More Automakers and More Vehicles Launch HD Radio™ Technology at North American International Auto Show in Detroit
Thursday, January 17th, 2013
Jeep and Infiniti introduce first vehicles with HD Radio Technology
31 automakers now offer HD Radio Technology in North America
Kia makes HD Radio Technology standard on the Cadenza and Lexus
is first automaker to introduce subscription-free traffic and weather
data services via the digital FM broadcast
Columbia, Maryland – January 17, 2013 – iBiquity Digital Corporation, the developer of digital HD Radio Technology for AM and FM audio and data broadcasting, announced after the North American International Auto Show the addition of two more automakers and more vehicles that will offer HD Radio Technology. The momentum continues as Jeep and Infiniti announced they would introduce HD Radio Technology for the first time and Chevrolet, Kia, and Lexus all announced new vehicles including HD Radio Technology at the Detroit Show.
- Chevrolet – Announced that the all-new 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray will offer HD Radio Technology.
- Infiniti – Announced that the all-new Q50 will be the first Infiniti vehicle to launch HD Radio Technology as a standard feature.
- Jeep – Announced that the Grand Cherokee will be the first Jeep vehicle to offer HD Radio Technology.
- Kia – Showed off the all-new 2014 Cadenza, which will be the first Kia vehicle with HD Radio Technology as a standard feature. Kia also had the 2014 Forte sedan on the show floor with HD Radio Technology.
- Lexus – Launched the all-new 2014 IS, which will be the first vehicle to hit the roads with HD Radio audio and subscription-free traffic and weather services as a standard feature.
HD Radio Technology is the digital evolution of AM and FM radio and delivers significant benefits for drivers: crystal-clear sound quality; additional digital only local FM channels known as HD2/HD3 Channels; PSD - Program Service Data, which displays song title and artist name on the radio screen; iTunes Tagging allows listeners to store song information with the touch of a button for later purchase and download through iTunes; Artist Experience which enables images that match the audio content to be displayed on the radio screen; and now, subscription-free traffic and data information sent directly to a vehicles display radio or navigation system. HD Radio Technology is subscription-free broadcast radio.
Jeff Jury, Chief Operating Officer of iBiquity Digital said, “Detroit is a very important show for automakers and we’re delighted to be included in so many key announcements. The growth and momentum continues for HD Radio Technology as we are now publicly announced with 31 automakers. Lexus is launching subscription-free traffic and weather data services through HD Radio Technology and Kia has expanded their commitment to the technology making it standard on the new Cadenza. 2013 promises to be another year of tremendous expansion for HD Radio Technology with even more automakers, more vehicles, new features and increased standardization.”
HD Radio Technology is available nationwide, with more than 2,150 digital stations on-air, and over 1,400 HD2/HD3 digital only channels that broadcast fresh new content that can only be heard with an HD Radio receiver. A sampling of the formats on these extra channels, which vary in different markets around the country, include Dance/Electronica, Bluegrass Country, Comedy, Local Music, Chill/Coffee Shop Music, South Asian, Talk, News, and Sports, to name just a few.
31 automakers have now publicly announced plans to incorporate HD Radio Technology in 160+ models by year-end with more than 80 models featuring HD Radio receivers as standard equipment.
HD Radio Technology is or will be available as a factory installed feature from 31 automotive brands including: Acura, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI USA, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Ram, Rolls-Royce, Scion, SRT (Chrysler), Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.
Keep watching for more HD Radio information at www.hdradio.com.
About iBiquity Digital Corporation
iBiquity Digital Corporation is the developer of HD Radio™ Technology, which is fueling the digital radio revolution in the United States and around the world. The digital technology enables broadcasters to offer new and unique FM content via HD2/HD3 channels, crystal-clear sound and data services on both the AM and FM bands – all free, with no subscription fee. Leading broadcasters, consumer electronics manufacturers, automakers and retailers are committed to HD Radio Technology. iBiquity Digital is a privately held company with operations in Columbia, MD, Auburn Hills, MI, and Piscataway, NJ. For more information, please visit www.hdradio.com and www.ibiquity.com.
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Note to editors: HD Radio™ and the “HD Radio” logo are proprietary trademarks of iBiquity Digital Corp. The “HD” in HD Radio™ is part of iBiquity Digital’s brand name for its advanced digital AM/FM system. It does not mean hybrid digital or high-definition digital; both of these are incorrect.