Volkswagen has teamed up with one of the great names in American music: Fender. Apparently, a number of 2012 VW cars will have an all-new Fender-branded premium audio system. At the time of writing, neither company has stated how many watts or how many speakers are involved, so perhaps it’s a moveable feast from car to car. In the field of sound reproduction, Fender-the company that brought us the Stratocaster electric guitar, Hendrix’s axe of choice-is best known for guitar amplifiers, which actually have a limited frequency range. It seems the real brains behind this setup is Panasonic, no slouch when it comes to in-car entertainment. The new Jetta GLI will be the first to enjoy such a system, then the new midsize sedan and the 2012 Beetle.

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