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Volkswagen Includes HD Radio on Premium Radio

Says it’s first automaker to include Artist Experience feature

Volkswagen says it’s offering HD Radio receivers featuring Artist Experience on its Premium VIII radio in select 2012 models now at dealerships.

Both the automaker and iBiquity say VW is the first automaker to offer the new feature, which synchronizes audio with images transmitted by stations using an HD Radio signal.

The automaker will also introduce the iTunes Tagging feature to its drivers. Volkswagen launched HD Radio technology in 2009.

The news comes on the heels of another announcement earlier this week that the first KIA vehicles offering HD Radio — 2012 model-year Optima, Sorento and Sportage — have begun arriving in showrooms.