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HD Radio's About to Land in 14 More Vehicles


Fourteen new models from 9 automotive brands offering HD Radio Technology as standard or as a factory-installed option have or will soon hit dealerships across the country. A total of 28 automakers have now publicly announced their plans to incorporate HD Radio Technology in 140+ models by year-end with more than 60 featuring HD Radio receivers as standard equipment. 

The announced automotive brands include: Acura, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI USA, Porsche, Ram, Rolls-Royce, Scion, SRT (Chrysler), Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.

Automakers and models include:
The 2013 Cadillac XTS comes standard with HD Radio Technology
The 2013 Ford Escape now offers HD Radio Technology
The 2012 Hyundai Azera comes standard with HD Radio Technology
The 2013 Lexus GS, RX and LX come standard with HD Radio Technology
The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is the first Mazda to offer HD Radio Technology
The 2012 Porsche Cayenne, Panamera and 911 all offer HD Radio Technology
The 2013 Scion FR-S and iQ come standard with HD Radio Technology
The 2013 Subaru BRZ comes standard with HD Radio Technology
The 2013 Toyota Venza now offers HD Radio Technology

Today, there are over 2,100 AM & FM stations broadcasting with HD Radio Technology with more than 1,400 additional digital only FM HD2/HD3/HD4 multicast channels sending new exciting programming.

(6/29/2012 3:07:58 PM)
Ulrich, you are spot-on. My brother-in-law is a Nissan franchisee and he said that the lack of HD Radio on Nissans has cost him sales. It's not a huge number of lost sales, but the owners of Nissan dealerships are pleading with Nissan to add HD Radio. I expect that the same is true with Honda, as you see many posts in Honda forums about adding HD Radio. Honda and Nissan are the last holdouts on HD. There are ways to add HD to these vehicles with after-market devices, but it's a hassle.

- Thomas
(6/22/2012 10:58:39 PM)
Dealers are finding it more difficult to sell non-HD Radio equipped vehicles, which is why you see the dramatic expansion of HD Radio-equipped models. No automaker wants to risk lost sales by not having a feature that is in high demand by consumers.

In another couple of years it will be difficult to purchase a new vehicle that does not have HD Radio.

- Ulrich Deritz
(6/19/2012 4:13:52 PM)
The BIG Bad IBOC Man will stick around until he gets his fraudulent IPO, cash in, and move out of reach Federal securities regulators.

- Gregory
(6/19/2012 2:47:35 PM)

Who cares?

Certainly not consumers!


"Mommy, has the big bad IBOC man gone away yet?"

- PandoraFanBoi
(6/19/2012 9:59:32 AM)
Nice going, Struble, I'm impressed! Even though the automakers continue to receive complaints about HD Radio, which they have ignored, this is not stopping Struble. At some point, Bartels and Wolf are going to pull the trigger.

- Gregory

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