In-car digital radio fitments soar

A new survey has revealed that the number of new cars fitted with digital radios as standard has significantly increased.

According to the latest data from SMMT and CAP, the UK motor industry has witnessed a 184% rise in the standard fitment of the digital radios between January and September, compared with the same period in 2010.

The latest figures were revealed by SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt at the UK's first conference held to discuss the impact of the digital switchover on the motoring industry.

The figures came as the BBC announced plans to increase its digital coverage to 97%, with special attention to motorways and main roads.

Speaking at the conference Mr Everitt said: "Significant progress has been made in developing the content and coverage of digital radio, driving consumer demand in the new car market. The massive increase we've seen this year puts us well on the way towards delivering our commitment to fit all new cars with digital radio by the end of 2013."

He added: "In the last 12 months, at least 14 car brands have announced plans to fit digital radio as standard, but we must also ensure that plans are in place to support the 25 million cars on the road that will need safe, reliable upgrades undertaken by accredited technicians."

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