Compustar, makers of car remote start and security systems, has announced the release of six vehicle-specific T-harness bundles for installing remote start. These T-harness solutions will cover 17 vehicle makes, which include Ford, GMC, and Chrysler.

Compustar T-harness bundles will be divided into three series: FO (Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Mazda), GM (GMC, Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac), and CH (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep). Each of these T-harnesses will come preloaded with all necessary firmware, eliminating the need to "flash" the controllers. They will be bundled with a Compustar 1- way, extended-range remote kit.

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New companies in the CE industry pop up everyday, but not everyone brings a fresh new business model to the table, and some names will disappear as quickly as they appeared. But there are those that do succeed and push the industry in new and exciting directions. This month the editors at Dealerscope picked 10 new or emerging companies covering different corners of our market—retail, distribution, and service—we think offer new and interesting concepts and strategies. Time will tell if they have what it takes to become CE superstars, but for now they certainly have a good start. Service provider CE Interactive CEO: Dean

Success in audio By David Dritsas It would be really easy to attribute Definitive Audio's success to location. The myth of Seattle, Wash., is tied so irrevocably to Microsoft and a belief that the population abounds with high-tech, wealthy intelligentsia, ready and eager to spend money on high-end consumer electronics. But such an assumption wouldn't be a fair assessment for the a dealership whose hard work and perserverance has kept it at the top of its game. The truth about Seattle is that it is just a susceptible to the problems of any major city, and the quest for attaining and retaining customers is

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