Issue: Aug 2006


Over 70 Percent of New Automobiles in US Will Offer iPod Integration in 2007



by John Larkin

Apple has teamed up with Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Mazda to deliver seamless iPod(R) integration across the majority of their brands and models, making it easy for iPod users to enjoy and control their iPod's high-quality sound through their car's stereo system. With the addition of these models, more than 70 percent of 2007-model US automobiles will offer iPod integration.

"We're delighted that Ford, General Motors and Mazda will support iPod connectivity in nearly all of their new models," said Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of Worldwide iPod Product Marketing. "Now more than 70 percent of 2007-model US automobiles will offer iPod integration, with General Motors alone making it available on all 56 of its models, representing millions of cars and trucks."

Ford and General Motors will feature iPod integration in the majority of their 2007 models in the US beginning later this year, while Mazda's entire global 2007 lineup of cars and SUVs will offer iPod connectivity. iPod offerings for Ford, General Motors and Mazda provide drivers with outstanding sound quality while charging the iPod, while conveniently storing the iPod in the glove compartment. Seamless iPod integration also allows drivers to use their car's multifunction controls to select their music using artist, album, playlist or shuffle songs, as well as to easily skip between tracks and playlists.

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