Apple today announced it has teamed up with Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Mazda to deliver seamless iPod integration across the majority of their brands and models.

The news reflects the company's previous statements that it is focused on making it easy for iPod users to enjoy and control their players through their car stereos. With the addition of these models, more than 70 per cent of 2007-model US automobiles will offer iPod integration.

“We’re delighted that Ford, General Motors and Mazda will support iPod connectivity in nearly all of their new models,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of worldwide iPod product marketing.

“Now more than 70 per cent of 2007-model US automobiles will offer iPod integration, with General Motors alone making it available on all 56 of its models, representing millions of cars and trucks.”

Ford and General Motors will feature iPod integration in the majority of their 2007 models in the US beginning later this year, while Mazda’s entire global 2007 range of cars and SUVs will offer iPod connectivity.

Ford, General Motors and Mazda will let drivers control their iPods using their car's multifunction controls, selecting music using artist, album, playlist or shuffle songs, as well as to easily skip between tracks and playlists.

Apple host more information on carmakers integrating iPod controls here.