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.

2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT

2016-01-29T02:22:18+00:00March 29th, 2013|Jaguar, Shows/Events, Vehicle Makes|

Jaguar was among the many brands to bring something new to the American table at last week’s New York International Auto Show. This car, however, stands out as an exciting new development for Jag and as inisght to the future of the company.

Jaguar is generally recognized as the perfect union between power and luxury with a slight lean towards comfortability. This XK offshot turns that model on its head and offers a street-legal, track-ready supercar that boasts performance from every angle.

The XKR-S is powered by a supercharged, 5.0L V-8 producing 540+ HP and over 500 ft-lbs of torque. The frame, suspension, turning and braking mechanisms are all modeled after the XK but modified and hand crafted to deliver the best possible responsiveness, agility, and of course, high speed. An on-board computer tops the car out at around 185 MPH, but unbridled there would be much more power to give.

Carbon fiber lines, visible ceramic brakes and decordated calipers and a taller-than-average spoiler accent the exterior. The interior is essentially a leather-bound cockpit with performance seating that forces the driver into an optimal position for handling this beast. Jaguar reps say every component of the vehicle serves to increase speed, downforce and responsiveness and reviewers agree that it delivers.

This will be a hyper-exclusive model in North America with only 25 cars in the U.S. and 5 in Canada and a base price is yet to be determined. Consider yourself among a lucky few to even see one on the street.

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

Automotive websites for women

2016-01-29T02:06:18+00:00January 27th, 2012|Links, Other News, Vehicle Makes|

When most people think of cars and car enthusiasts they think of men. The auto industry has always been a male dominated, but that is poised to change with more and more women who are beginning to express their love and interest in cars. While men love cars for the speed, style, handling and horsepower, most women look for the style, trunk space and functionality of the interior. While the tow interests are extreme opposites, there is a market and interest for both.

In comes Tara Weingarten from the newly launched website called Vroomgirls. Vroomgirls is a website aimed specifically at women, looking to “leave out the jargon and humanize cars” as she told the LA Times earlier this month. In her first five weeks Vroomgirls attracted $35,000 page views, which is “pretty good” according to Weingarten.

The automotive industry for women is something that is gaining a lot of ground of late and could continue to produce lots of results to automotive makers in the near future.

To read more about this article visit latimes.com.