Columbia, MD - Feb 13, 2014 - iBiquity Digital announced that Mercedes-Benz of Mexico is launching the S-Class with HD Radio, meaning that the 2014 S-Class is now at dealerships across North America offering the expanded audio and data features of digital AM and FM broadcasts.
The first production vehicle equipped with HD Radio rolled onto US streets in 2007. HD Radio was approved as the digital standard for AM and FM broadcasting in Mexico in June 2011 and has seen a continuing rollout from automakers and radio stations across the country. There are 13 stations broadcasting with HD Radio in Mexico City and 24 additional stations in other areas of the country. Nearly 30 percent of the Mexican population has access to an HD Radio broadcast already with more broadcasters planning to support the digital rollout in the future.
Canada is currently evaluating HD Radio with many of its border cities already having access to HD Radio broadcasts from the US.
34 automakers have now publicly announced plans to incorporate HD Radio in more than 170 models by year-end, with more than 80 models featuring HD Radio receivers as standard equipment. Many of those automakers already ship vehicles equipped with HD Radio into Mexico.