updated 09:15 am EDT, Thu August 3, 2006
Ford GM Mazda Support iPod
For most people, iPod integration with cars is typically associated with either high-end marques (such as BMW or Mercedes-Benz) or else those targeted explicitly at hipsters, like Scion. Volume brands like Honda or Volkswagen have only recently begun making iPod hookups available. Today, however, Apple announced that three more major, mainstream car manufacturers - Ford, GM, and Mazda - will offer full iPod integration (including stereo control and power charging) in their US cars for the 2007 model year. This isn't simply for a token model or two: in the case of Mazda, integration will be available for the entire global market. GM in turn will offer an iPod option in its complete US lineup of 56 models.
"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."