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 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

Mercedes-Benz F015 Delivers a Glimpse of the Future

2015-05-28T10:17:37+00:00May 28th, 2015|Mercedes Benz|

Mercedes-Benz ventures into the future of autonomous driving with the latest F015 prototype taking to the streets without a human driver.

Mercedes-Benz is turning science fiction and fantasy into reality with the innovative new vehicle known as the Mercedes-Benz F015. This unique vehicle is the first of its kind to feature 100% autonomous driving capabilities. Imagine, getting into your car for the morning commute and being able to sit back relax, read, check emails, or chat with friends and family while the car does all the work to get you to your destination. That is exactly what Mercedes-Benz has envisioned and is making a reality.

Live on the Streets

Just last month, the brand took the vehicle from the Consumer Electronics Showroom to the streets of California. Mercedes-Benz was permitted to test the concept vehicle on the public roads of San Francisco. For an entire week, the prototype vehicle drove around the city without a single safety incident.

The Mercedes-Benz F015 is built differently from all other Mercedes-Benz vehicles. New technology and vehicle design test the norms of standard automotive design. The driver controls include gesture-based technology, eye-tracking, and touchscreens. The lighting is 100% LED and the car is even capable of projecting a crosswalk onto the road ahead when it senses pedestrians crossing. Rather than standard driver and passenger seating, the front seats are built so they can be positioned in a lounge-like fashion to allow all passengers of the car to face to the middle of the vehicle for easy communication and interaction while the vehicle keeps its eyes on the road and navigates itself to the destination point. The current prototype stays true to the elegance and sophistication of a Mercedes-Benz by including luxury design components in the cabin such as walnut veneer, premium leather, and polished aluminum and glass features.

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Pushing Technology Forward with Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz has said that the F015 is designed to be piloted completely autonomously but can also be driven manually. The widespread release of the vehicle is still unknown as Mercedes-Benz continues to test and improve the technology. However, the recent step of testing it on the roads of San Francisco mark an important milestone in the emergence of autonomous driving technology. The design and execution of the F015 is a huge step forward for the automotive industry as science-fiction becomes status quo. The design concept also opens up interesting and exciting discussions regarding infrastructure, legal, and safety requirements necessary to implement this kind of technology in a widespread manner. Like most technology, the applications are endless and the effect this technology may have on public transportation concepts is still unknown.   In the meantime, drivers can learn more about the incredible safety and driver assist programs already in place in the latest Mercedes-Benz models at Santa Barbara Auto Group.

About Mercedes-Benz of Santa Barbara

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 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 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.

Santa Barbara Auto Group
402 S Hope Ave
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 682-2000
https://sbautogroup.com
http://www.mercedessantabarbara.com