General Motors to add iPod-compatible radios to vehicles starting this year

Music lovers will find it easier to take their favorite tunes on the road thanks to a new family of radios that will debut on the Chevy HHR and other GM vehicles starting later this year. The new radios include an auxiliary channel and front mounted auxiliary input jack, so that an iPod or other audio source can be easily plugged in and played through the vehicle audio system.

“The Chevy HHR will help launch a new family of radios that will bring iPod connectivity to a broad range of GM vehicles,” said Paul Nadeau, director, infotainment displays and controls, for GM Engineering in the press release. “We think the ability to easily connect an iPod or other audio source directly into the vehicle audio system will be a big hit with customers.”

Radios featuring the new auxiliary input jack will debut starting in late spring. They will be standard equipment on 2006 models of the Chevy HHR, Impala and Monte Carlo; Saturn VUE and ION; Pontiac Solstice; Buick Lucerne; and Cadillac DTS. The radios will be fitted to other new GM models over the next several years.

Auxiliary audio inputs in the console of GM vehicles equipped with DVD players also allow an iPod or other source to be played through the vehicle sound system using a simple adapter cord.

“General Motors has a long tradition of leading with technology that provides real benefits to our customers,” said Mark LaNeve, GM North America vice president, sales, service and marketing in the press release. “We are excited to be part of the iPod revolution by offering our customers an easy way to play their favorite music in their GM cars and trucks.”

29 Comments

  1. “””GM…? Is that a big company? Most companies have already added support for the defacto standard DRM, WMA. Get with the program, you damn hippies…Windows has won the digital music game.”””

    The article did say iPod OR other audio input device. Meaning that this is not iPod specific any will work with any portable music player…

  2. 25 Years ago
    1 Chevrolet
    2 Ford
    somewhere down the list-Toyota

    10 Years ago
    1 Ford
    2 Chevrolet
    somewhere down the list but climbing-Toyota

    Today
    1 Toyota
    2 Ford
    3 Chevrolet

    The best selling car in the US is the Camry and GM doesn’t make a car that can touch it as a family sedan at any price. Number 2 is the Honda Accord with the Nissan Altima coming up fast. The new Ford 500, essentially a “skinned” Volvo S80, is very good if the quality holds up.
    GM is the Micro$oftopoly of the pre-tech era. Sad, but true.

  3. I’m still driving a 94 Chevy Caprice, turning 260hp and 330lb/ft torque. Oh, sure, I get 14mpg, but who cares? I can fit any aftermarket stereo in it, after some modifications, and the thing is HUGE! The only thing on the road that intimidates me are semis, and that’s only because they’re so much bigger. I’ll take my land yacht over a compact ricer any day, thank you very much.

  4. rogozhin: it’s “germane” as in relevant — not “Germaine” as in Greer… the feminist icon.

    I had a feminist icon on my desktop once, but that’s another story. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  5. I’d like to thank everyone for the concise history of automobile manufacturing quality in America.

    As for the story at hand, I agree with hairbo: It’s just a jack? Meaning a headphone-style input plug, right? Man, that’s some awesome engineeering.

    Does anyone have a system for placing your iPod into a dashboard-mounted dock and being able to 1) see the song/playlist information on your car radio readout and 2) controlling play functions and volume from the buttons on the radio or steering wheel? This seems to be like the holy grail. It can’t be that hard for someone to make a Roku SoundBridge for the car — or can it…?

  6. Wow <–(sarcasm)

    Why not simply replace th car stereo with one that has a line in.
    I did, and it only cost me £30.
    No more tapes, CDs, crappy radio for me.

    I agree though, that this kind of thing should have been standard for years. I mean, how many people have mp3 players ‘of any kind’ nowadays ?

  7. Makes more sense than that crappy Dell desktop you get when you buy a new Ford. If they are still offering that when I get a new car, I might test drive a Ford just so I can ask “do I HAVE to take the Dell?”

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