The VW Golf R uses an iPod integration system common to many VW and Audi models.
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When Apple announced the iPhone 5's new Lightning connection, a replacement for the 30 pin connector of past iPhones, iPads, and iPods, it also announced an adapter to maintain compatibility with 30 pin accessories and docks. I tested the iPhone 5 with its biggest 30 pin accessory, a Volkswagen.
Volkswagen uses the same iPod integration system as Audi, which it calls the Music Interface. This system consists of a proprietary port in the car with adapter cables for 30 pin iPod connector, USB, mini-USB, and auxiliary input. As Volkswagen has not come out with a Lightning cable for its Music Interface, you have to get Apple's 30 pin to Lightning adapter, and connect it to the car's adapter cable. Not exactly an elegant solution.
iPhone 5 to Lightning adapter to VW Music Interface adapter. What could go wrong?
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I previously tested the iPhone 5 in a Chevy and Nissan by plugging its Lightning cable directly into those cars' USB ports. In each case, the integration worked perfectly, showing the iPhone 5's music library on the car's LCDs and having no issues in playing music through the... [Read more]