Published: October 18, 2014 | India
Blaupunkt India has launched two new car stereos for the Indian market in Mumbai. Called Tokyo 110 and Manchester 110, they are aggressively priced at Rs 4,990 and Rs 5,990 respectively. They were launched worldwide in July 2014 but have just been launched in India. These single-DIN audio players are aimed at building the lower end of Blaupunkt’s in-car entertainment system portfolio in the country.
The car multimedia giant has already ventured into the Indian market with a brand new showroom in Kerala.
Both these systems support USB and SD card playback and come equipped with an aux-in, FM/ AM capabilities, blue backlighting and remote controls. The difference between the two is that while Manchester 110 comes equipped with a CD player, Tokyo 110 does not. Both units come with a two-year warranty as well.
These two products allow Blaupunkt to target the extreme low end of the in-car entertainment system market in India. The company says its primary target audience includes fleet taxis, second-hand cars, and cars devoid of entertainment systems. They are looking to capitalise on consumers looking for an economical solution to their car infotainment needs. According to company officials, Blaupunkt is perceived as a very expensive brand and by tapping into the mass market, they are trying to change that.
“With Tokyo and Manchester, Blaupunkt has once again demonstrated its ability to provide unmatched value across its product portfolio, be it in the high-end multimedia navigation space, sound solutions or with low-priced single-DIN radios like these. These models raise the bar on value, while lowering the price point for a quality car radio. After a phenomenal response worldwide, we expect these products to be very successful in the Indian market.” – Preeti Bakshi, marketing head of Blaupunkt India
Blaupunkt aims to sell approximately 8,000 units of both the Manchester 110 and Tokyo 110 together, every month, which translates into nearly 100,000 units a year. While Blaupunkt’s high-end infotainment systems are manufactured in Malaysia, the Manchester 110 and Tokyo 110 will be made in China.
Source: Autocar Professional