Columbia, Md. — HD Radio will be
offered as standard equipment in a GMC vehicle for the first time with the
launch late this year of the 2013 GMC Acadia.
The Acadia crossover is the second
General Motors brand to launch HD Radio. Cadillac previously announced that HD
Radio would be standard in the new CUE infotainment system in the planned 2013 XTS
and ATS models.
With the Acadia announcement, factory-installed HD Radio is available from
or has been announced by 23 automotive brands. They include Audi, Bentley, BMW,
Cadillac, Ford, GMC, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda,
Mercedes-Benz, MINI USA, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, Scion, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota,
Volkswagen and Volvo.
The Acadia’s new infotainment system features standard color touchscreen
with capacitive touch controls and IntelliLink technology, which provides
Bluetooth hands-free calling as well as playback of Pandora and Stitcher
streams from a Bluetooth-connected smartphone. Intellilink also delivers voice
control of USB-connected iPods. The system also features photo viewer and standard
models also come standard with six months of OnStar service.
Cadillac’s new CUE infotainment system also
sports capacitive touchscreen, speech recognition, and Pandora and Stictcher
streaming from a Bluetooth-connected smartphone.
As of now, more than
2,100 AM and FM stations are broadcasting an HD Radio signal, though more than 2,300 stations are
licensed by HD Radio developer iBiquity Digital to do so.
The broadcasting stations are
broadcasting more than 1,300 additional digital-only FM HD2/HD3/HD4 multicast
channels, iBiquity said.