Radio As An Auto Option?
February 2, 2009 at 6:04 AM (PT)
After years of adding sexier, more sonically pleasing radios to cars, car makers, faced with recession, are reversing the trend and removing radios in select vehicles, creating a small window of opportunity for the retail aftermarket, reports TWICE.COM. At least eight car models in 2009 are available either without a radio or without a CD player according to car dealerships polled by TWICE, INSTALLERNET and AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE.
Among these are the NISSAN VERSA 1.6 Base and the NISSAN ALTIMA 2.5, both of which did not offer the radio-free option last year. Also included is the HONDA CIVIC DX sedan.
Many of these models are pre-wired so the consumer may add a radio that could be purchased at a consumer electronics store, said car dealers, creating an opportunity for aftermarket stores.