CEoutlook celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, and we’re marking the occasion with a look back at the top stories in car audio over the last decade.
When we first launched in 2010, it was another time of upheaval–the great recession. Many Americans lost their homes, car sales ground to a halt and Wall Street required a bailout. But it was also a time of great technological growth that continues into today.
By 2011, iPad installs in cars were the rage and OnStar was about to enter the aftermarket with its smart mirror.
Looking at the past 10 years as a whole, the top stories on CEoutlook.com for all time were:
(Note: These accrued clicks over several years).
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Top Stories By Year:
Alpine introduces a “larger” radio screen, measuring 8 inches. Mini amplifiers are released that are small enough to fit on motorcycles.
Kenwood Intro’s Ford Sync Radio Replacement–Kenwood teamed up with Automotive Data Solutions (ADS) to let Ford owners swap out their factory radio for a Kenwood navigation system.
Kicker to Enter Walmart in September–Kicker entered Walmart in September with a limited number of entry-level products.
Car Radio Makers Cite Problems with iOS6–Some consumers who upgraded to iOS 6 initially found problems with Bluetooth control.
Car Audio Installers’ Legal Challenge – A cautionary tale on installing “traps” (hidden compartments) in cars.
CarPlay Enters the market. The Elite Distributor Alliance, EDA, the first car audio distributor group, launches at the close of the year.
Android Auto launches; Hi-Res Audio in the car wins attention with Sony’s first HRA deck, which was the year’s number 4 story in CEoutlook (included below).
There were several mergers and acquisitions in 2015, including the purchase of Al & Ed’s Autosound, Dual Electronics’ Purchase of Jensen, AAMP’s purchase of Rosen, and the completion of the merger of Escort and Cobra. Harman also bought Bang & Olufsen’s Automotive Business.
“Before the amplifier” technology debuts. Clarion exits the brick and mortar US market
Powersports audio sales take off.
Pioneer is purchased by Hong Kong firm Baring Private Equity Asia. Avidworx and Clarion are also purchased. Tariffs on Chinese goods disrupt pricing and product plans.
The first radios with both wireless CarPlay AND Android Auto debut from Pioneer, and Alexa voice control enters car radios.
Note: Statistics were not available for years 2010-2011.