Since SiriusXM launched ten years ago, the satellite service's penetration rate as a percentage of new U.S. auto sales has climbed every year. SiriusXM this year will be factory installed in close to 70% of all new vehicles sold in the U.S. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company, as well as most specialty auto makers.
"We are proud that SiriusXM has reached this major milestone since it directly reflects the strong commitment by all automakers to satellite radio and the high level of enjoyment by consumers for our unrivalled audio entertainment service," said Jim Meyer, President, Operations and Sales, SiriusXM. "The growing installation rate means that SiriusXM is not only widely available to most new car buyers, but is also available to more and more used car buyers. We expect to double factory installed vehicles to over 100 million by 2018 and plan to offer our unique content and valuable entertainment to even more customers in the future."
Sirius XM Radio Inc. is the world's largest radio broadcaster measured by revenue and has more than 22 million subscribers. SiriusXM creates and broadcasts commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; exclusive talk and entertainment; and the most comprehensive Latin music, sports and talk programming in radio. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company in the U.S., from retailers nationwide, and online at siriusxm.com. SiriusXM programming is also available through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for Android, Apple, and BlackBerry smartphones and other connected devices. SiriusXM also holds a minority interest in SiriusXM Canada which has more than 2 million subscribers.
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