The majority of van models from Ford and Vauxhall now coming with digital radio as standard, Digital Radio UK has announced.
The figures from the market leading van sellers were revealed at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham – Ford and Vauxhall together account for around 37% of UK van sales.
In the Ford van range, the Ford Transit Courier and Ford Transit Connect come with digital radio as standard, and the majority of the Ford Transit Custom range has DAB as standard.
Over 90% of Vauxhall vans now have digital radio as standard including the Vauxhall Vivaro, the Vauxhall Corsa and the Vauxhall Movano. One year ago Vauxhall did not offer digital radio on any of their range.
This represents a major shift over the last 12 months which is reflected in the increase of the percentage of commercial vehicles with digital radio as standard from 3.5% in Q1 2014 to 22% in Q2 2015. It is expected that the proportion of commercial vehicles with digital radio will begin to catch up with the car market, where 61% of cars now come with digital radio as standard.
Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, says: “This demonstrates the welcome commitment of the industry to drivers of all vehicles, with the full range of radio available today.”
Ford Ennals, CEO of Digital Radio UK, says: “Digital radio is on a roll and this is great news for van drivers. Sports stations like talkSPORT and BBC Radio 5 Live are better on DAB – and now van drivers are able to listen to favourites such as Absolute 80s, Kiss and Capital on the road, as well as the new stations which launch next year only on digital radio.”
Mike Hawes, CEO of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, added: “We are delighted to see the ongoing growth of new registrations and the continuing drive to digital. The great progress being made by manufacturers in the line-fitment of digital radio – and the introduction of new products in the aftermarket – demonstrates the importance the automotive sector attaches to this technology.”