 5s and 5c.
The three are also the company’s first head units compatible with Automotive Data Solutions’ iDatalink Maestro modules, which connect to factory databus systems to retain OEM-infotainment features that would be lost when the factory radio is replaced.
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Iwaki, Japan — Alpine posted a 23.7 percent revenue gain in its fiscal first quarter ending June 30 and a 6.4 percent gain in operating income, but net income slid 24.3 percent.
First-quarter revenues in the fiscal year ending March 2014 hit 68.3 billion yen, while operating income grew to 1.43 billion yen. Net income fell to 1.31 billion yen.
Torrance, Calif. — Alpine teamed up with hip-hop group Far East Movement to promote a contest that in turn promotes Alpine Bassline subwoofers.
Torrance, Calif. – Alpine has begun shipping its first in-dash head unit with MirrorLink, which enables control of a smartphones’ core functions from touchscreen-equipped in-dash aftermarket and OEM head units.
The head unit is the $800-suggested ICS-X7HD, a mech-less model promoted as an “in-dash app receiver” with 7-inch WVGA touchscreen.
Torrance, Calif. — Apple launched its TuneIt app for iPhones and plans an Android version later this month for use with a currently shipping car CD receiver and with two more CD receivers to come.
Torrance, Calif. – Alpine began shipping its redesigned V series of Class D car amplifiers, which are 40 percent smaller than their predecessors and add multiple new features.
The series, called “budget-friendly,” consists of a $230-suggested 500-watt (into 2 ohms) mono amp, a $170 250-watt (into 2 ohms) mono amp, and a $230 4/3/2-channel amp rated at 4x75 watts into 2 ohms.
Iwaki, Japan – Alpine posted higher sales, but lower operating and net income during the first nine months of its fiscal year which ended Dec. 31, 2012.
Alpine post a 8.5 percent increase in sales to 157.9 billion yen ($1.69 billion) during the first nine months of fiscal 2012 but a 62.7 percent decline in operating income to 1.7 billion yen ($18.2 billion) and a 61.5 percent decline in net income to 1.14 billion yen ($12.2 million).
Las Vegas – Products and promotions were the key themes for Alpine at International CES.
Alpine announced that is teaming up with hip-hop/dance-music group Far East Movement to promote a line of Bass Line subwoofers targeted to the youth market.
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).