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HD Radio Expands Presence in Automotive Aftermarket

IBiquity highlights new JVC and Jensen receivers, and says nine new car models feature its platform

JVC and Jensen Mobile are offering three new HD Radio receivers, while nine new vehicle models featuring in-dash HD Radio are arriving at dealerships, iBiquity Digital said.

“As competition in the automotive aftermarket segment intensifies, HD Radio Technology is growing market share in both high-end and mid-range brands,” states Jeff Jury, chief operating officer for the technology company. Expanded availability in aftermarket devices indicates a long-term commitment to HD Radio products from those brands, he said.

The newest member of the Arsenal line-up, the JVC KW-NT3HDT navigation unit, features data from Clear Channel’s Total Traffic HD Network, integrated HD Radio and iTunes Tagging. It lists for $1,100 and is available at Best Buy, Crutchfield, Car Toys and regional retailers.

The Jensen Mobile VM9314 features a 7-inch touch screen with voice control for iPod/iPhone users. The navigation and Bluetooth-ready unit has a built-in HD Radio tuner with iTunes Tagging capability. The single-DIN unit lists for $429.95 and is available from Crutchfield and regional retailers.

The Jensen Mobile VM9324, shown, has the same features but with a slightly smaller touch screen. The double DIN system lists for $429.95.

Meanwhile, nine new car models now feature HD Radio.

The technology is now standard on the BMW 2011 5 Series and the Jaguar 2010 XJ and as an option for those who get the navigation package for the Lincoln 2011 MKT and MKS as well as the Ford 2011 Super Duty, Mustang, Flex and Taurus. HD Radio Technology is included on the Hyundai 2011 Sonata Limited model with the premium audio system.