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Sony Ships XAV-AX8000 9-inch radio
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Sony Ships Ultra Large Floating Radio

Sony Electronics began shipping last week its first large screen radio, the XAV-AX8000, with an 8.95-inch display, Apple...

BMW Cancel CarPlay Fees
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BMW Cancels Extra Fees For CarPlay

BMW will no longer charge extra for CarPlay, according to reports. This summer, it began charging $80 per...

Nakamichi car audio
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Nakamichi Picks Up National Distributor

The Nakamichi car audio brand, which recently returned to the US, has partnered with Petra Industries, the nationwide...

more car stereo dealers using CNC
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More Dealers are Machine Building

More dealers are machine building with laser cutters and CNC routers, and some say use of these machines...

Black Friday car stereo sales 2019
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Notes on Black Friday

Overall Black Friday was the second single largest shopping day in history hitting $7.4 billion in sales, with...

AAMP Global MECP hotline
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AAMP Launches MECP Tech Hotline

AAMP Global has launched what it calls the industry's first MECP Certified Technician hotline. The hotline is designed...

Best Buy pickup at CVS, UPS
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Best Buy’s Sales Surprise; Deal With CVS

Best Buy on Tuesday reported better-than-expected sales for the recent quarter and an improved forecast for the full...

Linkswell IQ Radio car radios
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Linkswell Launches New 10-Inch Radios

Linkswell is launching a new IQ Radio lineup of large screen Android tablet radios in 9-, 10 and ...

NAV-TV Smart Link
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NAV-TV Adds Popular Feature to Almost Any Radio

NAV-TV is shipping a smartphone interface that is similar to the wireless version of one of the most...

Softsell POS software for car audio dealers
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12 Volt POS Software Company Returns

SoftSell POS, a point of sale package specifically for 12 volt retailers, is returning to the market after...

Pioneer-MVH-1400NEX
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Almost Half AV Radio Sales are Mechless

At some dealers, half of the double DIN decks sold now lack a CD player. Gaining in popularity...

Custom Sounds
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Custom Sounds Reports Record Sales

One of the top car audio specialty chains, Custom Sounds & Tint of Texas said its 2019 sales...

Ford Mustang Mach-E Sync 4
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Mustang Mach-E Gets First Sync 4

Ford's new Mustang Mach-E electric SUV marks the first time the car maker has expanded the Mustang family...

Brandmotion shows transparent-trailer
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Meet the ‘Invisible Trailer’ From Brandmotion

Brandmotion displayed at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas this month, the first aftermarket "Transparent Trailer."  It places...

Sound Distributors is a new car audio distributor
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Meet the New 12 Volt Distributor

Sound Distributions is a new car audio distributor in the Pacific Northwest lead by Ed Weber, who also...

Car Toys President Greg ParsonsonExits
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Car Toys President Exits

Greg Parsonson, President of 48-store Seattle-based Car Toys for the past three years, officially left the company this...

Pioneer appoints new Directors Sales
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Pioneer Names New Director, Sales/Strategic Accounts

Hazim Jainoor was promoted to Director, Sales/Strategic Accounts at Pioneer Electronics. He had served as Brand Marketing Manager...

Alpine-JVCKenwood first half earnings
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JVCKenwood and Alpine Report First Half Results

JVCKenwood and Alpine reported lower profits for the first half compared to a year ago, although Alpine saw...

Radenso introduces radar detector with AI
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New Aftermarket Radar Detector Gets AI

Radenso Radar announced what it calls, "the world’s first and only radar detector that uses artificial intelligence." The...

IASCA soundoff organization is sold
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IASCA is Sold to Industry Member

Rights to the IASCA sound off contests, the longtime heart of the autosound market, have been sold to...