DETROIT, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- BMW expands its pioneering position in
providing high-quality audio systems by becoming the first automotive firm
to offer a factory-installed digital HD Radio(TM) receiver as an option
across its entire 2007 product line. This option, which now includes HD
Radio multicast reception capability, will be available in the spring on
all 2007 3, 5, 6, and 7 Series models, as well as X3, X5, and Z4.
HD Radio technology is one of the most significant advances in radio
broadcasting history, providing listeners with enhanced digital audio
quality and clear, noise-free reception, as well as multicasting and
on-screen text information. The HD Radio multicasting feature allows FM
stations to broadcast multiple channels of digital programming
simultaneously on a single frequency.
Of the more than 1,100 stations across the country broadcasting with HD
Radio technology, more than 500 FM stations are offering a second (HD2)
and, in many cases, a third (HD3) multicast channel. For example, WAMU in
Washington, DC, offers three channels: 88.5-1, a simulcast of its news/talk
analog channel; 88.5-2, a simulcast of an innovative Baltimore music
station not available in DC; and 88.5-3, bluegrass music. These channels
are free but can only be found on HD Radio receivers. As with all HD Radio
programming, there are no fees or additional costs associated with
The number of HD Radio stations is growing daily and expected to exceed
3,000 within the next few years. A current list of HD Radio stations and
multicast stations can be found at: www.hdradio.com.
Today's announcement continues BMW's history of groundbreaking premium
audio offerings. In the fall of 2005, the company announced the first OEM
availability of HD Radio technology in its 2006 7 and 6 Series models. In
June 2006, the company announced that HD Radio receivers would be offered
in its 2007 5 Series models and last month it announced the first factory-
installed multicast capable HD Radio in the new 2007 3 Series Convertible.
The HD Radio option will have a Suggested Retail Price of $500.
BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since
1975. ROLLS-ROYCE Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003.
The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales,
and financial service organizations for the BMW brand, the MINI brand, and
the ROLLS-ROYCE brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, an industrial design
firm in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other
operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South
Carolina is part of BMW Group's global manufacturing network and is the
exclusive manufacturing plant for all Z4 models and X5 Sports Activity
Vehicles. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S.
through networks of 339 BMW passenger car centers, 334 BMW Sports Activity
Vehicle centers, 143 BMW motorcycle retailers, 80 MINI passenger car
dealers, and 30 ROLLS-ROYCE Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the
BMW Group's sales headquarters for North, Central and South America, is
located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. Information about BMW Group products
is available to consumers at: www.bmwgroupna.com, www.bmwusa.com,
www.bmwmotorradusa.com, www.miniusa.com and www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com.
About iBiquity Digital
iBiquity Digital Corporation is the developer of the HD Radio(TM)
system, which is powering the AM/FM digital radio revolution. This
transformational technology allows AM and FM stations to broadcast digital
signals in tandem with their analog signals, providing broadcasters with a
platform to offer multiple channels of programming on the same frequency
(HD2 multicasting); crystal-clear, CD-quality sound; services such as
real-time traffic updates; and scrolling text and graphics content. HD
Radio technology is now being tested and adopted in many countries,
including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Indonesia, New Zealand, Philippines,
Poland, Switzerland, Thailand and Ukraine. iBiquity's investors are global
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