Acura Receives Top Safety Ratings for Every Model in the 2015 Line-Up

2015-12-09T11:36:41+00:00December 9th, 2015|Acura, Safety|

Acura receives notable recognition for their dedication to implementing leading safety technology in every model offering for 2015.

For one brand, safety is a top priority. It is a personal quest to provide life-saving technology to protect the well-being of passengers and driver alike. As a result of their ongoing commitment to delivering exceptional safety technology and design, Acura has now been named the first luxury brand to receive top safety ratings across its entire model line. Each vehicle offered in 2015 was ranked as an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with optional front crash protection and earned a 5-Star rating from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

This means a lot to Acura – it is a hard-earned recognition of their dedication to providing exceptional safety features. For Acura, safety is more than a score on paper, it is the countless stories of individuals, families and friends who were protected during a crash. In fact, the company saves every letter of appreciation they receive from those who send letters of thanks following a crash or accident. This helps the team transform their work into something personal and deeply meaningful.

Acura’s safety philosophy is simple: Help Protect Everyone. This is the mantra that drives engineers and designers to create vehicles that exceed government standards to protect those within the car in addition to pedestrians and other drivers who share the road.

To accomplish their goal of safety for everyone, Acura implements a variety of safety technologies including:

  • AcuraWatch™ – this program helps deliver important information to the driver so they can be more aware of what and who is around them. In some cases, the technology can also intervene to help avoid a dangerous situation or lessen the severity of a collision.
  • Vehicle Stability Assist – this technology helps increase steering control even in dangerous circumstances such as loss of traction on wet or icy roads by applying the optimal amount or torque or braking to each wheel as necessary.
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE™) – Acura engineers have created a unique body construction that helps reduce collision forces in frontal crashes for all car sizes and models.
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System – This technology alerts drivers of obstacles ahead to provide a visual alert. If the driver fails to react in time, the technology will even help brake the car for the driver to mitigate the severity of the collision.
  • Sensor Activated Power Windows – Not every danger comes from the road. Features such as moonroofs, windows, and tailgates are designed to sense obstacles such as a small child’s fingers and automatically reverse while closing to prevent injury.

Drivers can learn more about the extensive safety technology built into every Acura vehicle by contacting a friendly representative at Acura Santa Barbara.

About Acura Santa Barbara

Acura Santa Barbara, serving the Santa Barbara area, is the premier retailer of new and used Acura vehicles. With a dedicated sales staff and top-trained technicians, at Acura Santa Barbara we aim to make each customer’s auto shopping experience fun, easy, and financially advantageous. Check out the 2015 TLX, MDX, the popular RDX, or any of the other reliable, affordable models in the Acura line up. Acura Santa Barbara is located at 401 South Hope Ave in Santa Barbara, right off the 101 and Hope Ave exit.

Acura Santa Barbara

401 S Hope Ave Ste D
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
United States (US)
Phone: 805-563-4266

BMW Offers Innovative New Technologies for 2015

2015-12-03T13:16:36+00:00December 3rd, 2015|BMW|

Explore the latest safety, entertainment, and design innovations available from BMW with Santa Barbara Auto Group.

BMW is dedicated to incorporating the most advanced technologies in each new vehicle. At Santa Barbara Auto Group, we are always excited to share the latest BMW innovations with our customers. Currently, some of our favorite features affect design, safety, and connectivity factors and truly set each BMW apart from the crowd. Here is a list of our top picks for 2015:

Adaptive Lighting

BMW has made strides in headlight design to provide exceptional visibility on the road. BMW Adaptive LED headlights are special because they literally move with the driver to illuminate road signs, signals, and obstacles clearly. As the steering wheel is turned, the lights move with you and Selective Beam technology automatically controls the high beams to prevent other drivers from being blinded as they approach.

Heads-Up Display

BMW has designed an innovative full-color heads up display that provides every essential piece of information the driver needs while on the road. Data such as current speed, navigation directions, radio and artist information, and safety and collision warnings are projected on the windshield in the driver’s direct line of sight. This way, drivers are not distracted and can stay in touch with necessary information without letting their eyes leave the road.

Surround View

New BMW models now come with cameras built into the front, rear, and sides to provide 360 degrees of clear vision around the car. Park and maneuver with confidence thanks to interactive track lines that follow the position of the car to help drivers steer into difficult spaces.

Night Vision

Thanks to the advanced night vision technology available in BMW models, drivers can now drive more confidently in the dark. BMW Night Vision allows drivers to see up to 900 feet in the dark and can detect pedestrians and animals that may be hidden in the shadows nearby. The system is even designed to shine a spotlight on pedestrians that are detected to provide an added measure of safety.

BMW Connected Drive

BMW now offers an exciting array of apps available through the BMW Connected Drive system. Drivers can now access contacts, playlists, navigation, and entertainment information by connecting their phone to the car. Stay connected with friends, family, and the information you need even while on the road!

These features are just a small sample of the innovative features available on new BMW vehicles. To stay up to date with the latest advancements and newest models, visit us in person to schedule a test drive! Once you have had a chance to try them for yourself, feel free to share your favorite features on our Facebook page.

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 Z4 Roadster, 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

Audi A5 Earns “5-Year Cost of Ownership” Award in 2015

2015-05-04T10:20:10+00:00May 4th, 2015|Audi|

Audi Santa Barbara celebrates the most recent accolade presented to the Audi A5 for exceptional cost of ownership results for 2015.


Audi is once again the leading recipient of a Kelley Blue Book award for 2015. Each year, Kelley Blue Book honors new vehicles and brands with the lowest projected ownership costs with the 5-Year Cost to Own Awards. The awards take into account vehicle ownership costs of the first five years including factors such as fuel costs and depreciation values and ranks models within each class and category accordingly.

Determining the Best Value

Other costs considered in the report include insurance fees, maintenance and repair costs, and state fees and taxes. This information is gathered and presented as part of Kelly Blue Book’s commitment to providing helpful information for consumers to consider when preparing to make a car purchase. The cost of ownership report breaks down ownership details and identifies brands and models with the lowest overall projected costs.

A5 Pulls Ahead of the Competition

This year, the Audi A5 was named as the winner of the 2015 Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own Award in the “Luxury Car” category. This category includes competitors such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and Lexus. Audi representatives credit quality engineering, efficiency, and powerful performance as top reasons the Audi A5 comes with a low cost of ownership and is so popular with drivers. For example, the A5 Coupe achieves 22mpg city/ 31 highway and the A5 Cabriolet achieves 20mpg in the city and 28mpg on the highway, allowing drivers to spend less time at the fuel center and more time on the road.

In addition to low ownership costs, the Audi A5 provides exceptional driving performance and safety. The current 2015 A5 features a 2.0 TFSI® turbocharged four-cylinder engine with available Tiptronic® automatic transmission. This ferocious engine delivers 220hp and 258lb-ft of torque so drivers can enjoy powerful performance and handling. The design features sophisticated technology such as standard Xenon headlights, dynamic range adjustment, LED taillights, and S line exterior design available on the A5 Premium and A5 Premium Plus model packages. The model line includes the A5, S5 Coupe, and S5 Cabriolet models.

Audi offer a complete line of luxury sedan models including the Audi A4, Audi A5, and the Audi A6. To learn more about technology and efficiency updates from Audi, drivers can follow press releases and updates online with Santa Barbara Auto Group.

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
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 563-4215

Unveiling the 2015 Porsche Macan At Santa Barbara Auto Group

2014-05-20T06:08:13+00:00May 20th, 2014|Porsche, Santa Barbara Auto Group|

The sports car of the compact SUV segment is now available at Porsche Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA May 20, 2014 – Every drive should be unforgettable and the 2015 Porsche Macan provides more than a memorable experience. Created to bring the urban way of life into the fast lane, the sporty Macan is the first compact SUV from Porsche. The 2015 Macan S and Macan Turbo have just arrived at Porsche Santa Barbara and we are excited to unveil the all-new Macan to our customers.

2015 Porsche Macan – Sporty Everyday Performance

2015 Porsche MacanThe Macan is a sports car that has five doors and five seats, but the all new Macan is anything but ordinary. Dramatic acceleration combined with a powerful engine and all-wheel-drive agility deliver a vehicle that thirsts for experience and thrills. This power is harnessed and available when needed, but is extremely comfortable for everyday driving.

The design of the Macan is obviously a Porsche featuring a wraparound hood and gently sloping roof line to give the overall impression of sporty elegance with powerful dynamics. The interior of the Macan resembles a sports car including the forward-sloping center console with a high-set gear selector to draw the driver further into the cockpit. Although considered compact, the luggage compartment boasts 17.6 cu.ft. of volume, which can be increased to 53.0 cu.ft. by folding down the three-way rear bench seat.

2015 Porsche Macan – Two Powerful Trims

Available in two trims – the Macan S and Macan Turbo both boast impressive standard equipment including all-wheel drive, PDK, all-new multi-function sport steering wheel with paddle shifters, 19-inch wheels, a high-performance audio system, and an electronically operated tailgate.

Powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, the Macan S delivers 340 hp and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds. The Macan Turbo features a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that delivers an impressive power output of 400 hp. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 4.6 seconds, with a top track speed of 164 mph. Best of all, that’s all achieved with moderate emission and fuel consumption figures.

The Macan S is available at the base price of $49,000 and the power-package Macan Turbo can be purchased for $72,300, plus any additional options, taxes, dealer charges, and a $995 destination fee charge.

Join the 2015 Porsche Macan Launch Party

Join Porsche Santa Barbara as we unveil the new 2015 Porsche Macan where you can discover Porsche performance in an entirely new form. Drinks, hors d’ourves and a more intensified life will be served

Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 PM
Location: 402 South Hope Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA
RSVP: Please RSVP to Ada at or by telephone (805)563-4230

Whether you are looking at the Macan S or the top-of-the-line Macan Turbo, Porsche Santa Barbara promises you will be impressed.

About Santa Barbara Auto Group

Santa Barbara Auto group is proud to be an authorized Porsche dealer located just off the 101 and S Hope Ave. The Porsche team at Santa Barbara Auto Group is strongly committed to delivering an exceptional buying experience. The sales staff offers many years of experience satisfying customers’ needs. Furthermore, the Santa Barbara Auto Group offers a wide array of new and pre-owned Porsche 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 Porsche models including the 2014 Porsche Cayenne or Porsche Boxter, feel free to call, email, or stop by for friendly personal service.

Santa Barbara Auto Group
402 S Hope Ave
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 682-2000