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Volkswagen, Fender team up for premium audio system

Channeling its inner rock star, Volkswagen announced today that it will offer a new audio system co-developed with Fender.

Volkswagen and Fender Musical Instruments - best known for rockin' guitars - have partnered together for a new premium audio system that will debut in select VW products for the 2012 model year.

Developed by Panasonic but not finished until Fender had its hand in the deal, the new audio systems will be initially launched this spring in the upcoming Volkswagen Jetta GLI. The system will then be available in the as-of-yet unnamed Volkswagen midsize sedan (which will replace the Passat and will debut soon) and the Volkswagen Beetle and the rest of the Jetta lineup.

VW says that the audio system has been acoustically matched to each vehicle's cabin with proprietary Panasonic speaker technology.

Look for more information about the upgraded audio system to become available closer to the Jetta GLI's launch the spring.