NYAS ’10: Status update of HD Radio in the US

Several automakers have announced their intent to expand their support of HD Radio at the New York Auto Show.

The companies plan to provide new vehicle launches, broader applications and new services.

Ford confirmed two new models equipped with HD Radio are now available at dealerships: the 2011 model year Mustang and Super Duty. Ford, which earlier this year announced plans for vehicles to feature factory-installed iTunes tagging, will additionally include HD Radio in the Taurus, Econoline, Escape, F-Series, Flex and Fusion line-ups.

Lincoln previously announced that the first vehicle line to offer HD Radio as a factory-installed option would be the MKX. Other models that will include HD Radio are the MKS, MKT and Navigator.

With BMW’s recent launch of the 2011 model year 5 Series, the automaker’s entire product line has HD Radio as standard equipment.

Hyundai is also offering HD Radio as standard with the introductory inclusion in the Equus, its high-end flagship model. Other Hyundai models offering HD Radio as a factory-installed option include the Genesis sedan and the 2011 model year Sonata.

Also embracing the adoption of HD Radio, Kia has confirmed plans for factory-installed HD Radio receivers in multiple 2011 model year vehicles, including select sedans and SUVs.

Volvo will make HD Radio standard on the new 2011 model year S60. The C30, C70, S40, TC, S80, V50, V70, XC60, XC70 and XC90, which are already standard, are currently available at dealerships.

Additional OEM brands that have announced intentions to install HD Radio receivers as either standard or optional equipment include:

# Audi – Standard on A6, A8 and Q7 2011 models; available on the navigation radio on A4, A5, and Q5 2011 models.

# Jaguar – Standard feature on the flagship 2010 Jaguar XJ, XF and XK models offer it as factory-installed option.

# Land Rover – Factory-installed option across entire Land Rover and Range Rover vehicle offering.

# Mercedes – Factory-installed option in premium packages in the E-, E-Coupe/Sedan, GL-, M-, R- and SLK-Class and standard equipment in the CL-, CLS-, G-, S-, and SL-Class models.

# Mercury – Factory-installed option on the 2011 model year Mariner.

# Mini – Factory-installed option in MINI Cooper, Convertible and Clubman.

# Rolls-Royce – Standard feature in Phantom Series.

# Volkswagen – Select 2010 models equipped with the DVD navigation system will include HD Radio as a feature.

Source: RadioMagOnline.

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