Cars for lease ‘unlikely to include digital radio’

JonathanNovember 2, 2011

Those looking for car leasing deals are likely to find the majority of vehicles do not have digital radios.

Although the analogue radio signal is due to be switched off in 2015, research conducted by Auto Express magazine found a significant number of motors come without newer digital music systems.

Half of the 24 mainstream car manufacturers analysed do not offer digital units, meaning drivers will be unable to listen when the switchover takes place.

As a result, Auto Express suggested the Department for Culture, Media and Sport may delay the change until 2017.

An Audi spokeswoman said: “We’ve had negative feedback from customers about poor digital radio coverage. If the broadcasters get the transmitter infrastructure right, then it would be a totally different ball game.”

Last month, the publication questioned car manufacturers about the cost of repairing electronic stability control systems, which is set to increase next year following the introduction of new EU rules.

Posted by Michael Jones

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