Alpine Connected with Jeepers at Holiday Bazaar in Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (12.13.19) – Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. attended the 2019 Jeepers Holiday Bazaar at the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th. This new, Holiday-themed Jeep event featured a large selection of vendors, kid-friendly activities and a Holiday-themed Jeep decorating contest that got all attendees into the Holiday spirit.

Alpine sponsored the 2019 “Photos with Santa” station. Event attendees could snap a free kid’s photo with Santa that was located next to Alpine’s Booth on the Showboat Hotel event floor. Alpine offered free giveaways in their booth after a photo with Santa.

The Alpine Jeep was an attention grabber for all who attended the Holiday Bazaar.

The Alpine booth was stocked with the latest vehicle-specific Audio and Video technology, as well as premium sound system upgrades with easy Plug-and-Play installations built to directly fit select Jeep models.

Alpine dealers Proline Car Stereo and Brooklyn Car Audio, from the Metro New York City market, were on site with members of their sales teams. The stock in the booth area was inventory from the dealer’s stock. Will Sullivan, for Proline Car Stereo and Brooklyn Car Audio, stated “This was a terrific event for us. We were able to show the latest Alpine products to a large number of Jeep owners and enthusiasts. The Jeep is such a hot vehicle and Alpine has done such a great job of developing the latest in-vehicle technology designed to be Jeep specific. Jeepers travel and we saw quite a number from the New York City area.”

This Alpine area was set up with a display to demo products.

Making its first Jeep event debut was Alpine’s solution for the new 2018 – Up Jeep Wrangler and 2019 – Up Jeep Gladiator: The 9-inch Weather-Resistant X409-WRA-JL Navigation System with Off-Road Mode. This solution, built for easy, Plug-and-Play installation, enhances the lifestyle of any Jeep driver, from the adventurous Off-Roader to the day-to-day commuter.

The new 9-inch Weather-Resistant X409-WRA-JK Navigation System with Off-Road Mode for the 2011 – 2018 Jeep Wrangler was also on display, where visitors could witness faster screen performance and a new interface that’s designed to deliver an entertaining in-vehicle experience in any driving condition.

Members of the Alpine Team in the Alpine store with Santa. (R to L) Colette Beaudoin, Roy Meyer, Santa, Allie Argenio, & Colin Vargo. Beaudoin is a Sales Rep in the NE. Meyer is the NE Regional Sales Manager. Allie is a Brand Ambassador for Alpine in the Jeep world. Vargo is an Alpine Brand Specialist for New York and New Jersey. Santa is visiting from the North Pole.

All Alpine booth products were showcased in a store-front display that allowed visitors to demo products with an on-site Alpine staff member and find the perfect solution for their Jeep. All products were available for purchase with special, event-only pricing available throughout the duration of the event – perfect for fulfilling a Holiday wish list.

Alpine’s Jeep Wrangler was on-site, loaded with the new X409-WRA-JL, a PSS-22WRA Weather-Resistant Sound System Upgrade, an HCE-TCAM1-WRA Spare Tire Mount Rear-View Camera, and an HCE-C2600FD4 Front View Camera.

Roy Meyer, Alpine Northeast Regional Sales Manager, stated “We interacted with customers and showcased the new Jeep JL platform radio. It was two days of Christmas music and Santa.”

Visit alpine-usa.com for more.

Kicker Marine Audio Went Overboard at the 43rd MRAA

TAMPA, FL (12.12.2019) – Kicker Marine Audio had a major presence at the Marine Retailers Association of America Dealer Week at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa FL December 8th-11th. The MRAA Dealer week is 4 days of education, networking, business solutions and celebration for marine industry professionals. The MRAA is in its 43rd year of producing dealer-focused educational programming.

The Kicker Marine Audio Team set for the day early Wednesday morning, December 11. Jeremy Bale, Colin Wilson and Lori Boyer (L to R).

Jeremy Bale-Marine Audio Brand Manager, Lori Boyer and Colin Wilson traveled from Kicker World HQ in Stillwater OK to work with marine dealers from across the US. Kicker Marine Audio displayed the latest products in the lineup on the show floor and sponsored the evening industry celebration on Tuesday evening along with the band. Over 600 dealers and staff members benefitted from checking out the latest products, taking advantage of the educational platform and enjoyed an entertainment event on Tuesday evening.

At the Tuesday evening festivities, Kicker held a Text Promo. Attendees sent a text to win a set of Kicker earbuds. There were over 200 texts sent.
The Tuesday evening festivities included a band on stage that sponsored by Kicker Marine Audio.

During the Kicker sponsored Tuesday evening activities Kicker offered a free text-based earbud promotion. Over 200 members of the audience participated and will soon be “Livin Loud” with Kicker earbuds.

Marilyn DeMartini and Wanda Kenton Smith, with PR Power, were also on site working to showcase Kicker Marine Audio to the MRAA attendees.

Visit mraa.com and kicker.com for more.

KENWOOD Releases 5 New Receivers with Alexa Built-In

LONG BEACH, CA (12.11.2019) – KENWOOD USA is shipping a refreshed line of 3 double-DIN (2 DIN) and 2 single-DIN (1 DIN) sized audio receivers.  The receivers include the KENWOOD eXcelon DPX594BT (MSRP $219.95) 2 DIN CD Receiver and the KENWOOD eXcelon KDC-X704 (MSRP $209.95) 1 DIN CD Receiver, both with a 2 Year Warranty.  Also included with this release is the KENWOOD DPX504BT (MSRP $219.95) 2 DIN CD Receiver, the KENWOOD KDC-BT778HD (MSRP $199.95) 1 DIN CD Receiver, and the KENWOOD DPX304MBT (MSRP $189.95) 2 DIN non-CD Digital Media Receiver, of which feature value priced KENWOOD quality with a 1 year warranty.

All 5 receivers get a major tech upgrade with the addition of Alexa Built-in! With a connected smartphone and a simple push of the Alexa button on the receiver, drivers can easily access and interact with Alexa – all while keeping their eyes on the road ahead. This completely changes the game for smartphone users, now able to speak to Alexa using simple voice commands to enjoy their favorite music and content from streaming services like the SiriusXM and Pandora mobile apps, get directions to  destinations like the nearest gas station, control smart home devices, and access tens of thousands of Alexa skills. 

The KENWOOD eXcelon KDC-X704 and KENWOOD KDC-BT778HD both feature built-in HD Radio tuners, offering users the convenience of up to three extra HD stations from each frequency that’s being broadcast in digital sound, all with no monthly fees.  All 5 receivers are also SiriusXM-Ready (SiriusXM Connect SXV300 satellite radio tuner required; sold separately), enabling access to hundreds of channels of music, news, sports, talk, and more.

 As always, KENWOOD includes an extensive amount of sound quality features and controls on all receivers, touting a 13 Band EQ, Digital Time Alignment, and dedicated Front/Rear/Sub RCA pre-outs, with enhanced 5-volt pre-outs on eXcelon models.  Technicians will also enjoy the ease of installation when it comes to the new KENWOOD DPX304MBT, offering a Shallow Chassis mounting depth of under 4”, which allows plenty of clearance for some of the more challenging vehicles when mounting depth is a limiting factor.   All 2 DIN models also include a 3-line text display for enhanced visibility and user customization.  Other noteworthy improvements include the latest in Bluetooth sound quality, screen visibility and brightness.   

“In a time where multimedia receivers are seeing the biggest growth in the receiver category, we feel that it’s still important to focus on performance and technology upgrades for our non-multimedia receivers, as there is still a huge opportunity for these products,” said Mike Roberts, VP of Sales and Marketing.  “With enhancements such as Alexa, we can reach a new group of users who may have had no other reason to replace their factory stereo, until now.” 

For detailed information on specific features for each receiver, please view their respective product pages at www.kenwood.com/usa/car

Momentum Marketing on the Road with AudioControl

PROSPER, TX (12.10.2019) – The week of December 2nd Momentum Marketing and AudioControl hit the road in North Texas and Oklahoma with a series of dealer sales calls and two training sessions. Momentum Marketing’s area sales representative Gary Biggs and AudioControl’s National Trainer Matt Palumbo traveled several hundred miles as they made 10 sales calls highlighting the Audio Control lineup. Two scheduled evening AudioControl training meetings added to the very productive swing through Wichita Falls, TX along with Lawton, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, OK.

Dealers attending the AudioControl training at Mobile Phonix in Lawton OK are pictured with raffle prizes. AudioControl’s Matt Palumbo is pictured on the right with Gary Biggs behind the camera.

Dealer stops included Audio Connections, Audio Source and NET Audio in Wichita Falls. Oklahoma stops included Mobile Phonix and High Volume in Lawton followed by 405 Car Audio, Intense Audio Audio and Wheels, Intense Audio and Audio Extreme in Oklahoma City. Car Toys in Tulsa was the final stop.

It was a packed house at the AudioControl training at Car Toys in Tulsa. Car Toys owner Charles Stewart is pictured second from the right along with Matt Palumbo far right. Gary Biggs was the excellent photographer behind the lens.

Biggs offered “We covered a lot of ground and were very well received at each dealer stop as retailers are very excited about AudioControl’s product lineup. At each stop Matt gave an overview of all the Audio Control products and went into depth on how dealers can utilize the new DMRTA. At the trainings at Mobile Phonix in Lawton and Tulsa Matt was able to really go in depth on the DMRTA” for dealers who attended.”

The installation bay at Car Toys was a great set up for the evening AudioControl training. Matt conducted the meeting with a great projector and screen.

The Tulsa AudioControl training was held at Car Toys in Tulsa the evening of December 5th . Owner Charles Stewart and the crew cleared out the installation bay. They set up tables and chairs for the well attended product training. Area dealers attending included the Car Toys staff along with staff members from Audio Advice, Boomers Audio, The Audio Shop and Sallisaw Car Audio.

Gary and Matt’s (L) first selfie was at Audio Connections in Wichita Falls, TX.
Gary and Matt snapped and image at Audio Source in Wichita Falls, TX.

Stewart stated “It was a super meeting. Matt was on point and did a great job covering the AudioControl products. Car Toys recently came back on board with AudioControl and are very happy we did. The meeting lasted over 3 hours and it was very productive for all. We brought in eats and there were raffles for AudioControl prizes. Gary did a great job getting all together for the training at our store.”

Gary and Matt outside Net Audio in Wichita Falls, TX.

Biggs added “The meeting at Car Toys was packed with area dealers around Oklahoma and Arkansas. In the training Matt covered the line and was able to go more in depth on how to utilize all the features on the DMRTA.”

Visit audiocontrol.com and momentumsales.net for more.

Petra and Nakamichi Partner to Distribute High-End 12-Volt Products

EDMOND, OK (12.09.2019) – Petra Industries has announced their new partnership with the Nakamichi Car Audio line of premium car audio products.

LEFT: Master cartons of Nakamichi Car Audio products on pallets.
RIGHT: Nakamichi Car Audio speakers on shelves in the Petra warehouse ready to ship.

Nakamichi is a Japanese consumer electronics brand that first built its reputation for excellence with its high-quality and innovative audio cassette and reel-to-reel tape decks. In later years, Nakamichi provided OEM car audio components for high-end luxury cars as well as sold top-quality head units for aftermarket sales. After years of absence, Nakamichi Car Audio is now returning to the U.S. market.

“Nakamichi has a reputation for high-quality products,” said Tate Morgan, Petra President. “We are excited to be partnering with Nakamichi as they return to the United States car audio market, and we are confident Nakamichi will quickly re-establish themselves as a premium brand. Nakamichi is an excellent addition to the Petra lineup of quality 12-volt products, and we are especially pleased to be one of their select distributors.”

“We are pleased to welcome Petra as one of our select regional Nakamichi distributors,” stated Robin McNeal, Nakamichi Car Audio National Sales Manager.

Be sure to see Nakamichi at the CES 2020 booth 3621 North Hall LVCC.

Petra carries over two dozen Nakamichi products, including DVD, CD, and mechless car receivers, subwoofers, amps, car speakers, car cameras, and dash cams. There are also several system packages of single-DIN receivers and speakers.

To learn more about Nakamichi Car Audio products, visit order.petra.com

DS18 in the 36th Annual Santa’s Parade of the Elves

SOUTH MIAMI, FL (12.06.2019) – DS18 rocked along the parade route in the 36th Annual Santa’s Parade of the Elves on Sunday, December 1st, in South Miami. Along the 8 block parade DS18’s 2 Jeeps plus a Camaro and two additional vehicles to let all know at DS18 “We Like It Loud.”

DS18 rolled down the parade route packed with excited kids jumping and waving with big smiles on their faces.

A number of schools in the Miami area came together to celebrate. The streets were filled with floats, horses, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and marching bands along with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 

DS18 Jeeps and a Camaro ready to roll down the parade route.

DS18 Team members Rob and his young son along with Gustavo, Yohan, Yeri and Mari enjoyed the very warm sunny day and Holiday Festivities.

DS18 staff members with family plus Parade Court and friends pictured after the Santa’s Parade of the Elves concluded.

Rob Ferro, Mr DS18, stated “The parade was such a great event. Seeing kids along the parade that were so happy. They were waving, jumping up and down with big smiles on their faces. We were playing Christmas music in our DS18 vehicles and that added to the Christmas parade atmosphere.
Grand Marshals of the Santa’s Parade of the Elves were local NBC 6 reporters Julia and Marissa Bagg.”

Visit ds18.com for more.

Jeeps on the Run Toys for Tots Gathered 4,800 Toys

CHICAGO, IL (12.04.2019) – The 7th Annual Toys for Tots Run, presented by Jeeps on the Run, was a HOME RUN! Nearly 700 Jeeps, and a crowd estimated at 2000 Jeepers, were on site at Napleton’s Northwest Jeep Dealership in Chicago IL for the event on Sunday, December 1.

This overhead shows Jeeps filling the Napleton’s Jeep dealership. More Jeeps were parked across the street.

Mike Missak, the driving force behind and coordinating the event, stated “4800 toys were donated along with $20,000 in merchandise. Two 7-ton Marine Reserve trucks were needed to haul away the toys. We thank Alpine for donating 2 new in-dash X409-WRA-JL Navigation Systems. The success of this event is always a community effort and we thank all for everyone’s support.”

The Napleton’s Jeep showroom was wall-to-wall Jeepers.
Chris Reavis conducted demos throughout the day in this Jeep decked with Alpine.

Missak owns a local specialty retail business Insomnia LED in the Chicago suburb of McHenry. Insomnia LED provides professional work geared to best lighting for cars, trucks, motorcycles, side-by-sides and marine. Missak started the Annual Toys for Tots Jeeps on the Run event 6 years ago and there were 35 Jeeps at the initial event. “We didn’t know what to expect with the first event. At that time we saw the opportunity to help bring some Christmas cheer to youngsters in need. As this Toys for Tots event grew we had a lot of help along the way and we are very grateful to all those who have helped grow this annual event” Missak added.

These 2 Marine Reserve 7-Ton Trucks hauled away 4800 toys.
Mike Missak’s children hold a Certificate of Appreciation from the local Marine reserve as volunteers and Marine Reserve members gathered for a photo.

Alpine staff members on site at Napleton’s Jeep included Dan Sparks and Chris Reavis along with area Alpine representative Rob Osheaski-Echo Sales. Reavis, Alpine Brand Specialist, provided demos to members of the huge crowd throughout the day in Napleton’s packed showroom.

Alpine was set to demo products and the only vendor in the Napleton’s showroom.

Osheaski related to 12volt News “The Jeeps on the Run Toys for Tots event was really amazing. It’s hard for many people to believe there were nearly 700 Jeeps at any event. When people see the images they believe and say WOW. The Napleton’s huge showroom was absolutely filled with Jeepers from wall-to-wall. Having that many people experience Alpine products for their Jeeps was tremendous. Having Chris doing demos of the Alpine system in the Jeep in the showroom was huge. Dan, and I, spent the day answering questions for members of the crowd about Alpine gear for their Jeeps.”

Wall-To-Wall Jeeps in the Napleton’s parking lot.

A big 12volt News ‘Hat’s Off’ to all who contributed to this very successful Toys for Tots event.

Visit jeepsontherun.weebly.com and toysfortots.org for more.