The Citroën XM Pallas Braves Earthquakes, Wild Horses, Raging Lava…

The best ads tell a story » 11/21/08 3:00pm 11/21/08 3:00pm, and this one for the mid-90s Citroën XM Pallas certainly does that. In fact, it's more of an informercial than an regular car ad, with inspiring music right out of an Early Dot-Com Era shareholder's meeting. Best as we can tell, the Citroën driver here is bringing a box containing a…

FCC Approves Sirius, XM Satellite Radio Merger

After 17 months of negotiation, the Federal Communications Commission has approved the merger of XM and Sirius Satellite Radio. The two sat-rad providers have been tied up in merger talks since February 2007, and after a host of stipulations were laid out and some hefty fines paid, the final path to 900 channels of… » 7/26/08 11:20am 7/26/08 11:20am

XM, Sirius Take Another Baby Step Toward Merger

Ha! You thought that Department of Justice approval was the finish line for the long, drawn out satellite radio merger? Well, it wasn't, but the end is getting closer as Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin is reportedly officially backing the merger. There were also some interesting concessions… » 6/16/08 3:40pm 6/16/08 3:40pm

Pioneer AVIC-F Series Media, Navigation Systems Features Advanced Voice…

Pioneer has announced a few new additions to its line of car navigation systems. The AVIC-F700BT, AVIC-F900BT and AVIC-F90BT come with features like iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, MSN Direct, HD Radio, XM, Sirius, CD, DVD, USB, SD and more. Although, the real specialness comes from their voice recognition abilities. » 4/21/08 1:40pm 4/21/08 1:40pm

OnStar Adds MapQuest, One-Touch Addressing, Traffic and Ex-Avoidance

For all the goofy hype that surrounds it, OnStar is occasionally helpful to those who have it. The OnStar/GM Nav system should be getting better now that the Onstar-Mapquest service is ready to go. The three main features include the ability to feed an address to an OnStar advisor while driving, the ability to create… » 4/02/08 2:15pm 4/02/08 2:15pm

Sirius, XM Finalize Merger, Make Sweet Music

Remember that Sirius and XM merger that was announced well over a year ago? Well, it FINALLY was approved by the Department of Justice. Basically this means everything went through and all that is approval from the Federal Communications Commission that should be easier than the DOJ, presumably. This was the biggest… » 3/24/08 3:26pm 3/24/08 3:26pm

Microsoft Has A Vision For Automotive Electronics: Advertising

It's no secret that cars are becoming more connected to the virtual world (as drivers are becoming dangerously divorced from the real one), and the price of all that connection isn't going to be absorbed by automakers or the companies responsible for providing the technology. The current model for in-car services like… » 3/07/08 5:00pm 3/07/08 5:00pm

Sirius Extends Partnership With Chrysler

Exactly one year after the initial announcement of the Sirius and XM merger, exactly nothing has happened, so it's no surprise that Sirius has decided to go ahead and extend its partnership with Chrysler. The deal will make Sirius the exclusive satellite radio provider in Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge model through 2017.… » 2/18/08 2:30pm 2/18/08 2:30pm

2009 Hyundai Sonata First To Feature New XM GUI

You got all of the details about the 2009 Hyundai Sonata and its extra-large cupholders yesterday, but there is one more little detail that makes this tech-fiend particularly excited. The 2009 Sonata will feature XM's new and improved touchscreen graphic user interface. Forget about the car, that graphical interface… » 2/07/08 3:15pm 2/07/08 3:15pm

Sirius, XM Merger: Nearly a Year Later and Still Nothing

Seriously, has it been that long? All I want is for the two to finally kiss, make up, merge and make everyone happy, especially the million upon millions of users of satellite radio in the home or on the road. Last night, something went down that caused Matt Drudge, of the infamous Drudge Report, to sound the sirens… » 1/28/08 4:00pm 1/28/08 4:00pm

Satellite Radio Retail Numbers Are Down, Who's To Blame?


As a bit of disclosure, I'll admit that I'm a satellite radio fanatic. So it saddens me to hear that the numbers for December are significantly down. How significant? How about 37.5-percent significant, for, you know, the biggest shopping month of the year. Note that this number is specifically retail, so it only… » 1/23/08 4:00pm 1/23/08 4:00pm

Detroit Auto Show: XM Infotainment Infiniti QX56 System Does It All


The Detroit Auto Show may be chock full of cars and gears and engines, but there is still some love for the techno-fiends out there. XM's completely customized Infiniti QX56 "Infotainment Vehicle" includes a wide array of features including the standard touchscreen interface, a programming guide, XM Satellite Radio… » 1/15/08 10:30am 1/15/08 10:30am

Manufacturers Give Thumbs Up to Sirius, XM Merger Everyone Forgot About

It's been 10 months, so what the hell is going on with that Sirius and XM satellite radio merger? Eh, it's a bunch of bureaucratic BS, but the Department of Justice should be giving approval by the end of the year with the final ballbuster, the FCC, hopefully giving the go ahead in February. Apparently investors » 12/18/07 4:00pm 12/18/07 4:00pm

Bob Dylan In New Commercial For Cadillac, Drives An Escalade


Bob Dylan's early lyrics may have incorporated politics, social commentary, philosophy and literary influences, but his latest verbiage is going to be selling some Cadillacs. Or at least it'll be used to sell some XM-equipped Cadillacs. There's three new Modernista!-made Dylan Does Caddilac commercials that've been… » 10/22/07 3:00pm 10/22/07 3:00pm

Frankfurt Auto Show: Citroen XM Exclusive Down on the Straße

This Citroen XM Exclusive caught our jet-lagged eye on our way down to the river, where we also caught a glimpse of das boot. The 5-door XM packed a 3.0L 24-Valve DOHC V-6 or 2.5 TD turbo set atop Citroen's signature nitrogen springing - also known as Hydractive suspension. The computer-controlled liquid suspension… » 9/10/07 10:00am 9/10/07 10:00am

Buy A Used GM Car, Get XM Radio Free...For Three Months

According to a joint release from the General and XM, we're told GM's offering a "satellite radio trial program" for their certified used vehicles program. What it means is any GM used vehicle sold as "certified" and equipped with an XM Radio will get three months of XM service for free and they'll waive any and all… » 5/23/07 2:15pm 5/23/07 2:15pm