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Monday, September 12, 2005

VW: Get connected!

VW's USB integration
You can now connect your USB powered MP3 player or any USB memory stick filled with your personal choice of music to VW cars.
Plug in, drive away and enjoy: Take thousands of songs with you using pocket mass storage media.

The opening of the International Motor Show in Frankfurt is just a few days away. Volkswagen will bring endless driving fun with the world premiere of the Eos coupé/cabriolet, the new R32, which is the most powerful production Golf ever, and other models. These new cars have a universal USB connection onboard: This interface allows you to control storage media like sticks and players, which can hold several thousand music tracks, with the car radio.

Volkswagen is the first carmaker to offer this modern feature for a broad product range: We will start with the Golf, Golf Plus and Touran and then next year USB connections will be available for other models. For the first time, you will be able to integrate all common mass storage media in your car. You can simply plug USB sticks into the built-in console in the centre armrest to play audio files. The radio will recognise the memory as soon as you select the CD drive as the source. Larger USB players can be connected with a cable.

Up to six music folders can be displayed as CDs one to six on the radio or navigation system screen. Any information that has been stored for the music files – for example, the number of the song and the timer – will be displayed. The scan, search and shuffle functions can be selected using the radio buttons as you would for CDs.

When you switch the radio off, the track being played will be stopped and will then continue when you turn it back on. The supported formats include MP3, of course.

Volkswagen Individual has also come up with a solution for iPods. There is a connection in the compartment under the centre armrest for devices from the computer manufacturer Apple. The new preparation for USB storage media can be ordered from December as an alternative to the CD changer for the Golf, Golf Plus and Touran. The prices for both system preparations start at 195 euros.

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Source: GermanCarFans


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