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News   June 21, 2006   by Auto Service World

Future of Aftermarket Audio is Now


Visteon Corporation, an automotive supplier of audio and infotainment systems, will provide one of its latest product innovations, the USB audio interface module, for a wide range of Volkswagen vehicles.
Available across Europe for the current Volkswagen Golf, Golf Plus, Jetta, Touran and Passat models, and available soon for the new VW Eos, the product is distributed exclusively via VW’s accessories arm, Volkswagen Individual, as an aftermarket option.
The USB module is a versatile music and data source that allows users to connect USB sticks and portable media players to the vehicle’s audio system and listen to music without carrying CDs in the car.
This is Visteon’s latest offering that meets consumers’ portability and connectivity needs.
In the Volkswagen, Visteon’s USB audio interface is mounted in the center console.
The system’s plug-and-play design supports quick and easy handling of data transfer from the USB stick to the car’s audio system.
The USB audio interface, which supports MP3 and other common digital music formats, allows music to be selected and controlled via the audio interface or the optional multifunction steering wheel.
“The integration of consumer electronics into the vehicle environment is becoming increasingly seamless,” said Hans Eric Destree, director, mobile electronics business unit, Visteon Aftermarket operations, Europe.
“USB sticks and MP3 players are becoming the data carriers of choice for the 18 to 40 age group. We are seeing a high degree of consumer acceptance and fast take-up rates.”
“The use of portable media devices in the vehicle is a rapidly growing consumer trend,” noted Destree.
Visteon Corporation is a global automotive supplier that designs, engineers and manufactures innovative climate, interior, electronic and lighting products for vehicle manufacturers, and also provides a range of products and services to aftermarket customers.


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