Motor Trend 2012 Car Of The Year Features Premium Audio System By Panasonic Automotive Systems Compa

DETROIT The Fender Premium Audio System in Volkswagen vehicles has received universal rave reviews from auto columnists and critics after its debut. The new audio system helped to make the all-new 2012 Passat the Motor Trend 2012 Car of the Year.
VW’s new Fender premium audio system is among the standard features on all Passat VR6s, according to Motor Trend. With crisp, clean sound biased toward the front of the interior to best replicate a live concert, this hi-fi is the best you’ll find in a non-luxury car, and one of the best overall.
VWvortex expressed the same level of excitement about the new system: It is one of the best OEM systems out there. 400 watts of total power feed dual voice coil front 6.5-inch front mids with tweeters mounted in the a-pillars up high. The rear passengers also have four speakers in back and bass comes through clean and crisp via a 9″ subwoofer and enclosure mounted under the rear deck. This is a sound system worth upgrading to and sounds really fantastic.
Its loud, proud, and never muddy, echoed MotorAuthority.
Dynamite. Outstanding, said Mark Phelan, automotive columnist at the Detroit Free Press. It makes you wonder why nobody asked Fender to craft a car audio system before.
And CNET Reviews gushed, Most impressive is the Fender audio system, standard on the SEL trim Passat, which we find is the best system available in the segment We were blown away by its ability to expose all the tones produced by plucking a single guitar string.
In addition to the Passat, the nine-speaker killer sound system, developed jointly with Panasonic, also can be found on the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta and Beetle model lines. So impressed with the Fender Premium Audio System, CNET named Fender Premium Audio the factory car audio of the year.
The Fender Premium Audio System is the product of three years of research and was developed hand-in-hand with the Volkswagen vehicle design team, resulting in a nine-speaker, 400-watt system that delivers uncompromised clarity regardless of volume, with a unique Fender sound.
The speakers have been uniquely designed and feature proprietary Panasonic technology to reproduce the individual elements of the Fender sound.
Panasonic and Fender engineers worked painstakingly to uniquely tune the system for each individual vehicles interior, customizing the sound and allowing VWs customers to experience the raw emotion of a live performance each time they drive their vehicle.
About Fender Musical Instruments Corporation:
Fender is the number one U.S. guitar and amplifier brand and a name that is synonymous with rock n roll. With an illustrious history dating back to 1946, Fender has touched and transformed music worldwide and in nearly every genre: rock nroll, country and western, jazz, rhythm and blues, and many more. Everyone from enthusiasts and beginners to the worlds most acclaimed artists and performers has used Fender instruments and amplifiers, in the process making the company not only a revered music industry name, but also a cultural icon. For more information, visit
About Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America:
Based in Peachtree City, Ga., and with Detroit-area operations located in Southfield, Mich., Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America is a division company of Secaucus, New Jersey-based Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. (NYSE: PC) of Osaka, Japan, one of the world’s leading developers and producers of innovative digital and other electronic products for consumer, business and industrial use. Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America also acts as the North American operating company of Panasonics Automotive Systems Company, which coordinates global automotive industry systems and components operations. For more information about Panasonic, visit