Automaker makes HD standard equipment


Volvo will become the first automaker to offer HD Radio as standard equipment in all but one of its 2009 models. Effective with the new model year beginning next month, HD receivers will be in the dash of every S40 and its wagon counterpart the V50; XC90; S60 sedan; the flagship S80 luxury sedan; V70 wagon and rugged XC70; C70 retractable hardtop convertible and the C30.

“Our drivers expect the highest quality in every aspect of their vehicles,” says Doug Speck, President and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America. “Adding HD Radio capability to our models truly makes our audio systems state of the art, giving Volvo drivers an even more enjoyable driving experience.  Undoubtedly, other manufacturers will follow.”

The XC60, due in stores next March, also will have HD Radio as standard equipment.