New Axxess Camera Switching Interface and Plug-n-Play Harnesses are in Stock and Shipping

Feb 21, 2018

Holly Hill, FL - February, 2018 – A solution to make aftermarket camera integration into the factory radio much easier is now shipping from Axxess Integrate®, the leader in vehicle interfacing solutions. The universal AX-ADDCAM interface and three plug-n-play harnesses for select Hyundai, Kia, Ford and Chrysler vehicle applications that were introduced at CES 2018 are now in stock. The Mazda Plug-n-Play Harness, AX-ADDCAM-MAZ2, is coming soon.
 
 These new products solve installer challenges when integrating aftermarket cameras to the OEM radio. For applications with an existing backup camera that are adding front and side cameras to the OEM radio, the AX-ADDCAM camera switching interface will provide up to three additional camera inputs to the factory radio and still retain the factory camera. AX-ADDCAM interface technology allows the cameras to function automatically for parking assistance, when commands are available on the CANBUS. In this instance, no human interaction is required to display the camera feeds, unless desired to do so. If the factory system does not already include a rearview camera, the AX-ADDCAM interface can also be used to add up to four CAN activated camera inputs to the factory radio.
 
The AX-ADDCAM is a universal interface with a programmable 12-volt 5-amp switched output that is configurable through the AXXESSUPDATER PC. It has Vehicle Speed Sense input and output, and programmable analog camera control wires that are also configurable through the AXXESSUPDATER PC. It is also Micro “B” updatable.
 
 
 
AX-ADDCAM Plug-n-Play Harnesses Now Shipping
Plug-n-play harnesses save installers valuable time during the installation process. Four solutions were introduced that are used with the AX-ADDCAM; the AX-ADDCAM-CH4 for Chrysler 2010-2017 applications and the AX-ADDCAM-CH5 for Chrysler 2013-2017 applications. The AX-ADDCAM-FD1 is for Ford 2011-2017 applications. The AX-ADDCAM-MAZ2 for Mazda 2014 and up* vehicle applications is coming soon, while the other three are in stock now. *Visit AxxessInterfaces.com for technical documents, instructions and up-to-date vehicle-specific applications for each product. For pricing and availability, please contact the Metra sales team.
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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Metra to Provide Vendor Training for New Dash Kits and Axxess Products at KnowledgeFest

Feb 12, 2018

 
Holly Hill, FL - February, 2018 – Metra Electronics®, the leading manufacturer of aftermarket automotive solutions, will be at KnowledgeFest in Long Beach, CA from February 23 to 25, 2018 at booth 424 in the Long Beach Convention Center. With the release of more than 200 new products at SEMA and CES combined, Metra Electronics and Axxess have innovative solutions designed to cover an even wider range of vehicle technologies and applications. Metra is hosting a vendor training session to introduce these new products and show installers how they can use these solutions to their advantage.
 
Metra Electronics and Axxess New Product Training
Metra’s vendor training will take place on Friday, 2/23/18 from 3:00pm - 4:00pm in the Seaside Room and again on Saturday, 2/24/18 from 5:30pm - 6:30pm with Stephanie Carver. Training topics include the new Axxess ADDCAM solution for aftermarket camera integration with the OEM radio and its vehicle-specific plug-n-play harnesses. For applications with an existing backup camera that are adding front and side cameras to the OEM radio, the AX-ADDCAM camera switching interface will provide up to three additional camera inputs to the factory radio and still retain the factory camera. AX-ADDCAM interface technology allows the cameras to function automatically for parking assistance, when commands are available on the CANBUS. In this instance, no human interaction is required to display the camera feeds, unless desired to do so. If the factory system does not already include a rearview camera, the AX-ADDCAM interface can also be used to add up to four CAN activated camera inputs to the factory radio. 
 
This session will also cover the new Axxess radio replacement interfaces with MOST25 amplifier retention. These new interfaces provide accessory 12-volt power and NAV outputs, retain steering wheel controls, retain the OEM amplifier and will retain chimes, when present. They utilize Axxess’ revolutionary ASWC-1 technology along with a fiber optic interface that allows coverage into the MOST 25 vehicle applications. The MOST25 radio replacement interfaces utilize the backup camera input of the aftermarket radio to display personalization menus and, if equipped, the sonar sensors.
 
The new Axxess AX-DSP plug-n-play packages and T-harnesses introduced at CES 2018 will also be covered in the training. AX-DSP packages now cover select applications with SPDIF or MOST50 digitally amplified systems and include the patent-pending Digital Signal Processor (AX-DSP) by Axxess, a vehicle-specific T-harness and amplifier bypass harness. The number of T-harnesses available for the AX-DSP have also doubled, as this new product has helped fill a gap in the market. The AX-DSP, which began shipping in the summer of 2017, already works with a wide range of vehicle applications, including non-amplified vehicles that do not have chimes. For amplified vehicles or vehicles with chimes, see the AX-DSP application chart for more information. The AX-DSP is a cost effective solution for customers who want to retain their factory radio and improve their vehicle sound quality, while still retaining systems like SYNC® or OnStar®. This digital signal processor sets itself apart with on-board digital amplifier turn-on capability, chime retention with volume control, and fully adjustable 31 band graphic EQ with time delay. All features and adjustments are controlled via Bluetooth® to the Axxess smartphone application, available for iOS and Android devices.
 
Metra’s latest TurboTactile dash kits with integrated electronics that debuted at CES 2018 will also be covered in the training. The TurboTactile dash kits feature factory style hard buttons, etched graphics, LCD knobs, and integrated electronics that retain most vehicle customization features.
 
Attendees will also learn about Metra’s popular TubroTouch dash kits with an integrated 4.3” touchscreen and user interface that retains and controls most of the climate and vehicle customization functions that are normally lost when removing the factory radio. The TurboTouch smart interface technology automatically detects the vehicle’s features. Steering wheel functionality is retained and the patent-pending touchscreen design also retains the factory safety features, including backup camera.
 
Register Now for KnowledgeFest
To learn more about these products, please register to attend KnowledgeFest and sign up for the Metra and Axxess new product training at: http://knowledgefest.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=113&Itemid=332
 
Non-member pricing is $249 for the first registration, and each additional registrant is free. Metra customers can contact their sales representative for a VIP code for free registration to this event.
 
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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New Turbo2 Kits and Speaker Adapter Debuts from Metra Electronics at CES 2018

Jan 6, 2018

 
Holly Hill, FL - January 9, 2018 – In addition to a wide range of TurboKits®, TurboTouch™ and the all-new TurboTactile™ Kits, Metra Electronics® is also introducing two new Turbo2 Kits and a speaker adapter at CES 2018. The new kits and speaker adapters will be on display at booth #5211 in the North Hall from January 9-12, 2018.
 
Turbo2 Kits for Kia Niro and Nissan Maxima
Turbo2 Kits feature integrated electronics that retain the climate controls and most of the driver customization features functions normally lost after removing the factory radio. The 99-7382B is for the Kia Niro 2017 and up*, with parts included for the installation of both Single-DIN and Double-DIN radios. It features laser etched graphics for the climate controls. This kit is painted to match the factory finish, and is anticipated to begin shipping in the spring of 2018. The 99-7633 is a Turbo2 Kit for the Nissan Maxima 2009-2014 models with the optional Tech Package. It features integrated circuit boards and buttons that retain the climate controls and most of the driver customization menus. It is designed for both Single-DIN and Double-DIN radio installations, and built and painted to match the factory color and appearance.
 
Speaker Adapter for Fiat 500
Metra Electronics is introducing a speaker adapter for Fiat 500 2017 and up* models. The 82-6544 features a break-away tab design that allows flexibility for installation of aftermarket 6” to 6 ¾” speakers in the front doors. It includes one pair of adapters.
 
See All of the New Products at CES
See all of the new dash kit solutions and speaker adapters at the Metra Electronics booth #5211 in the North Hall. Details for all of the new products are in the Metra Electronics 2018 New Products Guide, which will be available to download at MetraOnline.com on January 9, 2018. *Visit MetraOnline.com for up-to-date vehicle specific applications.
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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Metra Introduces New TurboKits for BMW, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche at CES 2018

Jan 6, 2018

Holly Hill, FL - January, 2018 – Metra Electronics® is introducing new dash kits for select BMW, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche models at CES booth #5211 in the North Hall. These new radio replacement solutions for will join the extensive TurboKits product line, and are just part of the 38 new kits being introduced at CES for 2018.
 
New TurboKits for BMW
Three new kits for select BMW 1 and 5 Series models will be available from Metra Electronics. The 95-9314B is designed specifically for Double-DIN installations in the BMW 5 Series (E60) 2004-2010 models, and is painted to match the factory finish. The 95-9315B is for the BMW 1 Series (E81, E82, E87, and E88) 2008-2013 non-navigation models with auto climate controls. The 95-9316B is for the same series, but designed for models with manual climate controls. Both kits are specifically designed for Double-DIN installations, and are painted to match the factory finish.
 
New TurboKits for Land Rover
            Metra’s line of TurboKits will now cover even more Land Rover vehicle applications. The 99-9402B is for the Land Rover Range Rover 2003-2009 models, with parts included for the installation of both Single-DIN and Double-DIN radios, and is painted scratch-resistant matte black to match the factory finish. For the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 2012 and up* models, the 95-9403B is designed specifically for the installation of Double-DIN radios, and is painted to match the factory finish. The 95-9404B is for Land Rover LR2 2008-2012, LR3 2005-2009, and the Range Rover Sport 2006-2009 models. It is designed specifically for the installation of Double-DIN radios, and is painted to match the factory finish.
 
New TurboKits for Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz owners will now have more dash kit solutions for radio upgrades. The 99-8725B is for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2012-2015 models, and is designed for the installation of both Single-DIN and Double-DIN radio installations. The kit is painted scratch-resistant matte black to match the factory finish. Two new kits for the Mercedes-Benz S Class 2003-2006 models are designed specifically for the installation of Double-DIN radios. The 95-8726W has a wood grain finish, and the 95-8726B is black to match the factory finish. For the Mercedes-Benz CL Class 2003-2006 models, the 95-8727W has a wood grain finish, and the 95-8727B is painted black to match the factory finish. Both kits are designed specifically for Double-DIN radio installations.
 
New TurboKit for the Porsche Boxster/Cayman
Porsche owners will be excited for the 95-9670B, designed for the Porsche Boxster/Cayman (981) 2013-2016 models. This kit is designed specifically for the installation of Double-DIN radios and is painted to match the factory finish.
 
See All of the New Kits at CES
See all of the new dash kit solutions at the Metra Electronics booth #5211 in the North Hall. Details for all of the new kits are in the Metra Electronics 2018 New Products Guide, which will be available to download at MetraOnline.com on January 9, 2018. *Visit MetraOnline.com for up-to-date vehicle specific applications.
 
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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New Axxess Radio Replacement Solutions for Vehicle Personalization Menu Retention at 2018 CES

Jan 5, 2018

Holly Hill, FL - January, 2018 – Axxess by Metra Electronics® is introducing ten new vehicle-specific personalization menu retention products at CES this year. These integration solutions are designed for retaining personalization menus and other OE features (which vary by vehicle), when replacing the factory radio. They provide 12-volt 10-amp accessory power, retain chimes (when provided by the OEM), retain the factory screen, retain customization and personalization menus, retain the climate control display when needed, and retain steering wheel controls. NAV outputs for parking brake, reverse, mute and speed sense are also provided. These solutions are also Micro “B” USB updatable. New solutions for select Fiat, Jeep, Land Rover, and Volkswagen vehicle applications will be on display at CES booth #5211 in the North Hall, from January 9-12, 2018.
 
Solutions for Fiat
The XSVI-6524-BT is for Fiat 2013 and up* vehicle applications, and can be used in either non-amplified or amplified models. A pre-wired ASWC-1 harness is included for use with the Axxess ASWC-1 (sold separately). It also retains R.A.P. (retained accessory power), balance and fade, and retains the 3.5mm AUX-IN jack. This solution retains the factory backup camera if displayed through the OEM radio. If using a custom Bluetooth® app like the AX-CUSTOM-BT, it allows the ability to manipulate the vehicle customization settings via a smartphone app that are usually lost when adding an aftermarket radio.
 
The AX-FT901 is for Fiat 2014 and up* and the AX-FT902 is for Fiat 2015 and up* vehicle applications, and can be used in non-amplified models. These two solutions will retain the factory screen but not the OEM camera.
 
Jeep 2016 and up* Solution
The AX-JP901 is for Jeep 2016 and up* vehicle applications, and can be used in non-amplified models. Personalization menu retention is done through the reverse camera input on the aftermarket radio. It retains the factory screen, however the OEM camera is not retained.
 
Solutions for Land Rover
The AX-LR9012 is for Land Rover 2011-2015 and the AX-LR902 is for Land Rover 2014 and up* vehicle applications and can be used in non-amplified or amplified models. In addition to the specifications listed, the AX-LR903 is for Land Rover 2011-2014 and the AX-LR904 is for Land Rover 2006-2014 applications, and both will also retain the factory AUX-IN jack. Personalization menu retention is done through the reverse camera input on the aftermarket radio. All four of the new solutions will retain the factory screen, however the OEM camera is not retained.
 
Solutions for Volkswagen
The AX-VW901 is for Volkswagen 2008-2016 vehicle applications and the AX-VW903 is for 2015 and up* vehicle applications. Personalization menu retention is done through the reverse camera input on the aftermarket radio. The factory screen is retained but additional parts are required to retain the OEM camera.
 
Visit Axxess to Learn More
Technical specifications vary for each vehicle-specific product, and are listed in the Axxess 2018 New Product Guide or at AxxessInterfaces.com. See all of the new products from Metra’s 12 volt brands at CES booth #5211 in the North Hall.
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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Metra PowerSports Introduces New Whip Antennas with RGB and Single Color Lights at 2018 CES

Jan 5, 2018

Holly Hill, FL - January, 2018 – Metra PowerSports® is introducing twenty new whip antennas to their product line at CES booth #5211. These lighted safety whips provide visibility when heading off-road, alerting other drivers with a brightly lit antenna and orange flag. The whip antennas have a universal base that is detachable for easy storage, designed for ATVs, UTVs, dune buggies, quads, side-by-sides, go-karts and other powersports applications. Options are available for RGB or single colors, with fiber optic or LED whip antennas in four foot or six foot lengths. Designed for dust, mud and the rough use of off-road applications, all of the whip antennas are bendable and have a virtually unbreakable, weather-resistant polycarbonate cover. An orange safety flag is included.
 
Built-in Controller or MPS Control Box Options for RGB Whips
Both the fiber optic (MPS-CFORGBWHIP4-1, MPS-CFORGBWHIP6-1) and LED (MPS-CRGBWHIP4-1, MPS-CRGBWHIP6-1) whip antennas are available with a built-in controller. Additional fiber optic and LED whip antennas without the built-in controller are available to be used with the Metra PowerSports RGB Control Box (MPS-RGBC-4), which is sold separately. The MPS-RGBWHIP4-1, MPS-RGBWHIP6-1, MPS-FORGBWHIP4-1 and MPS-FORGBWHIP6-1 antennas plug directly into the waterproof Metra PowerSports RGB Control Box, which provides power and allows the multi-colored RGB lights to be controlled from a free smartphone app. The MPS RGB smartphone app allows the user to choose from unlimited color options to customize their whip antenna from the palm of their hand. Users can choose from 10 speeds and 20 dynamic modes, and can even flash the LED lights to music via the smartphone’s Bluetooth® feature.
 
Single Color Whips
Both the LED and fiber optic whip antennas are also available in single colors, for blue, green, orange, pink, red and white. These options are available in four or six foot lengths.
 
Expanding the Metra PowerSports Line
“We’ve already introduced a wide range of aftermarket ATV and UTV solutions for 2018, to meet the growing demand of the powersports market,” says William Repicky, a product manager who develops new solutions for 12 volt brands by Metra Electronics®. “From our new RGB Can Speakers, Micro-Amplifiers, Overhead Console, Dome Light Fixture, Bluetooth Controller and Rock Lights, to our installation accessories, we’ve been expanding our product line with easy to install, versatile solutions. Our new whip antennas will withstand the elements, provide visibility and safety, and offer a way for drivers to customize their off-road vehicles,” Repicky added.
 
See all of the new whip antennas, along with many of the new Metra PowerSports products at the Metra Electronics booth #5211 in the North Hall at CES, January 9-12, 2018. The 2018 Metra PowerSports catalog is available to download at MetraOnline.com, and these new products will be shown in the Metra Electronics CES New Product Guide, available for download on opening day of the show.
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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Metra Electronics Introduces New 6-Channel RCAs for T-Spec and Raptor

Jan 5, 2018

Holly Hill, FL - January, 2018 – T-Spec and Raptor by Metra Electronics are both adding new 6-channel RCAs to their car audio product lines at CES 2018. T-Spec’s new v10 Series Audio Cables feature dual twist for improved noise rejection and an ultra-flexible PVC blended jacket. T-Spec’s patented, high-tolerance, compact, machined metal end uses a quad-split tip for maximum contact area. These cables are BC-5W2 marine compliant and can can be used on boats and powersports applications. The V10RCA-617 is 17 feet (5.18 meters) and packaged in T-Spec’s signature high-end retail box. T-Spec is best known for their competition rated car audio products built for ultimate performance.
 
Raptor’s new 6-channel RCA audio cables will launch under their Mid Series product line, and feature a dual twist, compact tip design and flexible construction. The RCAs are color coded for easy channel identification. The R4RCA617 is 17 feet (5.18 meters) and offers enhanced sound quality at an affordable price.
 
See both of the new 6-channel RCA audio cables at the Metra Electronics booth #5211 in the North Hall at CES, January 9-12, 2018. These new products will also be available to view online or in the Metra Electronics New Product Guide, which will be released on opening day of the show. Visit TSpecOnline.com and RaptorOnline.com to learn more.
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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Metra Electronics to Launch 30 New TurboKits at CES 2018

Jan 5, 2018

Holly Hill, FL - January, 2018 – Metra Electronics® is launching a total of 38 new dashboard kits for a wide range of vehicle applications at CES. Among them, 30 new TurboKits will be on display at booth #5211 in the North Hall, January 9 -12, 2018. Eight new kits with integrated electronics will also debut at the show; three TurboTouch™ Kits, two TurboTactile™ Kits and two Turbo2® Kits. “Our goal is to offer the highest quality and most comprehensive selection of dashboard kits and radio replacement solutions for installers,” says Colin Ehrhardt, Director of Research and Technical Services at Metra Electronics. “While we look forward to launching many new solutions at SEMA and CES, we continue to introduce new products consistently throughout the year,” Ehrhardt added.
 
New TurboKits for Domestic Vehicles
The 95-3025B is specifically designed for Double-DIN radio installations for Buick Encore (Vauxhall/Opel/Mokka) 2013-2016 models and is painted to match the factory finish. The 95-3004 is for Cadillac Escalade 2002 models and also designed specifically for Double-DIN radio installations. Minor dashboard modifications are needed for this vehicle application, and Metra Electronics has included a cut template with detailed directions for an easy install.
 
            Four new kits for Chevrolet will join Metra’s TurboKit product line. The 95-3009 is designed specifically for Double-DIN radio installations for the Chevrolet Camaro 1993-1996 models. Installation requires minor sub-dashboard modifications and Metra Electronics has included a replacement panel that matches the factory texture, which creates space for the Double-DIN head unit. Detailed directions are included for an easy install. Two new kits for the Chevrolet Trax 2017 and up* models are painted gloss black to match the factory color and finish. The 95-3023HG is designed for Double-DIN radio installations and the 99-3023HG is for Single-DIN radio installations. For Chevrolet Impala 2014 and up* models, the 99-3024B has parts included for Single-DIN and Double-DIN radio installations. It is painted scratch-resistant matte black to match the factory finish.
 
Ford F-250 2017 and up* XL models that are not equipped with a CD player now have a new Metra TurboKit, painted matte black to match the factory color and finish. The 95-5850B is designed specifically for Double-DIN radio installations and the 99-5850B is for Single-DIN radio installations. The 95-6545B is for Jeep Compass 2017 (late production) and up* Sport models, designed specifically for Double-DIN radio installations, and the 99-6545B is for Single-DIN radio installations. Both kits are painted scratch-resistant matte black to match the factory color and finish.
 
New TurboKits for Hyundai, Honda, Mazda and Toyota
New Hyundai radio replacement solutions include the 99-7381 for Hyundai Santa Fe 2008-2009 models with navigation. Parts are included for both Single-DIN and Double-DIN radio installations. For Hyundai Sonata 2018 and up* models, the 95-7383 is designed specifically for the installation of Double-DIN radios and the 99-7383 is for Single-DIN radio installations. Both kits are painted to match the factory color and finish.
 
New kits for the Honda CRV 2017 and up* LX models are painted gloss black to match the factory color and finish. The 95-7817HG is designed specifically for Double-DIN radio installations and the 99-7817HG is for Single-DIN radio installations. For Mazda 5 2006-2010 models with navigation, the 99-7525S is designed for Single-DIN and Double-DIN radio installations. It is painted silver to match the factory finish.
 
The 99-8266 is for the Toyota Camry 2018 and up* models, designed to match the factory finish with parts included for Single-DIN and Double-DIN radio installations. This kit is anticipated to begin shipping in the spring of 2018. For the Toyota Matrix 2013, the 99-8267 has parts included for Single-DIN and Double-DIN radio installations.
 
 
Additional New TurboKits for European Models
Twelve new TurboKits for select Land Rover, BMW, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz models will also be introduced at CES, in addition to a new speaker adapter. See all of the new radio replacement dashboard solutions at the Metra Electronics booth #5211 in the North Hall. Details for all of the new kits are in the Metra Electronics 2018 New Products Guide, which will be available to download at MetraOnline.com on January 9, 2018. *Visit MetraOnline.com for up-to-date vehicle specific applications.
 
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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Axxess New Radio Interfaces for BMW, Mercedes, Land Rover, Porsche and Volvo MOST25 & SPDIF Systems

Jan 5, 2018

New Solutions for Amplifier Retention Also Added to the Product Line
 
Holly Hill, FL - January, 2018 – Axxess Integrate® is launching fourteen new radio replacement interfaces at CES this year, with several solutions for MOST25 and SPDIF vehicle technologies that will cover a wide range of European luxury vehicles. These new interfaces provide accessory 12-volt power and NAV outputs, retain steering wheel controls, retain the OEM amplifier and will retain chimes, when present. They utilize Axxess’ revolutionary ASWC-1 technology along with a new fiber optical cable that allows coverage into the MOST25 vehicle applications. The MOST25 radio replacement interfaces utilize the backup camera input of the aftermarket radio to display personalization menus and, if equipped, the sonar sensor. Two additional interfaces for amplifier retention will also be introduced at the show.
 
New Radio Replacement Interfaces
Axxess will launch two new solutions for BMW; the AX-BM90122 MOST25 radio replacement interface for BMW 2004-2013 vehicle applications and the AX-BM9112 Harmon Kardon radio replacement interface for BMW 2001-2006 vehicle applications. Four new MOST25 radio replacement interfaces for Land Rover will be introduced. The AX-LR90082 is for Land Rover 2006-2012 vehicle applications, the AX-LR90092 for 2005-2013, the AX-LR90102 for 2006-2014, and the AX-LR90112 for 2010 and up* vehicle applications. For Mercedes-Benz vehicle applications, two new MOST25 radio replacement interfaces will be available; the AX-MC90082 for Mercedes 2005-2011 and the AX-MC90132 for Mercedes 2002-2009 applications. The AX-VL90032 radio replacement interface is for Volvo 2004-2014 vehicle applications and the AX-VL90042 is for the same applications, but for vehicles with rear parking sensors only.
 
Four new interfaces for older model Porsche applications will also be joining the Axxess product line. The AX-P090032 is a MOST25 radio replacement interface for Porsche 2002-2007 vehicle applications and the AX-P090042 is a MOST25 radio replacement interface for 2007-2010 vehicle applications. For Porsche 2004-2009 vehicle applications, the AX-P090052 and the AX-P0904 are new radio replacement interfaces.
 
New Amplifier Retention Interfaces
To retain OE functionality when installing an aftermarket amplifier, the GMOS-MOST-02 is designed for use in MOST50 amplified applications for GM 2014 and up* vehicle applications. This interface retains features for text message reading, navigation prompts and OnStar®/OEM Bluetooth®. It also retains R.A.P. (retained accessory power), warning chimes, the factory 3.5mm auxiliary input, factory backup camera and balance. This interface provides NAV outputs for parking, brake, reverse, mute and speed sense. It has adjustable gain control for overall volume with a high level speaker input. The GMOS-MOST-02 provides 12-volt 10-amp accessory power and is Micro “B” USB updatable. A pre-wired ASWC-1 harness is included, but the ASWC-1 is sold separately.
 
The AX-HYKIA-SPDIF is an amplifier retention interface for Hyundai/Kia 2012 and up* vehicle applications. It is designed for amplified systems only, and must be used with the AX-HYKIA1-SWC or AX-HYKIA2-SWC.
 
Visit Axxess at CES to Learn More
See all of the new products from Axxess and Metra’s 12 volt brands at CES booth #5211 in the North Hall. These solutions will also be shown in the Axxess New Product Guide for 2018, available for download on opening day of the show. *Visit AxxessInterfaces.com for instructions, technical specifications and up-to-date, vehicle specific applications for these products.
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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New Axxess AX-DSP Packages and Plug-N-Play T-Harnesses to be Introduced at 2018 CES

Jan 4, 2018

New Patent-Pending Technology Creates an All-in-One Solution Designed for Select Hyundai/Kia and GM Vehicles with MOST50 or SPDIF Digitally Amplified Systems
 
Holly Hill, FL - January, 2018 – Axxess® will introduce two new all-in-one AX-DSP Packages at this year’s CES, designed to retain the OE functionality for digitally amplified systems. Packages include the patent-pending Digital Signal Processor (AX-DSP) by Axxess, a vehicle-specific T-harness and amplifier bypass harness. For Hyundai/Kia 2010 and up* vehicles with SPDIF digitally amplified systems, the AX-DSP-HYKIA2 will retain the ability to work with the SPDIF digitally amplified system, and includes the AX-DSP and a plug-n-play harness. For GM 2014 and up* vehicles with MOST50 digitally amplified systems, the AX-DSP-MOST1 will retain the ability to work with the MOST50 digitally amplified system, and includes the AX-DSP and a plug-n-play harness. It will retain features like text message reading, navigation prompts and OnStar®. For both of the AX-DSP Packages, the amplifier does not need to be retained and installation of the AX-DSP must be done at the amplifier location.
 
AX-DSP Plug-N-Play T-Harnesses
Axxess is doubling their current line of AX-DSP Plug-N-Play T-Harnesses, by introducing nine new solutions at CES for select Chrysler, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Mazda, and Toyota applications. These vehicle-specific T-harnesses will significantly reduce the AX-DSP installation time for installers.
 
New for 2018:
AX-DSP-CH3 for Chrysler 2011-2014
AX-DSP-HON1 for Honda 2010-2014
AX-DSP-HON2 for Honda 2016 and up*
AX-DSP-HYKIA1 for Hyundai/Kia 2010 and up*
AX-DSP-HYKIA3 for Hyundai/Kia 2016 and up*
AX-DSP-MAZ1 for Mazda 2010 and up*
AX-DSP-NIS1 for Nissan 2007 and up*
AX-DSP-NIS2 for Nissan 2010 and up*
AX-DSP-TY1 for Toyota 2003 and up*
 
*View up-to-date vehicle specific applications at AxxessInterfaces.com.
 
The AX-DSP Fills a Gap in the Market
The AX-DSP is a cost effective solution for customers who want to retain their factory radio and improve their vehicle sound quality, while still retaining systems like SYNC® or OnStar®. This digital signal processor sets itself apart with on-board digital amplifier turn-on capability, chime retention with volume control, and fully adjustable 31 band graphic EQ with time delay. All features and adjustments are controlled via Bluetooth® to the Axxess smartphone application, available for iOS and Android devices. The AX-DSP, which began shipping in the summer of 2017, already works with a wide range of vehicle applications, including non-amplified vehicles that do not have chimes. For amplified vehicles or vehicles with chimes, see the AX-DSP application chart for more information.
 
Now, with the addition of these nine new T-harnesses, the AX-DSP can be installed into a wide range of vehicles, even faster than before. With the introduction of two new AX-DSP Packages, a complete solution is available for the digitally amplified MOST50 and SPDIF systems for select and Hyundai/Kia and GM applications. To learn more about the AX-DSP features, visit AxxessDSP.com. To view instructions, technical specifications and the AX-DSP application chart, visit AxxessInterfaces.com.
 
AX-DSP Demonstrations at CES
Two AX-DSP demonstrations will be offered each day on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11am and 2pm at Metra’s CES booth #5211 in the North Hall, 1/9 to 1/11. Attendees will see a live demo of the AX-DSP in a digitally amplified system and learn how installation using the AX-DSP compares to traditional DSP installation, saving the installer both time and money. Those interested in attending should visit https://www.weare12volt.com/training for more information. See all of the new 2018 products from Metra’s 12 volt brands at CES booth #5211 in the North Hall.
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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Metra Electronics to Introduce New TurboTouch Dashboard Kits at CES 2018

Jan 4, 2018

Premium Dash Kits for Ford Edge 2015 and up* and Lexus RX300 1999 - 2003
 
Holly Hill, FL - January 3, 2018 – Metra Electronics® is debuting three new premium dashboard kits with integrated electronics that will join the TurboTouch™ Kit product line in 2018. These new kits will be featured in a working display at CES booth #5211 in the North Hall.
 
The 99-5851CH is for Ford Edge 2015 and up* models with the factory 4.2” screen. This versatile design with multiple panels allows for installation of the radio or touchscreen in the upper or lower area of the kit. The 99-5851CH has an integrated hazard button and passenger airbag indicator. It is painted to match the factory appearance and is anticipated to begin shipping in spring of 2018.
 
The 99-8164B is for Lexus RX300 1999 - 2003 models. This kit is custom textured and painted to match the factory finish, and also available in a tan finish as the 99-8164T. Both of these TurboTouch kits are anticipated to begin shipping in the summer of 2018.
 
Metra’s TurboTouch Kits feature an integrated 4.3” touchscreen and user interface that retains and controls most of the climate and vehicle customization functions that are normally lost when removing the factory radio. Their smart interface technology automatically detects the vehicle’s features. Steering wheel functionality is retained and the patent-pending touchscreen design also retains the factory safety features, including backup camera. TurboTouch™ Kits feature 8 backlit buttons with more than 250 customizable color options, with parts included for Single-DIN and Double-DIN radio installations. TurboTouch kits are proudly made in the USA.
 
See a working display of the dash kits at the Metra Electronics CES booth #5211 in the North Hall from January 9 - 12, 2018 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. All of Metra’s new kits can also be viewed in the Metra Electronics 2018 New Products Guide, which will be available to download at MetraOnline.com on January 9, 2018.
 
*Visit MetraOnline.com for up-to-date vehicle specific applications.
 
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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Axxess Unveils New Camera Switching Interface with Plug-N-Play Harnesses at 2018 CES

Jan 4, 2018

Install Multiple CAN Activated Cameras Feeds to the Factory Radio
 
Holly Hill, FL - January, 2018 – Axxess Integrate®, the leader in vehicle interfacing solutions, is introducing a new AX-ADDCAM interface and vehicle-specific plug-n-play harnesses at CES. These new products will solve installer challenges when integrating aftermarket cameras to the OEM radio. For applications with an existing backup camera that are adding front and side cameras to the OEM radio, the AX-ADDCAM camera switching interface will provide up to three additional camera inputs to the factory radio and still retain the factory camera. AX-ADDCAM interface technology allows the cameras to function automatically for parking assistance, when commands are available on the CANBUS. In this instance, no human interaction is required to display the camera feeds, unless desired to do so. If the factory system does not already include a rearview camera, the AX-ADDCAM interface can also be used to add up to four CAN activated camera inputs to the factory radio.
 
The AX-ADDCAM is a universal interface with a programmable 12-volt 5-amp switched output that is configurable through the AXXESSUPDATER PC. It has Vehicle Speed Sense input and output, and programmable analog camera control wires that are also configurable through the AXXESSUPDATER PC. It is also Micro “B” updatable.
 
“We’re solving the integration challenge that installers face when consumers want to add multiple aftermarket camera inputs to view on their factory radio. To work with the OEM vehicle technology, we’ve developed a universal interface that works seamlessly with the factory system. Our goal is to save the installer time and allow them to provide a safer, yet affordable, driving experience for their customers,” says Juan Lugo, Director of Axxess. Vehicle safety presents a major opportunity for installers. The latest SEMA Advanced Vehicle Technology Opportunities report states that “in the short term, retail installers can anticipate growing opportunities for integrating safety cameras, radars and related devices and software into fleet and older-model vehicles as consumers learn to expect and rely on such features in their newer cars. However, the SEMA Advanced Vehicle Technology Opportunities report projects all aftermarket sales and service channels to evolve significantly over the next five to 10 years.” The report refers to the aftermarket potential to retrofit older vehicles and lower new-model trim levels along with the increasing consumer awareness and interest in ADAS as factors that will help grow aftermarket safety opportunities for installers.
 
AX-ADDCAM Plug-N-Play Harnesses
Four new plug-n-play harnesses for the AX-ADDCAM interface will be introduced at CES for select Chrysler, Ford and Mazda vehicle applications. The AX-ADDCAM-CH4 is for Chrysler 2010-2017 applications and the AX-ADDCAM-CH5 is for Chrysler 2013-2017 applications. The AX-ADDCAM-FD1 is for Ford 2011-2017 applications and the AX-ADDCAM-MAZ2 is for Mazda 2014 and up* applications. Also known as T-harnesses, these new plug-n-play solutions will save the installer time when installing the AX-ADDCAM interface with additional aftermarket cameras. iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems by Metra Electronics will also have many new advanced driver assistance systems and vehicle cameras for 2018. See all of the new products from Axxess and Metra’s 12 volt brands at CES booth #5211 in the North Hall.
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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Axxess Introduces Improved AX-Series Steering Wheel Control Technology at 2018 CES

Jan 3, 2018

Holly Hill, FL - January, 2018 – Axxess® by Metra Electronics® is reintroducing improved technology for thirteen vehicle-specific radio replacement interfaces in their AX-Series at CES booth #5211 in the North Hall. The AX-Series features proprietary, built-in steering wheel control technology, now with new and improved features. The patented Axxess auto-detect technology provides an easy to install solution with one interface that will do it all. A new reset button improves the initialization process, located between the two Micro-Fit™ connectors. This placement prevents the button from accidentally being pressed, but also provides a much easier way for installers to reset the interface, when needed.
 
The AX-Series provides accessory power for 12-volt, 10-amp, retains R.A.P. (Retained Accessory Power) and retains audio controls on the steering wheel. Depending on the vehicle, SYNC or OnStar may also be retained. The interface can be installed in both amplified and non-amplified models, and provides NAV outputs for parking brake, reverse and speed sense. The interface is updatable by Micro “B” USB. All harnessing is cloth taped for a clean installation. Additional interface features will vary by vehicle application, available for Chrysler, Ford, GM, Hyundai/Kia, Mazda and Toyota/Lexus models for select years.
 
AX-Series Radio Replacement Interfaces for Chrysler
Axxess has two solutions for Chrysler, both which provide high level speaker input. The AX-CH013-SWC is for Chrysler models from 2004 and up*. The AX-CH5-SWC is for Chrysler models from 2013 and up*. This specific interface also retains the factory backup camera if it is through the factory radio, and the factory 3.5mm auxiliary input (AUX-IN) jack.
 
AX-Series Radio Replacement Interfaces for Ford
Two interfaces for Ford vehicles will be at CES. Both provide high level speaker input. The AX-FD1-SWC is for Ford models from 2007 and up*, and can be used in non-amplified, amplified, and Sony/THX amplified systems. The AX-FD2-SWC is for Ford models from 2011 and up*.
 
AX-Series Radio Replacement Interfaces for GM
            Axxess will reintroduce four solutions for GM vehicles that retain chimes, OnStar and OEM Bluetooth®. All four interfaces support adjustable volume for OnStar in addition to providing NAV outputs for parking brake, reverse, mute and speed sense. Additional features and specifications vary between the interfaces:
AX-GMCL2-SWC is for GM vehicles from 2000 to 2013
AX-GMLAN11-SWC is for GM vehicles from 2006 to 2012
AX-GMLAN29-SWC is for GM vehicles from 2006 and up*
AX-GMLAN44-SWC is for GM vehicles from 2011 and up*
Visit AxxessInterfaces.com or reference the Axxess New Product Guide to see additional information for each part.
 
AX-Series Radio Replacement Interfaces for Hyundai/Kia
            Two new AX-Series interfaces for Hyundai/Kia vehicles will be available from Axxess, both which work with non-amplified systems, or amplified systems when used with the AX-HYKIA-SPDIF. The AX-HYKIA1-SWC is for Hyundai/Kia 2012 and up* models and the AX-HYKIA2-SWC is for 2013 and up* models.
 
AX-Series Radio Replacement Interface for Mazda
            The AX-MAZ1-SWC is for Mazda vehicles from 2007 to 2015. It retains the balance and fade controls and also retains the ability to change the clock with a service harness. It can be used with either amplified or non-amplified systems.
 
AX-Series Radio Replacement Interface for Toyota/Lexus
            The AX-TYAMP1-SWC is designed for amplified systems for Toyota and Lexus models from 2002 to 2015. The AX-TYAMP2-SWC is designed for JBL amplified systems for Toyota and Lexus vehicles from 2012 and up*. Both interfaces retain balance control.
 
*Visit AxxessInterfaces.com to up-to-date, vehicle specific applications and additional instructions and specifications for the improved AX-Series. See all of the new products from Metra’s 12 volt brands at CES booth #5211 in the North Hall. CES is held January 9 - 12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
 
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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New Axxess Bluetooth Vehicle Customization Interface to Debut at 2018 CES

Jan 3, 2018

Use a Smartphone to Control Vehicle-Specific Personalization Settings Unavailable on the Aftermarket Head Unit
 
Holly Hill, FL - January 2, 2018 – Axxess by Metra Electronics® is introducing a Bluetooth enabled vehicle customization interface, the AX-CUSTOM-BT, at CES. This new interface provides access to edit and control settings for many of the most commonly lost vehicle personalization options after changing out the OEM radio. Options will vary by vehicle, but may include settings for locks, security, engine off options, lights, a chime or other audio options that aren’t accessible from the new head unit. Using the Axxess Bluetooth smartphone app, users can manage these settings from the palm of their hand.
 
The AX-CUSTOM-BT is designed as an add-on product for aftermarket radio upgrades when using a vehicle-specific Axxess interface. The vehicle personalization options that are available to control via Bluetooth are specific to each application, and dependent upon what was available in the factory radio prior to removal.
 
“The complexity of OEM and aftermarket radios and the differences among their technology and settings has created a challenge for 12 volt installers. Customers do not want to lose control over their vehicle personalization settings when their factory radio is removed. Our solution allows installers to access and control settings that may have otherwise been lost,” says Juan Lugo, Director of Axxess. “Now, they can confidently upgrade to a new head unit, even if it does not provide access to all of the original personalization menu settings,” Lugo added.
 
The AX-CUSTOM-BT is just one of many new vehicle integration solutions that will be launched by Axxess at CES. See all of the new products from Metra’s 12 volt brands at CES booth #5211 in the North Hall. Attend a 30 minute AX-DSP demonstration at the booth, hosted at 11am and 2pm on 1/9, 1/10 and 1/11. A new product guide from Axxess will also be available at AxxessInterfaces.com on opening day of the show. CES is held January 9 - 12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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Metra Electronics to Introduce New TurboTactile Dashboard Kits at CES 2018

Jan 3, 2018

Premium Dashboard Kits with Factory Style Hard Buttons and LCD Knobs

 
Holly Hill, FL - January, 2018 – Metra Electronics® is adding a new line of premium dashboard kits that feature factory style hard buttons, etched graphics, LCD knobs, and integrated electronics that retain most vehicle customization features. TurboTactile™ Kits will debut at CES 2018 for the Ford Explorer 2011 to 2015 models (99-5852CH), and for the Ford F-150 models from 2015 and up* (99-5849CH). TurboTactile kits feature easy to use rotary knobs with LCD status displays for temperature and fan speed. Additional factory style hard buttons have laser-etched graphics to adjust the factory single-zone climate control systems. The buttons control features that are normally lost after removing the factory radio. Using Metra’s built-in patented interface technology, climate control, safety, and steering wheel control features are retained. The vehicle’s hazard button and passenger airbag indicator have also been integrated into the kit. Both of the new TurboTactile Kits are painted to match the factory finish, and also include installation parts for both Single-DIN and Double-DIN radio installations.
 
“We know that consumers have different vehicle dashboard preferences based on style, functionality, and ease of use. While some drivers prefer the high-tech modern feel of a touchscreen kit. Others prefer hard buttons and knobs that are similar to the factory style buttons that they’ve have grown accustomed to using. We’ve listened to feedback from Installers and have blended the high-tech look and feel of our TurboTouch Kits, with the factory style of hard buttons and knobs that are easy to use,” explains Colin Ehrhardt, Director of Research and Technical Services at Metra Electronics. “The result is our new TurboTactile Kit. It’s sleek, modern, and best of all, still provides our trusted interface technology to retain most of the vehicle personalization features, without having to purchase a separate steering wheel control interface,” he added.
 
TurboTactile Kits are proudly made in the USA, and anticipated to begin shipping by the summer of 2018. These new kits will join the popular Metra product line of TurboKits®, Turbo2® Kits, and TurboTouch™ Kits. See a live demonstration of the TurboTactile Kits on display at the Metra Electronics CES booth #5211 in the North Hall. CES is held January 9 - 12, 2018 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Metra Electronics 2018 New Products Guide will be available to download at MetraOnline.com on January 9, 2018.
 
*Visit MetraOnline.com for up-to-date vehicle specific applications.
 
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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New Pro Commercial Monitor, Jeep Mount and Aftermarket Accessories from iBeam will be at 2018 CES

Dec 29, 2017

Holly Hill, FL - December, 2017 – iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems® by Metra Electronics® has launched a wide range of aftermarket automotive safety solutions for 2018, with even more to debut at CES. In addition to unveiling new high-tech camera systems and commercial pro solutions, their new aftermarket safety accessories will help solve a gap in the market for affordable OEM-style solutions.

          

Pro Commercial 7” HD Monitor - Quad Camera Input
(TE-4HCM-S)
This larger 7” color LCD touchscreen display is an ideal solution for RVs, commercial vans, trucks, and other big vehicles. It provides a high-definition, single view of up to four different camera feeds, with a remote control for toggling between camera views. The display resolution supports both full 1080p and standard definition camera feeds. A dash mount base is included and the monitor has 4 Pin DIN camera input connectors.
 
Rear Spare Tire Bracket with Flush Mount Backup Camera (TE-JPKT)
 for Jeep Wrangler 2007 and up*
This bracket solves the visibility challenge when adding an aftermarket backup camera to Jeep Wrangler 2007 and up* models with a rear spare tire. Designed to mount to the factory studs of the spare wheel, the adjustable bracket creates an inconspicuous solution for the camera to be placed at the optimal position for rearview visibility. This kit includes a ¼” CMOS Flush Mount Backup Camera by iBeam that provides a 110 degree viewing angle and 0.6 lux night vision. The camera is small, unobtrusive, and has high quality metal housing with water resistant construction, rated IP67. *See MetraOnline.com for up-to-date, vehicle-specific information.
 
Roll Bar Mount for Rearview Mirror (TE-RBM)
Attach a rearview mirror to a roll bar in an off-road vehicle with this rugged mount. Designed for off-road applications with a durable powder coat finish. This universal accessory is compatible with most mirrors and includes a unique L bracket that provides a standard mirror base. Three different rings are included in the kit to work with 1.5”, 1.75” or 2” roll bar diameters. Mount to the roll bar and it’s ready to go!
 
Commercial Trailer Connector Cable (TE-CTR3)
This 9.8 foot (3 meter) coiled cable connector won’t hang or drag between the vehicle and trailer like flimsy or loose alternatives on the market. This coiled cable design allows for adjustment to different trailer tongue lengths, to eliminate slack in the line. Creates a durable and tight connection for 4 Pin DIN commercial cameras.
 
HD 4 Pin DIN Extension Cable
10 Meter (TE-HEX10) and 20 Meter (TE-HEX20)
            iBeam’s 10 meter or 20 meter extension cables for 4 pin DIN connections are designed for high-definition commercial cameras. They provide more reach when installing an aftermarket camera system on larger commercial vehicles and tractor trailers.
 
An extensive display of new safety products for 2018 from iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems will be at the Metra Electronics CES booth #5211 in the North Hall. CES is held January 9 - 12, 2018 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more about iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems at iBeamUSA.com.
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems to Introduce a Foot Control Automatic Trunk Opener at 2018 CES

Dec 20, 2017

Holly Hill, FL - December, 2017 – iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems® by Metra Electronics® will debut a new Foot Control Automatic Trunk Opener at CES 2018. The TE-ATO is a universal, aftermarket solution that works with any vehicle equipped with a power liftgate. Once the two sensors are installed, the trunk can be opened hands free by a simple kick action near the vehicle. This versatile trunk opener is integrated for positive trigger systems (common on GM vehicles), negative trigger systems (common on Ford and imports), or it can be connected directly to the trunk switch. “The 2-sensor detection design allows the trunk to open with a little kick near the rear bumper,” says Jon Osborne, product director for iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems at Metra Electronics. “This added convenience will make daily tasks much easier for loading up the trunk - especially when your hands are full,” Osborne added. It is recommended for vehicles also equipped with proximity key unlock for a fully hands free experience.

 
See the TE-ATO, along with more than 50 new safety products for 2018, on display at the Metra Electronics CES booth #5211 in the North Hall. CES is held January 9 - 12, 2018 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more about iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems at iBeamUSA.com.
 
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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New Heavy Duty HD Cameras from iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems will Debut at 2018 CES

Dec 19, 2017

Holly Hill, FL - December, 2017 – iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems® by Metra Electronics® is showcasing two new heavy-duty, high-definition cameras at CES 2018. These cameras will be part of iBeam’s Pro Commercial solutions, designed for fleet owners who are looking for top-of-the-line vehicle safety systems. The TE-HPC-M1 and TE-HPC-M2 provide full 1080p resolution and capture audio from a built-in microphone. Both models feature a 11/32” Sony® CMOS camera with a 130 degree viewing angle.

 
Specifications between the models are the same, with the exception that the TE-HPC-M2 has stainless steel housing and six infrared LEDs, while the TE-HPC-M1 comes in black housing, features four infrared LEDs and is slightly larger in size. Both camera models boast super heavy-duty metal housing that can withstand all weather conditions, with an IP rating of 69K. The HD cameras provide drivers with visibility in dark or foggy conditions thanks to the 0 lux IR LED night vision. Designed for large commercial vehicles, these Pro Commercial cameras are functional with up to 100 feet of extension cable and have a 4 Pin DIN connector.
 
“As the demand for commercial aftermarket safety installations continues to grow, iBeam is excited to expand our Pro Commercial Series solutions,” says Jon Osborne, product director for iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems at Metra Electronics. See both of these new cameras, along with more than 50 new safety products for 2018, on display at the Metra Electronics CES booth #5211 in the North Hall. CES is held January 9 - 12, 2018 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more about iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems at iBeamUSA.com.
 
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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New Pro Commercial DVRs from iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems will Debut at 2018 CES

Dec 19, 2017

Holly Hill, FL - December, 2017 – iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems® by Metra Electronics® is expanding their Pro Commercial line with two new DVRs, launching at 2018 CES. Fleet owners can record and store potentially vital video footage related to traffic collisions or other incidents, from up to four channels simultaneously. iBeam’s TE-CDVR-4 and TE-CDVR-G DVRs are designed for commercial use, with the microSD card concealed behind a key-locked security door to prevent tampering with video evidence. The DVRs support up to a 256GB microSD card and video files can also be backed up via USB, offering a secure solution for fleet owners.

 
The TE-CDVR-G has a built-in GPS feature, which provides a location stamp on the video feed to ensure a comprehensive account of the vehicle whereabouts. It works with camera resolutions up to 720p. Both DVRs include 4 Pin DIN inputs for four camera feeds and video output for setup and video playback. iBeam’s 16GB MicroSD card, the TE-16SD, is sold separately.
 
See both of these new DVRs on display at the Metra Electronics CES booth #5211 in the North Hall, from January 9 - 12, 2018 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more about iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems at iBeamUSA.com.
 
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems to Showcase New 360 Degree 3D View Camera System at 2018 CES

Dec 15, 2017

Holly Hill, FL - December, 2017 – iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems® by Metra Electronics® is introducing a new 360 degree 3D view camera system at 2018 CES. This 3D camera system, the TE-360-3D, is a step up from their latest 360 degree camera system, the TE-360, with its new virtual 3D view feature. This feature allows the driver to see different angles of their vehicle at a bird’s eye view for ultimate visibility.

 
Four cameras mount to each side of the car and are custom calibrated by the installer for image fusion. The innovative control processor blends the feeds into one seamless 360 degree panoramic view. An additional virtual 3D view on the right shows the vehicle from an overhead perspective, allowing the user to pan in their desired direction. This added 3D feature gives the driver complete coverage, with an aerial view of the vehicle similar to what you’d experience in a video game or virtual reality.
 
Integrated turn and reverse triggers provide instantaneous displays of side or rear camera feeds when changing lanes, parking or reversing. This cutting-edge system provides an unobstructed view of vehicle surroundings, while recording all four channels simultaneously. Drivers can also toggle through multiple camera views for maximum guidance. For security surveillance purposes, the camera system can also record while the vehicle is parked.
 
The TE-360-3D uses tape (included with the system) for fast calibration. The tape is placed on the floor around the vehicle for an easy and more precise calibration method. SD cards (TE-16SD) are sold separately. See this exciting new technology at the Metra Electronics CES booth #5211 in Las Vegas, from January 9 - 12, 2018.
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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Metra to Debut New Aftermarket Safety, Integration, and Radio Replacement Solutions at 2018 CES

Dec 14, 2017

Holly Hill, FL - December, 2017 – Metra Electronics®, The Installer’s Choice® for aftermarket automotive accessories, will debut more than 100 new products from their 12 volt brands at CES booth #5211 in the North Hall. iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems® will showcase new safety integration solutions, innovative 360 degree 3D technology, and new heavy duty products in the Pro Commercial line of DVRs, monitors and cameras. Axxess® will add a wide range of solutions for vehicle integration and offer six AX-DSP training sessions at CES. New products from Metra PowerSports, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, T-Spec®, and Raptor® will also debut at CES in Las Vegas, from January 9-12, 2018.

 
Radio Replacement Solutions
Metra Electronics will unveil an all new line of dashboard kits with integrated electronics at the show. More than 30 new speaker adapters and TurboKits®, Turbo2® Kits and TurboTouch™ kits will also be on display. This will grow Metra’s extensive line of radio replacement solutions to cover even more domestic and foreign vehicle applications and model years.
 
New from iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems
iBeam’s Pro Commercial line of aftermarket safety systems will expand to include additional heavy duty cameras, DVRs, and monitors. The Pro Commercial products are rugged and have high quality recording and security features, designed for commercial fleets or large trailers. iBeam will also be introducing additional installation accessories and mounts, integration solutions for safety camera installations, a high-end 360 degree 3D view camera system and a foot controlled automatic trunk opener.
 
Exciting New Products From Axxess
Metra has taken their revolutionary ASWC-1 technology by Axxess and added many useful add-on features, available in several new products that will debut at CES. Attendees will also see new integration accessories for domestic and foreign vehicles, expanding the range of applications covered under Axxess Integrate. What new features will be available? Working demonstrations will be unveiled on the opening day of CES at the Metra Electronics booth #5211 in the North Hall. Visit the booth to see the new products or follow Axxess on Facebook for new product updates.
 
AX-DSP Training at CES
Two AX-DSP training sessions with a live demonstration will be offered each day on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11am and 2pm at Metra’s booth #5211 in the North Hall. Training sessions will be hosted by Juan Lugo, Director of Axxess, and Jason Anderson, VP of Product Development for Metra’s 12 volt brands. Those interested in attending should visit www.WeAre12Volt.com/training to learn more.
 
2018 Products from Heise LED Lighting Systems
Heise LED Lighting Systems debuted all new light bars, high output cube lights, hunting lights, accent lighting pods, work and driving lights at SEMA 2017, which will be on display at CES. Their new RGB lighting systems will also be on display, featuring RGB accent lighting kits (in black or white housing), 7” round RGB halo headlight set for motorcycles, and 7” round RGB halo headlight and fog light sets for 2007 and up* Jeep Wranglers. *Visit MetraOnline.com to see up to date vehicle specific applications.
 
More at CES
Metra Home Theater Group®, manufacturer of Ethereal Home Theater®, Helios® and Spyclops Surveillance Systems®, is also launching new products at the show, featured at booth #11128 in the Central Hall. The Installer Institute® will join Metra Electronicsat booth #5211 to promote their mobile electronics training programs and continuing education courses for 2018.
 
New catalogs will be available for download at MetraOnline.com on opening day of the show. See live demos and all of the new products for 2018 from Metra’s 12 volt brands at CES booth #5211 in the North Hall, January 9 - 12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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Metra Electronics to Debut New Integration Products from Axxess at 2018 CES

Dec 13, 2017

AX-DSP Training Will Also Be Hosted at the Metra CES Booth
 
Holly Hill, FL - December 11, 2017 – Metra Electronics, The Installer’s Choice® for aftermarket automotive accessories, will debut many new products at CES from January 9-12, 2018. All new vehicle integration products from Axxess®, additional plug n’ play T-harnesses for the AX-DSP, and AX-DSP training sessions will be at CES booth #5211 in the North Hall. Metra’s additional brands will also be on display at CES, showcasing 2018 products for vehicle safety, lighting, powersports, wiring, batteries, installation accessories and more. CES is the world’s largest consumer technology and electronics show, hosted at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It’s where businesses introduce their innovative new technology to the world, spanning a wide range of industries, including automotive.
 
New AX-DSP Plug N’ Play T-Harness for Toyota
New AX-DSP plug-n-play T-harnesses have been released from Axxess, with even more debuting at CES. These time-saving solutions are competitively priced and one part works with a wide range of applications, allowing shops and distributors to carry and store fewer SKUs. Axxess is now shipping a new Plug N’ Play T-Harness for a wide range of Toyota / Scion applications. The AX-DSP-TY2 allows for easy installation with the AX-DSP (sold separately), cutting down installation time significantly. The AX-DSP-TY2 is for standard audio vehicles only, and works with non-amplified systems. From the popular Scion FR-S, iA, iM,iQ, tC, xB and xD models to the Toyota 4Runner, Avalon, Camry, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza, and Yaris, this T-Harness covers a wide range of Scion and Toyota model years from 2010 and up*. The AX-DSP-TY2 is now shipping, and additional T-harnesses for the AX-DSP are expected to debut at CES.
*Visit https://axxessinterfaces.com/product/AX-DSP-TY2 to see an up to date list of vehicle specific applications and instructions.
 
AX-DSP Training at CES
Two training sessions will be offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11am and 2pm at Metra’s CES booth #5211 in the North Hall, 1/9 to 1/11. Attendees will see a live demo of the AX-DSP in a digitally amplified system and learn how installation using the AX-DSP compares to traditional DSP installation, saving the installer both time and money. Training sessions will be hosted by Juan Lugo, Director of Axxess, and Jason Anderson, VP of Product Development for Metra’s 12 volt brands. Those interested in attending should visit https://www.weare12volt.com/training for more information. See all of the new 2018 products from Metra’s 12 volt brands at CES booth #5211 in the North Hall.
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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The Installer Institute Announces New Dates and Changes to 2018 Courses

Nov 17, 2017

 Class Schedules Adjusted for Internships and Work

Holly Hill, FL - November 2017 – Metra Electronics’ Installer Institute is changing the schedule for their 2018 programs. The school has shortened class days and extended the length of its programs to allow students additional time after class for internships or part-time jobs. While the total amount of instructional hours remains the same, the 5-week courses are now 6 weeks long, and the 23-week comprehensive installations course, which equates to 900 clock hours, is now 26 weeks long. “This new format will allow students to take an internship or part-time job after attending class,” says school director, Monica Anderson.
 
Installer Institute’s 6-Week Basic Installations program is offered at three different times throughout the coming year; February 12 - March 23, May 14 - June 25, and August 16 - September 27. This is an introductory course focusing on basic electrical knowledge, car audio enclosure design, proper installation techniques, integration of advanced security products such as GPS Navigation and remote starters – and the more complex installation skills that are required to obtain the Audio System Installer and Security Systems Installer certifications. Students in this course are encouraged to work on their own vehicles, and are given the opportunity to work with advanced security products.
 
The 6-Week Advanced Installations course can be combined with the Basic course or enrolled in separately for more experienced students. This program provides instruction on leather interior installation, custom fabrication and fiberglass, interior panel design and construction, custom painting and metal work, and even introduces students to the basics of home audio installation. Program dates are March 26 - May 4, June 26 - August 8, or September 28 - November 8, 2018. This course offers classroom instruction in addition to hands-on training, allowing each student to build their own pre-designed projects.
 
The 26-week Comprehensive Installations course includes all of the classes offered in each of the two 6-week programs – with the addition of hands-on workshops where students can develop their skills, learn to effectively market themselves to further their career, and learn the process for starting and operating a small business. The Installer Institute is offering two different start dates for this course. The earliest opportunity to begin this program is January 22, 2018 - with a completion date of August 3, 2018. The course will also be offered August 20, 2018 - March 15, 2019 for those students who wish to begin later in the year. Students enrolled in this expanded program will not only learn all of the skills covered during Installer Institute’s 6-week Basic and Advanced Installations courses – they’ll also have the opportunity to participate in workshops to improve job skills, as well as learn the process of owning a business as an installation professional. MESA and MECP certifications are also offered through the school’s programs.

            In 2016, the Installer Institute became accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training. Over the past 25+ years, the institute has graduated thousands of installers in their hands-on courses for mobile electronics, with a curriculum designed to maximizes a student’s learning ability. The school takes great pride in providing an environment where even novice students can thrive and start the trajectory to an exciting and profitable career in car audio and custom fabrication. The Installer Institute offers individual classes for continuing education or students who wish to focus on a specific topic in a week-long class, without enrolling in an entire course. Student housing, financing and VA education benefits are available.
 
Those interested in enrollment should speak with the admissions department to learn more about early registration pricing, by contacting the Installer Institute at 1-800-354-6782.
 
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
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Metra Wins a 2018 SEMA Global Media Award for iBeam Replacement Mirror Monitor and Camera Kit

Nov 10, 2017

 Holly Hill, FL - November 2017 – Metra Electronics is proud to receive a 2018 SEMA Global Media Award for a new Replacement Mirror Monitor and Camera Kit by iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems. An esteemed panel of international media judges chose this product based on its level of international consumer appeal, and selected it as one of the best products at this year’s SEMA Show.
           
The new Replacement Mirror Monitor and Camera Kit by iBeam, the TE-CMC-K3, includes a rear-view mirror with an integrated 4.5 inch LCD screen that displays backup camera footage, but only when the vehicle is in reverse. Two temperature sensors display the inside and outside temperature on the mirror, along with an integrated compass. Two video inputs allow for a rear-view camera and secondary video feed. The kit includes a behind the license plate backup camera with night vision featuring four LED lights and a 170 degree viewing angle. It shows active parking lines when the vehicle is turning in reverse to help avoid objects. The square camera housing is water resistant.
 
iBeam’s new Mirror Replacement Kits have 20 different camera and mirror monitor options available, which can also be purchased separately. The TE-CMC-K3 is a universal kit that maintains the factory look. The most widely used windshield mount is included for easy mirror installation. Optional, vehicle specific mirror mounts are available for Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, Kia, Subaru, VW, Mercedes, Fiat, Iveco and Peugeot models, which make installation even easier as the factory base mount does not need to be removed from the windshield. Visit iBeamUSA.com to learn more about these products.
 
About Metra Electronics
 
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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Metra Electronics to Launch New Integrated Electronic Dash Kits at SEMA

Oct 30, 2017

 
 
 
New Turbo2 and TurboTouch™ Kits for Ford and Lexus Vehicles
 
Holly Hill, FL - October 2017 – Metra Electronics® will be showcase a new Turbo2® Kit and several new TurboTouch™ Kits for select Ford and Lexus models at the 2017 SEMA Show, booth #11639 in the North Hall. Booth #35227 in the South Hall will have Metra’s off-road, powersports and truck accessories. The SEMA Show takes place in Las Vegas from October 31 - November 3.
 
New Turbo2® Integrated Electronic Dash Kit
            A Turbo2® Kit for Ford Focus 2015 - up* models with the factory 4.2” screen features integrated electronics, with unique backlit rubber buttons that will retain the vehicle’s hazard button and lock or unlock all controls on the driver information center. The 99-5843B is for Single-DIN and Double-DIN radio installations and painted a scratch-resistant matte black.
           
New TubroTouch™ Integrated Electronic Dash Kits with Touchscreen
Metra’s TurboTouch™ Kits feature an integrated 4.3” touchscreen and user interface that retains and controls most climate and vehicle customization functions that are normally lost when removing the factory radio. Smart interface technology automatically detects the vehicle’s features. Steering wheel functionality is retained and the patent-pending touchscreen design also retains the factory safety features, including backup camera. TurboTouch™ Kits also feature 8 backlit buttons with more than 250 customizable color options.
 
Ford Flex models from 2008 - 2012 will have a black (99-5842B) or tan (99-5842T) option that is painted and textured in multiple finishes to match the factory color and appearance. Ford F-150 2013 - 2014 models with factory 4.2” screen will have a TurboTouch™ Kit that allows for installation of the radio or touchscreen in the upper or lower kit area, based on driver preference. The 99-5846B also has an integrated hazard button and passenger airbag indicator.
 
TurboTouch™ Kits with an integrated hazard button and passenger airbag indicator will be available for Ford Explorer 2011-2015 models with factory 4.2” screens (99-5847CH) and Ford Edge 2011 - 2014 models with 4.2” factory screens (99-5848CH).
 
Lexus IS 250/350 models from 2006 - 2013 and 250C/350C models from 2006 - 2015 will have a TurboTouch™ Kit, the 99-8163, that is painted silver and black for a bold but factory look. All of the new TurboTouch™ kits on display at SEMA have parts included for Single-DIN or Double-DIN installations.
 
Visit MetraOnline.com for up-to-date vehicle specific applications and to see other accessories that help make installation easier for installers. Download Metra’s SEMA New Products catalog at http://www.metraonline.com/catalogs, which will be released on 10/31/17.
 
About Metra Electronics
 
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
 
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Metra Electronics Debuts New Dash Kits and DIN Pockets at SEMA

Oct 30, 2017

 
The Metra TurboKit Product Line Expands to Cover Even More Vehicle Applications
 
Holly Hill, FL - October 2017 – Metra Electronics, known as The Installer’s Choice® for radio dash kits and aftermarket mobile electronics, will offer new kits to cover even more vehicle applications. New kits and DIN pockets for select models by Mercedes-Benz, Lincoln, Ford, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Fiat, Hyundai, Honda, Kia, Subaru, and Toyota will be on display. Multi-application DIN pockets and an all new dash kit designed for the Polaris Slingshot 2015 - up* will also debut at the show. In total, 25 new or improved dash kits and DIN pockets will be on display at the 2017 SEMA Show at booth #11639 in the North Hall. Booth #35227 in the South Hall will have Metra’s off-road, powersports and truck accessories. The SEMA Show takes place in Las Vegas from October 31 - November 3.
 
            A new kit for the Polaris Slingshot 2015 - up* features a retractable, smoke-tinted splash guard and is designed specifically for Double-DIN installations. The 99-9721 has custom textured trim to match the factory finish and painted scratch-resistant matte black. A radio wire harness and two speaker harness solutions are also available from Metra Electronics, sold separately.
 
Metra’s “Perfect Fit Dash Kit” will now be available for even more vehicle applications. Two new options for Chevrolet Equinox 2018 - up* models are being introduced, the 95-3022B, designed specifically for Double-DIN installations, and the 99-3022B, which includes a pocket for Single-DIN installations. Fiat 500 2016 - up* models will have a Double-DIN installation kit, the 95-6544B, or a Single-DIN with pocket kit, the 99-6544B. For Kia Amanti 2004 - 2006 models, the 95-7319 is designed for the installation of Double-DIN radios to complement the existing Single-DIN kit 99-7379.
 
The 95-6506B is a new kit for Double-DIN installations for Chrysler Pacifica 2004 - 2008 models. For Toyota Prius 2016 - up* models, the 95-8246HG is designed for Single-DIN radios and the 99-8264HG for Double-DIN radio installations. Both are painted high gloss black. For Toyota CH-R 2018 - up* models, the 95-8265HG is designed for Double-DIN radios and the 99-8265HG is for Single-DIN radio installations. Both are painted high gloss black to match the factory finish.
 
The 99-7819 is for Honda Pilot 2006 - 2008 models with factory navigation, designed for both Single-DIN and Double-DIN radio installations. It includes an upper trim panel and is painted scratch-resistant matte black. For Hyundai Elantra GT 2013 - 2015 models with navigation, the 99-7379HG has a pocket included for Single-DIN installations and is painted high gloss black to match the factory finish. For newer Hyundai Elantra GT 2016 - 2017 models with navigation, the 99-7380HG includes a pocket for Single-DIN installations and is also painted high gloss black. For the Subaru Impreza 2017 and up* and 2017 Subaru Crosstrek models, the 95-8908HG is designed for Double-DIN radios and the 99-8908HG is for Single-DIN radio installations. Both are painted high gloss black to match the factory finish.
 
For Lincoln Navigator 2008-2012 and Mercedes-Benz ML and CLK models, Metra is introducing four new dash kits. The 95-5844S is for Lincoln Navigator 2008-2012 4x2 model and the 95-5845S is for the 4x4 model. Both are designed specifically for the installation of Double-DIN radios and painted silver to match the factory finish. The 99-8723B is for Mercedes-Benz ML 2006 - 2011 models and the 99-8724B is for Mercedes-Benz CLK 2005 - 2009 models. Both kits are designed for Single-DIN or Double-DIN radio installations and painted scratch-resistant matte black.
 
New and Improved Designs
An updated design for the Ford/Lincoln/Mercury/Mazda Multi-Kit for 1995 - 2011 models, the 99-5600, has improved strength for support and no longer has the old, 1/2 DIN EQ opening. An improved design is also being released for the 95-6511, which is a Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep Multi-Kit for 2007 - up* models. The new design allows for a better fit of standard Double-DIN radios and includes secondary parts for short-nosed radio faces. For Toyota 4Runner 2003 - 2009 Limited models without navigation, the 95-8210 kit will have a new and improved design to better accommodate modern, Double-DIN radios, with factory brackets no longer needed.
 
Multi-Application DIN Pocket Kits
Metra Electronics is offering two new multi-application DIN pocket kits for Toyota, Nissan, Subaru and Mitsubishi models from 1982 - 2008*. The 88-00-9006 includes four trim plates and one pocket for multiple applications. The 88-00-9007 includes four trim plates and one pocket with a USB charging adapter.
           
*Visit MetraOnline.com for up-to-date vehicle specific applications and to see additional accessories to make installation easier for installers. Download Metra’s SEMA New Products catalog at http://www.metraonline.com/catalogs, which will be released on 10/31/17.
About Metra Electronics
 
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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Metra Introduces New Speaker Adapters for Mercedes, Lexus, Silverado, Camaro, Audi and Kia Vehicles

Oct 30, 2017

Holly Hill, FL - October 2017 – Metra Electronics, the leading manufacturer for aftermarket car audio installation accessories, is introducing ten new speaker adapters for several late model luxury cars and other popular vehicle applications. The speaker adapters will be on display October 31 to November 3 at the 2017 SEMA Show at booth #11639 in the North Hall. Booth #35227 in the South Hall will have Metra’s off-road, powersports and truck accessories.
 
Speaker Adapters for Luxury Models
            For Audi A3 and A4 2000 - 2010 models, the 82-9101 includes a break-away tab design that allows flexibility for installation of aftermarket 6 inch to 6 ¾ inch speakers in the front and rear doors. The 82-9102 is for Audi A3 and A4 1996 - 2001 models, and includes a break-away tab design for aftermarket 6 inch to 6 ¾ inch speakers in the rear doors. For Lexus RX300 1999 - 2003 models, the 82-8151 includes break-away tabs for installation of aftermarket 6 inch to 6 ¾ inch speakers in the front doors.
           
            Four new speaker adapters will debut for Mercedes-Benz C-Class and E-Class models. The 82-8701 is for Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2007 - 2017 models and the 82-8702 is for 2000 - 2011 models, with a break-away tab design for aftermarket 6 inch to 6 ¾ inch speakers in the front doors. The 82-8703 is for 5 ¼ inch speakers in the rear doors for Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2000 - 2011 models. The 82-8704 allows installers to upgrade to aftermarket 6 ½ inch to 6 ¾ inch speakers in the rear deck location for Mercedes-Benz E-Class 1995 - 2004 models.
 
           
Speaker Adapters for Other Popular Models
            Chevrolet Camaro 2010 - 2015 models will now have the 82-3019 speaker adapter, which adapts 6 by 9 inch speakers to the rear deck location. Metra’s existing 82-6901 is available to convert speakers for 6 inch component sets. For Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2007 - 2013 models, the 82-3020 offers a break-away tab for installation of 6 inch to 6 ¾ inch speakers in the front doors. For Kia 2014 - up* models, the 82-7303 includes a break-away tab for aftermarket 6 inch to 6 ¾ inch speakers in the front doors.
 
One pair of adapters is included with each part number. *Visit MetraOnline.com for up-to-date vehicle specific applications and to see additional accessories to make installation easier for installers. Download Metra’s SEMA New Products catalog at http://www.metraonline.com/catalogs, which will be released on 10/31/17.
 
About Metra Electronics
 
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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Metra Introduces New iBeam Factory Replacement Tailgate Handle Cameras for Chevy, GMC, Ram and Ford

Oct 30, 2017


Holly Hill, FL - October 2017 – Metra’s vehicle safety systems brand, iBeam, is introducing nine new factory replacement tailgate handle cameras for select Chevrolet, GMC, Ram and Ford vehicles. Installers can add an unobtrusive, rear-view backup camera that matches the vehicle’s factory tailgate, to connect with an aftermarket radio for video input. The new iBeam factory replacement tailgate cameras offer a 150 degree viewing angle, ⅓ inch CMOS camera with 0.5 LUX night vision and defeatable parking lines. This offers added visibility when backing up to allow drivers to see what’s behind them during the day or night, with a sharp and clear picture. A 26 foot harness is included with the factory replacement tailgate camera, to connect to the aftermarket radio display (radio not included).

 
See these new products at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, from October 31 to November 3, 2017. Metra Electronics will have their iBeam line of vehicle safety systems on display at booth #11639 in the North Hall. Metra’s off-road, powersports and truck accessories will be on display at booth #35227 in the South Hall.
 
Factory Replacement Tailgate Handle Camera Vehicle Applications
 
The TE-GTGCC is a chrome finished handle designed for Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 (2007-2013), Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 (2007-2014) vehicles. The TE-GMCH is a chrome finished handle designed for Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 (2014-2017), Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 (2015-2017), Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon (2015-2017), and the TE-GMTC is a black handle for these same applications. The TE-DGH is a black handle for Ram 1500 (2009-2017) and 2500 (2010-2017) trucks, also available in chrome finish (TE-DGHC). For Ford F-150 (2015-2017) trucks, the tailgate handle cameras are available in a chrome finish (TE-FDHC) or black (TE-FDH).  The TE-FCTGC is a chrome finished handle and the TE-FTGC is a black handle designed for Ford F-150 (2004-2014) and Superduty F-250 to F-550 (2008-2014) trucks, excluding the F-150 2004 Heritage model.

Learn more about iBeam’s vehicle safety systems at iBeamUSA.com. Please visit Metra’s website to view product sales sheets, instructions, and to see specific, up to date vehicle applications for each part:
 
 
About Metra Electronics
 
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221.0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems Debuts a Wide Range of Consumer Solutions at SEMA

Oct 30, 2017

Even More Cameras, Monitors and Kits Round Out the Comprehensive iBeam Product Line for Safety Essentials

 
Holly Hill, FL - October 2017 – iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, a brand by Metra Electronics, expands its consumer solutions at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas from October 31 - November 3. A wide range of front, rear and side view cameras, with many different backup camera options will be showcased on working displays. New consumer vehicle solutions also include video screens, replacement mirror monitors and kits. All of iBeam’s new products will be at Metra’s main booth #11639 in the North Hall. Products specifically for the off-road, powersports and truck accessories market will be on display at booth #35227 in the South Hall. A three year warranty is included with all iBeam products.
 
Front, Rear and Side View Cameras
iBeam’s massive product line expansion includes 24 new waterproof cameras for consumer applications, including backup cameras with options for active parking lines, LED night vision, or both. Additional options include surface mount, hole mount or behind the license plate cameras, with fixed angle or adjustable designs, wide viewing angles and defeatable parking assist lines. Backup cameras without night vision LEDs are also available in flush, plate or surface mount options.
 
 
Video Screens
            New color LCD video displays are available in 3.5 inch, 4.3 inch, 5 inch and 7 inch models. The 7 inch screen (TE-7VS) has a dashboard mount base and includes a rear-view camera and secondary input. The 5 inch screen (TE-50VS) and 4.3 inch screen (TE-43VS) are dashboard or windshield mount displays for a rear-view camera and secondary input. The 3.5 screen (TE-35MV) has a single input for the rear-view camera, and it’s multi-view function allows the image to be rotated to match the dashboard or windshield mounting orientation.
 
Replacement Mirror Monitors with Integrated Color LCD Screen
            A variety of universal replacement mirror monitors offer solutions for any preference or budget, with an integrated color LCD screen. A replacement mirror monitor (TE-RM45) displays a 4.5 inch feed for up to two camera inputs and includes the most widely used windshield mounts. Optional, vehicle-specific mounts are available. This mirror monitor is also available with Bluetooth® 4.1 (TE-BTM45) to integrate for hands free calling, voice dialing and displaying the incoming phone number. This model also streams audio for navigation prompts. The replacement mirror monitor also includes an option for temperature and compass display (TE-CTM45), to show the vehicle’s direction and interior and outside temperatures integrated into the top right mirror monitor.
 
A cost effective clip-on mirror monitor solution (TE-CM43) clips over an existing mirror and displays a 4.3 inch feed of the rear-view camera when the vehicle is in reverse. It allows for easy, universal installation.
 
Each of the four mirror monitor models can be purchased as a kit, with iBeam’s butterfly mount camera, flush mount camera, license plate mount camera or heavy duty night vision and microphone camera. See all of the new iBeam products in the 2018 Catalog, which will be released on 10/31/17 at iBeamUSA.com.
 
 
About Metra Electronics
 
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221.0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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New Commercial Solutions by iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems Launch at SEMA

Oct 30, 2017

 
 
 
The Brand Significantly Expands its Product Line for Commercial Fleet Vehicles and Large Applications
 
Holly Hill, FL - October 2017 – iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, a brand by Metra Electronics, is introducing a wide range of solutions for larger vehicles and commercial applications at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas from October 31 - November 3. Among the numerous new products, there will be seven new heavy duty cameras, third brake light backup cameras, a wireless video and receiver kit along with iBeam’s Commercial Pro Series. All of iBeam’s new products will be at Metra’s main booth #11639 in the North Hall. Products specifically for the off-road, powersports and truck accessories market will be on display at booth #35227 in the South Hall. A three year warranty is included with all iBeam products.
 
Wide Angle, Heavy Duty, Night Vision Cameras
Commercial drivers will have visibility in all conditions with iBeam’s new line of heavy duty, wide angle, night vision cameras. CMOS cameras provide a 120 degree viewing angle with 0 lux night vision IR LEDs. Rugged, high quality housing is rated IP69K. These cameras are functional with up to 100 feet of extension cable and have a 4-Pin DIN connector. Options include a built-in microphone (TE-CCM), white dome-style housing (TE-CCD), a metal hood (TE-CCH), and an integrated visor (TE-CCV). For larger profile vehicles, the TE-CCDL provides a dual lens camera that can be adjusted independently to see everything behind the vehicle.To see what’s in the next lane, a side-view camera option (TE-CCS) is available and to capture what’s below, the flyfish camera (TE-CCF) provides a great solution for commercial vehicles.
 
Third Brake Light Cameras
            iBeam’s third brake light cameras are designed to look just like the OEM factory lights, available for popular commercial vehicle-specific sizes, or a universal model. With a CMOS camera, 170 degree viewing angle, live audio feed, and built-in LED night vision, these cameras provide a clear representation of all activity directly behind the vehicle under any conditions. Defeatable parking lines allow drivers to maneuver their vehicle with confidence. Camera can adjust up or down for optimal camera angle. Includes all necessary cables for installation, with a 4-Pin DIN to RCA adapter as an added bonus.
 
Applications:
TE-3BCE: 2003 - 2016 Chevy Express Van
TE-38DP: 2014 - 2016 Dodge Promaster Van
TE-3BFT: 2014 - 2016 Ford Transit Van
TE-3BMC: 2007 - 2015 Mercedes Sprinter and Volkswagen Crafter
TE-3BNV: 2009 - 2016 Nissan NV Passenger / Cargo Van
TE-3BUV: Universal
 
 
Heavy Duty Monitor and Wireless Accessories
            iBeam’s 7 inch color monitor with 4-channel input (TE-7VS-4) provides a complete view of camera feeds, with multiple layout options and a remote control. It is compatible with the TE-WTR wireless camera kit and has a 4-Pin DIN connection. An ideal solution on larger vehicles, when multiple camera feeds are needed. The wired to wireless universal video transmitter and receiver kit (TE-WTR) displays camera feeds on any vehicle’s LCD display monitor through a 2.4GHz wireless connection and has a 200 meter (656 foot) unobstructed wireless range. Easy setup includes one button pairing. It is compatible with 4-PIN DIN cameras. Additional new accessories include adapters to for RCA or 4-Pin systems and extension cables to provide more reach for installs on extra large trailers.
 
New Commercial Pro Series
The Commercial Pro Series is iBeam’s higher end option to meet the safety challenges of larger vehicles, trailers, buses, and RVs. A heavy duty wireless camera with a built-in microphone (TE-WPC-M) and 120 degree viewing angle gives drivers visibility in dark or foggy conditions thanks to the 0 lux IR LED night vision and 12 IR LEDs. The camera connects wirelessly via a 3 dB antenna, with 393 feet (120 meters) of unobstructed range. The ⅓” CMOS lens is protected by IP69K rated rugged, high quality metal housing that can stand up to the elements of long-term commercial use.
 
iBeam’s wireless 4-channel multi-view monitor (TE-4WCM) has a 7 inch color LCD screen and can pair with up to four wireless cameras. It has a powerful 2.4GHz connection and up to a 450 foot (137 meter) wireless range. It can display camera feeds simultaneously or in different layouts, with a remote control and activation trigger for backup cameras.
           
            The Pro Series wireless night vision camera and monitor kit (TE-WMSC) is a complete, universal solution. A 7 inch color LCD screen connects wirelessly with the camera’s built-in 2.4 Ghz WiFi, offering a 450 foot (137 meter) wireless range. The waterproof camera has a 120 degree viewing angle and 0.5 lux IR LED night vision.
 
            The Pro Series DVR (TE-CDVR-9QM) is a 9 inch touchscreen 4-channel monitor with a built-in DVR. The large monitor has 4-Pin DIN inputs to support both audio and video feeds from each camera. It is the ideal solution for eliminating blind spots in commercial vans and large fleet vehicles while recording potentially vital information related to traffic collisions, or other incidents. A simultaneous recording of up to four camera feeds on the DVR can be stored on up to four 256GB microSD cards (sold separately), for ample video storage. The microSD cards are concealed behind a key-locked security door, to prevent tampering with video evidence. Video files can also be backed up via USB and a remote control, bracket mount, and removable visor is included for added convenience. See all of the new iBeam products in the 2018 Catalog, which will be released on 10/31/17 at iBeamUSA.com.
 
About Metra Electronics
 
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221.0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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New Accident Avoidance Products Showcased by iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems at SEMA

Oct 30, 2017

 
All New Dash Camera DVR Kits, Mirror Monitor DVRs, Blind Spot Detection, Parking Sensors and Assist Kits Added to the Product Line
 
Holly Hill, FL - October 2017 – All new accident avoidance vehicle safety solutions from iBeam, a brand by Metra Electronics, will be showcased at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas from October 31 - November 3. Solutions include a 360 degree view camera system, window mount dash cameras with DVRs, mirror monitors with DVRs, a front and rear HD night vision camera with DVR, a heads-up display, a variety of sensor systems and blind spot detection products. All of iBeam’s new products will be at Metra’s main booth #11639 in the North Hall. Products specifically for the off-road, powersports and truck accessories market will be on display at booth #35227 in the South Hall. A three year warranty is included with all iBeam products.
 
360 Degree View Camera System
iBeam’s 360 degree view camera (TE-360) is a cutting-edge system that provides an unobstructed view of vehicle surroundings at all times. Four cameras mount to each side of the car, and the included control processor blends the feeds into one seamless, bird’s eye, panoramic view. This system is custom calibrated to each specific vehicle for optimum image fusion with four precision calibration mats (TE-CMAT). Integrated turn and reverse triggers provide instantaneous displays of side or rear camera feeds when changing lanes, parking or reversing.
 
Window Mount Dash Cameras with DVR
Record vehicle driving history, including accidents or other incidents, with iBeam’s window mount dash cameras with built-in DVR. Two new models support up to 32GB Micro-SD cards and have a G-force sensor to detect collisions and lock video from being overwritten. Both models plug into a standard 12v outlet and can be removed easily from the vehicle when not in use. For 1080p HD resolution videos and photos, the TE-DVR-W model is WiFi enabled to connect to a free mobile app for viewing the recorded video or photos. Drivers can press one button to take a quick photo and the camera can be used forward or rear facing. The TE-DVR-15 model records 720p resolution videos and photos, and easily switches between photo or video modes. This model has a 1.5 inch color LCD display and can also be used forward or rear facing.
 
Mirror Monitor Camera and DVR Kits
Capture 1080p HD video from your rear-view mirror with iBeam’s universal replacement mirror monitor with a built-in camera and DVR (TE-DVR-MM). This mirror includes a 4.5 inch integrated 1080p HD color LCD screen that automatically adjusts for brightness. The integrated camera has a 140 degree viewing angle, 4x zoom and takes 3.5MP photos. The built-in DVR records the video feed and supports up to 64GB Micro-SD card. The G-force sensor detects collisions and will lock the video from being overwritten. The monitor allows for two video inputs, a rear-view camera and secondary input. The most widely used mount is included for attaching this to the windshield, and additional, vehicle specific mounts are included for popular car models. The TE-DVR-MM is also sold as a kit with iBeam’s butterfly mount camera (TE-DMC-K1), license plate mount camera (TE-DMC-K3), flush mount camera (TE-DMC-K2) or night vision camera with microphone (TE-DMC-K4).
 
Front and Rear HD Night Vision Camera and DVR System
Add safety and security to a vehicle by recording interactions or collisions - even in the dark - with iBeam’s front and rear HD night vision 1080p camera and DVR system (TE-IFD). The DVR simultaneously captures video front and rear facing video, with a built-in g-force sensor to detect collisions which will then lock and protect that data from being overwritten. Connect via Wi-Fi on the smartphone app to watch a live recording of the vehicle’s surroundings, available for Apple and Android devices. A motion sensor monitors activity while the vehicle is parked. If desired, the feed can also be connected to a monitor inside the vehicle. The system includes IR LED bar mounts for behind the rear license plate to improve visibility for night time recording. This DVR camera kit installs seamlessly to any vehicle while maintaining an OEM factory look.
 
 
Heads-Up Display
iBeam’s universal heads up display (TE-HUD) installs easily and displays vehicle information on the windshield. Drivers can conveniently view their speed, engine RPM, battery voltage, and water temperature directly in their line of sight. A three inch multi-color LED display automatically adjusts brightness for day or night. The heads-up display works with the included OBDII connector and includes a friction mat and reflective screen.
 
New and Improved Sensor System
           
For ultimate safety, the all-in-one ultrasonic detection parking sensor and backup camera kit (TE-CPSS) has a new and improved, low profile design. The camera has a 170 degree viewing angle and the parking sensor overlays distance in feet over the backup camera display. Additional accessories include a backup beeper, extension cables, and replacement parking sensors to replace damaged iBeam sensors.
 
 
Blind Spot Detection
iBeam’s new blind spot detection kit, the TE-BSM, uses two microwave sensors to monitor blind spots for hazards with easy setup and no-drill installation. Activated by turn signal triggers, the system’s two microwave sensors will warn the driver of vehicles in their blind spots via LED visual indicators on either side of the vehicle - and also with an audible alert. Microwave sensors are more accurate and have better range than other sensors on the market, and offer performance that is comparable to a factory OEM part. This blind spot detector is a quick and easy way to increase the safety of any vehicle. See all of the new iBeam products in the 2018 Catalog, which will be released on 10/31/17 at iBeamUSA.com.
 
 
 
About Metra Electronics
 
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221.0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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Heise LED Lighting Systems Launches New Products at the 2017 SEMA Show

Oct 27, 2017

Holly Hill, FL - October 2017 – Heise LED Lighting Systems®, a brand by Metra Electronics, is introducing a variety of new lights and accessories at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas from October 31 - November 3. Their popular, virtually unbreakable lightbars and cube lights will be available in additional sizes and styles. New RGB accent light kits, RGB Jeep headlights and fog lights and a new RGB halo headlight for motorcycles will be on display at SEMA. Additionally, a new heavy-duty square driving light and rectangular work light will also be added to the line. Heise’s first rechargeable, portable work light with dual row LED lights is handy in the shop but also useful in emergency situations, and was tested first hand during Hurricane Irma. Small accent lights and a variety of new lighting accessories, brackets and controllers will also launch from Heise at SEMA.

 
All of Heise’s new products will be at Metra’s main booth #11639 in the North Hall. Heise’s off-road, powersports and truck accessories will be on display at booth #35227 in the South Hall, along with a custom-built ATV and Super Duty truck by Extreme Offroad and Performance in Katy, Texas. The ATV will be at Metra’s booth #35227 and the truck will be at the Bodyguard Truck Accessories booth #35215, just right next door. See Heise LED lights on a variety of show vehicles inside and outside at SEMA. Heise’s marine grade lighting products will also be showcased the same week at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, at booth #4191 inside the Sailfish Pavilion at the Broward County Convention Center.
 
 
New Lightbar Sizes
Heise introduces a 28 inch dual row light bar with 56 three-watt CREE LEDs and 13,440 raw lumens. This new size fits with Body Guard Bumpers and many other custom front end aftermarket products. Like the rest of the Heise line, its marine grade and designed for rugged conditions and the worst weather. The HE-DR28 features a combination of 90 degree flood and 8 degree spot beams for the best illumination for dark trails. Rated IP67 with a Gore Membrane™, polycarbonate lens and integrated-epoxy encapsulated electronics. This same technology is also available in white curved dual row LED lightbars:
30 Inch, 60 LEDs: HE-MDRC30
42 Inch, 80 LEDs: HE-MDRC42
50 Inch, 96 LEDs: HE-MDRC50
54 Inch, 100 LEDs: HE-MDRC54
 
 
New Cube Lights
New three inch high-output cube lights are available in flood or spot beams with either four or six OSRAM LEDs. These lights are brighter than ever, with 960 raw lumens in the four LED cube light models and 1,440 raw lumens in the six LED cube light models. The end caps are interchangeable for custom color accents and the durable die-cast aluminum housing is dark gray. A four LED (HE-MHCL2) or six LED (HE-MHCL3) option with a 90 degree flood beam and white housing is available for marine use. For hunting, green LED cube light options are available in a 90 degree flood beam (HE-HCL2G) or 8 degree spot beam (HE-HCL2SG). The green LED wavelength is 513 to 534 nm, and is undetectable by most hogs and wildlife, making it an ideal addition for hunting vehicles.
 
New RGB Accent Light Kits
New RGB Accent Lighting is available in white (HE-ML1RGB) or black (HE-TL1RGB) housing material made of aluminum. These small but powerful auxiliary accent lighting pods use three 3-watt CREE LED lights that provide a significant level of illumination. They are designed to be used with a control box (HE-CBRGB) that turns a smartphone or tablet into a remote control via the Heise RGB App, available for both Android and iOS devices. This free mobile app allows the user to control the lights by selecting colors through a color wheel, choosing pre-programmed flash patterns and colors, an option to flash colors with music, and even has a timer to select when to turn on and off a specific pattern or color. Up to eight accent lights can be added per control box. Heise is also introducing convenient and competitively priced four-pack or eight-pack kits, both available in white or black housing options. The black four-pack kit (HE-4TLRGBK) includes four of the black RGB accent lights and one control box. The white four-pack kit (HE-4MLRGBK) includes the same, except in white. This is an affordable package that is also scalable, allowing the installer to later add an additional four lights, with up to eight total in the system.
 
New RGB Halo Jeep Lights
Jeep owners can customize the halo colors in their headlights and fog lights with any RGB color variation. The four inch fog lights (HE-JWBFL02RGB) are white angel eye halos that connect to the running lights. They have a black front face and three CREE LEDs. The seven inch round halo headlights (HE-PBHL702RGB) for Jeep Wranglers (1997 and up*) have four CREE LEDs in each light and use an H4 connector. The four channel remote control and box (HE-4CHRGBC) is required for operation of all four lights together, or the two channel (HE-2CHRGBC) if used to operate a single pair.
 
New 5.5 Inch Square Driving Light
Heise’s line of driving lights expands with a 5.5 inch square option. A new driving light, the HE-DL8, features 24 CREE LEDs for a total of 72 watts with 5,760 raw lumens. This bright light has a 20 degree spot beam and a polycarbonate lens with black die-cast aluminum housing. Rugged, tough and rated IP67 to withstand the elements.
New Work Lights
Heise’s new HE-WL1M is a 3.625 inch by 2 inch rectangular work light with 33 0.2 watt CREE LEDs. This super tough but bright, wide angle work light will illuminate your driving path to see what’s ahead over long distances. It features 726 raw lumens with a 120 degree flood beam. The modular design allows multiple work lights to be connected together, using the Light Connector Split (HE-DTSPLIT), making it a scalable option with even brighter results. This light is tough, rugged, and designed for commercial use or for serious off-roaders. Integrated-epoxy encapsulated electronics and a polycarbonate lens are virtually indestructible. This IP67 rated light is designed to withstand harsh elements and long hours of use in the worst weather conditions.
 
            The HE-PL1 is Heise’s first portable and rechargeable work light solution. This 6 inch by 6.5 inch dual row LED light is great to have on hand for extra lighting or when you don’t have power. A polycarbonate lens and aluminum housing make it virtually indestructible. Both portable and waterproof, it has an endless number of uses for outdoor and garage environments. A strong magnetic base attaches to metal surfaces, perfect for lighting under the hood of a car. The strobe feature can be used to attract attention in emergency or work situations. To preserve battery, you can choose from three levels of light intensity with up to nine hours of operating time at level one light intensity (240 lumens). Six 1.5 watt OSRAM LEDs provide anywhere from 240 to 720 lumens in a 60 degree flood beam. This light recharges in 2.5 hours and can hold its charge for weeks on end.
           
Additional brackets and lighting installation accessories have also been added to Heise. To see all of the new and existing products, visit HeiseLED.com to download the 2018 catalog, which will be released on 10/31/17.
 
About Metra Electronics
 
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221.0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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Heise LED Lighting Expands Product Line with High Output LED Cube Lights

Oct 25, 2017

 
Available in Flood or Spot Beams, with Additional Options for Marine Cube Lights and Green LED Hunting Lights
 
Holly Hill, FL - October 2017 – New high output cube lights from Heise LED Lighting Systems®, a brand by Metra Electronics, will debut at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas from October 31 - November 3. Options will be available for flood or spot beam cube lights in different sizes and housing colors, and a two-pack option that includes a dual light wiring harness. Green hunting cube lights, undetectable by most hogs and wildlife, will also be showcased.
 
            The new, three inch, high output cube lights are available with four or six OSRAM LEDs with three watts each, for a total of twelve or eighteen watts. These lights are brighter than ever, with 960 raw lumens in the four LED cube light models and 1,440 raw lumens in the six LED cube light models. The end caps are interchangeable for custom color accents and the durable die-cast aluminum housing is dark gray. Heise LED Lighting Systems® is known for durable, torture tested lights with a virtually unbreakable polycarbonate lens. These waterproof, high output cube lights use this same sturdy construction and are IP68 rated, with integrated-epoxy encapsulated electronics and stainless 316 hardware. A four LED (HE-MHCL2) or six LED (HE-MHCL3) option with a 90 degree flood beam and white housing is available for marine use.
 
For hunting, green LED cube light options are available in a 90 degree flood beam (HE-HCL2G) or 8 degree spot beam (HE-HCL2SG). The green LED wavelength is 513 to 534 nm, and is undetectable by most hogs and wildlife. This makes the lights ideal for hunting vehicles, ATVs and side-by-sides.
 
All of Heise’s new products will be at Metra’s main booth #11639 in the North Hall. Heise’s off-road, powersports and truck accessories will be on display at booth #35227 in the South Hall. Marine grade lighting products will also be showcased the same week at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, at booth #4191 inside the Sailfish Pavilion at the Broward County Convention Center. Visit HeiseLED.com to download the latest Heise catalog, which will be released on 10/31/17.
 
About Metra Electronics
 
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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Heise LED Lighting Systems Introduces Smartphone Remote Controlled RGB Accent Lighting

Oct 25, 2017

 
Holly Hill, FL - October 2017 – Heise LED Lighting Systems, a brand by Metra Electronics, has introduced new RGB Accent Lighting that allows the user to select and control lighting colors, patterns, timers and more through a smartphone app. LED accent lighting has become a popular choice for customizing vehicles, and are used in wheel wells, underneath vehicles, inside of truck beds, and even on boats. With the success of Heise’s popular single-color auxiliary accent lighting pods, the HE-TL1 and HE-ML1, these new lights bring an array of RGB color options that allow consumers to change colors with the swipe of their finger. Designed for rugged use and withstanding the worst environments, the polycarbonate lens is virtually unbreakable and the lights are IP68 rated. They can get hit, shaken, banged up and wet - without fear of failure.
           
New RGB Accent Lighting is available in white (HE-ML1RGB) or black (HE-TL1RGB) housing material made of aluminum. These small but powerful auxiliary accent lighting pods use three 3-watt CREE LED lights that provide a significant level of illumination. They are designed to be used with a control box (HE-CBRGB) that turns a smartphone or tablet into a remote control via the Heise RGB App, available for both Android and iOS devices. This free mobile app allows the user to control the lights by selecting colors through a color wheel, choosing pre-programmed flash patterns and colors, an option to flash colors with music, and even has a timer to select when to turn on and off a specific pattern or color. Up to eight accent lights can be added per control box.
Competitively Priced Kits
While the lights and control box may be purchased individually, Heise is also introducing convenient and competitively priced four-pack or eight-pack starter kits, both available in white or black housing options. The black four-pack starter kit (HE-4TLRGBK) includes four of the black RGB accent lights and one control box. The white four-pack starter kit (HE-4MLRGBK) includes the same, except in white. This is an affordable package that is also scalable, allowing the installer to later add an additional four lights, with up to eight total in the system.
For consumers wanting to illuminate even more, the eight-pack kit is an ideal solution, and includes eight Heise RGB Accent Lights and a control box. Available in black (HE-8TLRGBK) or white (HE-8MLRGBK).
Accessories and Coordinating Parts
The HE-TL1RGB has black hardware and the HE-ML1RGB includes stainless hardware. Both products come with a flat and curved rubber mounting pad and a 10 foot cable with a waterproof connector for the control box.
A water resistant control box, HE-CBRGB, is designed to be mounted in the engine compartment and includes eight outputs for eight RGB lights. The app allows for up to eight control boxes to be used, with up to 64 RGB accent lights (HE-TL1RGB’s or HE-ML1RGB’s) controlled by one app. The control box is included in the kits or may be purchased separately.
Additional coordinating products, sold separately, are a pigtail (HE-PTRGB), which allows installers to wire in the RGB Accent Lights to another Heise RGB controller, such as the 16 Color RGB LED Strip Control Unit (HE-RGBC-1) or 16 Color RGB WiFi Controller (HE-WFRGBC-1). A 10 foot extension cable, HE-EXTRGB, is also available and sold separately if a longer cable is needed for connecting to the control box.
Part Numbers
 
Part #                         Product
HE-CBRGB               Control Box
HE-TL1RGB              RGB Accent Light w/ Black Housing       
HE-ML1RGB             RGB Accent Light w/ White Housing
HE-4TLRGBK           Four-Pack Starter Kit: RGB Accent Lighting w/ Black Housing & Control Box
HE-4MLRGBK          Four-Pack Starter Kit: RGB Accent Lighting w/ White Housing & Control Box
HE-8TLRGBK           Eight-Pack Kit: RGB Accent Lighting w/ Black Housing & Control Box
HE-8MLRGBK          Eight-Pack Kit: RGB Accent Lighting w/ White Housing & Control Box
HE-PTRGB               Pigtail
HE-EXTRGB             10 Foot Extension Cable
 
View all of the new Heise products in the 2018 catalog, which will be released on 10/31/17 at HeiseLED.com.
About Metra Electronics
 
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221.0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
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Metra PowerSports to Debut New Micro-Amplifiers and Can Speakers with RGB Lights at 2017 SEMA Show

Oct 24, 2017

Holly Hill, FL - October 2017 – Metra Electronics’ is expanding the product line of their new brand, Metra PowerSports, by adding can speakers and micro-amplifiers, which will debut at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas from October 31 - November 3. Metra is launching more than a hundred new products at the show, but these speakers and amplifiers represent an all new category for the manufacturer. SEMA attendees can see these new products at Metra’s main booth #11639 in the North Hall or at booth #35227 in the South Hall, which will feature off-road, powersports and truck accessories. These products will also be showcased the same week at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, at booth #4191 inside the Sailfish Pavilion at the Broward County Convention Center.
 
Waterproof 6.5” Can Speakers with RGB Lights
The new Metra PowerSports 6.5” Can Speakers with RGB Lights are designed for whatever the marine or off-road customer can throw at it. The UV protected, high temperature ABS provides a durable housing by employing a dual wall design. The waterproof speakers are IPX6 rated to handle water, dust and all the elements, while still delivering great sound performance. They are constructed from polypropylene and the tweeters are PEI (Polyetherimide). A passive 3” radiator offers a more robust sound by making these speakers more bass responsive. The impedance is 4 ohms with a 6dB passive crossover, frequency response from 60Hz to 20 KHz and a sound pressure level of 90dB. As an added feature, the speakers include RGB lighting that can be connected to Heise and Metra PowerSports RGB Controllers (MPS-RGBC-4). The speakers offer four mounting size options for extra versatility, and can be rotated for optimal sound positioning. The speakers, part number MPS-65CSRGB, are sold as a pair with a one year warranty, under the Metra PowerSports brand.
 
Micro-Amplifiers for Powersports Applications
Metra PowerSports is also introducing two new micro-amplifiers that are designed for harsh environments. With an IPX6 rating, these compact amplifiers are designed to get wet and not miss a beat. There are two models; a 4-channel (MPS-AMP60X4) that outputs 60 watts per channel and a 2-channel (MPS-AMP100X2) that outputs 100 watts per channel. Both amplifiers are bridgeable to provide more flexibility and designed to fit into smaller applications. The gain frequency is from .2 volts to 5 volts with a frequency range from 20 Hz to 20 KHz. The chipset technology is full range class D using IR control chips.
 
The input side of the amplifiers has an 8’ cable with an IP68 connector that is designed to plug directly into the Metra PowerSports Bluetooth Controller (MPS-BTK sold separately). For use without the MPS-BTK, the amplifiers come with a pigtail that allows the user to connect any radio or Bluetooth controller with an RCA output. The power cables are 8’ long with a waterproof fuse holder to reach any battery location, whether it be in a side-by-side, ATV, UTV, boat or motorcycle.
 
Power Output:
RMS Power Output (MPS-AMP60X4):
60 Watts RMS x 4 Channels @ 4 ohms
90 Watts RMS x 4 Channels @ 2 ohms
180 Watts RMS x 2 Channels @ 4 ohms
 
RMS Power Output (MPS-AMP100X2):
100 watts RMS x 2 channels @ 4 ohms
150 watts RMS x 2 channels @ 2 ohms
300 watts RMS x 1 channel @ 4 ohms
 
Fusing:
MPS-AMP100X2:
30 Amp (Dual 15 Amp Fuses)
MPS-AMP60X4:
40 Amp (Dual 20 Amp Fuses)
 
Visit MetraOnline.com/catalogs to download the latest Metra PowerSports catalog, which will be released on 10/31/17.
 
About Metra Electronics
 
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187
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Metra to Showcase Marine and Powersports Product Lines at the 2017 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat

Oct 24, 2017

Holly Hill, FL - October 2017 – Metra Electronics’ marine division is set to appear at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, November 1st to November 5th at booth #4191 inside the Sailfish Pavilion at the Broward County Convention Center. This will be Metra’s first appearance at the show to promote Metra Marine and Metra PowerSports, their new lines of aftermarket marine and powersports accessories for lighting, audio system upgrades and more. Metra Electronics will be showcasing marine grade products from their 12 volt brands, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, Metra PowerSports, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, T-Spec® and The Install Bay®.
 
New Marine Lighting Accessories
Metra’s technology and expertise in the aftermarket 12 volt market has expanded to now include marine applications. Products include a wide range of marine grade lighting by Metra’s Heise LED Lighting Systems®, including light bars, cube lights, a variety of mounts, RGB strip lighting and RGB accent lighting. Heise’s marine light bars are available in dual or single row options, with new 30 inch, 42 inch, 50 inch and 54 inch curved dual row light bars launching at the show. New marine high output cube lights are also being released, featuring OSRAM LEDs with a powerful flood beam and customizable colored accent caps. New Heise RGB accent light kits allow you to change and control light colors with the swipe of a finger. These rugged, marine grade RGB pods use the Heise RGB App (available for Android and iOS mobile devices), to create custom made color options, select preset flash patterns, control the lights to flash to music, or turn the lights on and off at selected times. They are offered individually or in starter kits that include the control box and either 4 or 8 RGB pods. Additional accessories include accent light covers to help diffuse the brightness of the lights, angled rubber mounting bases, a pigtail adapter that can hook into any 4-wire positive anode RGB controller, a 10 foot extension cable and the control box. This system is easily expandable! Up to 8 lights will work with a single control box, and up to 8 control boxes can be synced into the Heise RGB App, for a total of 64 light pods.
 
Marine Audio, Power and Installation Accessories
New Metra PowerSports 6.5” Can Speakers with RGB Lights will debut at the show. These rugged speakers are designed for whatever the marine or off-road customer can throw at it. The UV protected, high temperature ABS provides a durable housing by employing a dual wall design. The waterproof speakers are IPX6 rated to handle water, dust and all the elements, while still delivering great sound performance. They are constructed from polypropylene and the tweeters are PEI (Polyetherimide). A passive 3” radiator offers a more robust sound by making these speakers more bass responsive. As an added feature, the speakers include RGB lighting that can be connected to Heise and Metra PowerSports RGB Controllers (MPS-RGBC-4).
 
Metra PowerSports is also introducing two new micro-amplifiers that are designed for harsh environments. With an IPX6 rating, these compact amplifiers are designed to get wet and not miss a beat. There are two models; a 4-channel (MPS-AMP60X4) that outputs 60 watts per channel and a 2-channel (MPS-AMP100X2) that outputs 100 watts per channel. Both amplifiers are bridgeable to provide more flexibility and designed to fit into smaller applications.
 
Additional products include pre-wired marine radio housing and radio covers in various colors and styles, an amplified glass mount antenna and side/top mount rubber antenna, TV mounts, Bluetooth® audio receivers, fuses, and circuit breakers. Metra’s T-Spec line, known in the car audio industry as the high-end, competition rated brand for serious mobile audio systems, will also be on display. T-Spec’s marine grade amp kit includes 1/O, 4g, or 8g AWG options that use full virgin copper construction and meet or exceed CEA and ANSI specifications. T-Spec power wire spools are BC-5W2 marine compliant and available from 25 to 250 feet, in various colors. RCA audio cables in 2 or 4 channel options, video cables and other installation accessories are also available from Metra Marine. To power these audio systems, Metra’s popular line of Shuriken High Performance Batteries® include marine grade options that utilize absorbed glass mat (AGM) technology, allowing better depth of discharge and result in a longer battery life. The AGM technology batteries come in 12v at 55 and 100 amp hours, with standard and threaded posts.
 
Metra Marine will be exhibiting at the convention center, booth #4191 in the Sailfish Pavilion, and will also debut new powersports products for audio system upgrades. The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is a 58 year tradition and one of the largest boat trade shows in Florida, located in the “Yachting Capital of the World”. Exhibits range from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts.
 
About Metra Electronics
 
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187.
 
The full Metra Marine catalog is available at http://www.metraonline.com/files/catalogs/2017_METRA_MARINE_CATALOG.pdf.
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Metra to Showcase Hundreds of New Products and Offer Free DSP Training at the 2017 SEMA Show

Oct 13, 2017

 
Holly Hill, FL - October 13, 2017Metra Electronics is launching more than a hundred new products across all of their brand lines at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, from 10/31/17 to 11/3/17 inside the Las Vegas Convention Center. Booth #11639 inside the North Hall will be the main booth showcasing all of Metra’s 12 volt brands. Booth #35227 inside the South Hall will showcase powersports, off-road and truck accessories from Metra. “Our investment in new technology and products reinforces the commitment that Metra has to the 12 volt industry, and the desire to keep innovating,” says Bill Jones, President of Metra Electronics. “We look forward to releasing many great new products at the 2017 SEMA Show,” he added.
 
The most significant expansion of product lines will be from iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, which will bring numerous new commercial solutions for fleet owners, in addition to a wide range of consumer safety products for accident avoidance and eliminating blind spots. Heise LED Lighting Systems® is launching additional accent lighting solutions and even more light bars, cube lights, and other heavy-duty LED lighting accessories, all of which are known for their ability to withstand even the worst torture tests. Additional new releases include products from Axxess®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, The Install Bay®, and Metra PowerSports™, a new line specifically designed for the rugged environments of today’s powersport enthusiast. New speaker adapters for several older model luxury vehicles and sports cars will also launch at SEMA. For vehicle head unit upgrades, Metra’s latest dash kits will also be featured at the main booth, with new products for even more vehicle applications. Metra’s popular new TurboTouch™ kits, featuring integrated electronics in a premium touchscreen dash kit, will also be on display for a live demo.
 
Axxess will host six free DSP training sessions at booth #11639 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, at 10am and 3pm. Attendees will learn how to upgrade digitally amplified systems with a faster, more efficient solution, using the Axxess Digital Signal Processor (AX-DSP). The “before-the-amp” solution for digital amplifiers is just one of the many ways to use the AX-DSP, but will be the focus for the training session at SEMA 2017. Jason Anderson, VP of Research and Development, and Juan Lugo, Director of Axxess, will be hosting the training sessions. A question and answer session will conclude the training to allow attendees to ask specific installation questions regarding the AX-DSP. Register at https://www.weare12volt.com/sema to receive more information about the training session. This event will be standing room only inside the booth.
 
The Installer Institute®, the leading school for mobile electronics, will be at both booths to discuss new 2018 programs for installers, including continuing education courses for existing professionals. The Installer Institute is accredited by the ACCET - Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training and has graduated thousands of installers over the past 25 years. Recently, they developed a comprehensive program with 900 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction in mobile electronics. This course also included guidance for starting your own installation business. Additional curriculum updates include more training for motorcycle, marine and home theater installations, as many installers prefer to expand their skill set into these areas. Both MECP and MESA certifications are available through the Installer Institute’s programs.
 
The SEMA Show is a huge event for the 12 volt industry, not only to see new products but to also draw inspiration from top builders from around the world. Attendees can see Metra products installed on some of the most innovative and creative applications yet. Custom built show vehicles using a wide range of Metra products will be on display throughout the show, including a customized Polaris RZR side-by-side. Metra Electronics will be showcasing video footage of these vehicles once they are unveiled on their Facebook page during and after the event, at https://www.facebook.com/MetraElectronics
 
 
About Metra Electronics
 
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932.
For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187. For information about the Installer Institute, visit InstallerInstitute.com or call 800.354.6782.
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Metra Electronics to Host DSP Training at the 2017 SEMA Show

Oct 13, 2017


Installers Will Learn How to Use the AX-DSP to Upgrade Digitally Amplified Systems Without the Hassle

 
Holly Hill, FL - October 13, 2017Metra Electronics is hosting free AX-DSP training sessions at SEMA Booth #11639 in the North Hall. Training sessions are open to all attendees and a total of six sessions will be hosted. The 30 minute training sessions will be held at 10am and 3pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the show (10/31/17 to 11/2/17). The SEMA Show is hosted at the Las Vegas Convention Center from October 31 to November 3, 2017. It is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world.
 
About the Training Session
How do you effectively install aftermarket amplifiers and speakers in vehicles with digitally amplified systems? The experts from Metra Electronics will be showing attendees the faster, more efficient solution, using the Axxess Digital Signal Processor (AX-DSP). The “before-the-amp” solution for digital amplifiers is just one of the many ways to use the AX-DSP, but will be the focus for the training session at SEMA. Jason Anderson, VP of Research and Development, and Juan Lugo, Director of Axxess, will be hosting the training sessions twice a day, from Tuesday through Thursday. To learn more about this topic, attend one of the scheduled training sessions at booth #11639 in the North Hall of the SEMA Show. A question and answer session will conclude the training, to allow attendees to ask specific installation questions regarding the AX-DSP. Register at https://www.weare12volt.com/sema to receive more information about the training session. This event will be standing room only inside the booth.
 
About the AX-DSP
            Axxess launched a new Digital Signal Processor (AX-DSP) this summer, as an all-in-one vehicle interface and DSP. It retains vehicle functions and allows full control via a smartphone application. One of the benefits to the AX-DSP, is that it is compatible with any aftermarket amplifier and speaker setup*. The OE radio will work with a digital or analog amplifier, without a factory amplifier, when adding a subwoofer to an OE system, or when using an aftermarket radio system. Unlike traditional DSPs on the market, this allows the installer to present a better, more cost effective solution to their customer, based on what they are wanting to keep or replace in their system.
 
            The “before-the-amp” solution is designed to allow installers the option to remove the factory amplifier or to add a subwoofer while still maintaining the original equipment features and controls of the radio. The AX-DSP takes the digital signal from OE radios and converts it to a multi-channel analog output, allowing an installer to easily add aftermarket amplifiers while retaining the use of the OE radio controls. This results in a faster, more efficient method for installers.
 
*Visit AxxessInterfaces.com to view an up to date and vehicle-specific application chart for the AX-DSP. For product and training information, visit https://www.weare12volt.com/sema and register to receive notifications.
 
 
About Metra Electronics
 
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
 
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932.
For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit MetraHomeTheater.com or call 866.839.9187. For information about the Installer Institute, visit InstallerInstitute.com or call 800.354.6782.
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Metra Welcomes Jason Anderson as VP of Research and Development for all 12 Volt Brands

Sep 26, 2017

 
Holly Hill, FL - September 2017 – Metra Electronics®, a leader in manufacturing aftermarket mobile electronics accessories, has announced the addition of Jason Anderson as Vice President of Research and Development. Anderson will oversee new product lines, further filling out its team of mobile electronics industry veterans in the company's corporate headquarters in Holly Hill, FL. He will focus on accelerating innovation and growth for all of Metra’s 12 Volt brands by leading new product line development.
 
A 1997 graduate of Metra’s Installer Institute, Anderson went on to spend 11 years at the school, becoming a Master Certified MECP instructor - and later director, holding all certifications. During his time at the Installer Institute he contributed to the growth of the school’s mobile electronics program, building it from a 4 week course to 10 weeks, along with expanding to a new, larger facility. A truly dedicated individual and a staple to the electronics field, Anderson has trained thousands of installers, including those graduates who have gone on to become Installer of the Year, and many who are now business owners or well known installers in the industry. He has traveled to India on three separate month-long excursions as an ambassador of the school, training a total of 180 installers.

Anderson also helped to create the Mobile Electronics Schools Association, or MESA. This program provides graduates with certification of their skill level via hands-on testing instead of standardized written tests. MESA certification is beneficial to installers throughout their careers, and helps employers identify candidates for employment who have proven their ability and aptitude in hands-on mobile electronics installations.
A 2005 recipient of the MECP industry leader award, Anderson has much to offer in his new role at Metra Electronics. Media accolades include the creation of 14 training videos for the Installer Institute, authoring instructional manuals, and numerous articles in PASMag - as well as other prestigious publications. Anderson has been instrumental in the training of US government agents in servicing presidential vehicles and has also trained Special Operations teams with skills they can use to combat terrorism.
 
Personal endeavours include owning a successful car audio installation business, located in Ormond Beach, FL - where he oversaw marine, home, and vehicle dealership services. Jason has also built custom show cars, including the “Black Death Escalade” which is featured on the Installer Institute’s website.
 
“We’re excited to bring someone with Jason’s experience and knowledge to join our team,” says Bill Jones, President of Metra Electronics. Anderson is looking forward to working alongside Metra’s team of professionals to extend the company’s line of innovative products in the fast-growing electronics industry.
 
 
About Metra Electronics
 
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The InstallBay®, Heise®, iBeam®, Shuriken®, Raptor®, Ballistic®, Ethereal®, and Helios®. For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at www.MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932.
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New Digital Signal Processor from Axxess Combines Interface and DSP into One Solution

Aug 9, 2017

New AX-DSP Features Simple Installation, Smaller Size and Versatility
 
Holly Hill, FL - August 9, 2017 – Axxess Interfaces by Metra Electronics®, a leader in vehicle interfacing, has developed a cost effective option for customers desiring to improve vehicle sound quality with a digital signal processor. Unlike other competing products on the market, the AX-DSP presents an all-in-one solution that works with a variety of car audio system setups and includes a built-in interface. The “before-the-amp” solution is designed to allow installers the option to remove the factory amplifier or to add a subwoofer while still maintaining the original equipment features and controls of the radio. Since every customer has different needs and budgets, the flexibility of the Axxess Digital Signal Processor allows the installer to customize a solution based on what the customer is wanting to replace or keep in their system. From fixed level output for digital systems to analog factory systems, or even adding a subwoofer to an OE system, the versatile AX-DSP has installers covered. Unlike traditional DSPs on the market, this allows the installer to present a better, more cost effective solution to their customer.
 
Installers will also appreciate how fast and easy it is to install the AX-DSP behind the factory radio, thanks to its small footprint, which is about ⅔ the size of competing products that are designed for after the OE amplifier installation. Due to the complexity of technology in newer vehicles, installation for newer models requires many more wires for data lines. To further cut down on install time, Axxess has engineered vehicle specific T-Harnesses (sold separately), that make installation even faster and easier, with no need to cut any wires. Using a T-Harness can cut down installation time from 1 hour to just 5 minutes and are highly recommended.
 
Once installed, the AX-DSP features and settings are controlled via Bluetooth from a free mobile application, available for iOS (10.2 or higher) and Android (4.1 or higher) smartphone or tablet devices. The mobile application gives users control over audio settings to achieve their ideal sound quality desired. There are six inputs and six outputs for front, rear, and sub. Installers can also adjust the selectable high and low level inputs. Front, Rear and Sub outputs each have an independent two-way crossover in line with a 31 band graphic equalizer. The Front, Rear, and Sub outputs can be delayed independently for up to 10ms to optimize sound for the listening position. The AX-DSP also features chime control for vehicles with amp-generated chimes, along with clipping detection and limiting circuits. It retains Sync and OnStar, and can read, write and store your information for future recall.
 
Alternatively, the AX-DSP could be used just as a stand alone interface to feed signal to a DSP that cannot work with a digitally amplified system. “This solution is a great fix for customers or installers desiring a specific type of DSP that would otherwise require a timely installation process using summing devices. What typically required labor intensive troubleshooting to install can now be much faster with our AX-DSP used as an interface,” says Jason Anderson, VP of Research and Development for Metra’s 12 volt brands.
 
The AX-DSP is now shipping and available to Metra Dealers. Installers can see instructions and vehicle specific applications for this product online at AxxessInterfaces.com by using the vehicle fit guide, or by viewing the application chart at https://axxessinterfaces.com/product/AX-DSP.
 
To learn more about the new features and benefits of Axxess Digital Signal Processor (AX-DSP) from Metra Electronics, visit AxxessDSP.com. To sign up to become a Metra Dealer, visit MetraOnline.com.
 
 
About Metra Electronics
 
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The InstallBay®, Heise®, iBeam®, Shuriken®, Raptor®, Ballistic®, Ethereal®, and Helios®. For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at www.MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932.
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Metra is Now Shipping TurboTouch Kits for Chrysler Pacifica 2017 & Up

Jul 19, 2017

 
Integrated Interface and Touchscreen Retain Vehicle Functions and Personalization Settings


Holly Hill, FL - July 2017 – Metra Electronics, a leader in aftermarket radio replacement solutions, continues to expand their line of popular TurboTouch kits with the 99-6543HG, designed for Chrysler Pacifica models 2017 and up*. Metra’s new line of TurboTouch kits feature patented Auto-Detect protocol and a patent-pending design for a touchscreen based vehicle interface.
 
The 99-6543HG kit provides the ability to install an ISO Single-DIN radio provision with pocket as well as an ISO Double-DIN radio replacement. This kit includes the wiring harness and a built-in Axxess touchscreen interface. It is scratch-resistant and painted high gloss black to match the factory finish. Note: This kit does not support surround camera (360) switching at this time.
 
TurboTouch kits are designed for a fast, seamless installation with no additional programming. The smart interface automatically configures to the vehicle, with no dip-switches or buttons to program. Metra’s popular ASWC-1 technology is already built-in to retain factory steering wheel controls, without the need to purchase this product separately. Retention for most safety features (including backup cameras and sensors), and most of the other vehicle information are also built into the interface. The integrated 4.3 inch color touchscreen and buttons will retain climate control features and most personalized vehicle customizations.
 
TurboTouch kits are proudly made in the USA with the highest quality ABS plastics using injection molding technology to ensure a superior design and fit. The 99-6543HG is now in stock and shipping, available to authorized Metra Dealers and Distributors.
 
*Please visit http://www.metraonline.com/part/99-6543HG to see specific and up to date vehicle applications, download the product sheet and view instructions for this part.
 
More about the new line of TurboTouch kits can be seen at MetraTurboTouch.com.
 
 
About Metra Electronics
 
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The InstallBay®, Heise®, iBeam®, Shuriken®, Raptor®, Ballistic®, Ethereal®, and Helios®. For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at www.MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932.
 
 
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Metra is Now Shipping TurboTouch Kits for Ford Fusion 2013 & Up

Jul 14, 2017

 

Integrated Interface and Touchscreen Retain Vehicle Functions and Personalization Settings

Holly Hill, FL - July 2017 – Metra Electronics, a leader in aftermarket radio replacement dash kits, is now shipping a new TurboTouch kit designed for Ford Fusion 2013 and up* models. The popular new line of TurboTouch kits feature Metra’s patented Auto-Detect protocol and patent-pending design for a touchscreen based vehicle interface.
 
The 99-5841B kit provides the ability to install an ISO Single-DIN radio provision with pocket as well as an ISO Double-DIN radio replacement. This kit includes a HVAC interface and wiring harness. It is scratch-resistant and painted black to match the factory finish. Note: This kit does not support amplified systems.
 
TurboTouch kits are designed for a fast, seamless installation with no additional programming. The smart interface automatically configures to the vehicle, with no dip-switches or buttons to program. Metra’s popular ASWC-1 technology is already built-in to retain factory steering wheel controls, without the need to purchase this product separately. Retention for safety features (including backup cameras and sensors), and most of the other vehicle information are also built into the interface. The integrated 4.3 inch color touchscreen and buttons will retain climate control features and most personalized vehicle customizations.
 
TurboTouch kits are proudly made in the USA with the highest quality ABS plastics using injection molding technology to ensure a superior design and fit. The 99-5841B is now in stock and shipping, available to authorized Metra Dealers and Distributors.
 
*Please visit http://www.metraonline.com/part/99-5841B to see specific and up to date vehicle applications, download the product sheet and view instructions for this part.
 
More about the new line of TurboTouch kits can be seen at MetraTurboTouch.com.
 
 
About Metra Electronics
 
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The InstallBay®, Heise®, iBeam®, Shuriken®, Raptor®, Ballistic®, Ethereal®, and Helios®. For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at www.MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932.
 
 
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Metra Electronics to Teach DSP and Install Basics at KnowledgeFest

Jul 14, 2017

Holly Hill, FL - July 2017 – Metra Electronics, a leader in aftermarket mobile electronics, will be teaching two vendor training courses at KnowledgeFest in Dallas, TX from August 11-14, 2017. This industry event is hosted by the Mobile Electronics Association at the Dallas Convention Center and features a full schedule of educational training for 12 volt installers. Metra’s Installer Institute, an accredited school for Mobile Electronics, will also be at the show giving information about their school’s programs and continuing education courses. Both the Installer Institute and Metra Electronics will be at booth #316.

 
“AX-DSP - Upgrade your digitally amplified system without the hassle” will be taught by Jason Anderson on August 12 from 4:45pm to 5:45pm. How do you effectively install aftermarket amps and speakers in vehicles with digital amplifiers? The new AX-DSP from Axxess Interfaces is the solution to this problem that installers have been dealing with for years. The AX-DSP takes the digital signal from OE radios and converts it to a multi-channel analog output, allowing an installer to easily add aftermarket amps while retaining the use of the OE radio controls. Installers no longer have to buy summing devices, processors, or DSP’s, and then spend hours wiring up and troubleshooting. Installers should attend this training seminar at the 2017 summer Knowledgefest event to find out how the AX-DSP can save time, money and headaches in the installation bay. Attendees can reserve their seat for this class online at:
 
The second class, “Metra/Axxess 101: Back to the Basics”, will be taught by Juan Lugo on Sunday, August 13 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. This class will cover basic install techniques and topics such as wiring up combo amplified /non-amplified harnesses, initialization of various interfaces, audio adjustments to interfaces, and the use and operation of the new Axxess App and PC updater program. The class will also discuss the new AX-DSP, TurboTouch Kits and various other new products from Metra Electronics. KnowledgeFest attendees can reserve their seat for this training session at: http://knowledgefest.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=172&Itemid=332.
 
Please visit the following websites for more information:
KnowledgeFest event information, schedule and registration: KnowledgeFest.org
Installer Institute’s programs and courses for mobile electronics: InstallerInstitute.com
The new Axxess Digital Signal Processor (AX-DSP) from Metra Electronics: AxxessDSP.com
 
About Metra Electronics
 
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The InstallBay®, Heise®, iBeam®, Shuriken®, Raptor®, Ballistic®, Ethereal®, and Helios®. For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at www.MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932.
 
 
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Name: Jason Anderson
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Metra’s New TurboTouch Kits for Ford Mustang Models 2010 & Up are Now Shipping!

Jun 26, 2017

Holly Hill, FL - June 2017 – Metra’s highly anticipated new TurboTouch kits are now shipping for Ford Mustang models 2010 and up*. By using Metra’s patented Auto-Detect protocol and patent-pending design for a touchscreen based vehicle interface, these new kits will lead the aftermarket radio industry into the future. The 99-5839CH kit is for Ford Mustang models 2010 - 2014, and can be installed with the radio up top or down below. The 99-5838CH kit is for 2015 and up* models with a 4.2 inch screen and the 99-5840CH is for the 2015 and up* models with 8 inch screens.
 
TurboTouch kits are designed for a fast, seamless installation with no additional programming. The smart interface automatically configures to the vehicle, with no dip-switches or buttons to program. The interface provides retention for safety features through the built in interface in the touchscreen display that allows either the factory camera or aftermarket camera through the touchscreen display.
Built-in ASWC-1 technology retains factory steering wheel controls and the integrated 4.3 inch touchscreen and buttons will retain and control all climate and most of the vehicle customization features. The 99-5839CH and 99-5838CH kits retain SYNC.
 
These TurboTouch kits are designed for an aftermarket radio installation for an ISO Double-DIN radio provision and ISO Single-DIN radio provision with pocket, and includes an Axxess interface and harness.
 
TurboTouch kits are proudly made in the USA with the highest quality ABS plastics using injection molding technology to ensure a superior design and fit. TurboTouch kits for the 99-5839CH are painted charcoal with a matte black center and the 99-5838CH and 99-5840CH are painted charcoal to match the factory finish. These new kits are now in stock and shipping, and available to authorized Metra Dealers and Distributors.
 
*Please visit Metra’s website to view product sales sheets, instructions, and to see specific, up to date vehicle applications for each part:
 
More about the new line of TurboTouch kits can be seen at MetraTurboTouch.com.
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The InstallBay®, Heise®, iBeam®, Shuriken®, Raptor®, Ballistic®, Ethereal®, and Helios®. For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at www.MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932.
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Metra’s Highly Anticipated TurboTouch Kit for Ford F-150 2015-Up Models is Now Shipping

Jun 25, 2017

 New Integrated Interface and Touchscreen Retain Vehicle Functions and Personalization Settings


Holly Hill, FL - June 2017 –TurboTouch kits by Metra Electronics are now in stock and shipping for Ford F-150 models, 2015 and up*. Metra Electronics, a leader in aftermarket radio replacement dash kits, has introduced a new line of TurboTouch kits using their patented Auto-Detect protocol and patent-pending design for a touchscreen based vehicle interface.
 
The 99-5834CH kit provides the ability to install an ISO Single-DIN radio provision with pocket as well as an ISO Double-DIN radio replacement. This kit includes a HVAC interface and wiring harness. It is scratch-resistant and painted charcoal to match the factory finish.
 
TurboTouch kits are designed for a fast, seamless installation with no additional programming. The smart interface automatically configures to the vehicle, with no dip-switches or buttons to program. Metra’s popular ASWC-1 technology is already built-in to retain factory steering wheel controls, without the need to purchase this product separately. Retention for safety features (including backup cameras and sensors), and other vehicle information are also built into the interface. The integrated 4.3 inch color touchscreen and buttons will retain and control most climate features and personalized vehicle customizations.
 
TurboTouch kits are proudly made in the USA with the highest quality ABS plastics using injection molding technology to ensure a superior design and fit. The 99-5834CH is now shipping and available to authorized Metra Dealers and Distributors. This part fits Ford F-150 models from 2015 & up*.
 
The 99-5834CH does not work with Sony amplified systems and does not support Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ or 10-way power driver and passenger seats with power lumbar and massage seats.
 
*Please visit http://www.metraonline.com/part/99-5834CH to see specific and up to date vehicle applications, download the product sheet and view instructions for this part.
 
More about the new line of TurboTouch kits can be seen at MetraTurboTouch.com.
 
 
About Metra Electronics
 
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The InstallBay®, Heise®, iBeam®, Shuriken®, Raptor®, Ballistic®, Ethereal®, and Helios®. For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at www.MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932.
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Now Shipping: Metra TurboTouch Kits for Dodge Durango 2014 & Up

Jun 20, 2017

 Integrated Interface and Touchscreen Retain Vehicle Functions and Personalization Settings


Holly Hill, FL - June 2017 – Metra Electronics, a leader in aftermarket radio replacement dash kits, expands their popular line of TurboTouch kits with a new product designed for Dodge Durango 2014 and up* models. TurboTouch kits feature Metra’s patented Auto-Detect protocol and patent-pending design for a touchscreen based vehicle interface.
 
The 99-6537B kit provides the ability to install an ISO Single-DIN radio provision with pocket as well as an ISO Double-DIN radio replacement. This kit includes a HVAC interface and wiring harness. It is scratch-resistant and painted black to match the factory finish.
 
TurboTouch kits are designed for a fast, seamless installation with no additional programming. The smart interface automatically configures to the vehicle, with no dip-switches or buttons to program. Metra’s popular ASWC-1 technology is already built-in to retain factory steering wheel controls, without the need to purchase this product separately. Retention for safety features (including backup cameras and sensors), and other vehicle information are also built into the interface. The integrated 4.3 inch color touchscreen and buttons will retain climate control features and most personalized vehicle customizations.
 
TurboTouch kits are proudly made in the USA with the highest quality ABS plastics using injection molding technology to ensure a superior design and fit. The 99-6537B is now in stock and shipping, available to authorized Metra Dealers and Distributors.
 
*Please visit http://www.metraonline.com/part/99-6537B to see specific and up to date vehicle applications, download the product sheet and view instructions for this part.
 
More about the new line of TurboTouch kits can be seen at MetraTurboTouch.com.
 
 
About Metra Electronics
 
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The InstallBay®, Heise®, iBeam®, Shuriken®, Raptor®, Ballistic®, Ethereal®, and Helios®. For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at www.MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932.
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Metra’s Radio Replacement Dash Panel for C5 Generation (1997-2004) Chevy Corvettes is Now Shipping!

Jun 7, 2017


Holly Hill, FL - June 2017 – Metra’s popular radio replacement solutions continue to lead the industry across a wide range of vehicle applications. Now, C5 Generation Corvette owners (model years 1997-2004) can upgrade their radios using Metra’s new dash kit solution, the DP-3021B. Metra has built a replacement dash panel that reaches from the center console up to the center of the dash, creating a new opening for an aftermarket Double-DIN radio. This large dash kit replaces the factory panel. Supplied instructions and installation template provide the help needed for the minor sub-dash modifications required for relocating climate controls. No custom work or cutting of the factory bezel is required. The dash kit is painted scratch-resistant black to match the original dash appearance.
 
The DP-3021B is proudly made in the USA with the highest quality ABS plastics using injection molding technology to ensure a superior design and fit. This kit is now in stock and shipping, and available to authorized Metra Dealers and Distributors.
 
Please visit http://www.metraonline.com/part/DP-3021B to download a product sales sheet, instructions and to view specific, up to date vehicle applications for this part.
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The InstallBay®, Heise®, iBeam®, Shuriken®, Raptor®, Ballistic®, Ethereal®, and Helios®. For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at www.MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932.
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Now Available: Metra’s New TurboTouch Kit for Select Ram 2013 - Up Models

May 30, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Morgan Burton
Shok Idea Group
Phone: 386-957-3939
E-Mail: Morgan@shokme.com

 
Holly Hill, FL - May 2017 – The wait for TurboTouch kits for Ram trucks is now over! Metra’s 99-6527B kit is designed for Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 models from 2013-up with an 8 inch touchscreen. The new line of TurboTouch kits use Metra’s patented Auto-Detect protocol and patent-pending design for a touchscreen based vehicle interface. The advanced integration technology will lead the aftermarket radio industry into the future.
 
The 99-6527B kit is designed for an aftermarket radio installation for ISO Double-DIN radio provision or ISO Single-DIN radio provision with pocket, and includes wiring harness and a built-in Axxess touchscreen interface. It is scratch-resistant and painted black to match the factory finish.
 
TurboTouch kits are designed for a fast, seamless installation with no additional programming. The smart interface automatically configures to the vehicle, with no dip-switches or buttons to program. Metra’s popular ASWC-1 technology is already built-in to retain factory steering wheel controls, without the need to purchase this product separately. Retention for safety features (including backup cameras and sensors), and other vehicle information are also built into the interface. The integrated 4.3” color touchscreen and buttons will retain and control all climate features and personalized vehicle customizations.
 
TurboTouch kits are proudly made in the USA with the highest quality ABS plastics using injection molding technology to ensure a superior design and fit. The 99-6527B is now in stock and shipping, available to authorized Metra Dealers and Distributors.
 
Visit http://www.metraonline.com/part/99-6527B to see specific and up to date vehicle applications, download the product sheet and view instructions for this part. More about the new line of TurboTouch kits can be seen at MetraTurboTouch.com.
 
 
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The InstallBay®, Heise®, iBeam®, Shuriken®, Raptor®, Ballistic®, Ethereal®, and Helios®. For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at www.MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932.
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Metra’s Multi-Kit for Toyota 1984 - 2004 Models is in Stock and Shipping

May 26, 2017

Holly Hill, FL - May 2017 – Metra’s wide range of radio replacement solutions now include many of the popular older Toyota models, including the 4-Runner, Camry, Celica, Corolla, MR2, Pickup, Supra, T-100 and Tacoma. The 99-8104 Toyota multi-kit allows dealers to serve a wide range of Toyota applications with just one product.
 
The 99-8104 kit is for an aftermarket radio installation for ISO Double-DIN radio provision or ISO Single-DIN radio provision with pocket. Three sets of trim rings are included, along with five sets of brackets and the pocket.
 
This new dash kit is proudly made in the USA with the highest quality ABS plastics using injection molding technology to ensure a superior design and fit. The 99-8104 is now in stock and shipping, and available to authorized Metra Dealers and Distributors.
 
Toyota Vehicle Applications for the 99-8104:
4-Runner 1984-2002
Camry 1987-1991
Celica (GT/GTS) 1986-1989
Celica 1990-1993
Corolla (GTS/SR5) 1984-1987
Corolla (sedan/wagon – lower dash) 1988-1992
Corolla (sedan/wagon – upper dash)1988-1992 *ISO DIN only
Corolla (coupe – lower dash) 1993-1997
Corolla (coupe – upper dash) 1993-1997 *ISO DIN only
MR2 1991-1995
Pickup 1984-1995
Supra 1986.5-1992
T-100 1993-1998
Tacoma 1995-2004
 
Visit http://www.metraonline.com/part/99-8104 for specific and up to date vehicle applications, to download the product sheet and to view instructions for this part.
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The InstallBay®, Heise®, iBeam®, Shuriken®, Raptor®, Ballistic®, Ethereal®, and Helios®. For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at www.MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932.
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Metra’s New Audi A3 Installation Kit is Now In Stock

May 16, 2017

Holly Hill, FL - May 2017 – Metra’s popular radio replacement solutions continue to lead the industry across a wide range of vehicle applications. Now, Audi A3 2006-2013 owners (excluding factory “Concert” radios for 06-07 models), can upgrade their radios to a new, modern design with the 99-9109B dash kit. This kit allows for the installation of both DIN and DDIN radios, without the need for a metal mounting sleeve. The 99-9109B kit is scratch-resistant and painted matte black to match the factory finish.

 
This new dash kit is proudly made in the USA with the highest quality ABS plastics using injection molding technology to ensure a superior design and fit. The 99-9109B is now in stock and shipping, and available to authorized Metra Dealers and Distributors. The product sales sheet can be downloaded at http://www.metraonline.com/part/99-9109B.
 
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The InstallBay®, Heise®, iBeam®, Shuriken®, Raptor®, Ballistic®, Ethereal®, and Helios®. For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at www.MetraOnline.com or call 800.221-0932.
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