Bose Most Preferred In-Vehicle Audio Brand, Sony Most Well Known, Finds Strategy Analytics

September 12 2018, 00:15
The level of interest in adding a premium audio system as an option at vehicle purchase increased from 2017 to 2018 in both the US and Western Europe. In the new 2018 Premium Audio Report from the Strategy Analytics’ In-Vehicle UX (IVX) team, consumers in the US, France, Germany, Italy, and the UK were surveyed in respect to their interest and willingness to pay for an in-vehicle premium audio system. Bose was the preferred brand, while Sony gets the most recognition among consumers.

Consumer brand perception for 20 premium audio brands was also considered. While almost half of respondents in the US were willing to pay $1,500 or less for premium audio as an option on their next vehicle purchase, Bose maintained its position as the most-preferred brand for premium audio in all countries.

Males still held a stronger preference for premium audio in the US than in Western Europe. But females in the US especially have increased their interest significantly from 2017 to 2018. The percentage of respondents that rated Bose as preferred was at least 10% more than the brand rated in second place, in every country. Pioneer and Bang & Olufsen also held strong positions in the countries evaluated.

“Bose maintained its dominance in premium audio brand perception, rated as the most-preferred brand in all five countries. In fact, preference for Bose increased in all countries from 2017 to 2018 after slipping from 2016 to 2017. Bose maintained a sizeable advantage in every country, being preferred by at least 10% more respondents than the brand in second place," explains Diane O'Neill, Director UXIP and the author of the report.

“While Bose maintained its dominance, Sony maintained its position as the most well-known brand in all countries. In fact Bose, Sony and either Pioneer or Bang & Olufsen, were found as the top three most-preferred premium brands in all countries evaluated," adds Chris Schreiner, Director, Syndicated Research UXIP.

Strategy Analytics' In-vehicle User Experience (IVX) service investigates UX innovation opportunities in the connected vehicle. By understanding the emerging behaviors, needs, motivations, use cases, pain-points and “must-have” experiences of lead adopters and future target consumers, IVX delivers a roadmap to manufacturers design the optimal experience. IVX forms part of the User Experience Innovation Practice (UXIP) at Strategy Analytics. Through both syndicated and proprietary user-centric research capabilities, UXIP delivers strategic insights and analysis on how to optimize the user experience of new and emerging technologies.
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