Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Wins FOUR WHEELER’S 2020 Pickup Truck of the Year Award

LOS ANGELES, CA (01.28.2020) – FOUR WHEELER, the world’s leading 4×4 authority since 1962, has selected the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon as the winner of its 31st annual Pickup Truck of the Year award.

FOUR WHEELER’s Pickup Truck of the Year award event is an invitation-only competition that is only open to all-new or significantly revised pickup trucks for the upcoming model year. For 2020, the field of vehicles included the Chevrolet Silverado Z71 1500 3.0L Duramax, Chevrolet Silverado 2500 6.6L, Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Z71 6.6L Duramax, GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 3.0L Duramax, GMC Sierra 2500 AT4 6.6L Duramax, GMC Sierra 3500 6.6L Duramax, Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, and Ram 1500 Rebel EcoDiesel.

“The new Jeep Gladiator is the truck many buyers have been waiting years for,” said FOUR WHEELER Editor Ken Brubaker. “After a week of testing in a variety of challenging environments the Gladiator proved that it is all truck and all Jeep, which is a formidable combination. Mix in the impressive Rubicon package that includes Tru-Lok differential lockers, Rock-Trac transfer case with 4:1 low range, front disconnecting stabilizer bar, and full skidplating, and it’s clear the Gladiator is at the front of the class.”

The competition began in the Los Angeles area with ramp travel index (RTI) testing to gauge each vehicle’s suspension articulation. Following RTI testing, the trucks were driven to the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, for track testing, including 0-60 and quarter-mile acceleration times, as well as 60-0 braking distance. Following track testing, the vehicles were driven to the Southern California desert on paved roads. Judges included staff from various 4×4 brands including FOUR WHEELER, 4-WHEEL & OFF-ROAD, and JP MAGAZINE.

The next three days were spent primarily in a variety of off-road conditions, including sand, rocky trails, loose-surface trails, and snow. Testing included a loose-dirt hillclimb and water crossings. Night driving was also integrated into the competition to gauge each vehicle’s lighting equipment.

The final day of testing included a long highway test section returning to the Los Angeles area, during which additional important highway data was gathered, including fuel economy, interior comfort, and on-road handling. The weeklong testing covered approximately 1,000 miles.

“When the Gladiator was first announced there was concern that it would be too much truck and not enough Jeep, or too much Jeep and not enough truck,” said MOTORTREND GROUP Content Director Sean P. Holman. “If anything, our testing has proven that Jeep has hit the sweet spot with the Gladiator, giving customers one of the finest off-road-capable midsize trucks on the market.”

Off-road, the Gladiator scored high marks due to its surefooted abilities. Judges appreciated the seamless way the off-road-centric features of the Rubicon package integrated with the truck’s inherent off-road capabilities, which culminated in a vehicle that excelled off-road. The Gladiator also impressed with its approach and departure angles, as well as the vast amount of underbody and exterior protection and ease of use and function of the locking differentials. The Gladiator’s suspension was tuned for on-road driving without compromising its outstanding off-road performance. Suspension flex on the trail helped the mud-terrain tires keep in contact with the trail when the going got tough.

Judges praised the 3.6L V-6 engine, noting that it provided ample power to propel the Gladiator over the toughest terrain or confidently up a long mountain grade. High marks were given to the Gladiator’s cargo bed, with judges noting that its design and function puts it on par with any pickup truck on the market. What’s not on par with any other pickup truck on the market was the Gladiator’s unique, specific features like the fun retractable soft top, which is a segment exclusive, that judges enjoyed both on- and off-road.

Scoring for the award included five weighted categories with 30 percent Trail Performance, 20 percent Empirical (RTI, acceleration, braking, price, and so on), 20 percent On Pavement (handling, ride quality, steering feel), 15 percent Interior (instrumentation, ingress and egress, seat comfort, storage), and 10 percent Exterior (appearance, stance, body protection).

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Kicker Team Members Myers and Glasgow with PlanetWorld in Johannesburg

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (01.27.2020) – Kicker’s John Myers and Dave Glasgow are returning to Kicker HQ in Stillwater, OK from Johannesburg South Africa. Meetings and Trainings with Kicker Distributor PlanetWorld got 2020 off to a fast start. The return trip covers over 10,000 miles. During the 10-Day trip to South Africa Myers and Glasgow worked with the PlanetWorld staff and spent time making stops at Kicker dealers in the Johannesburg area. Myers is Kicker’s Sr Global Trainer and Glasgow is the International Sales Manager.

The PlanetWorld lobby sets the stage for the amazing facility.
John Myers conducting a training session for a very attentive audience.
Quen Webb, PlanetWorld National Sales Manager with Kicker’s John Myers and Dave Glasgow (LtoR) outside a meeting room.

“It was terrific to spend time with, and work with, the PlanetWorld staff. The company’s facility is amazing. The setup for John’s trainings was first rate and members of the audience were definitely there to learn everything they could about Kicker’s 2020 lineup. We had 2 full days of meetings at the PlanetWorld HQ plus spent time with 8 local dealers during the trip. PlanetWorld is a family owned business and we could tell their dealers are definitely considered to be family members,” Glasgow stated.

In this image, Myers gets into the technical aspects during the training.
This group just completed a training session and gathered outside the PlanetWorld HQ.
AutoBeat was one of the dealers Myers and Glasgow visited with the PlanetWorld staff.

PlanetWorld Auto Sales related “We certainly thank John and Dave for putting together and delivering a valuable and in depth 2-Day top to bottom training session for us. It was world class. We can’t wait to get out and share what we have learned with all our dealers.”

Myers and Glasgow, front row left, are pictured with members of the AutoBeat staff.
Glasgow and Myers pictured in the Johannesburg International Airport at 8PM on Sunday evening, January 26th, as they are set to start their trip back to Stillwater OK USA. Johannesburg is 8 hours ahead on the clock!

Myers stated “We had 2 super days of dealer visits plus 2 days of training for PlanetWorld employees and key dealers. We started with the basics of car audio, Kicker products, integration, testing and tuning. This was a ton of fun for me. Normally I get an hour or two for my seminars. PlanetWorld graciously provided 2 days so we started from ground zero with watts, volts, Amos and ohms law.”

The population of Johannesburg is shown to be over 5 million. With the surrounding area included the population swells to 13 million.

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Nakamichi Announces Appointments of Domestic Rep Firms

MIAMI, FL (01.27.2020) – Following a very busy CES, Nakamichi Car Audio has forged some new domestic partnerships.  Robin McNeal, National Sales Manager, reported the company had an excellent showing.  “From the start of our National Sales Meeting on Monday through the show’s end on Friday afternoon, the 2020 CES was very successful for Nakamichi.”

Nakamichi showcased a number of new items slated for delivery early this year including a couple of 9-inch and 10.1-inch touch screen AV receivers with floating screens.

Robin McNeal, Nakamichi National Sales Manager, pictured in the CES North Hall booth holding the new attention grabbing NA3605M9 receiver featuring 9-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Excitement around the Nakamichi relaunch continued as several new appointments were made for manufacturer representatives in key territories.  “Our sales force has really come together nicely with a  great group of manufacturers reps”, stated McNeal.

New Nakamichi reps include:

End Result (covering Ohio, West Virginia and Eastern Pennsylvania)

Contact: Ed Dalesandro or End Result’s office at (724) 260-0179

Foresight Industries Sales (covering Hawaii)

Contact: Edric Taira

Vision Motorsports Marketing (covering Indiana and Kentucky)

Contact: Jef Fry

Additionally, M.C. Marketing  has been awarded an expanded territory beyond the traditional Southeast states of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and the Carolinas to now include Florida.  Contact: Michael Colundjia

In other news Angel Distributing is officially on board to assist dealers in Alabama, Mississippi, Western Tennessee and the Florida Panhandle.  Nakamichi will be present for the annual Angel Distributing Dealer Appreciation Show on Sunday, February 9th at the companies Birmingham facility.  For more information contact Chad Seekers, Angel’s General Manager at (205) 988-2006.

For additional information visit the Nakamichi global website at or contact Robin McNeal at

Cadence Announces New Website

INDUSTRY, CA (01.27.2020) – Cadence has been working the last few months on refining its brand image. A huge part of this was to redesign its entire website. Go to and start exploring. You will find it much easier to navigate through the website on a laptop / tablet / smartphone, find what you need, and research product.

As you explore, you will see that we have pages for all uses of the company’s products- Car, Pro, Marine, Powersports, Motorcycle, and Competition.

  • There is an About page that gives the history of Cadence and its mission in the industry.
  • Keep up with what’s happening on the News page. Press Releases, announcements and more can be found in Cadence News.
  • Have questions? Check out the FAQs page.
  • If you need to find the nearest dealer, check out the dealer locator.
  • If you’re interested in becoming a dealer, you can do so here.
  • If you have products that you would like to register, now you can.
    If you need to get in touch, but you do not know who to contact, see our Contact page.
  • There are Cadence Product on the website, and more will be coming soon. In just a few weeks, you will even be able to purchase product from the Cadence website.

“A big thanks to Dot Matrix Design Group for taking the lead in designing the new Cadence website!”

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CLASSIFIEDS: Main St. Stereo Seeking Mechanic / 12 Volt Installer – Sayville, NY

Location: Sayville, NY

Main St Stereo is seeking a highly motivated and experienced mechanic/12 volt installer to help expand our range of installation services. This will be a full time, Monday through Friday position responsible for all aspects of the shop’s requirements. The mechanic/12 volt installer will work and assist our existing installer team in providing installation, troubleshooting and solutions in accordance with Main St. Stereo’s commitment to 5 Star client service and satisfaction. In addition to a strong mechanical and 12 volt background employees must be knowledgeable of updated data solutions and install techniques for a wide range of products including, but not limited to audio, remote starters, wheel mounting and balancing, suspension, brakes and accessories.

Job Requirements:

Minimum of five (5) years of mechanical experience and fluency in mobile electronics is required.

Self-motivated, possess great attention to detail and be able to complete jobs in a timely manner Coordinate with the sales department to go over jobs thoroughly and suggest additional work Ability to diagnose and troubleshoot issues and solve them Have the know hot to utilize all available resources to efficiently complete tasks Use of knowledge and hands on expertise to help push Main St. Stereo forward in all aspects of mechanical and 12 volt areas.

Excellent communication skills Bilingual (Spanish) preferred, but not required

Salary & Benefits:

Salary, compensation, and other benefits will directly reflect and be based on expertise, experience, and other relevant factors. These matters will be subjective to each respective applicant.

Main St. Stereo

5520 Sunrise Hwy, Sayville, NY 11782

Tel: 631-589-7750


The 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel Is Rolling In 2020

SHREVEPORT LA (01.25.20)  WTF…Win This Friday. The 12volt Spin-to-Win Wheel was created to bring an element of fun to the 12volt industry. Two months ago we celebrated the first anniversary of the weekly 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel.

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Spinning out a new winner each Friday a 12volt retailer can win a cool prize and top brands receive visibility across the marketplace.

Juan Zambrano pictured at his Bridgeport CT store with his $100. check as the winner of Wheel Spin 57.

12volt brands with a space on the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel include Kicker, Cadence, PowerBass, Sony, CRUX, DS18, SoundStream, AIS, Precision Power, JBL, Power Acoustik,Farenheit, Dynamat, Image Dynamics. SpellBrite, a manufacturer of in-store signage, also has a space. 12volt News $100. cash awards have spaces on the 12volt Spin-To-Wheel for a winning 12volt retailer.

The 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel rolls every Friday at 10 AM. Pictured in the 12volt Central Studios with the Wheel are some products that are available as prizes.

Past winners of the 12volt Spin-To-Win include…Stereo & Video Center-Tyler TX, The Outlaw Garage-Franklin TN, Exotic Sounds-West Palm Beach FL, Endless Possibilities-Aurora IL., Go Auto Sound in Union City NJ, Al&Ed’s South Bay CA, No Limitz Car Audio in Upland CA, Neil’s Specialty-Eureka CA, Sturgess Customs-Lexington SC, Audio By Art-San Antonio TX, SMS Car Audio in Marreo LA and Sweet Wheelz in Mississauga Ontario Canada, Cartronics in Biscayne FL, The CarAudio Shop in St Louis MO, Exotic Sounds in West Palm Beach FL, High North Customs in Grand Prairie Alberta Canada and AMS Audio in Bakersfield CA, Team QRT in Abbeyville LA and California Sound in Fontana CA and Jackie Cooper Electronics, Oklahoma City OK, MARS Audio-Orlando FL, All American Audio in Nutley NJ, Proline Car Stereo in Brooklyn NY, Custom Shop Miami, Tunes and Tint in Lakeland FL, Mobile Concepts Inc in Mokena IL, Seismic Auto Sound in Concord CA, Brooklyn Car Audio in Brooklyn NY, Audio Solutions in Florence MS, Enhanced Customs in Largo FL, Rayco Auto Clinic, Audio Design in San Jose CA, Go Bass Mode in Florida, Avenue Sound in Freeport NY, Audio Plus in Riverview FL, Stereo Zone in Whittier CA, In-Phase Car Audio in Omaha NE, AutoLife Group, N&H Electronics, SK Customs, Land & Sea, The Audio One, NC Custom Shop,Tint World Orlando, Ricky Smith’s Audio, VIP Custom Woks, Mobile Audio Concepts, Audio Lad, Sound Sensations, Dave’s Stereo, Stereo Design, Badlands Customs, Custom Audio-Erie PA, Voltz Autosports-Bridgeport CT, Infinity Sound and Security-Kissimmee, Autosport Plus-Canton OH and the latest winner Stereo City Pros in Carmichael CA.  Congratulations to all.

Pete Muller, Tint World Orlando, pictured with his Cadence Sound subwoofers from Spin Win Number 47.

Today let’s have some fun. The next spin of the 12volt Spin-to-Win Wheel is Friday, January 31st.
Want to enter for future spins? It’s easy – when making an Instagram post include the hashtag #12voltspin. A slip for your company will be added to the slips in the jar.

With 18 chances to WIN, the 12Volt Spin-To-Win Wheel is ready to shower a lucky weekly winner with one of the cool prizes.

Stay tuned to on the web and @12voltnews on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for 12volt Spin-To-Win winner announcements every Friday!

Kicker Marine Audio Joins Reef Runner Boats as Sponsor for Battle Breast Cancer Giveaway

STILLWATER, OK (01.24.2020) – Kicker Marine Audio lives its “Go Overboard!” tagline as it joins Reef Runner Boats in the boat manufacturer’s third annual “Battle Breast Cancer Giveaway,” culminating at the Miami International Boat Show. At the show’s closing on Sunday, February 17, 2020, Reef Runner will draw an entry of one lucky donor for a 23’ Open center console to celebrate its annual fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, a non-profit and leader in the fight against breast cancer.

Reef Runner Boats President Donna Milo’s own brush with the disease provided the impetus to start the benefit. She is joined this year by Kicker Marine Audio and other prestigious marine sponsors like Evinrude, TACO Marine, Edson, SeaDek by Castaway Customs, Ocean Tamer and Center Consoles Only in the packaging of a highly enticing prize. Each sponsor has donated product and services to increase the value and overall design look of the new Reef Runner 230 Open.

Kicker Marine Audio National Brand Manager Jeremy Bale met Reef Runner’s V.P. Patrick Farres at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show and the fundraising campaign struck a chord. Bale enlisted his company’s support to contribute a full sound system valued at $5,000 retail, complete with a lighted subwoofer, coaxials, amplifiers, service unit with remote and a lighting remote and receiver.

“We are pleased to support the efforts of Reef Runner Boats as so many of us have had our lives touched by cancer. We saw a great opportunity to add our expertise and products to this beautiful boat—built for a great cause,” commented Bales.

The campaign has raised over $25,000 over the past two years and to date $16,265 has been raised toward the $25,000 goal for the 2020 promotion and drawing. Tickets are available and donations can be made online at Reef Runner Boats website and at the Miami Boat Show, C-50 where the boat will be on display at the center of the Marine Stadium on Virginia Key. The winner will be drawn at 1 PM February 17 and need not be present to win.

For further information, contact Reef Runner at or KICKER Marine Audio via Marilyn DeMartini, 954-649-4904.

SCOSCHE Industries Intros Nine Extendo Telescoping Phone Mounts for Vehicle and Home Use

OXNARD, CA (01.24.2020) – SCOSCHE Industries has announced a brand new range of telescoping phone mounts for home, office and vehicle use.

Every vehicle and every driver is different and Extendo adjusts to perfectly suit each one. In your vehicle you can mount it to your windshield or dashboard and then extend and angle it until you find your perfect viewing angle, and then use the lock-nuts to secure it in place. You might decide to mount it in the middle of the dashboard where it can be extended to suit either the driver or the passenger.

MagicGrip Extendo Wireless Charging Mount (MGQWDEX2-XTET)

The Extendo telescoping arm adjusts from just over 5” to just over 8.5” (depending on model), with 220° of angle adjustment. The mounting head on all models rotates on a 360-degree axis, so you can view your phone in portrait, landscape or any angle in between.

For home use you can attach your Extendo to the countertop or backsplash and adjust it so that you can view a recipe, or facetime with a friend, while you’re cooking dinner. In the office you can attach the base to your desktop, away from your keyboard and monitor and then simply extend it when you need to use your phone. It’s there when you need it but will wait unobtrusively when you don’t.

Like all Scosche wireless chargers, the Extendo Charge mounts are Qi-certified by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), so you can be confident your phone is getting the safest and fastest wireless charge it can handle.

Extendo mounts will become available Spring through Summer 2020, and will range in price from $24.99 for Universal and MagicMounts, to $69.99 for advanced wireless charging models.

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Heise Introduces New Auxiliary Lighting and Replacement Bulbs

HOLLY HILL, FL (01.24.2020) – Heise by Metra Electronics has announced new auxiliary lights and replacement bulbs. These new LED lights have a significantly brighter output and longer bulb life than traditional filament bulbs. For easy installation, the lights have an integrated CANBUS system that prevents a “bulb out” warning or hyper flashing when replaced in vehicles with a smart monitoring system.

The bulbs will be available as a two-pack in white or amber LEDs for a variety of sizes that will fit fog, running, reverse, brake, turn signal and license plate lights. The replacement bulbs may also fit some interior light applications and produce truer color temperatures than filament bulbs. Additionally, a two-pack of 5.5” and 6.7” self-adhesive white LED auxiliary lights will also be joining Heise’s product line.

Additional information is available at and in the 2020 New Product Guide.

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AudioControl and Shiflet & Dickson Off to a Fast Start in 2020

GASTONIA, NC (01.23.2020) – Shiflet & Dickson hosted dealers for an AudioControl training session on Monday evening, January 20th, at the company’s facility in Gastonia NC. Matt Palumbo, AudioControl’s National Trainer, flew in from Seattle to conduct the training.

David Holland, Shiflet & Dickson GM, stated “We had about 30 people in the audience for Matt’s training. He not only thoroughly covered the technical aspects of products in the AudioControl line but gave dealers a number of sales pointers that they can use on the sales floor back in their stores. Several dealers came from over a couple hours away and they were definitely rewarded for their trip.”

Matt Palumbo (L) and Dennis Montgomery set to kick off the Shiflet & Dickson Training meeting.

Palumbo related “We trained the audience members at Shiflet & Dickson on the entire AudioControl lineup as well as a focus on new products like our LC1i and LC2iPRO, ACX Series all-weather amplifiers, new 5-channel amplifier as well as the game changing DM-RTA. Audience members were definitely in tune and asked a lot of real world questions.”

Holland added “We had a meeting in the AudioControl booth at CES. While there Matt took me through the line. In our discussions in the booth I mentioned we had not had an AudioControl training in a while. Just 10 days after CES 2020 concluded we had an AudioControl training at our facility. That’s getting after it and we appreciate the very quick action to get 2020 off to a fast start with Audio Control.”

Steven Reed (R), MIG, pictured with AudioControl’s Matt Palumbo with the AudioControl ACM4.300 he won as the raffle prize at the Training Meeting.

A drawing was held for an Audio.Control ACM4.300 at the event. Steven Reed, from Mobile Installation Group (MIG), in Gaffney SC was the winner. Reed told “Matt put on a great training and I am looking forward to putting my ACM4.300 into action.”

Reece Helms, Shiflet & Dickson’s new Territory Manager for the company’s Eastern NC and SC area, attended the meeting. Helms spent 15 years working with N Tunz in Salisbury NC and lives on the coast. Helms will provide Shiflet & Dickson greater coverage in golf cart, ATV, motorcycle and marine accounts.

Following the Shiflet & Dickson training Palumbo hit the road with Dennis Montgomery visiting dealers in the territory. Montgomery is a territory manager for Tech Marketing that reps AudioControl.

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