View Full Version : All Hyundai Models to Come Equipped With XM Radio

03-23-2005, 08:49 AM
Hyundai to Come Equipped With XM Radio<p>By Associated Press<br>Published March 23, 2005, 7:03 AM CST<p><br>FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. -- Hyundai Motor Co. will become the first automaker to equip all of its U.S. models with XM Satellite Radio, the companies said Wednesday. <p>The feature will be factory-installed in all models starting in 2006, including the Sonata, Santa Fe, Elantra and upcoming replacement for the XG350 sedan. By 2007, the automaker expects to sell more than 500,000 vehicles equipped with the satellite radio. <p>"We are setting a new benchmark as the first automaker to launch standard XM satellite radio across our complete model lineup," said Robert Cosmai, president and chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor America. <p>XM and rival Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. have been signing deals with automakers to install their devices in new cars. Consumers find satellite radio attractive because it has fewer commercial interruptions and more channels even though they must pay a fee for the service. <p>Hugh Panero, president and CEO of XM Satellite Radio, said the partnership marks one of the automotive industry's most aggressive rollouts of XM satellite radio. <p>The company has partnerships with General Motors Corp., Honda Motor Co., Toyota Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co., and Volkswagen AG's Volkswagen and Audi brands for factory installation of the service on some models. The service is available in more than 120 different vehicle models for 2005. <p>XM has more than 3.2 million subscribers and offers more than 150 digital radio channels at a cost of $12.95 a month. <p>Hyundai Motor America, which is based in Fountain Valley, is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. The company has more than 660 dealerships nationwide. <p>* __ <p>On the Net: <p><A HREF="http://www.xmradio.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.xmradio.com</A> <p><A HREF="http://www.hyundai-motor.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.hyundai-motor.com</A> <p>Sirius reported last month that it ended 2004 with more than 1.1 million subscribers and expected to finish 2005 with more than 2.5 million. XM, which is based in Washington, D.C., reported that it had more than 3.2 million users as of the end of 2004. <p>The move represents an unusually broad step by an auto maker to make satellite radio available and could push rivals to offer the radios as a standard feature on more models of their own. For consumers, the appeal of Hyundai expects the move to help boost further the sales momentum the auto maker has been building with improved vehicle quality and generous product warranties in recent years. The company expects its U.S. sales to rise well above 500,000 vehicles by 2007, up from 418,615 vehicles it sold in the U.S. last year.

03-26-2005, 10:59 PM
Well that doesn't make my decision between the Azera and Sonata any easier. This is huge, anyone that has used satalite radio would agree, you don't have to ask for it, it just has it.

03-27-2005, 06:48 AM
Very true <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Does that mean XM will make it to the new Sonata in time, since it's going to be out soon?<p>I know Azera should come with XM in time this summer

03-27-2005, 02:30 PM
I think it would be a better idea to offer a choice of XM or Sirius like Nissan and I believe a few other manufacturers do.

03-27-2005, 02:52 PM
I agree...I think that would be a better idea.<p>Although you have to give Hyundai props for making it standard on every single car in its lineup <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

03-27-2005, 07:28 PM
I am assuming the Sonata should have it. I mean it says all 06's.

03-27-2005, 09:23 PM
This makes Hyundai even more interesting... the goods just add up.<p>..off topic, but Mega what do you think the Sonata's gonna start at? I'm really serious about getting one... I'm picking between it and the Mazda6..

03-28-2005, 04:45 AM
i'm not mega but my best estimate is 17k and change for the base version and up to 23 or 24K for the top trim (LX).<p>I'm probably going to end up getting the GLS version, but with the number of standard and safety features this car has, even on the base version, I can see the attractiveness of such trim for many, and the price will also be a good selling point since it's probably going to have one the lowest in the class :-)

03-29-2005, 10:37 PM
Thanks for the info... I'm probably going to get a base model myself. I'm a young freshman in college,I don't need too much.

03-30-2005, 05:47 AM
cool <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>the base version is probably better than many other cars (features) and for a lot less <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">