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Chrysler Embraces iPod

1/10/2006 03:09:00 PM Eastern

Detroit — The Chrysler Group today announced that it will be the first American automaker to provide full iPod integration as an option in most of its 2006 models, with over 3 million 2006 Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge models offering seamless iPod integration beginning this spring.

At the North American International Auto Show, here, Chrysler said drivers will be able to listen to their iPod through the car’s audio system; select their music by artist, album or playlist with radio or steering wheel controls; and view selections on the radio’s display.

“Customers have been asking for iPod connectivity and we’re excited to make it available to so many of our vehicles in 2006,” said Randy Ewers, director, Mopar Accessories Portfolio Team. “We’re providing the largest number and range of automobiles with iPod support of any automaker.”

“Over 40 percent of all cars sold in the U.S. in 2006 will offer iPod connectivity,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPod Product Marketing.Car makers that offer iPod connectivity include BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Scion, Suzuki and Volvo.Other cars expected to offer iPod connectivity in the near future include Acura, Audi, Ferrari, Honda, Infinity, Nissan and Volkswagon, said Apple.

The optional iPod Integration Kit for Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge model lines will be available at $175 plus installation from authorized dealerships, and will debut this spring.

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