According to sources MINI is planning on offering the R56 will be HD Radio in the US market. As with BMWUSA products, MINI USA will position HD Radio along side Sirius as an option for those who would like higher quality sound with more programs to choose from. However, the upside to HD Radio is that there are no monthly charges. For those that don’t know much about the new radio standard, here are a couple of articles explaining the benefits over Satellite and standard radio:

[ HD Radio ] Wikipedia

[ HD Radio is making waves ] Chicago Tribune

[ HD Radio Station List by City ]