Digital Radio UK has delved into CAP and SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) data, and found that DAB is now standard equipment on more new cars than analogue-only radio.

As of April 2014, 55% of all new cars come with DAB digital radio as standard.

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This figure is up from 37.2% in April 2013, and just 3.6% in April 2010. Over 440,000 new cars with standard digital radio have been registered in the UK since the start of 2014 – a rise of 62% over last year.

Leading the charge is BMW, which has 100% fitment of DAB digital right across its range, and Volkswagen, which has 100% implementation in its 2015 model year cars; Audi is close behind, on 88%.

Ford, which makes the UK’s best-selling car (the Fiesta), has 77% digital radio as standard, while Mercedes-Benz and Vauxhall are now at 60%.

This is all significant, because at some point the analogue radio signal will be switched off – although at this stage a precise date is still to be confirmed, at least partially because of the general public’s apparent reluctance to upgrade.

With 21.4% of all radio listening taking place in the car (according to Rajar Q1 data 2014), the rise on in-car digital radio could mean we’re finally approaching a “tipping point”, as Digital Radio UK puts it.

And if you own an older car, don’t let this talk of the analogue shutdown cause you any despair – aftermarket DAB digital upgrade kits are readily available for most vehicles.

Digital radio switchover coming to UK cars soon


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