• Suzuki Going High-Tech; Will include Pandora in 2013 Models

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When considering motorcycles, Suzuki is likely a brand that comes to mind. Their cars, on the other hand, nearly go unnoticed unless you are looking for specifically cheap transportation. They typically only account for a fraction of a percent of U.S. auto sales, but that fraction is a tight and very loyal market. Well, it looks like they are trying to dig themselves out of obscurity by adding high-end features to their vehicles.

Starting in the 2013 model year, nearly every Suzuki car, truck, and SUV will include a Garmin stereo system that will also include Pandora radio. With the internet taking over everything nowadays, it’s only expected that internet radio would make its way into more cars – heck, some cars now have a hard drive bigger than my desktop PC, seriously…

Pandora works a lot like satellite radio, as it is not broadcasted from terrestrial towers, but rather streamed through the internet. You can personalize your own station too, so there is no need to swap the station every time something you can’t stand comes blasting through the speakers.

There is no receiver or anything like that for Pandora radio, so this is really not costing Suzuki much, meaning the cost to you would be minimal, if anything. The Garmin radio connects to an iPhone, per Pandora, and the iPhone in turn receives the Pandora signal, broadcasting it through the radio. It makes us curious because Pandora radio also has an Android app, which means nearly any phone on the market can receive its signal. However, Pandora specifically mentions just the iPhone in its press release.

We are starting to wonder if iPhone and Garmin are maybe up to something, or did the Pandora rep just misspeak. For the sake of all Suzuki buyers that choose to use this service, we hope the latter is the truth. From our research, it looks like Garmin and Suzuki have apps for both Android and iPhone, so it was likely a mistake to just say “iPhone.”

Regardless of its connectivity, this is a step in the right direction towards Suzuki reeling in its direct competitors, Hyundai and Kia.

Hit the jump to read Pandora’s official press release.

Suzuki Announces Plans to Integrate Pandora into Vehicles

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2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara

OAKLAND, Calif., April 4, 2012 (4:30 p.m. EST) - Pandora (NYSE: P), the leading personalized radio service, announced today at the New York International Auto Show that Suzuki has joined the roster of automotive brands who have publicly announced plans to integrate Pandora into the radio of the vehicle. Pandora will be available via a Garmin unit that will be factory-installed on most 2013 model year Suzuki vehicles. The system will support hallmark Pandora functions such as thumbs-up, thumbs-down and track skip. In-car connectivity is made possible via a paired iPhone. The first Suzuki vehicles are expected to be available at dealers beginning this fall.

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2012 Suzuki Kizashi

Pandora Executive Vice President of Business and Corporate Development Jessica Steel said,
"As Pandora continues to redefine radio, we are excited to welcome new automotive brands like Suzuki who are making it possible for listeners and drivers to enjoy their personalized radio stations while on-the-road."

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2012 Suzuki SX4 SportBack

"Pandora offers a unique radio experience so we’re pleased to enable their offering for consumers who choose the Garmin infotainment system for Suzuki vehicles," said Matt Munn, Garmin’s managing director automotive OEM. "Our built-in voice command technology makes it easy for drivers to control Pandora’s features from the in-dash radio of their vehicle."

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2012 Suzuki SX4 Crossover
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  (442) posted on 08.15.2012

This is a good news for many enthusiasts. Suzuki did a good job in including Pandora in their 2013 models.

  (419) posted on 07.17.2012

This move is about change the liking of the people. Pandora will be their favored car.

  (797) posted on 07.5.2012

This move is about change the liking of the people. Pandora will be their favored car.

  (503) posted on 07.4.2012

I’ll surely wait for Pandora 2013 as they have promised as the qualities and innovations.

  (453) posted on 05.7.2012

What’s wrong with Suzuki? They’ve only come to realize now how much they’re behind in time when it comes to being high-tech?

  (463) posted on 05.7.2012

This is something I’ve always wanted! I like their automotive; its quality and built. It’s about time they add a touch of modern technology.

  (526) posted on 04.24.2012

It’s no wonder that they’re aiming for more advanced innovations since their cars possess most of the coveted qualities. I’ll anticipate for the 2013 Pandora!

  (459) posted on 04.11.2012

Just how much would this cost the future Suzuki vehicles? I’m antsy about its production; I’m glad that Suzuki is on the flow, but we are losing reliable vehicles at affordable prices.

  (300) posted on 04.10.2012

It’s not a surprise since most automotive companies are already onto this advancement, but it’s still a nice start for them.

  (409) posted on 04.10.2012

That is what I’ve always about Suzuki and Toyota; they manufacture dynamic but cheap innovations. I’m glad that Suzuki is trying out more advanced components for their automotive!

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