Oakland, Calif. - Pandora Internet radio, a feature in a growing selection of aftermarket car audio head units, is continuing to expand its OEM presence with the launch of the 2012 Lincoln MKZ, MKZ Hybrid and Navigator.
Pandora's customizable Internet radio service is standard on these vehicles, which are now in car dealer lots. The vehicles' Sync infotainment system connects to Android, BlackBerry and iPhone smartphones running the Pandora app, giving users voice control over the Pandora smartphone app. In addition, drivers can control Pandora through dashboard and steering wheel-mounted controls. Via voice or the vehicle's controls, users can change stations or give a song a thumbs-up or thumbs-down.
Earlier this month, Pandora announced that its service will be included in Buick's Intellilink infotainment system, which is a standard feature in the 2012 model year Verano, Regal and LaCrosse. IntelliLink will also be a standard feature in the 2013 model year Enclave. By 2013 model year, every Buick model will include IntelliLink standard, Pandora said.
Pandora is also available in the 2012 Chevy Sonic; Ford's 2012 Mustang and Fusion and 2011 and 2012 Fiesta; the 2012 Hyundai Veloster; the 2012 Scion; Toyota's Entune infotainment system; the 2012 GMC Terrain; all 2011 and later BMWs with BMW Apps option; 2011 and later Minis with the Mini Connected app; and Mercedes Benz vehicles with Mercedes-Benz Media Interface Plus.
Head-unit control of a Pandora app on a USB-connected iPhone is available in the aftermarket from Alpine, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer and Sony. The latter also offers a head unit that uses Bluetooth's AVRC profile to control all functions, excluding custom channel creation, of a Pandora app residing on Android and BlackBerry smartphones.