Sirius satellite radio services will be offered as a dealer-installed option from this autumn in new Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Mercedes-Benz vehicles sold in the United States.

Jeep, Dodge and Mercedes-Benz dealerships will also offer Sirius as a factory-installed option on some 2003 model year models.

"We believe that satellite radio may become one of the next big 'lifestyle technologies', like cable television was in the nineties," said Chrysler telematics director Jack Withrow.