Volkswagen has selected Visteon Corporation to provide a USB audio interface module as an aftermarket product for the Volkswagen Golf, Golf Plus, Jetta, Touran, Passat and new Eos models in Europe. Mounted in the center console, the module allows users to connect USB sticks and portable media players to the vehicle's audio system and, thus, listen to music without carrying CDs to the car.
"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 module supports MP3, WMA, WAV and Ogg Vorbis formats.