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I think the title explains it all. The premium 8 radio is the base radio in the TDI in the USA. It's part of the multimedia pack on base cars in Canada and standard on higher trims. Below is the news release from VW:

HERNDON, Va. " December 21, 2010 " Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today that with the introduction of Model Year 2012, customers of models with the touch screen radio Premium VIII will be able to enjoy the many benefits that HD Radio Technology delivers, including crystal-clear digital sound, additional local digital channels on the FM dial, program service data, as well as the popular iTunes® Tagging feature.
Volkswagen currently offers HD Radio Technology in models equipped with the premium navigation systems RNS-510 and RNS-850. With Model Year 2012, Volkswagen brings the digital sound quality of HD Radio Technology to the masses by making it a standard feature in Premium VIII radio.

"Volkswagen continues to bring the latest in technology to their customers to give them the best driving experience." said Mark Barnes, Chief Operating Officer, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "HD Radio Technology expands what radio can bring to the listener. VW will further improve the HD Radio listening experience in the Premium VIII radio, by adding new features like iTunes Tagging and Artist Experience later this year." Barnes added.

"Volkswagen's continued adoption of HD Radio Technology reinforces their commitment to being an infotainment leader in the automotive sector." said Jeff Jury, COO, iBiquity Digital Corporation, the developer of digital HD Radio Technology "Volkswagen is bringing technology to the masses with the addition of HD Radio to their best selling radio."

Volkswagen continues to lead in the application of today's hottest technologies. Visitors at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, held January 6-9, 2011 in Las Vegas, will have an opportunity to experience the latest HD Radio Technology feature, "Artist Experience" in which station logos and artist images are displayed on the screen, in Volkswagen's Premium VIII radio at the HD Radio display.

HD Radio Technology is available nationwide, with more than 2,000 digital stations on-air and an additional 1,290 HD2/HD3/HD4 digital only channels that broadcast fresh new content which can only be heard with an HD radio receiver. A sampling of the formats on these extra channels, which vary in different markets around the country, include Dance/Electronica, Bluegrass Country, Comedy, Local Music, Chill/Coffee Shop Music, South Asian, Talk, News, Sports and so much more. For a complete, current list of HD Radio stations across the U.S., please visit http://www.hdradio.com.
 

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Cool, but could they retrofit it as a software upgrade for all those folks who just bought a 2011 JSW? Considering the hardware will remain the same; just a thought.
 

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I miss HD Radio quite a bit on my daily drives. Would have been a great option if it was available with my Dynaudio in my 2011 Golf. If a software upgrade were available, I would be at the VW dealership asap.
 

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Me too. I'd have happily bought it as an option, but I'm sure the marketing wizards at VoA thought they knew better than their customers when they decided to take this long to get on the bandwagon. Really, this one one of the available features that nearly drew me to Mini a few years ago. If I'd had the money at that time, I wouldn't be driving my '11 Golf TDI right now. Obviously, it all worked out for the better. Still, I really wished they'd offered the HD option THIS year...:bangshead
 
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