America News: Hyundai and Jaguar climb aboard with HD Radio

America News: Hyundai and Jaguar climb aboard with HD Radio

HD Radio will be offered on the Hyundai’s new premium sports sedan and Jaguar’s redesigned XJ sedan in 2008.

Hyundai will offer HD Radio on its rear-wheel drive premium sports sedan scheduled for introduction in 2008.

Hyundai broke an industry barrier in 2005 with the announcement that it would be the first OEM to standardise satellite radio in all of its vehicles.

John Krafcik, vice president of strategic planning & product development at Hyundai Motor America, said: “By adding the option of HD Radio reception to our new premium sports sedan, we will continue to provide Hyundai customers with the latest digital technology to enhance the driving experience.”

Jaguar will also offer digital HD Radio technology in its redesigned 2008 luxury XJ sedan.

“We are excited to bring even more luxury features to our customers with HD Radio receivers,” said Marti Eulberg, executive vice president of marketing & sales, Jaguar North America. “With the dramatically higher audio quality provided by HD Radio technology, the XJ experience is even more technically sophisticated.”

More than 1,200 AM and FM stations, available to approximately 80% of the US population, are using HD Radio technology to transmit digital audio and data to listeners, and more than 550 are offering subscription-free HD2 multicast channels on the FM dial.

According to Jeff McGannon, vice president of business development, iBiquity Digital Corp (developer and licenser of HD Radio technology), increasing customer demand has led iBiquity to predict that the number of HD Radio stations will exceed 3,000 within the next few years.


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