Firstech Launches Free Mobile App for 12-Volt Wiring, Install Guides, and B2B E-Commerce

Nov 22, 2022 – (SEATTLE. WASHINGTON): Heading into the holiday remote start season, Firstech has announced the launch of the myFirstech App. The app is free in the App Store and Google Play for all dealers doing business directly with Firstech and/or Authorized Firstech Distributors.

At launch, the myFirstech App will support the following functionality:

  • 12-volt wiring (location, color, polarity, images) for remote start, security, and audio installations
  • Detailed install guides and vehicle walkthroughs
  • DroneMobile telematics activation and troubleshooting
  • Product document library
  • myFirstech Rewards recurring revenue program for dealers and installers
  • Exclusive access to myFirstech Academy virtual and in-person trainings
  • B2B e-commerce for direct Firstech dealers to purchase Firstech products
    o Compustar & Compustar PRO
    o DroneMobile (hardware and subscriptions)
    o Arctic Start
    o FTX
    o Momento
    o iDatalink
    o iDatalink Maestro
    o iDatastart
    o Mid City Engineering
    o NuStart (EDA members only)
    o Tesa® Tape
  • B2B order management for direct Firstech dealers

The myFirstech App’s wiring guides are a collaboration between Firstech, iDatalink, and Automobility. At launch, remote start wiring will be available for over 10,000 vehicles and audio wiring for over 35,000 vehicles. In total, 12-volt installers will gain access to over 500,000 data points in the myFirstech App.

All of these features will also be available on the myFirstech website (https://install.myfirstech.com). After a brief period, the website URL will redirect to www.myfirstech.com.

“At Firstech, we want to make doing business with us as simple as possible,” shares Firstech’s Marketing Director, Justin Lee. “The myFirstech app and website will now be the 1-stop shop for dealers, salespeople, and installers to purchase and install Firstech’s award-winning catalog of connected car solutions”.

Access to the myFirstech app and website is free and no buy-in or commitments are required. To create an account, please visit https://install.myfirstech.com/dealer-request or contact your Firstech sales representative. Installers are encouraged to register through their business owners in order to gain access to Firstech’s revenue share program, myFirstech Rewards.

Introducing the RetroSound® Europa, an authentic aftermarket radio for 1960s-1970s Classic Mercedes Vehicles

The RetroSound® Europa is an all-new design by Retro Manufacturing inspired by the sophisticated style found in the 1960s-1970s Mercedes vehicles. The replica knobs, large push-buttons, elegant chrome trim, and pinstriping perfectly complement the interior style of theseclassic Mercedes vehicles while updating their audio technologies to today’s standards. A new DIN-Kit is included with the Europa Radio Face to provide an easy installation and OEM appearance. The DIN kit also allows the Europa to be installed in any application with a single DIN opening making it a great choice for other European classics from the era that originally had a single DIN radio.

The Europa is compatible with all RetroSound Radio Motors giving Mercedes fans all the features of a modern car stereo. Available features include HD-Radio® technology, built-in Bluetooth®, Made for iPod® /iPhone® compatibility, USB inputs for flash drives and media devices, and non-volatile memory. The Europa is SiriusXM-Ready® connecting directly to an SXV300V1 Connect Vehicle Tuner without needing special cables or adapters. The SXV300V1 tuner adds SiriusXM® broadcasts to a RetroSound radio and integrates with the radio’s display and controls. The 32,000-color display allows users to browse through media by artist, song title, or album, with the option to customize the display color to match their gauges. A selectable AM/FM Tuner with USA, EUR, AUS, JAP, and RUS tuner frequencies lets users set their specific broadcast region, with 30 presets to store favorite stations. The Europa is also available with DAB+ for consumers outside North America and receives crystal clear digital broadcasts in regions where DAB+ is available. A powerful built-in 300-watt (peak) amplifier pushes plenty of power over four channels with RCA pre-outs and a subwoofer output for customers that want to expand their audio system further.

The Europa Radio will be available in 2023 at http://www.retromanufacturing.com.

Celsus UK and KICKER Marine Audio Wrapped a Very Successful METSTRADE 2022

AMSTERDAM (11.21.22) – CELSUS UK, Poole based distributor for KICKER Marine Audio products in Europe, displayed three new speaker lines from the Oklahoma-based manufacturer at the METSTRADE 15th-17th of November at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam, Netherlands. METSTRADE is the world’s largest event for marine professionals.

Celsus UK and KICKER Team members as the stand was set up on November 14th.
Chet Weddle, Paul Baker, David Glasgow and Mike Keenan (LtoR). Weddle and Glasgow traveled from KICKER’s US HQ.
David Glasgow (L) and Celsus UK’s Mark Baker finished setting the KICKER Marine display in place in the stand.

The expanding 2023 offerings featured an OEM focused flush mount classic grill style, horn loaded high output models and an entry level 6.5” coaxial. KICKER aims to give distributors, installers and boat owners more choices when configuring high-end performance audio systems.

The Celsus UK Team was joined by KICKER’s International Sales staff members David Glasgow, Chet Weddle and Aziz Masri. Glasgow, International Sales Manager, related “We were delighted to support Celsus UK at the METSTRADE and display some of our recently introduced marine speaker products. The event was a great chance for us at KICKER to meet with our European marine distributors and OEM’s to learn more about this important market.

Michael Brassat, Director of Sales and Marketing for BukhBremen, gives a big thumbs up on becoming the KICKER Marine Distributor in Germany. KICKER’s David Glasgow (L) and Kinga Leggett-Celsus UK’s Sales Manager for Northern Europe pictured in the Celsus UK stand.
New KICKER Marine Audio models introduced included this 6×9 that is set to ‘Go Overboard.’

The Celsus UK Team at METSTRADE included Paul Baker, Mark Baker, Mike Keenan and Kinga Leggett.

METSTRADE offered the industry a first look at the flush mount model which boasts all the performance that is expected of a KICKER Marine speaker with the added benefit of classic grill style aesthetics and very low profile flush mount fitment. Full RGB LED illumination is also featured in this model, giving it a subtle look that blends in with all styles of boats. White and Anthracite grill colourways available.

Mike Keenan and David Glasgow with dealers checking out KICKER gear on the display.
As the METSTRADE 2022 wrapped KICKER and Celsus UK staff members gathered for a group shot. David Glasgow, Mike Keenan, Chet Weddle, Aziz Masri and Kinga Leggett (LtoR). Keenan and Leggett are Celsus UK staff members who traveled from the UK to Amsterdam for METSTRADE 2022.

Paul Baker, CELSUS UK Managing Director, stated “KICKER is fast becoming a trusted audio brand in the European market and the latest additions to the range cements their reputation. We were extremely delighted to show the flush mount speakers to our customers as we believe this product gives KICKER the edge moving into 2023.

Visit kicker.com/marine-audio and celsusice.co.uk for more.

Old School Pro Audio Was on Display in the Memphis Audio Booth at the SEMA Show

LAS VEGAS, NV (11.21.22) – A new SR Pro audio enclosure made it to the market courtesy of the team at Memphis Audio. This 500/1000 Watt enclosure featured Memphis Audio’s brand new SR Pro 10” mids paired with dual SR Pro horn tweeters making it one of the loudest pro audio boxes available. The SRXPE10D4F showcased a stunning display of RGB LED lights which included a center illuminated dust cap and rear mounted ring lights on the mids and fully translucent illuminating tweeters creating an awesome lightshow. An incorporated handle in the body of the box allows for easy transportation in and outside of vehicles making this an awesome accessory for anyone wanting the ability to fill a space with an absurd amount of sound.

“The popularity of these enclosures is huge in the Northeast and we decided that if anyone should be making an excessively loud pro audio enclosure, it should be Memphis! We built the prototype and began showing it off and it was clear that we had a winner on our hands and people loved the old school concept of the box. People couldn’t believe how impressive the performance was and the LED’s really just set it apart from anything else out there,” stated Nick LoMonaco President of Memphis Audio.

The Memphis SRXPE10D4F enclosure debuted at SEMA 2022. Memphis is also making the 10” SR Pro Speakers (SRXP10) available individually for anyone looking to add powerful mids to any installation. 

Visit memphiscaraudio.com for more.

Delivering Fresh Industry News Every Day

THE 12VOLT CENTRAL STUDIOS (11.21.22) Since the first print issue in February of 1994 the 12volt News has been delivering fresh industry news highlighting positive across the 12volt industry. With today’s digital technology the 12volt News, from the 12volt Central Studios, is delivering fresh industry every day. News from around the world as well. 

PowerBass holding a training in Greece with Car Audio Nikou/Directed on Tuesday, November 15th.

12voltnews.com on the web, plus @12voltnews on Instagram and Facebook, delivers fresh positive industry news ranging from manufacturer’s new products to the activities of industry companies and organizations plus individuals every day.

Erik Harbour with the crew at SpelTec in their Athens showroom.
Erik Harbour and Carl Huntington pictured with the GelisSound team in their showroom in Athens Greece on Wednesday, November 16th.

This past week coverage from the PowerBass 2-week trip across the pond has been featured. PowerBass VP Erik Harbour traveled to the UK and Greece and is working with Carl Huntington to spend time with dealers on the continent. See @12voltnews on Instagram and Facebook.

As a very successful METSTRADE 2022 wrapped this group from KICKER and Celcus UK that worked the event paused for group shot. David Glasgow, Mike Keenan, Chet Weddle, Aziz Masri and Kinga Leggett (LtoR) Keenan and Leggett are with CelsusUK.

News from across the pond concluded from the METSTRADE in Amsterdam from November 15-17. The METSTRADE is the world’s largest trade exhibition of marine equipment and materials for marine professionals. CelsusUK, KICKER’s Marine Distributor in Europe, had a booth. David Glasgow, Chet Weddle and Aziz Masti from KICKER’s Stillwater OK HQ are joined Mark Baker with the Celsus UK team on site.

The Synergy Marketing Avalanche was set up outside Extreme Car Audio.

Saturday November 19, the 12volt Central Studios made numerous posts from the Extreme Car Audio Pre-Black Friday event in Marrero LA….a New Orleans suburb. There were numerous 12volt manufacturer reps on site and there will be much more to come from the Extreme Car Audio event.

The 12voltSP Tool is a key element. Everyone has the12voltSTP Tool in their pocket or purse. It’s a Smartphone. Snap an image… Txt the image to 318 465 0844… Presto. Your positive activities could be in the 12volt News.

New Orleans patrol officers picked up some Lucas Lighting product at the Extreme Car Audio event.

A big thank you to all who make it possible for me to ‘Put Out More Than Anyone.’

Visit instagram.com/12voltnews for more.

San Diego Car Stereo Wins The 12volt Prize on The Spin-To-Win Wheel 205

SHREVEPORT LA (11.19.22) WTF…Win This Friday. San Diego Car Stereo won the 12volt News prize on the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel 205 on Friday morning, November 18th.

The 12volt Spin-to-Win Wheel was created to bring an element of fun to the 12volt industry. The weekly 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel is now spinning in Year 4.

The 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel rolled for 205th time on Friday morning November 18th. The Wheel landed on the 12volt New space and the sdcarstereo slip was drawn from the jar. An Instagram post of the winning slip was posted. A video of the wheel spin was also posted.

We reached out San Diego Car Stereo with a phone call and will follow with a message on their Instagram. Look forward to congratulating them and getting all their info to send them the $100. check prize.

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

12volt brands with a space on the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel include Kicker, NavAtlas, SiriusXM, AIS, PowerBass, CRUX, DS18, JBL, RDV Automotive, Kenwood, JVC, USASpec, Nakamichi and Maximum Power. 12volt News $100. cash awards have spaces on the 12volt Spin-To-Wheel for a winning 12volt retailer.

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, Stereo City Pros in Carmichael CA, Devine Concepts in Naples FL, The Sound Shop in Indian Trail NC, Extreme Performance Audio in Fresno CA, Audio Depot in Arlington TX, Audio Security in Houston TX, Earmark Car Audio and Marine in Lewisville TX, Audio Jam in Bear DE, Stereo City Ontario, Ontario CA, Audio By Art, San Antonio TX, Code Zero Customs in Tulsa OK, Ken’s Car Tunes in Mobile AL, Soundz Plus in Naperville IL, Markland Designs in Lithonia GA, Electronics Plus in Salinas CA, Xtreme Autosports in Santa Clarita CA, Superior Audio Sounds in San Angelo TX, Model Electronics in Ramsey NJ, Texas Dreamz Customs in Spring TX, Wired Electronics in Linden NJ and Intense Car Audio in OKC, OK, Underground Auto in Sarasota FL, Car Toys Tulsa in Tulsa OK, Real Audio in Erie PA, Go Autosound in Union NJ, DFM Stereo in Ukiah CA, Impact Tint and Audio in Tyler TX, Mobile Sound Systems in Arlington TX, Redline Audio and Performance In Spindale NC, Car Audio Land in San Diego CA, Audio X Custom Car Audio in Florence AL, River Oaks Car Stereo in Houston TX, American Radio Orlando in Sanford FL, Illustrious Customs in Woodbridge VA, Remote Start Pros in Lawrence MA, HiPro Audio in Victoria TX, AudioPlanetNY in Huntington Station NY, Endless Possibilities in Aurora IL, Audio Finesse in Santa Monica, Drive Customs in San Luis Obispo CA, Custom Works, Noblesville IN, AtoZ Detail in West Haven CT, Cars 843 in Charleston SC, CarTunes Atlanta in Atlanta GA, Mobile Concepts in Garwood NJ, Duke’s Car Stereo in Flint MI, Infinity Auto Sound, King Car Audio in Norwalk CT, PopTronics in Baltimore MD, Sanford Sound in Sanford ME, Angelvip2474 in Draper UT, Dynamic Car Audio in Baltimore MD, Hi-Pro Audio in Victoria TX, Car Stereo Max in Houston, Pro Audio Center in Richland MS, Rhodes Off-Roads in Farmington MO, Model Electronics in Ramsey NJ, Class A Sounds in Athens OH. Just Audio Video in North Providence RI, CT_Custom in Philadelphia, Audio Solutions in Florence MS and The Audio Shop RC in Rapid City SD, DG Motorsportz in High Point NC, ST Mobile in Texarkana TX, AR Custom OC in Orange CA, Temecula Mobile Sound in Temecula CA, Unique Auto Sound in Lindenhurst NY, D’s Garage in Corona CA and DS2 Mobile Solutionz in Tomball TX, C G Car Audio in Kissimmee FL, California Audio in West Valley City UT and The Action Audio Store in Wethersfield CT, Eclipse Car Audio in Vancouver WA, Electronics Depot Car Audio in Altamonte Springs FL. Car Audio Garage in Pearland TX, Pinnacle Autosound in Lake City FL, J H Audio in Bowling Green VA, The Car Audio Shop StL in High Ridge MO, Anthonys Car Stereo in North Highlands CA, Flynn Audio in Middleton WI, Living Loud Car Audio in Pelham AL, Trail Star Audio in Minnesota, On The Spot Audio in Pennsauken NJ, Animated Car Audio in Essex MD, West Coast Car Audio in Citrus Heights CA, Modified Auto Sound in East Alton IL, Star Car Audio in Hermiston OR, VapeNAudio in Clovis CA, SoundWorks in Millersville MD Eclipse Car Audio in Vancouver WA, J A Custom Audio in Houston TX Jose Electronics in North Hills CA, Sound Proof Car Stereo in Douglasville GA, Auto Additions in Springfield IL, Elite Car Audio in Hollywood CA, Masters Car Stereo in Greenville SC, Audio Plus in Eden NC, Seismic AutoSound in Novato CA, Car Audio Addicts in Pittsburgh PA and AudioKing Tinting in Yakima WA, Arias Tint and Alarms in Duncanville TX, Odeh Car Audio in Gadsden AL, 12volt Specialist in Newark DE, Cutting Edge Audio in San Diego CA, Southern Auto Fab in Lafayette LA, California Sound in Fontana CA, Big Boyz Toyz in Florence SC, 740 Audio in Athens OH and 12volt Outfitters in Hollywood FL., High Quality Auto Sound, Lawrence MA, Custom Car Stereo SC in Spartanburg SC, Zier Box in Dallas TX, Maximum in Manville NJ, Audio Car Stereo in Miami FL, Mach 1 Audio in Washington MO, Doren Car Stereo in Queens Village NY, Side-x-Side Audio in South Charleston WV, Sound Concept in Nanuet NY, Pda Road Gear in Littleton CO and A-Plus Audio and Tinting Newington CT, Audio Electronics in Indianapolis IN, Tint and Sound in Frederick MD, Tint World Wilmington DE, VIP Autoworks in Mentor OH, All Out Audio in Killeen TX, Yong’s Audio in Indianapolis IN, Custom Audio Concepts in Lima OH, Clear Vibrations in Quakertown PA, The Outlaw Garage in Columbia TN, Xpert Car Audio in Layton UT and No Doubt Window Tint in Ardmore OK..……Congratulations to all.

WTF… Where’s the Fun. On the next spin of the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel… on Friday, November 25th.

SEMA Show Exhibitors Win Global Media Awards

More than 130 companies were recognized by a panel of esteemed international journalists for having a product that would resonate with consumers in their home countries. Twenty-three judges from 16 countries participated in the 2023 Global Media Awards Program that took place during the 2022 SEMA Show.

Glad to return to the iconic Show following the pandemic, the international judges carefully reviewed and evaluated the items on display in the New Products Showcase to select the award winners. Winning exhibitors received their awards and spoke with the journalists who selected their products at the International Happy Hour on Wednesday, November 2.

Below, in alphabetical order by country, publication and participating journalist, are the winning exhibitors and products from the 2023 Global Media Awards Program.

ARGENTINA

Judge: Luis Zschocke
Media Outlet: New Tune Up

  • FiTech Fuel Injection, 30013 Go EFI 8 1200 HP Power Adder Bright Aluminum Finish System
  • MAHLE Motorsport, Ford 5.0L Modular Coyote Gen 3 Direct Injected (’18+) PowerPak Piston Set
  • AAD Performance, S550 Mustang Front Lower Control Arms
  • Dana Incorporated, Ultimate Dana 60 Semi-Float Rear Axle for Ford Bronco
  • Vintage Air Inc., ’64–’66 Ford Mustang Gen 5 SureFit system
  • AAD Performance, S550 Mustang Front Lower Tension Arms
  • Speedmaster, Ford SB 289 302 351w Aluminum Complete Serpentine Belt Drive System Kit [Polished]
  • TRAC LLC/Tire Cart and Tire Jack, TRAC Tire Jack
  • Holley, Hooker Small-Block Chevrolet Exhaust Manifolds
  • Speedmaster, GM 4L80E Aluminum Transmission Pan with Silicon Gasket

AUSTRALIA

Judge: Ben Davidson
Media Outlet: Jeep Action Magazine

  • Diode Dynamics, Stage Series LED Rock Light
  • Eaton Performance, Jeep Detroit Truetrac
  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries “RE-START” Lithium Starter Battery
  • ICON Vehicle Dynamics, ICON Alloys 17-in. Recon Pro with Innerlock Technology
  • Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Cooper Discoverer Rugged Trek
  • Addax Overland/Hinckley Overlanding, Jeep X Addax Overland Trailer
  • TRAC LLC/Tire Cart and Tire Jack, TRAC Tire Jack
  • Quadratec, Lost Canyon Truck Bed Tent for JT Gladiator
  • Mach Built, M1 MachLight
  • Rock Slide Engineering, Gen 3 Step Slider

Judge: Peter Ronis
Media Outlet: All Torque Podcast Pty. Ltd.

  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries MICRO-START XP20 Lithium Jump Starter
  • Smartop, Smartop Platform Truck Bed cover
  • I-CAR, Hands-On Electric Vehicle Training
  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries “RE-START” Lithium Starter Battery
  • Retro Manufacturing, RetroSound Europa Radio
  • GlueTread- Sidewall Repair, GlueTread 4×4 Sidewall Repair Kit
  • WARN / FAB FOURS / FABTECH / FACTOR 55, Fabtech 2022 Ford Bronco Heavy Duty Tie Rods
  • ADRO Inc., Adro Tesla Model Y carbon-fiber rear diffuser
  • Lippert: CURT, Ranch Hand, UWS, LUVERNE, ARIES, CURT Echo In-Line Trailer Brake Controller
  • Mile Marker Industries, Inc., Customizable Mission Series Winch

Judge: Simon Christie
Media Outlet: 4WD TV

  • Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Cooper Discoverer Rugged Trek, Tire and Related Product
  • Project X, DR.03
  • Diode Dynamics, Stage Series LED Rock Light
  • Project X, LB.24
  • Go Rhino Big Country Truck accessories, Xventure Gear Recovery Winch Hook
  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries “RE-START” Lithium Starter Battery
  • ICON Vehicle Dynamics, ICON ALLOYS 17-in. RECON PRO W/INNERLOCK TECHNOLOGY
  • GlueTread- Sidewall Repair, GlueTread 4×4 Sidewall Repair Kit
  • Go Rhino Big Country Truck accessories, Xventure Gear Shovel Kit
  • HitchLocker LLC, HitchLocker Drop Hitch

BRAZIL

Judge: Eduardo Bernasconi
Media Outlet: Revista Fullpower

  • Quadratec, Lost Canyon Truck Bed Tent for JT Gladiator
  • International Industry LLC, Fuel tank laser sensor/sender
  • OPTIMA Batteries, ORANGETOP HYPERCORE Lithium
  • Integrated Engineering, IE Drag-Race Performance Brake Kit For Audi B9 S4 & S5
  • AlphaRex, AlphaRex ’21+ Ford F150 LUXX-Series LED Tail lights (Alpha-Black)
  • Papp Plastics and Distributing Limited, Aira FreePower
  • Black Horse Off Road, RGM Styline Mustang Aero Kit
  • GlueTread- Sidewall Repair, GlueTread 4×4 Sidewall Repair Kit
  • Spyder Auto, ALT-YD-FF15021-LED-BK
  • Dakota Digital, GRFX-55C-PU 1955-59 Chevy Truck Grafix Series Gauge System

Judge: Ludmilla Kruppa
Media Outlet: Revista Garagem Old School

  • Dakota Digital, GRFX-55C-PU 1955-59 Chevy Truck Grafix Series Gauge System
  • Flaming River Industries Inc., Custom Microsteer Integrated Column Program
  • CVF Racing, Chevy Small Block Compact Serpentine Kit
  • Retro Manufacturing, RetroSound Europa Radio
  • IDIDIT, LLC, Push To Start Ignition with Smart Entry Exit Recognition
  • Speedway Motors Inc., Speedway Motors Aluminum Aero Shield, Hairpin Cover
  • Old Air Products, ’68 Mustang – Control Bezel & Louver Set
  • Ridetech, ’65-’79 F-100 Front Suspension System
  • New Vintage USA, ’94–’99 Dodge Ram Truck
  • Universal Air Suspension, Ford Mach E Air Suspension Conversion

CANADA

Judge: Adam Gordon
Media Outlet: PASMAG

  • Garrett Advancing Motion, Garrett Vent External Wastegates | 40mm 45mm 50mm
  • HERITAGE WHEEL, Heritage Wheel KOKORO Lug Nuts
  • Horizon Brands, TYPE S Formula DRIFT Pro Series Exterior Smart Lighting Kit
  • Victor Racing Inc., Smart Canards
  • Design Engineering, Inc (DEI), Sensor Covers
  • MaxxHaul Towing Products, 3 in 1 Drain Pan, Tool Creeper and Tool Tray
  • Retro Manufacturing, RetroSound SUB8100 8-in. Powered Subwoofer
  • All-Fit Automotive, All-Fit Lip Kit
  • Powerbuilt and Caterpillar, Big Wheel Rolling Mechanic’s Seat
  • HKS USA Inc., HIPERMAX R SERIES

CHILE

Judge: Felipe Joui
Media Outlet: UHP Magazine

  • BOOSTane Fuel Solution, RACE FUEL
  • GIG Performance, Thunder Rod
  • K&N Engineering Inc., 63-1591 AIRCHARGER; RAM 1500 TRX V8-6.2L F/I, ’21-’22
  • Borla Performance, Active Performance Sound
  • Specialty Auto Parts/Proform, PROFORM LS Oil Pump Primer Tool
  • Atturo Tire Corp., AZ850DR
  • K&N Engineering Inc., AEM-21-879C C.A.S. BMW 330i L4-2.0L F/I; 2019-2021
  • Integrated Engineering, IE High-Flow Charge Pipe Kit For Audi B9 S4 & S5 3.0T
  • Advanced Fuel Dynamics, ProFlex DX Flex Fuel System for ’18–’23 Mustang GT and Mach 1
  • AMS Performance, AMS Performance Nissan Z VR30 Intercoolers

FINLAND

Judge: Tomi Eronen
Media Outlet: Amerikan Rauta

  • MAHLE Motorsport, LS 5.3L (Gen 4) Flat Top Drop-In PowerPak Piston Set
  • Scat, Procar, AFR – Air Flow Research, AIR FLOW RESEARCH “ENFORCER” CYLINDER HEAD – 5.3L LS
  • Comp Turbo, CTR8890R Patented Aircooled Oil-Less 1850HP Turbocharger
  • The Wheel Group/Wheel-1, RIDLER 610
  • Classic Industries/OER, ’85–’92 Camaro Tail Light Assemblies
  • Speedway Motors Inc., Speedway Motors Steering Wheel And Horn Assembly, Chevy Pickup
  • Retro Manufacturing, RetroSound Europa Radio
  • Kontio Tyres, Kontio WhitePaw Classic
  • CFR Performance, Gen-3 Hemi Finned Valve Covers
  • Speedmaster, Chevy LS 2pc Finned Vintage Hidden Coil Aluminum Valve Cover – Black

FRANCE

Judge: Jerome Andre
Media Outlet: Generation 4×4 Magazine

  • Victor Racing Inc., Smart Canards
  • ICON Vehicle Dynamics, ICON ALLOYS 17-in. REBOUND SLX
  • Hypercraft, HyperPack
  • Hellwig Products, ’17–’21 Tesla Model 3 Rear Sway Bar
  • ADRO Inc., Adro Tesla Model 3 carbon fiber front lip
  • Quadratec, Axle-Back Exhaust System for JK/JL Wrangler
  • Project X, 41QT Blizzard Box
  • Rock Slide Engineering, Bronco Cinch  Strap
  • APP EV Systems, APP EV Systems Battery Conversion Kit
  • Papp Plastics and Distributing Limited, Aira FreePower

HONDURAS

Judge: Edmundo Pazzetti
Media Outlet: Piloto Y Maquina

  • SeaSucker, Monkey Bars (Ridge Ready)
  • Cell Phone Seat, Cell Phone Seat
  • Turbosmart, Pneumatic StraightGate50 Butterfly Style External Wastegate
  • Victor Racing Inc., Smart Canards
  • GlueTread- Sidewall Repair, GlueTread 4×4 Sidewall Repair Kit
  • International Industry LLC, Fuel tank laser sensor/sender
  • OPTIMA Batteries, ORANGETOP HYPERCORE Lithium
  • Madico, Inc., ClearPlex by Madico Nano-Ceramic Windshield Protection Film
  • Sagola by Elcometer/Elcometer, Sagola Spray VR training
  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries “RE-START” Lithium Starter Battery

Judge: Juan Carlos Cuellar
Media Outlet: Sobre Ruedas

  • CARCAPSULE USA, SC1 Indoor ShowCase,
  • Key Technology, 7 AI FUNCTIONS ADAS DUAL DASH CAMERA
  • KNIPEX Tools, Pliers Wrench XS
  • Horizon Brands, TYPE S Wireless Power Bank Jump Starter + USB-C Cable
  • Cedar Electronics, Escort MAX 360c MKII
  • Cedar Electronics, Cobra 75 All Road
  • MouseBlocker, MouseBlocker 1000X Garage Rodent Deterrent
  • ActionTrax, ActionTrax
  • Lincoln Electric, POWER MIG 211i MIG Welder
  • Powerbuilt and Caterpillar, Big Wheel Rolling Mechanic’s Seat

ITALY

Judge: Pierluigi Mancini
Media Outlet: Elaborare GT Tuning Magazine

  • Top Speed Auto Accessories, Inc., Titanium Exhaust for Lotus Elise Exige S2 05-06 Dual Canister with resonator,
  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries “RE-START” Lithium Starter Battery
  • EGR Inc., EGR RollTrac
  • AGS Company, Plastic Bumper and Trim Restorer
  • Sprint Booster/JRP, Sprint Booster V3 Ultimate Control
  • MAHLE Motorsport, SBC 23° USRA Factory Stock PowerPak Piston Set
  • Design Engineering, Inc (DEI), Titanium Knitted Sleeve
  • K&N Engineering Inc., 63-1591 AIRCHARGER; RAM 1500 TRX V8-6.2L F/I, ’21–’22
  • Holley, ’64–’67 Pontiac GTO Direct Fit Gauge Set
  • ProCharger, ’22 Mustang GT & Mach 1 5.0l ProCharger High Output Intercooled Supercharger System w/Factory Airbox

KAZAKHSTAN

Judge: Olzhas Oqas
Media Outlet: KOLESA.KZ

  • International Industry LLC, Fuel tank laser sensor/sender
  • ProCharger, ’22–’05 Toyota 4Runner and Tacoma 3.5l & 4.0l 50-State Legal Intercooled Supercharger System
  • Borla Performance, Active Performance Sound
  • CARCAPSULE USA, SC1 Indoor ShowCase
  • TRAC LLC/Tire Cart and Tire Jack, TRAC Tire Jack
  • SeaSucker, Classic Ski Rack
  • Vintage Air Inc., Gen-5 Super Magnum heat/cool/defrost system
  • TRUE SPIKE, AR15 RIFLE BULLET ANTENNA
  • 3D Printing Your Plugs! Fast. Little Labor. Always Symmetrical., MAKEiT2x4 Large Format 3D Printer
  • EZ Universal Wheels, EZ Roller-Spinner 26.5-in. Universal Wheel with Interchangeable Hub Sizes with wedge nut system

MEXICO

Judge: Angel Gonzalez
Media Outlet: Mas Motor

  • AlphaRex, AlphaRex ’21+ Ford Bronco NOVA-Series LED Projector Headlights (Alpha-Black)
  • Design Infini, Fittipaldi Street 362
  • Spyder Auto, ALT-YD-FS2020-LED-RD
  • Mickey Thompson Tires and Wheels, 35×15.50R24 Baja Boss A/T
  • K&N Engineering Inc., 77-9042KP PERF. INTAKE KIT; TOYOTA TUNDRA V6-3.5L F/I, 2022
  • Maxxis Tire, VICTRA SPORT EV
  • Impact Wheels, 904 BLACK MILLED OFF-ROAD WHEEL
  • Project X, DL.70
  • ORACLE Lighting, ORACLE Flush Mount (Lensless) LED Tail Lights for ’07–’17 JK Jeep Wrangler
  • Attica 4×4, 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma Full LED high/low-beam Sequential Head light

Judge: Daniel Garcia Solis
Media Outlet: Trocas/V8 Muscle Cars

  • Classic Industries/OER, ’73–’74 Dodge Dart Grill
  • Fanttik, Fanttik X8 Portable Tire Inflator Mini
  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries “RE-START” Lithium Starter Battery
  • Project X, GHOST BOX
  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries Lithium Powerstation
  • Intellitronix, Aurora (part of the White Lightning series)
  • VAIS Technology, Push Button Start with Passive Entry, Proximity Based
  • Retro Manufacturing, RetroSound Europa Radio
  • Dakota Digital, GRFX-55C-PU ’55–’59 Chevy Truck Grafix Series Gauge System
  • GlueTread- Sidewall Repair, GlueTread 4×4 Sidewall Repair Kit

Judge: Salvador Castillo
Media Outlet: Television Del Pacifico

  • Cell Phone Seat, Cell Phone Seat
  • CVF Offroad, CVF Offroad Legion Front Bumper—’17–’22 Ford F-250/F-350
  • ORACLE Lighting, ORACLE Lighting Skid Plate with Integrated LED Emitters for Jeep Wrangler JL and Gladiator JT- Package Design
  • Nitro Innovations—Nitrogen Plastic Welder, Nitro Innovations Nitrogen Plastic Welder
  • Sagola by Elcometer/Elcometer, Sagola Spray VR training
  • Scangrip, Scangrip UV-Extreme Plus
  • CVF Offroad, CVF Offroad Legion Front Bumper—’20+ Chevy 2500/3500
  • Truck Hero, Havoc EVOC Fender Flare
  • Bestop Premium Accessories Group, Ford Bronco Fender Flares
  • All-Fit Automotive, All-Fit Gap Trim

SOUTH AFRICA

Judge: Graham Erasmus
Media Outlet: Automotive Business Review

  • MAXTRAX, MAXTRAX RECOVERY SYSTEM
  • Speedway Motors Inc., Speedway Sway Bar Kits, ’70–’81 GM F-Body, Splined
  • Borla Performance, Active Performance Sound
  • Thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America, B8 6112
  • TRAILFX, Traction Boards
  • Inspired Overland, Lightweight Rooftop Tent
  • Kleinn Air Horns, USTL-734
  • Mile Marker Industries, Inc., Customizable Mission Series Winch
  • GREEN FILTER / Ground Force, Green Filter BMW/Mini Cooper ’14–’22 #7372
  • GIG Performance, Thunder Rod

Judge: Victor Pardal
Media Outlet: IgnitionTV

  • DeatschWerks, 415LPH DW400s Fuel Pump
  • Comp Turbo, CTR8080H Patented Aircooled Oil-Less 1350HP Turbocharger
  • NRG Innovations, FIA BUCKET SEAT
  • Integrated Engineering, IE Suspension System For VW & Audi MQB (GTI, Golf R, A3, S3)
  • Kicker, L7X 12-in. High Output Subwoofer
  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries Lithium Powerstation
  • Turbosmart, Pneumatic StraightGate50 Butterfly Style External Wastegate
  • ActionTrax, ActionTrax
  • Race Winning Brands, MGP Connecting Rods—Toyota 2JZGTE Aluminum Connecting Rods
  • Bubba Off-Road Recovery Gear, Bubba Off-Road Truck Recovery Gear Set

SOUTH KOREA

Judge: Young Jun Yu
Media Outlet: Car and Tech

  • SATA Spray Equipment, SATAjet X 5500 FUTURE
  • Horizon Brands, TYPE S Wireless Power Bank Jump Starter + Lightning Cable
  • Horizon Brands, TYPE S Wireless Power Bank Jump Starter + USB-C Cable
  • Horizon Brands, Tiny Traveler HD Baby Car Monitoring System with Add-On Camera & Travel Kit
  • 3M, 3M Perfect-It Random Orbital Polishing System
  • Milwaukee Tool, M12 Underbody Light
  • NotcHead, NotcHead AN Wrenches with Inserts
  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries Lithium Powerstation
  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries “RE-START” Lithium Starter Battery
  • Fanttik, Fanttik X8 Portable Tire Inflator Mini

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Judge: Nabil Moustafa
Media Outlet: Strive Middle East

  • Victor Racing Inc., Smart Canards
  • Quadratec, Lost Canyon Truck Bed Tent for JT Gladiator
  • GlueTread- Sidewall Repair, GlueTread 4×4 Sidewall Repair Kit
  • Borla Performance, Active Performance Sound, Electric Vehicle Product
  • EGR Inc., EGR RollTrac
  • Ark Corporation, Ark XOTech Power Distribution Hub
  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries “RE-START” Lithium Starter Battery
  • Horizon Brands, Tiny Traveler HD Baby Car Monitoring System with Add-On Camera & Travel Kit
  • AudioControl, SRK-JK11H
  • MGP Caliper Covers, MGP Caliper Covers—Artist Series by Scotthattoxartwork on ig

UNITED KINGDOM

Judge: Mike Rysiecki
Media Outlet: Auto Italia Magazine

  • Garrett Advancing Motion, Garrett Club Line | GBC35 GBC37 Turbocharger
  • Centerforce Clutches, a Division of Midway Industries, Centerforce DYAD DS Clutch and Flywheel Kit for Late-Model Ford Mustangs
  • AAD Performance, S550 Mustang Front Lower Control Arms
  • Opus  IVS, Test Drive CoPilot
  • TRAC LLC/Tire Cart and Tire Jack, TRAC Tire Jack
  • Universal Air Suspension, Ford Mach E Air Suspension Conversion
  • AIR DESIGN, ’22+ MACH-E CARBON-FIBER REAR DECK SPOILER
  • CTEK, CS FREE: 4-in-1 multi-functional charger, maintainer, adaptive booster and powerbank
  • Speedway Motors Inc., 3 in 1 Digital LED Gauge, Water Temp, Oil Pressure, Volts, 2-1/16
  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries “RE-START” Lithium Starter Battery

VENEZUELA

Judge: Henry Pierini
Media Outlet: AutoZulia International

  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries “RE-START” Lithium Starter Battery
  • Thor’s Lightning, Thor’s Lightning Bolt True Dual Air Compressor
  • VAIS Technology, Push Button Start with Passive Entry, Proximity Based
  • GlueTread – Sidewall Repair, GlueTread 4×4 Sidewall Repair Kit
  • Stoner Car Care, Hybrid Ceramic Detailer
  • Quadratec, Lynx Whipsaw Wheel for Bronco
  • CVF Offroad, CVF Offroad W-5000-S Winch
  • Fanttik, Fanttik X8 Portable Tire Inflator Mini
  • MITO Corporation, NAVPRO+ GPS Navigation Module with Wireless Carplay & Android Auto
  • Bantam Tools, Bantam Tools Desktop CNC Milling Machine

To learn more about the Global Media Awards Program, visit www.sema.org/gmawinner

Heise LED Debuted Lighting Control Solutions at SEMA 2022

LAS VEGAS, NV (11.18.22) – Heise LED by Metra Electronics presented three new Heise Connect controllers for their popular RGB, RGBW, and Chasing automotive lighting products that pair with an all-new, free downloadable app that will soon be available for smartphones and tablets. These new products were displayed at Metra’s two booths at the 2022 SEMA Show, November 1st-4th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. These new solutions make it easy to customize and control LEDs and work with all pre-existing Heise LED lighting products. 

Heise at SEMA

The three new Heise Connect controllers each feature two wireless control options; an included remote control for using the Heise Connect downloadable app coming soon for smartphone or tablet. A customer can easily group multiple controllers through the app, and every controller has left and right zones for independent turn signal control wires and a dedicated brake light trigger wire. Each controller is specifically designed to work with only RGB, RGBW, or Chasing LEDs, respectively.

Features of these new controllers include:

RGB Heise Connect Controller (HE-RGB-CB) and RGBW Heise Connect Controller (HE-RGBW-CB)
● 24 color-changing patterns
● Turn signal function (both left and right)
● Brake function
● DIY pattern function
● Music sync function
● App controlled (Heise Connect app) or via the included RF card remote
● Max load 10A
● Water-resistant Heise connector
Chasing Heise Connect Controller (HE-CHASE-CB)
● Addressable LED controller
● 170+ color-changing patterns
● Turn signal function (both left and right)
● Brake function
● DIY pattern function
● Music sync function
● App controlled (Heise Connect app) or via the included RF card remote
● Max load 10A
● Water-resistant Heise connector

Heise Connect App
The Heise Connect app is coming soon and will allow users to remotely control Heise LED lighting products from the palm of their hand. The app automatically connects via bluetooth and detects the type of control box connected to the app; RGB, RGBW, or Chasing, allowing groups of all products to be used and controlled within the same mobile app. A selectable color wheel lets users choose from 16 million RGB color options and a true white light color option available with RGBW products. Users can also select from 24 pre-programmed patterns for RGB and RGBW, and 170+ pre- programmed moving patterns for Chasing. There is also a DIY pattern option for Chasing products that allows for selecting up to 16 colors and 3 motion effects. The app also features independent left and right turn signal triggers, a brake trigger, and a music sync function.

All of these new products were on display at SEMA 2022. More product details will be available soon at HeiseLED.com.

Introduction to the Three Cs of Social Media: Content, Calendar and Channels, Presented by ARMO

DIAMOND BAR, CA (11.18.22) – Social media is a great tool for reaching targeted audiences and promoting a brand. Unlike other communication channels, social media has a sense of authenticity and transparency to it, and it can help to build stronger connections between customers and companies. 

While simply having a social media account is not enough, it does not have to be time intensive to be successful. Automotive aftermarket shops, businesses, and builders can utilize the Three C’s to streamline their social media efforts. By focusing on content, creating a calendar and understanding the different channels, brands can build a strong social media presence.   

Learn how to launch or improve your business’s social media strategy to success by using the Three Cs of social media (Calendar, Content and Channels) during this live webinar.

You’ll connect with and hear from two social media experts: 

  • – Barry Alt, founder of Motorhead Digital and a digital marketing expert focused on the restoration, performance, race, and restyling segment of the automotive aftermarket, and 
  • – Dan Kahn, founder of Kahn Media and a published author and photographer with over a decade of experience in print and digital publishing, public relations and marketing.   

In just one hour, you will learn: 

  1. The importance of building a social media calendar, how to do it, and software that might help  
  2. How to plan out content, where to find ideas when you get stuck, and how to create content that builds engagement to your audience and not just pushes information  
  3. How to determine what social media channels will work for your business, and the pros and cons of each channel          

The webinar is presented by the ARMO Council, who will also share a short update on the council’s initiatives. Elevate your social media by registering today!

German Quality Brand BLAUPUNKT Car Audio & Multimedia Showcased at SEMA Show

LAS VEGAS, NV (11.17.22) – Since 1924 consumers worldwide have been able to “Enjoy It” with BLAUPUNKT branded consumer electronics. November 1~4 visitors at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, were able to enjoy the highly regarded German brand in the North Hall of the LVCC.

The lineup displayed at SEMA Show included USB and Bluetooth Single DIN Head Units, Multimedia units featuring Android as well as Linux OS, plus the flagship model MONTECARLO 750 with wireless Android Auto and Certified Apple Car Play features.

An entry level multimedia unit that is high-quality at an affordable cost, the SAO PAULO 450, was also on display. In addition to these two attendee favorite units, industry members can expect to find BLAUPINKT Car Audio and Multimedia products to fit any project or budget.

BLAUPUNKT also presented the 2023 preliminary line-up which will include 7” and 10” floating panel models CALI 250/270, RALEIGH 900, 990 and 910, with Android Auto and Certified Apple Car Play wireless connection in 7”, 9” and 10” units plus a full speaker and amplifiers line-up as well as installation accessories and Marine and Motorsports Audio.

BP Americas Corp. is the sole distributor of BLAUPUNKT branded car audio products for the USA, Canada and Mexico markets. Having branches in Van Nuys, CA and Doral Florida strategically places the company in a position to distribute the products to its dealers and Distributors in a timely manner.

BLAUPUNKT is interviewing professional Manufacturer Reps throughout the USA. Please contact Mario Corro: mario@bpcarusa.com for details.

Visit blaupunkt.com for more.