The 2019 Mercedes AMG Project One Hypercar at a Glimpse

2018-02-27T08:42:12+00:00February 27th, 2018|Concept Vehicles, Mercedes Benz|

Mercedes leaps beyond the box with the amazing 2019 AMG Project One

One step away from racecar status, the 2019 Mercedes AMG Project One hypercar offers a system output of more than 1,000 horsepower. The robust ride has a 1.6-litre hybrid gasoline engine with direct injection and electrically assisted single turbocharging capability. The essence of this powerhouse is that of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 racecar. Mercedes boasts that this rocket roadster hits top speed at and beyond 217 mph and offers a throttle response superior to a V8. The AMG Project One bolts from zero to 124 mph in less than six seconds. Scaling the Santa Barbara coastline comes easy in this robust masterpiece. The additional boost offered in this high-revving engine performance is due to the advanced turbocharger inside this masculine ride. This system compliments the over-the-top acceleration speed and torque vectoring. The high-voltage EQ Power+ drive system functions with 800 volts. The normal voltage is 400 volts, which AMG suggests that it saves on space and weight. Also, this hybrid vehicle will be able to drive completely in EV mode or solely on its battery for more than 15 miles, which means it can drive emissions free driving. This unique design has three driving modes with the ESP. This includes an all-electric mode and a furious track mode for an aggressive flare that speaks to its sports car roots. For more information about the all-new 2019 AMG Project One stop in at Mercedes-Benz Santa Barbara and ask one of our brand-trained representatives who will be happy to serve you.

The exterior design matches the excellence of its engine in the 2019 AMG Project One

The exterior hood features a three-tiered scoop, while the front bumper is lined by two substantial air inlets. The LED headlights embedded into the front body add to the mere sleek perfection in this masculine beauty. The intricate level of design is evident in the scoops that are aimed to guide airflow around the sides of the car. Also included is a front splitter that automatically adjusts to aid in the downforce along with active ventilation louvres located in the front wheel arches. To maximize this incredible appearance is mammoth air intakes and sculpted lines along with the Petronas green color scheme, which was originated by the artist who designed the Formula 1 racecar. To learn more about this amazing roadster and others, call or visit Mercedes-Benz Santa Barbara and see all that we have to offer.

About Santa Barbara Auto Group Mercedes-Benz

Santa Barbara Auto group is proud to be an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer located just off the 101 and S. Hope Ave. The Mercedes-Benz team at Santa Barbara Auto Group is strongly committed to delivering an exceptional buying experience. The sale staff offers many years of experience satisfying customers’ needs. The Santa Barbara Auto Group offers a wide array of new and pre-owned Mercedes-Benz vehicle, which customers may view online or on-site at the dealership.

The Santa Barbara Auto Group is dedicated to providing the best sales and service experience in Southern California. To learn more about any of the popular Mercedes-Benz models including the all-new CLA-class or the C-Class or E-Class, feel free to call, email, or stop by for friendly personal service.

Mercedes-Benz Santa Barbara

402 S Hope Ave Ste D
Santa Barbara, California 93105
United States (US)
Phone: 805-563-4281
Email: sales@sbautogroup.net
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Jaguar’s First Venture into the Electric Vehicle Arena a Success

2017-04-19T15:14:11+00:00April 19th, 2017|Concept Vehicles, Hybrid Vehicles, Jaguar, New Vehicles, Technology|

The futuristic Jaguar I-Pace concept CUV is sleek and innovative, yet keeps some of Jaguar’s signature characteristics. Sporting its Jaguar grille, oval leaper badge, front wheel arches; the stout automaker is one of many reasons Jaguar Santa Barbara is a proud distributor of premium auto brands.

A prototype of Jaguar’s first fully functional electric vehicle taken to task as it hits the streets of London for test-driving. I-Pace is also due to be released to the global markets in latter 2018. The amazing all-wheel drive CUV tested on closed road of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London’s East End. Public opinion was Jaguar’s motivation to model the I-Pace as it maneuvered through England’s capital. Gawkers and passersby’s alike could not deny the elegance and innovation as the Jaguar drew senses as it decorated British streets with its new design.

I-Pace Characteristics Revealed

Some of Jaguar’s I-Pace favored essentials include its ability to accelerate to 60 mph (97 km/h) in about 4 seconds, with a charge length of more than 310 miles. Spouting zero emissions, the compact, lightweight, all-wheel drive vehicle has a torque output of 394 hp and 516 lb.-ft. Unveiled in the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, this showcase CUV has a spacious interior and 19 cu-ft. trunk space. This combination small and spacious roadster fits the daily traveling needs of many.

Noteworthy to mention is the superior British quality and ingenuity encompassed in the every aspect of the I-Pace; recognized as the radical, next-generation of electric vehicles by Jaguar Design Director, Ian Callum.

Callum states, “The feedback on the I-Pace Concept has been fantastic. With the I-Pace concept, we’ve torn up the rule book to create a vehicle with supercar-inspired aesthetics, sports-car performance and SUV space in one electric package.”

Jaguar’s Fully Electric-Powered Vehicle Stands Tall, Among the Best

I-Pace concept, compared to such models as Tesla Model X and Audi e-tron Quattro, is Jaguar’s first fully electric-powered vehicle. This model represents the future in the battery-electric auto arena. The innovative design and the fact that it is due to hit the markets in 2018, confirms Jaguar’s confidence in this elite one-of-its kind vehicles. Jaguar Santa Barbara shares in the enthusiasm as I-Pace soars into tomorrow with its radical concepts today. Their sales and service second to none; check out Jaguars finest at Jaguar Santa Barbara.

About Jaguar Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Auto group is proud to be an authorized Jaguar dealer located just off the 101 and S Hope Ave. The Jaguar team at Santa Barbara Auto Group is strongly committed to delivering an exceptional buying experience. The sale staff offers many years of experience satisfying customers’ needs. Furthermore, the Santa Barbara Auto Group offers a wide array of new and pre-owned Jaguar vehicles which customers may view online or on-site at the dealership.

The Santa Barbara Auto Group is dedicated to providing the best sales and service experience in Southern California. To learn more about any of the popular Jaguar models including the new Jaguar I-Pace, feel free to call, email, or stop by for friendly personal service.

Jaguar Santa Barbara

401 S Hope Ave Ste A
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
United States (US)
Phone: 805-563-4249
Email: sales@sbautogroup.net
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Jaguar Unveils Plans for the Brand’s First-Ever Electric Luxury Vehicle

2017-01-30T12:36:35+00:00January 30th, 2017|Concept Vehicles, Jaguar|

The I-PACE Concept SUV represents a defining moment in Jaguar history as the brand enters into the accelerating world of electric vehicles.

As the auto industry continues to shift toward more sustainable practices, most automotive brands have been experimenting with hybrid and/or fully electric vehicles. Brands such as Ford, Chevy, Kia, and BMW have all succeeded in creating fully electric vehicles (EV’s). In fact, EVObsession, a blog for EV enthusiasts, has named each of them in the top ten best electric cars. However, after hearing Jaguar’s plans for their new I-PACE concept car it’s fair to say that the competition will have to step their game up by 2018, when the I-PACE is set to be released.

Turning a New Leaf for Electric Vehicles

With the latest advances in EV’s, engineers at Jaguar have taken advantage of the packaging opportunities offered by electrification and have completely rethought the overall proportions of their average luxury vehicle. The I-PACE takes its advanced cab-forward design from Jaguar’s C-X75 supercar and combines it with the smooth silhouette of a coupe in a five-seat SUV. Jaguar’s Director of Design explained in a recent interview how proportional opportunities have not yet been addressed by current EV’s.

“The opportunities offered by an electric powertrain are huge. Electric vehicles offer designers much greater freedom, and it is an opportunity we must grasp. This is why the I-PACE Concept is developed on a new architecture which has been designed to optimize electric vehicle performance, aerodynamics and interior space.”

  • Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design

The future-focused interior design of the I-PACE is on par with Jaguar’s established tenacity for paving new paths by effectively combining technology and convenience with ergonomics. The I-PACE cockpit will be driver-focused with advanced intuitive interface designs and low-sitting slim-line position seats delivering that sense of connecting driver to vehicle and vehicle to road.

The I-PACE is equipped with two electric motors positioned on the front and rear axles that create a combined 400hp and 516-ft lb of instant torque. Powered by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery, a single charge can take the I-Pace an astounding 220 miles. With the network of public and private charging ports growing exponentially, there is no need to worry about getting stranded.

So, until 2018, keep your eyes peeled and your ears open for more information about Jaguar’s first-ever electric vehicle. And, in the meantime, visit Jaguar Santa Barbara to learn about Jaguar’s wide selection of luxury vehicles currently available.

About Jaguar Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Auto group is proud to be an authorized Jaguar dealer located just off the 101 and S Hope Ave. The Jaguar team at Santa Barbara Auto Group is strongly committed to delivering an exceptional buying experience. The sale staff offers many years of experience satisfying customers’ needs. Furthermore, the Santa Barbara Auto Group offers a wide array of new and pre-owned Jaguar vehicles which customers may view online or on-site at the dealership.

The Santa Barbara Auto Group is dedicated to providing the best sales and service experience in Southern California. To learn more about any of the popular Jaguar models including the new Jaguar XE or Jaguar F-TYPE, feel free to call, email, or stop by for friendly personal service.

Jaguar Santa Barbara

401 S Hope Ave Ste A
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
United States (US)
Phone: 805-563-4249
Email: sales@sbautogroup.net
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Audi Accelerates Towards Greater Efficiency with Hydrogen Power

2016-03-25T12:38:07+00:00March 25th, 2016|Audi, Concept Vehicles, Hybrid Vehicles|

Audi introduced the newest hydrogen powered concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show where it won an award for ingenious design.

Audi has always strived to be on the forefront of design and engineering within the luxury automotive marketplace. As a brand, Audi is committed to implementing the highest standards for safety, design, and performance. From the Audi A3 all the way up to the Audi A8 or sport R8, the engineering team puts great effort into creating models that speak to drivers’ unique lifestyles while delivering optimal performance and efficiency.

The Audi h-tron quattro

Recently, Audi was able to share some of their latest innovative designs at the 2016 North American Auto Show, held in Detroit, Michigan. One of the most intriguing models they presented at the show was the Audi h-tron quattro concept. This remarkable vehicle showcases Audi’s plans to combine hydrogen power with Audi quattro technology to provide a new advanced pathway into efficient and capable transportation. Participants responded well to the concept design and the Audi h-tron quattro was also honored with the Eyes On Design Award for its progressive exterior design.

Auto show participants flocked to the Audi showcase area to get a personal taste of the newest innovations in the brands line. One of the popular favorites was the Audi h-tron quattro which also took the award for the “Best Concept Truck” at the auto show. The five-door h-tron quattro was developed to sit between the Audi Q5 and the Audi Q7 to deliver masterful efficiency and maximum functionality. It was chosen by a panel of judges comprised of design chiefs and leaders from throughout the global automotive market and top design schools in the nation. The judges were impressed by its sleek design elements including a low roof line and coupe-like aura. It sits at just five feet one inch and seems to hug the road in a powerful way. The Audi h-tron quattro concept was chosen from a pool of candidates from both production and concept vehicles that made their debut at the North American International Auto Show.

Exceptional Design Fuels Innovative Performance

In addition to eye-catching style, the Audi h-tron quattro also delivers powerful performance thanks to a 110 kW fuel cell combined with a compact lithium-ion battery.   The battery acts as a turbocharger to provide extra power as needed during moments of intense acceleration. The vehicle features a drag coefficient of just 0.27 giving it less resistance and greater efficiency. Thanks to this technology, the model is estimated to have a range of up to 373 miles.

While the Audi h-tron quattro is still just a concept vehicle, drivers can still enjoy leading efficiency and performance technology within the array of 2016 Audi models. From clean diesel to hybrid and electric power options, there is a myriad of choices to select from for those seeking the highest performance levels coupled with advanced efficiency.

About Audi Santa Barbara

Audi Santa Barbara is located just off the 101 and S Hope Ave. The team at Audi Santa Barbara is strongly committed to delivering an exceptional buying experience. The sale staff offers many years of experience satisfying customers’ needs. Audi Santa Barbara offers a wide array of new and pre-owned Audi vehicles which customers may view online or on-site at the dealership.

Audi Santa Barbara is a proud member of the Santa Barbara Auto Group and is dedicated to providing the best sales and service experience in Southern California. To learn more about any of the popular Audi models including the Audi A4, A6, or S6, feel free to call, email, or stop by for friendly personal service.

Audi Santa Barbara

402 S Hope Ave Ste B
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
United States (US)
Phone: 805-563-4215
Email: sales@sbautogroup.net
  • Santa Barbara Audi Exterior

The Audi h-tron Quattro Gives a Glimpse of the Future at the NAIAS

2016-03-11T07:20:50+00:00March 11th, 2016|Audi, Concept Vehicles|

Audi drivers were able to get a sneak peek at Audi’s latest technology debuted on the Audi h-tron quattro at the recent International Auto Show held in Detroit.

Audi presented the world-debut of the Audi h-tron quattro concept vehicle this year at the North American International Auto Show. The h-tron quattro featured an array of innovative new technology to give attendants a glimpse of the advanced systems that will be implemented in new models in the near future.

To give our customers an idea of the exciting features to come, let’s take a look at what was revealed:

  • Fuel Cell Technology – the concept vehicle revealed in Detroit offers all-electric drive powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The model combines fuel cell technology with a battery for maximum power.   The hydrogen fuel cells are engineered to be refueled in just four minutes and provide a range of up to 372 miles.
  • Dual Electric Motors – the Audi h-tron quattro is powered by two electric motors mounted on the front and rear axle. The front motor generates 90kW of power and the rear motor delivers 140kW. Working together, the motors can propel the vehicle from 0 to 62mph in just under seven seconds.
  • Piloted Driving – the Audi h-tron quattro provides a look at the piloted driving capabilities that are expected to appear in new 2017 models including the Audi A8 sedan. The technology is built upon the central driver assistance controller which computes a model of the car’s surroundings based on information gathered from the immediate environment through a series of cameras and sensors. This information is fed to driving assistance programs which use it for piloted driving and automated parking systems. This technology is expected to elevate the safety and performance of Audi vehicles in an entirely new way.
  • Information Display and Interactive Technology – Audi also revealed updates to its innovative information displays for climate, entertainment, navigation, and driver assistance programs. Audi vehicles will provide a higher standard of connectivity and an innovative array of touch-based interactive screen controls including haptic feedback.

The Audi h-tron quattro truly provides an exciting glimpse into the future of efficient performance, interactive design, and safer performance features within the Audi brand. Drivers can learn more about the latest Audi technology by visiting Audi Santa Barbara and speaking with an experienced sales representative or scheduling a test drive. Drivers can expect to see the latest innovative technologies in the upcoming 2017 model line which will be released throughout the year.

About Audi Santa Barbara

Audi Santa Barbara is located just off the 101 and S Hope Ave. The team at Audi Santa Barbara is strongly committed to delivering an exceptional buying experience. The sale staff offers many years of experience satisfying customers’ needs. Audi Santa Barbara offers a wide array of new and pre-owned Audi vehicles which customers may view online or on-site at the dealership.

Audi Santa Barbara is a proud member of the Santa Barbara Auto Group and is dedicated to providing the best sales and service experience in Southern California. To learn more about any of the popular Audi models including the Audi A4, A6, or S6, feel free to call, email, or stop by for friendly personal service.

Audi Santa Barbara

402 S Hope Ave Ste B
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
United States (US)
Phone: 805-563-4215
Email: sales@sbautogroup.net
  • BMW i8 Convertible

BMW Offers Top Performance and Design Elements with the New i8 Convertible

2016-01-14T08:52:51+00:00January 14th, 2016|BMW, Concept Vehicles|

BMW will release the updated i8 Convertible concept vehicle later next year, but drivers can already get the scoop on the exciting details including performance specs and sustainable production practices.

Santa Barbara, CA – BMW is continuing to share new exciting details about the i8 open top convertible concept being released next year. The upcoming modified version of the BMW i8 Concept takes the hybrid car one step further by removing the roof for an added measure of sportiness and fun.

“The BMW i8 Convertible shows how versatile the hybrid sports car can be,” shares BMW Santa Barbara General Sales Manager, Bill Fogg. “This new model gives drivers the best of all worlds offering innovative efficiency and athletic sportiness.”

The BMW i8 Convertible Concept features a 3-cylinder engine and a lithium-ion electric motor that offers a combined output of nearly 400 horsepower. This much power creates a thrilling driving experience that is augmented during top-down road-trips. The dynamic design of the car was created steer the flow of air expertly over the vehicle for minimal wind resistance. Additionally, BMW has charted new territory in manufacturing practices by selecting sustainable raw materials throughout the production process.

The BMW i8 Convertible Concept is expected to arrive in showrooms later next year. Drivers can learn about model updates with BMW Santa Barbara or by registering online for more information.

About BMW Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Auto Group is conveniently located off the 101 and Hope Ave and proudly serves Santa Barbara and the greater Southern California area. Santa Barbara Auto Group is an authorized BMW dealer and features a wide array of new and pre-owned BMW vehicles. The sales department at Santa Barbara Auto Group has one purpose – to exceed customers’ expectations from test drive to delivery. The professional sales team is committed to a no-pressure, high integrity approach to every ownership experience. Santa Barbara Auto Group also features a dedicated professional service department and a state-of-the-art facility offering the most current diagnostic and repair equipment available and highly skilled factory-trained technicians to deliver efficient quality vehicle care.

Santa Barbara Auto Group is dedicated to providing the best sales and service experience in Southern California. To learn more about any of the popular BMW models including the BMW 2-Series, 3-Series, 5-Series, or i8 models, feel free to call, email, or stop by for friendly personal service.

BMW Santa Barbara

402 S Hope Ave Ste A
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
United States (US)
Phone: 805-563-4251
Email: sales@sbautogroup.net

2014 Range Rover Sport

2016-01-29T02:21:59+00:00April 1st, 2013|Concept Vehicles, Land Rover, Other News, Vehicle Makes|

Land Rover, the SUV d’elegance. From a single model back in 1948, Land Rover has evolved into the premier luxury truck manufacturer in Europe and the U.S.

The most recently released vehicle in the Land Rover line, the 2014 Range Rover Sport, was introduced at last week’s New York Auto Show. The Sport is a middle child in the Land Rover family, slightly smaller than the Range Rover base model and larger than the Evoque, Land Rover’s newest little brother.

Land Rover went back to the drawing board for the 2014 Sport by modifying, replacing or redesigning nearly every aspect of the vehicle. The ’14 will be leaner and quicker than this year’s sport and fuel-efficiency and comfort technologies played a huge role in design.

In regards to fuel-efficiency, the new Sport is a full 800 lbs lighter than the current model. Paired with a low-rev, 8-speed automatic transmission, Land Rover intends to prove that there are ways to save gas without conceding power or quickness.

The SUV will be powered by your choice of a supercharged 6-cylinder or 500+ horespower or supercharged V-8. The V-6 is new to the Sport and while it loses some horespower off the 2013, it is quicker off the line, making 0-60 about 0.5 second quicker.

The most amazing developments in the model, however, are in the comfort features. Start/stop technology is equipped in both engine sizes, saving gas in traffic by shutting off and restarting the engine. A foldable third row of seats has been added allowing more passenger space (even more impressive as 800 lbs was still reduced after adding more seats). Cameras around the vehicle alert the driver to dangers in front, behind and in the blind spots. Suspension controls allow the driver to react accordingly to changes in road conditions.  Cruise control will have an available option to not only maintain speed, but distance between traffic in front and behind. The vehicle even recognizes street signs and alerts accordingly. This impressive list merely scractches the surface of stock and additional features.

The 2014 Range Rover Sport will become available in the third quarter of this year.

Check the Land Rover website here for a comprehensive list of specs, features and details.

Acura Santa Barbara

2016-01-29T02:20:57+00:00February 26th, 2013|Acura, Concept Vehicles, Hybrid Vehicles, Links, Other News, Vehicle Makes|

This week’s post is dedicated to Acura, the most recent addition to the SB Auto Group family. Since Acura Santa Barbara opened its doors late last year, we have welcomed a fantastic group of new customers and brought this amazing line of luxury vehicles to the city we love and share. The 2013 Acura line is a well-rounded and diverse offering of  full and mid-size SUVs, hybrids, luxury and sports cars, coupes and sedans. There is definitely something for everyone. Below are links to Acura in the national news.

First, an introduction to Acura’s newest base model, the ILX, which is currently available in our dealership.

http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2013-acura-ilx-first-drive-review

Second, A look to 2014 and the highly refined RLX, Acura’s new high-end model which will be available later in the year.

http://www.caranddriver.com/news/2014-acura-rlx-photos-and-info-news

And finally, one we’re all VERY excited about, the highly anticipated NSX concept.

http://www.caranddriver.com/news/acura-nsx-concept-news

BMW 4-series

2016-01-29T02:17:37+00:00January 23rd, 2013|BMW, Concept Vehicles, Other News|

It’s out with the old, in the with the new for BMW designers in 2013. BMW announced late in 2012 that they will be replacing the 3-series, 2-door coupe with the 2014 4-series concept, a stand alone line of coupes that will become available towards the end of 2013. A finished product of the concept car was unveiled this month at the NAIAS Detroit Auto Show.

Many details of the new line are still in the works but the body styling and interior should adhere to what we saw in Detroit. The 4-series is wider, flater and longer than the current 3-series coupe. Imagine if you can a 5-series sedan meets aZ4 Roadster. An aggresive front end modeled after the 3 along with chrome accents, curvier lines and newly placed air dams behind the front tires accentuate the sportiness of the vehicle, while a soft, spacious interior appeals to BMW luxury.

Available models will include a turbocharged 4-cylinder 428i, turbocharged 6-cylinder 435i and retractble hardtop convertible. And before you ask, yes, an M4 BMW will be launched as well.

Below are some images from the Detroit Auto Show:

http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=791913

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