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2013 Volkswagen Buyers Get 4-year SiriusXM Traffic Subscription

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  • 4-year subscription to Sirius XM Traffic included with traffic-ready nav systems.
  • Real-time traffic information allows drivers to navigate around congestion.
  • 3-month subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio also included.

Some traffic is tough to avoid. Rush hour, when congestion is high due to volume, might be inevitable. But plenty of traffic jams - like those caused by road construction, a big sporting event or an accident - can easily be avoided with a small detour, saving time and fuel. That's the benefit of real-time traffic systems like SiriusXM Traffic, which works with a vehicle's navigation system to find the driver a more efficient route.

Now Volkswagen, which offers SiriusXM Traffic with their RNS 510 and RNS 850 navigation systems, will include a lengthy 4-year subscription to the satellite-based service with every 2013 Volkswagen equipped with one of these systems. That's much longer than the 3-month trial that VW and other carmakers often include with SiriusXM's satellite radio service.

Still, the existing 3-month subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio - which includes music, news, sports, talk and comedy programming - and, for vehicles with the RNS 510 navigation system, a complimentary 3-month subscription to SiriusXM Travel Link, remain. That service provides information like fuel prices, weather forecasts, sports updates and movie listings.

The 2013 Volkswagen CC has already launched and is eligible for the 4-year SiriusXM Traffic subscription. Equipped with the RNS 510 navigation system, the 2013 CC also includes the 3-month subscriptions to SiriusXM Travel Link and satellite radio. Other models, including the Tiguan, Eos and Passat, are also available with RNS 510, and for the Toureg SUV, RNS 850 is standard for all but the base "Sport" trim. But none of these are yet available as 2013 models.

Still, Rainer Michel, Volkswagen of America's VP of product marketing and strategy, says SiriusXM Traffic could eventually provide a big benefit to drivers of 2013 VWs.

"We are pleased that customers of our Traffic-capable Navigation systems will be able to benefit from getting four years of SiriusXM Traffic," said Michel. "We believe that this is an innovative feature which customers will find useful in their everyday driving situations."

According to the SiriusXM website, a subscription to Traffic service costs about $4 per month. So the complimentary subscription offered by Volkswagen has a value of nearly $200 over 4 years.

For now, no push of a button can make a traffic jam disappear. SiriusXM Traffic, with its capability to report real-time information about traffic speed and flow and to reroute drivers around congestion, remains the next best thing.

What it means to you: SiriusXM Traffic can alert you to a jam, and along with the car's navigation system, reroute you to avoid it. Buyers of 2013 Volkswagens with certain navigation systems enjoy the subscription service complimentary for four years.

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