Volkswagen and Audi today joined the ranks of exclusively Sirius Satellite Radio-equipped car manufacturers as the two brands announced an arraignment with the satellite radio provider which will be in effect for 2007 through 2012 year cars.
Volkswagen, said Sirius, will equip approximately 80 percent of their new models with satellite radio receivers as well as offering three months of complimentary service. It was less clear as to the terms surrounding Audi related vehicles, though a press release did indicate the installation rate of satellite radio in Audi models is approximately 50%.
Sirius has similar long term agreements with Ford and BMW, among other automakers.
“We are very excited about Volkswagen of America’s decision to make Sirius the exclusive provider of satellite radio in Volkswagen and Audi vehicles in the U.S.,” said Mel Karmazin, CEO of Sirius, in a statement. “Volkswagen of America has been an excellent non-exclusive partner during the past few years, and we are very pleased that they have decided to emphasize their belief in Sirius and increase their level of commitment through this new, exclusive agreement. We look forward to working closely with them in the future to offer their customers the best in-vehicle entertainment available.”
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