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Volkswagen Expands HD Radio Offerings

Model year 2012 cars equipped with VW’s Premium VIII radio have HD Radio standard.

Volkswagen of America announced that with the introduction of model year 2012, customers of models with the touch-screen radio Premium VIII will get an HD Radio receiver as standard equipment, including program service data and the iTunes Tagging feature.

Volkswagen currently offers HD Radio in models equipped with the premium navigation systems RNS-510 and RNS-850.

IBiquity Digital COO Jeff Jury credited VW with bringing technology to the masses “with the addition of HD Radio to their best-selling radio.”

Visitors at the approaching Consumer Electronics Show will be able to see the HD Radio “Artist Experience” feature in which station logos and artist images are displayed on the screen, in Volkswagen’s Premium VIII radio at the HD Radio display.