Auburn Hills, Michigan – Volkswagen of America has announced that its electronic stabilization program (ESP) will be standard equipment on every 2009 model-year Volkswagen vehicle. The company is adding the feature ahead of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) requirement that it be mandatory on all 2012 model-year vehicles.

Volkswagen says that it is the first non-luxury manufacturer to include an ESP system at no additional cost on every vehicle it sells.

“Volkswagen has long been a leader in making high technology accessible to all,” said Stefan Jacoby, CEO of Volkswagen of America. “ESP has been available on all Volkswagens in the U.S. for several years. Now, making ESP standard across our entire line reinforces Volkswagen’s commitment to safety for all our customers, and further shows why we are a market leader in offering some of the safest vehicles on the road today.”

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