Klipsch is entering the OEM car audio market in a collaboration with Panasonic Automotive.
At CES, Klipsch, a VOXX International company, said that no auto makers have yet committed to the new Klipsch car audio products. So, it’s likely we won’t see a Klipsch system in a car for at least three years, due to the lead time in bringing any new car product to market.
Panasonic’s other OEM audio automotive brands include Fender and Panasonic’s ELS Studio 3D.. Klipsch becomes the audiophile line in Panasonic’s line up, it said. Fender is offered in select Nissan and Volkswagen models and ELS Studio is in all Acura models since 2003. The newer ELS Studio 3D has been in Acura since 2018.
Klipsch, based in Indianapolis, has been providing high-performance speakers, headphones, sound systems and other entertainment products in the United States for more than 70 years.
“Over my 26 years with Klipsch, I have repeatedly been asked ‘when will Klipsch enter the car audio business?’ My response has always been the same: when the right partner comes along,” said Paul Jacobs, President and CEO of Klipsch Group, Inc. “…We believe we bring something very special to the automotive audio industry, and we look forward to what this collaboration with Panasonic will deliver.”