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VW/Audi ditches XM, adopts Sirius

If you’re in the market for a new Jetta, Golf, or Passat, know that you will no longer be able to get an XM radio in your new Volkswagen as you leave the showroom, because the automaker – including its Audi sub-brand – has signed an exclusive deal with Sirius Satellite Radio.

XM Radio is currently on top of the game overall, but with Sirius grabbing an exclusive deal like this, you can only assume that the gap will start to shrink. Mind you, XM already has a few deals of its own, namely with Toyota, GM, Honda, Nissan and Hyundai.

The VW-Sirius deal will go into effect with the 2007 model year, and is said to stretch until at least 2012. Volkswagen, the world’s fourth largest automaker, plans on equipping 80% of its vehicles with Sirius receivers, and bundling in 3 months of service with the purchase of a new vehicle.

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