Industry body Commercial Radio Australia has welcomed the news that Volkswagen Australia has added DAB+ digital radio across most of its model year 2022 vehicle range, including its updated T-Cross SUV.
All Volkswagen passenger and commercial vehicles in Australia will offer DAB+ with the exception of the base model grades of its van and ute range.
The number of new vehicles on the road with DAB+ has increased by 420,000 in the first half of the calendar year of 2021.
Seventy-six per cent of all new vehicles sold in Australia are factory fitted with DAB+.
DAB+ stands for Digital Audio Broadcasting and is on air in the five major metro markets as well as Hobart, Darwin, Canberra and Mandurah.
Commercial broadcasters on the Gold Coast are in the process of working with the Australian Communications and Media Authority to roll out DAB+ in that market.
CRA chief executive officer Joan Warner, said: “The number of new vehicles sold with DAB+ was up by 25 per cent in the first half of the year compared to last year.
“This is good news for radio listeners who will benefit from the extra station choice, reliability and ease of use of digital technology. ”