TOKYO - Honda Motor Co. Ltd. will offer General Motors' OnStar communications system in its Honda and Acura vehicles in the United States beginning with the 2002 Acura RL luxury sedan, Honda and GM said Wednesday, May 24.
Additionally, the two automakers said Honda is working out an agreement with XM Satellite Radio Inc. - partly owned by GM - to put satellite radios in its U.S. vehicles. Honda, OnStar and XM Satellite Radio also will jointly develop opportunities for future communications applications.
GM invested $100 million in XM Satellite Radio in 1999 and has agreed to put XM-ready satellite radios in GM vehicles starting in 2001. XM will beam radio programs nationwide via satellites.
'OnStar and XM Satellite Radio provide us with an opportunity to offer state-of-the-art, mobile communications services that will enhance the driving experience for our customers,' said Tom Elliott, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co. Inc.
General Motors plans to have 1 million OnStar subscribers by the end of 2000, up from 200,000 currently. It hopes to have 4 million subscribers in 2003.
OnStar provides emergency and concierge services through cellular phones and global positioning satellites. By year end, OnStar's services will include hands-free phone and e-mail access.
The Honda-OnStar agreement stems from GM and Honda's disclosure in December that GM would use a Honda engine in a future vehicle, and Honda would use diesel engines from GM partner Isuzu Motors Ltd.