MTX Audio Announces New Audio Kits and Components for 2020+ Polaris RZR Pro XP Vehicles

PHOENIX, AZ (01.10.22) – MTX Audio has introduced all new audio kits and components for the Polaris RZR Pro XP platform of vehicles. This new offering will be compatible with machines that come with and without the Ride Command system option and install in existing factory locations.

Two of the primary components being introduced are the front speaker and subwoofer systems to complement the already popular rear speakers and amplifiers. The new PROXP-20-FS component speaker system features an all-weather 6 1⁄2” midrange driver preinstalled in a rotationally molded enclosure that mounts in the factory location beneath the dash. Combined with that is a high output, soft dome tweeter that mounts in the existing housing on the top of the dash. These components have been engineered to maximize your audio experience without sacrificing legroom or sound quality while riding. Additionally, the speaker pod’s design allows for installation in just a few minutes.

The subwoofer option, the PROXP-20-SW consists of a high output 10-inch subwoofer in a high mounted, ported design that installs in the dash. The enclosure is intended to be coupled with the MUD600-1 mono-block amplifier and features a front firing design to maximize bass output. The port allows it to produce deep vibrating bass while the high mount placement prevents water intrusion in most riding applications.

Also being introduced are all new RZR Pro XP audio kits that are designed to fit all models and platforms available. They will consist of a total of four main packages that will work on Ride Command and non- Ride Command vehicles alike from model years 2020 to present. These kits will offer different levels of audio experience from the basic three speaker package to a complete five speaker system. Additionally, there will be two OE add-on kits available. The first allows a customer to add the PROXP-20-SW and MUD600-1 amplifier to an existing OE front two speaker system and the second option allows the addition of a pair of our MUD65PL rear speakers to an OE two or three speaker system. All kits come complete with direct-fit hardware and plug-n-play harnesses for a frustration-free installation.

“With the rise in popularity of the Pro XP platform of vehicles combined with the limited audio options available to our customers, we knew we needed to bring a high quality, and bulletproof option to the market.” said Director of Sales and Marketing, Jason Fickas. “We’ve put a lot of research and development into the design of these kits to ensure they are the easiest to install and deliver exceptional sound quality no matter what speed you’re going.”

The new RZR kits and components are expected to start shipping mid-March and more details will follow soon including pre-order information. Be sure to follow us on social media or check out our website for more details as they develop.

Visit mtx.com for more.

SEMA Offers Exclusive Professional Development Training for Future Leaders

DIAMOND BAR, CA (01.10.22) – A new Professional Development Program launched by the SEMA Future Leaders Network (FLN, formerly Young Executives Network, YEN) is helping aspiring leaders in the automotive aftermarket reach greater levels of success. Sponsored by FLN in partnership with Dale Carnegie, the two-day, in-person program focuses on improving individual and business performance and is available exclusively to FLN members at a significant discount.

“The SEMA Future Leaders Network is committed to helping aspiring leaders advance in the industry,” said FLN Chair Nick Caloroso. “Partnering with a world-class organization such as Dale Carnegie is just one example of what we are doing to invest in the membership. I’ve been fortunate to have been able to participate in the Dale Carnegie Training, and I’m excited that other FLN members will have access to the program as well.”

While Caloroso’s employer, Driven Lighting Group, supported his participation in the Dale Carnegie Training, most aspiring leaders in the industry do not have such opportunities. To make the training attainable for all employees, including junior level executives and those from small businesses, FLN is subsidizing 50 percent of the cost of the training, plus offering free hotel and meals for two days, two nights to a limited number of members.

“It’s important to invest in training, and the Dale Carnegie Program is among the best that is available,” said Brian Reese, current CEO of T Sportline and Caloroso’s employer at Driven Lighting Group at the time of the training. “Nick has always been a terrific leader and team member, but the Dale Carnegie program has given him greater skills and knowledge to become an even better leader. He’s learned strategies and tactics that many seasoned professionals have yet to learn.”

The program, which will take place in March 2022 in Diamond Bar, California, will teach participants to:

  • Communicate professionally and confidently in business situations
  • Engage others by building rapport, asking pertinent questions, and listening
  • Build relationships and deal effectively with people in a multitude of scenarios
  • Gain cooperation and influence people, including direct reports, laterally and upward
  • Use emotional controls to sustain success

The program is available at half of Dale Carnegie’s regular fee and includes complimentary meals and hotel accommodations for two nights. (Cost for the program is $1,600 direct from Dale Carnegie.) Participants will also need to arrange their own travel to the event.

The program is limited to 25 FLN members, but any SEMA member company employee aged 40 and under can apply for FLN membership at no cost. Individuals interested in learning more can visit pages.message.sema.org/FLN-Profession-Development/ or contact Denise Waddingham, FLN Director, at deniselw@sema.org

Auto Additions Wins 12volt News Prize on the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel Spin 160

SHREVEPORT LA (01.08.22) WTF…Win This Friday. Auto Additions won a $100. 12volt News check on the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel 160 on Friday morning, January 7th.

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 has now rolled into year 4.

The 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel rolled for 160th time on Friday morning January 7th. The Wheel landed on the 12volt space and the Auto Additions 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 to the dealer in Springfield IL to give them the good news. After a bit we were able to convince Dan Schultz that this was not a ROBOCALL. It was 10 degrees outside and they are selling a ton of remote starters. Dan was very happy to here the $100. ‘Christmas Present’ will head his way.

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, SoundStream, JBL, Kenwood, Power Acoustik, JVC and USASpec. 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. and Sound Proof Car Stereo in Douglasville GA. Congratulations to all.

WTF… Where’s the Fun. On the next spin of the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel… on Friday, January 14th.

Tint World Ranked Among Top Franchises in Entrepreneur’s Highly Competitive Franchise 500

BOCA RATON, FL (01.07.22) – Tint World Automotive Styling Centers was recognized as one of the top 500 franchises in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500, the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking. The 43rd annual Entrepreneur Franchise 500 is a highly sought-after honor in the franchise industry. Recognized as an invaluable resource for potential franchisees, the 2022 Franchise 500 ranks Tint World as 317th for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power.

“The past year has been one of the most challenging for businesses in recent memory, which made putting together our 43rd annual Franchise 500 list more enlightening than ever,” said Entrepreneur Editor in Chief Jason Feifer. “The companies named to this year’s list showed us how being resilient, supportive, and nimble can help navigate extraordinary challenges and also underscore the grit and innovation that define entrepreneurship.”

In Entrepreneur’s continuing effort to best understand and evaluate the ever-changing franchise marketplace, the company’s 43-year-old ranking formula continues to evolve as well. The editorial team researches and assesses several factors that go into the evaluation, including costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. Each franchise is given a cumulative score based on an analysis of more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500 in ranking order.  

“The Entrepreneur Franchise 500 represents the highest level of achievement in the franchise industry, so appearing on the list for the eighth consecutive year confirms the dedication of the Tint World family and our approach to business,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, CEO of Tint World. “Our vision for 2022 is to continue growing by reaching new markets and providing franchisees with innovative tools that support their success.”  

Over its 43 years in existence, the Franchise 500 has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential franchisees. Tint World’s position on the ranking is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity.

Visit entrepreneur.com/franchise500 to view Tint World in the full ranking. Results can also be seen in the January/February 2022 issue of Entrepreneuravailable on newsstands Jan. 11. 

Alpine Electronics Introduces High-Resolution Jeep Receivers

AUBURN HILLS, MI (01.07.22) - Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. has introduced two new 9” Weather-Resistant Jeep receivers, the i509-WRA-JL for the new 2018-Up Jeep Wrangler and 2020-Up Jeep Gladiator and the i509-WRA-JK for the 2011-2018 Jeep Wrangler. The new receivers were designed for plug-and-play installation while featuring High-Resolution Audio Playback, High-Resolution Display, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

“Alpine has a unique relationship with the Jeep customer, and with that relationship in mind, we craft mindful solutions made to enhance the Jeep lifestyle,” said Mike Anderson, Vice President and General Manager, Brand Business Unit, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. “We believe the new Jeep Receivers will take the Jeep driving experience to the next level.”

Go Beyond Expectation

Since 2015, Alpine has attended countless Jeep -specific events and gathered first-hand customer feedback to craft the perfect solution for the Jeep vehicle. Through intentional upgrades, along with a deep understanding of the customer, our next-generation Jeep dash technology includes High-Resolution specs that will enhance the Jeep driving experience.

The all-new i509-WRA-JL and i509-WRA-JK Weather-Resistant Receivers feature High-Resolution Audio Playback and Jeep -specific tuning to bring out the full potential of music in the Jeep. They also include a WXGA High-Resolution, Anti-Glare Display (1280x720px) for enhanced performance.

Features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and built-in Bluetooth hands-free calling with audio streaming allows access to music, messages, phone calls, and maps on a smartphone via either a wired USB connection or wirelessly. These features are controlled through touch or voice commands with the included external microphone.

An industry-first for aftermarket receivers, the i509-WRA-JL and i509-WRA-JK feature SiriusXM 360L, which combines satellite and streaming content delivery for even more choices in entertainment than before (SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit sold separately; SiriusXM subscription required). Built-in HD Radio is also included for additional entertainment options.

Designed for Jeep

By learning the pain points and priorities of the Jeep customer, Alpine has been able to craft solutions that were designed specifically for Jeep. The 9” display is housed in a Jeep -specific trim bezel that emulates the look and feel of the Jeep dash. A Jeep -specific harness is included with the receiver to take out the guesswork during installation and make it a true plug-and-play solution. The displays feature a Jeep -specific opening screen and LED color scheme for a consistent design with factory Jeep settings.

As most Jeep customers enjoy driving with the top off, the display is also weather-resistant (rated IP53 for dust and ingress) for uninterrupted performances in any driving condition.

Upgrading dash technology can often result in a loss of factory functionality such as steering wheel controls and access to engine codes. However, the i509-WRA-JL and i509-WRA-JK are compatible with the iDatalink Maestro Module (sold separately) allowing select factory features like voice-activated media player, Bluetooth technology, and steering wheel controls to be retained and vehicle information displayed on the screen. The iDatalink can also integrate with the Jeep diagnostic port so select vehicle information like tire pressure, battery voltage, door status, engine codes, and user-customizable gauges can be monitored on the display.

Exciting System Expandability Options

Whether commuting or off-roading, avoid obstacles in the road with the included front and rear camera inputs to add a front or rearview camera (sold separately) to the i509-WRA-JK. The rearview camera includes a distance guide display that overlays guidelines onto the screen for ease when moving in reverse. Multiple camera angles can be viewed with the KCX-C2600B Universal Front and Rear Camera Selector (sold separately). The i509-WRA-JL retains the factory rear-view camera for the new 2018-Up Jeep Wrangler and 2020-Up Jeep Gladiator.

Take driving safety even further with the DVR-C320R Premium 1080P Front and Rear Dash Camera with built-in drive assist (sold separately), compatible with the i509-WRA-JL and i509-WRA-JK.

While the i509-WRA-JL and i509-WRA-JK do not have built-in navigation, the new KTX-NS01 Navigation Module (sold separately) provides seamless, on-and-off-road navigation, as an option. This is delivered through the Navigation Module, designed to plug into the receiver via USB connection for a convenient way to access the latest maps on the display.

Integrated tuning features bring out the full potential of music playback with a 5-band graphic EQ or 13-band parametric EQ per channel, for continuous frequency control. The 6-channel time correction capability ensures that music is staged properly in the front and center of the vehicle. If more power is needed, additional amplifiers can be added using the three sets of true 4V preamp outputs with front, rear, and subwoofer control.

While the i509-WRA-JL and i509-WRA-JK are mech-less (no CD/DVD player) an HDMI input and output are included to allow the user to add a DVD player, or even a smartphone to the head unit for an all-digital audio and video connection through a single cable.  

The i509-WRA-JL and i509-WRA-JK will ship in February 2022 at a MAP of $2199.95 and $1999.95 respectively and will be available at Alpine Authorized retailers and at Preferred Online Stores. Installation options can be found on the Alpine-USA website through the store locator. 

Visit alpine-usa.com for more.

BOYO Awards 2021 Trophy Winners

FULLERTON, CA (01.07.22) – Vision Tech America, Inc., leading vehicle security and safety product manufacturer of backup cameras, dash cams, parking sensors, blind-spot detectors, and monitoring devices, is pleased to announce 2021 BOYO TROPHY AWARD Winners.

VisionTech BOYO President DK Chung (L) pictured with Joe Palilla, Potomac Electronics Sales Rep Firm Principal, and recipient of the BOYO Distinguished Sales Rep of the Year 2021.

Each year, awards are presented to the sales representatives based on their sales performance and quality of service.

The Distinguished Sales Rep of the Year 2021 award was presented to Joe Palilla of Potomac Electronics Sales for the three years in a row.

Most Outstanding Sales Rep of the year 2021 awards were presented to Dave Gill of SMS, Inc., John Tatro of Norcal Sales & Marketing, and Jeff Oliver of J&S Marketing.

Congratulation to all award recipients. 2021 was a great year, outperforming previous year, and we look forward to another successful year 2022.

For more information on Vision Tech America, Inc. Visit www.VisionTechAmerica.com or email: info@visiontechamerica.com

CES 2022 Falling Significantly Short of Expected Attendance

LAS VEGAS, NV (01.06.22) – COVID 19, along with testing procedures and uncertainties in marketplace, led to a less than expected attendance opening day of CES 2022. Recent news of large companies cancelling plans to exhibit, along with major flight cancellations and delays, added to lower than anticipated attendance.

This image shows the West Hall mid afternoon on Day 1.
The large VOXX Electronics Central Hall booth midday Day 1.

In this CES 2022 article the 12volt News will take a high road to showcase the efforts of exhibitors on the floor at CES 2022. VOXX Electronics, SiriusXM, XS Power, CUB and Installer Net continued with their plans to exhibit. The VOXX Prestige, Directed, Viper, Rostra and Rosen brands showcased their 12volt products. Sirius XM, with Paul Trueman, shared the large VOXX booth in the Central Hall.

The XS POWER booth in the West Hall saw good activity on Day-1. Scottie Johnson, Fawwaz-XS Power dealer from Trinidad, and Brady Basner are pictured (LtoR).

XS Power, with Scottie Johnson and Brady Basner, had an impressive booth in the West Hall with the company’s batteries and accessories positioned for attendees to check out.

CUB and Installer Net also moved forward in the West Hall to let all see their latest products and services.

CUB showed the company’s add-on vehicle safety and convenience products.

As an industry veteran, with parts of seven decades in the industry, witnessing CES 2022 is sobering and disheartening. CES for this writer began in the early 1970’s in Chicago. With all the variables in the marketplace getting things back to close to normal will be challenging to be sure. Let’s all set plans to accomplish positives each day as we work to accomplish respective goals for the year.

We encourage all to utilize the 12voltSTP Tool. Snap and Txt an image to 318-465-0844. Presto, Your company’s products and positive activities could be in The 12volt News Show.

Visit ces.tech for more.

Alpine Electronics Introduces High-Resolution Alpine Halo Receivers

AUBURN HILLS, MI (01.06.22) – Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. introduces two new Alpine Halo Floating Touchscreen Receivers, the iLX-F511 11-inch Multimedia Receiver and the iLX-F509 9-inch Multimedia Receiver, now with High-Resolution Audio Playback, High-Resolution Display, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

“We are excited to announce our new Alpine Halo Receivers and the new features that are included,” said Mike Anderson, Vice President and General Manager, Brand Business Unit, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. “These next-generation receivers will exceed customer expectations for a premium driving experience.”

New Heights in Performance
In 2018, the Alpine Halo display created a new benchmark for premium dash system technology with a groundbreaking, “floating-style,” adjustable display and versatile 1-DIN chassis that can fit into virtually any vehicle. The displays added features to make the drive easy and exciting. Today, we are proud to introduce the next-generation dash technology, including both audio and visual High-Resolution specs, that take the Alpine Halo display to new heights.

The all-new iLX-F511 11-inch Multimedia Receiver and the iLX-F509 9-inch Multimedia Receiver feature High-Resolution Audio Playback to bring out the full potential of music in the vehicle. They also include a WXGA High-Resolution Display (1280x720px) for an elevated driving experience.

Features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and built-in Bluetooth hands-free calling with audio streaming allows access to music, messages, phone calls, and maps on a smartphone via either a wired USB connection or wirelessly. These features are controlled through touch or voice commands with the included external microphone.

An industry-first for aftermarket receivers, the iLX-F511 and iLX-F509 features SiriusXM 360L, which combines satellite and streaming content delivery for even more choices in entertainment (SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit sold separately; SiriusXM subscription required). Built-in HD Radio is also included for additional entertainment options.

Exciting System Expandability Options
Navigating through busy city streets can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. The iLX-F511 and iLX-F509 include front and rear camera inputs to add a front or rearview camera (sold separately). The rearview camera includes a distance guide display that overlays guidelines onto the screen for ease when moving in reverse. Multiple camera angles can be viewed with the KCX-C2600B Universal Front and Rear Camera Selector(sold separately).

Take driving safety even further with the DVR-C320R Premium 1080P Front and Rear Dash Camera with built-in drive assist (sold separately), compatible with the iLX-F511 and iLX-F509.

While the iLX-F511 and iLX-F509 do not have built-in navigation, the new KTX-NS01 Navigation Module (sold separately) provides seamless, on-and-off-road navigation, as an option. This is delivered through the Navigation Module, designed to plug into the receivers via USB connection for a convenient way to access the latest maps on the display.

On-board tuning features bring out the full potential of music playback with a 5-band graphic EQ or 13-band parametric EQ per channel, for continuous frequency control. The 6-channel time correction ensures that music is staged properly in the front and center of the vehicle. If more power is needed, additional amplifiers can be added using the three sets of true 4V preamp outputs with front, rear, and subwoofer control.

The new RUX-H02 Alpine Halo Subwoofer Controller (sold separately) easily mounts to the Alpine Halo Display and allows quick-access controls to the subwoofer and main volume through a wireless Bluetooth connection. The sleek, tapered lines and silver trim of the RUX-H02 compliments the Alpine Halo Display design.

While the iLX-F511 and iLX-F509 are mech-less (no CD/DVD player) an HDMI input and output are included to connect a DVD player or even a smartphone for an all-digital audio and video connection through a single cable.

Convenient System Compatibility
Upgrading dash technology can often result in a loss of factory functionality such as steering wheel controls and access to engine codes. However, the iLX-F511 and iLX-F509 are compatible with the iDatalink Maestro Module (sold separately) allowing select OEM features to be retained and vehicle information displayed on the screen.

The iLX-F511 and iLX-F509 will ship in February 2022 at a MAP of $1199.95 and $999.95 respectively and will be available at Alpine Authorized retailers and at Preferred Online Stores. Installation options can be found on the Alpine-USA website through the store locator.

Visit www.alpine-usa.com for more.

Chris Kersting to Retire from Specialty Equipment Market Association

DIAMOND BAR, CA (01.06.22) – Following more than 30 years of service to SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association), President and CEO Chris Kersting will be stepping down at the end of January 2022 to enjoy retirement. The move comes as SEMA concludes a successful 2021, delivering two of the nation’s largest in-person trade shows since the start of the pandemic – the SEMA Show in Las Vegas and PRI Show in Indianapolis.

“Our mission at SEMA is to help our member companies succeed and prosper,” said Kersting. “Pursuing that mission has provided three decades of exciting and fulfilling work – engaging with the outstanding people in our industry to find new and better ways to help them thrive. Together with our talented SEMA team, we’ve built a truly innovative portfolio of services and benefits – and certainly one of the greatest trade shows in the world. You couldn’t ask for a better career.”

SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting will retire at the end of January 2022 following more than 30 years of service.

Kersting joined SEMA in 1996 to lead the organization’s Washington, D.C., office as vice president of legislative and technical affairs. Kersting took the helm as SEMA’s CEO in 2002 and led the Association through two decades of growth. Milestones include launching the SEMA Data Co-op, the SEMA Garage and Emissions Lab, SEMA Ignited, the PRI acquisition, the SEMA Garage in Detroit, and developing the globally recognized SEMA Show.

“Chris led SEMA through tremendously successful stretches, and also skillfully helped the association navigate the challenges of COVID-19, and the worldwide recession back in 2008,” said James Lawrence, SEMA Chairman of the Board. “On behalf of the SEMA Board, and millions of automotive enthusiasts everywhere, we wish Chris the best of luck in the next stage of his life.”

Beginning Feb. 1, 2022, Kersting will transition into an advisory role through July 2022. SEMA executives Bill Miller (Senior Vice President of Operations) and Mike Spagnola (Vice President of OEM & Product Development Programs) will serve as interim co-CEOs.

Visit www.sema.org for more.

SSR Distributors North Celebrates The Grand Opening

DALLAS, TX (01.05.22) – SSR Distributors North celebrated the Grand Opening of the new Dallas facility on Monday, January 3rd. The SSR Distributors North facility is located at 2880 Virgo Lane Dallas TX 75229. Amir Dhanani, SSR CEO, travelled from the company’s Houston location to attend the Grand Opening.

Tracy Farr (L) and Amir Dhanani (3rd L) are joined by old friends Brian and NT, 12volt industry veterans, who stopped by to visit and check out the new location.
Anita Graham, Sales Manager, shows sales staff members Lakin Christian (L) and Oscar Garza the computer order entry system.
Tabatha Marsh, Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable shown at her desk.

The new warehouse facility, which covers 25,000 square feet, underwent extensive updating and remodeling with new office configurations plus office and showroom floors over the past several months. Racks and racks of shelving was added to the warehouse area.

Lucia Farr helping Joseph’s Auto Toy Store with an order.
Amir Dhanani and Jay Grimes (R), Warehouse Manager, look over an area of the warehouse as more inventory goes on the shelves.

Tracy Farr, VP of Sales and Operations who oversaw the remodeling process, related “For the Grand Opening Day local dealers were invited to see the new facility and get an idea of the SSR North plan going forward. We are presently offering courier services, limited shipping and customer pick up. Several dealers who came to the Grand Opening actually picked up orders.”

Amir Dhanani has some quiet space in the new SSR North Facility.
Warehouse staff work in the background to stock shelves.
Heise LED displays spotlight the lighting category in the showroom.

The new SSR North location has a staff of 10 people with office, sales and warehouse staff members. Key brands include KICKER, Pioneer, Kenwood, JVC, Compustar / FirsTech, VOXX and Metra.

“A number of the area dealers attending the Grand Opening commented they were very impressed with the new facility. They immediately noted the investment that was made and saw SSR’s commitment to the future of the 12volt industry” Farr added.

See ssrdistributors.com and reach the new Dallas location by phone 214-396-5959