USA: Visteon wins satellite radio business with Nissan
Visteon has announced that it has won a contract to supply satellite radio systems for a variety of future Nissan Motor Co. models for both the Nissan and Infiniti divisions in North America. The system will accommodate either XM Radio or SIRIUS Satellite Radio.
While the auto industry has wrestled with the issue of hardware compatibility for satellite radio, Visteon says it has developed the capability of providing a single receiver architecture that works with the two most prominent service providers.
Visteon's satellite radio system will be offered across multiple Nissan and Infiniti car lines beginning in 2005.
"This is an important business win for Visteon," said John Engebretson, director of Visteon's Nissan customer business group. "This is our first audio business with Nissan, and it represents an opportunity to build on a relationship with one of our fastest- growing customers."
Visteon says that the single-design packaging solution was developed to give both automakers and consumers more flexibility. Visteon's customer and consumer research shows that consumers want to personalise their automobile and have a choice of satellite radio service providers.