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iBiquity: HD Radio Extends OEM Inroads

COLUMBIA, MD. – HD Radio is coming to more factory-installed OEM car audio systems, HD Radio developer iBiquity Digital said.

Nissan will offer HD Radio for the first time with the launch of the 2015 Murano, making Nissan the 35th automaker to offer the technology. All Major Automakers in the U.S. now offer HD Radio capabilities, iBiquity said.

Other vehicle brands are expanding their selection of models with HD Radio. Dodge, for example, is bringing HD Radio to the Challenger and Charger for the first time in the 2015 model year. Kia will bring HD Radio to the Sedona for the first time in the 2015 model year. Jeep will expand HD Radio to a third vehicle, the Renegade. And Acura announced that its first TLX, designated a 2015 model, will get HD Radio when it launches this summer.

For its part, Hyundai will continue to offer HD Radio in the Sonata for 2015, and Subaru will include the technology as a standard feature for the first time in the Outback in 2015, iBiquity said.

With the announcements, 35 vehicle brands have publicly announced plans to incorporate HD Radio in more than 185 vehicle models by the end of the year, iBiquity said.

More than 90 of those models will feature HD Radio as standard equipment. Five automakers use HD Radio to deliver subscription-free traffic and data, iBiquity noted.