BMW Continues to Lead the Industry with Innovative and Progressive Ideas

2017-01-25T11:30:28+00:00January 25th, 2017|BMW, Technology|

In a period of technological and automotive progression that exceeds any precedent, BMW is a leader in the race.

BMW has always been at the forefront of technological advancement in the auto-industry, being one of the first brands to equip its vehicles with self-detecting collision avoiding systems, brake-assist systems, and numerous other features. According to the web publication Digital Trends, BMW continues to pave the road for competitors when it comes to current popular innovative topics. In this era where technology can be new today and old tomorrow, it’s important for companies to set their sights on the future. While most companies are looking ahead to the next decade, BMW is looking ahead to the next century with their Vision Next 100 models.

Hot Technology Topics in the Auto Industry

Autonomous Vehicles

For years, autonomously driven vehicles have appeared in Science Fiction movies as a concept that exists only in the unforeseeable future. However, this is likely to change soon as automakers have already implemented concepts like lane keeping assist or adaptive cruise control. These features are considered to be Level 1 or 2 in autonomous functionality. BMW’s vision for the next generation of cars is Level 3 in autonomous functionality, meaning future vehicles will be fully autonomous with the option for the driver to regain control if desired. BMW is also considering the concept of self-balancing motorcycles.

Alternative Energy

As is consistent with most industries, the automotive industry is trying to shift toward more sustainable practices. The Green movement has played an important role in the auto industry in recent years, but there still has not been an effective push for any brand that has eliminated the need for gasoline. BMW predicts that this push for alternative energy sources for powertrains will only accelerate in the coming years. That’s why the engineers in BMW’s Mini division have been working on the Mini-E series, set to debut in 2019. This line of Mini’s will provide urban mobility in compact, customizable, zero-emission vehicles.

In addition to battery-electric vehicles, BMW has been working with Toyota in hydrogen fuel cell technology. Whichever of these alternative solutions is the one to eliminate dependence on fossil fuels, you can be assured BMW will be among the first to introduce it.

BMW Santa Barbara is proud to be an authorized BMW dealer. It’s exciting to know that we offer luxury vehicles from a brand with such inspiring plans. Visit BMW Santa Barbara to find out the kind of industry-leading technology BMW already offers.

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

Jaguar Refuses to Compromise Power or Efficiency with the 2017 Jaguar XF

2016-02-15T14:09:11+00:00February 15th, 2016|Jaguar|

Jaguar steps up their game once again by offering a slew of innovative updates with the 2017 Jaguar XF, arriving in showrooms early this spring.

This winter, drivers can look forward to the new and improved efficiency and performance of the Jaguar XF. The 2017 Jaguar XF will provide drivers with even greater control and performance than previous models and incorporates the latest driver assistance and safety technology. The update aptly shows Jaguar’s continued commitment to ongoing improvement. Rather than gliding along on previously earned accolades, Jaguar engineers press forward to create and implement the latest automotive advancements in order to keep the brand at the forefront of premium automotive design.

At Jaguar Santa Barbara, we have outlined some of the latest updates revealed about the 2017 Jaguar XF so our customers can see for themselves what an incredible vehicle the new XF promises to be.

  • Improved Handling: Drivers can be confident in the performance of the XF on or off the road and in inclement weather conditions. The 2017 Jaguar XF will incorporate all-wheel drive for improved all-weather performance. Additionally, the Intelligent Driveline Dynamics technology will maximize traction and performance without compromising rear-wheel agility. Adaptive Surface Response mode for Jaguar Drive Control also delivers greater control even in severe weather conditions.
  • Innovative Efficiency: Jaguar fans will appreciate the improved efficiency of the 2017 Jaguar XF thanks to the available 180PS 4-cylinder Ingenium clean diesel engine. This engine delivers the ideal balance of power and efficiency and is part of Jaguar’s commitment to implementing clean energy solutions within its line. It is the lightest AWD diesel model in its class thanks to the advanced aluminum architecture and offers individualized settings for suspension, steering, throttle, and transmission to fine-tune the driver’s need for performance, efficiency, and handling.
  • Outstanding Functionality: The 2017 Jaguar XF will offer segment-leading rear-seating space and luggage storage. This makes it easier for drivers to head out for an adventure without worrying about space for their friends or gear.
  • Overall Ownership Value: All Ingenium diesels come with 21,000 mile/24 month service intervals giving drivers more time on the road and less time in the shop. Total cost of ownership offers best-in-class residual values and lowest overall service costs.   Drivers can keep their Jaguar in top condition by taking advantage of available warranty benefits for ongoing service and maintenance at any of the nation’s authorized Jaguar dealerships.

Drivers who are interested in learning more about the 2017 Jaguar XF should contact a sales representative at Jaguar Santa Barbara. The model is expected to garner lots of attention and offers a myriad of customizable design elements and available engine and performance options. Drivers are encouraged to contact Jaguar Santa Barbara early in the year to take advantage of the best inventory selection.

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

Take Advantage of Innovative Online Tools from Santa Barbara Auto Group

2016-01-25T12:40:07+00:00January 25th, 2016|Acura|

Acura Santa Barbara offers innovative online shopping tools to help customers make a more educated choice about their new Acura vehicle.

Acura Santa Barbara makes it easier than ever to shop online for a new car. Thanks to a collection of innovative online services, customers can search for their favorite modes, compare pricing and performances specs, and even analyze the value of their trade-in all from the comfort of home. Santa Barbara Auto Group is dedicated to providing the most convenient buying process and offers customers the tools and resources they need to confidently make their next car purchase.

CarFinder

The first place to start when looking online at new or certified pre-owned Acura vehicles from Acura Santa Barbara is CarFinder. CarFinder is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is a free no obligation tool that helps customers narrow down their selection based on important search parameters including:

  • Type
  • Make
  • Model
  • Body Style
  • Highway MPG
  • Model Year
  • Mileage
  • Pricing

Customers enter their search request and then receive a list of matching vehicles complete with model features and details, pricing, and photographs. It takes the work out of searching for the perfect car without any pressure. Customers can also provide their preferred contact information and any additional comments they would like to add so that a helpful Acura Santa Barbara representative can assist them as needed with the search and purchase process.

Land Rover Santa Barbara invites drivers to discover the value of their trade-in with a convenient and innovative online service from Kelley Blue Book. The service enables drivers to input information about their current vehicle to discover the market trade-in value should they decide to trade in their old car while purchasing a new Land Rover vehicle.

Value Your Trade-In with Edmunds.com

When it comes time to purchase a new car, many customers also have an old car they wish to trade in or sell. To make this process easier and more convenient, Acura Santa Barbara offers a free no-hassle online trade-in valuation service through Edmunds.com. Customers enjoy a direct quote from a reliable third-party service to take the guesswork out of the entire process.   This way, they can move forward with the purchase process with confidence knowing they will receive a fair price for their trade-in vehicle.

To discover the trade-in value of a vehicle, customers can input the information about the vehicle online starting with the model year, make, trim, and options. All the information needed to determine the value of the car including mileage, condition, location, etc. During the process, customers can also enter information in about the Acura vehicle they are interested in and request a call or email from a professional sales representative at Acura Santa Barbara to learn more.

There is no better place to start your search for a new car than online at Acura Santa Barbara. Best of all, customers can save considerable time and hassle by utilizing the innovative online tools available to provide the information they need to make an educated choice about their new Acura vehicle.

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
Email: sales@sbautogroup.net

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
Email: sales@sbautogroup.net

Acura MDX Continues to Top Charts as Best-Selling Luxury SUV

2015-05-14T09:42:47+00:00May 14th, 2015|Acura|

Acura continues to lead the way by brining innovative technology and design to loyal customers with the Acura MDX.

Over the past few years, the Acura MDX has climbed in sales to become one of the best-selling luxury SUVs in its segment. A popular choice for California drivers and others across the nation, the vehicle has sold so well that Acura has announced it will begin manufacturing the model in multiple locations as early as 2017.

Acura Takes Steps to Meet Rising Demand

Customer demand for the Acura MDX has grown so high that Honda has announced plans to add a second production location in North America for the vehicle. Until now, the Acura MDX was produced exclusively at the Lincoln, Alabaman factory. Going forward, the model will also be produced at a second location in Liberty, Ohio within two years. This will enable Acura to better meet the demand for the popular three-row luxury SUV. Drivers seemingly cannot get enough of this unique luxury SUV offering thanks to controlled handling, sophisticated and assertive design, and a cabin that offers room for friends and an atmosphere of luxury comfort.

In addition to increasing customer demand, the Acura MDX has also received strong reviews throughout the past few years. Recently, the 2015 Acura MDX was recently recognized as the Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money. This is the third consecutive year that the model has received this award.   The award is given based on a combination of quality and value data. The Best Car for the Money is divided into 21 vehicle categories and the car with the highest composite value and quality score is named the Best Car for the Money. Quality is measured by each car’s overall U.S. News car ranking. Value is measured by the five-year total cost of ownership and the average price paid for by customers.

Acura MDX 2016

What Sets the MDX Apart?

The Acura MDX outshines the competition thanks to precise design and performance enhancements. The 2015 MDX is available in two models including:

  • Acura MDX Front Wheel Drive
  • Acura MDX Super Handling All-Wheel Drive

Inside the cabin, refined leather surrounds the driver and passengers in luxury and comfort. Controls are placed in the most accessible location and provide intuitive access to navigation, climate, and entertainment controls.   Innovative safety technology is available through the AcuraWatch and AcuraWatch Plus system and includes Lane Keeping Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control.

The Acura MDX is powered by the i-VTEC® V-6 engine capable of 290hp and 267lb-ft of torque for ultimate control. Best of all, the Variable Cylinder Management system enables the car to run on only three cylinders when conditions are right to preserve fuel and increase efficiency.

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
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 563-4266

https://sbautogroup.com

Audi Brings Precision Laser Lighting to the Road

2016-01-29T02:41:23+00:00April 15th, 2015|Audi|

audi r8 lightingAudi Santa Barbara explores the latest lighting innovations from Audi on the world-class luxury sports car, the Audi R8.

The Audi R8 has always been a standard for engineering sophistication and ingenuity within the Audi brand. This iconic luxury sports car has received top reviews, exceptional driver feedback, and has even made appearances on the big screen in box office hits. Even with this legacy of excellence, the Audi R8 continues to surprise and impress drivers year after year. Audi continues to push the creative boundaries of engineering and the Audi R8 is proud to deliver a driving experience unlike any other in its market class.

Recently, Audi announced that the Audi R8 will showcase a number of technology updates for the new year. One of the first to be announced is its all-new set of headlights. Of course, these are no ordinary headlights. The new Audi R8 will feature available with a laser spot as complementary high-beam headlamp.   Paired with the advanced LED headlamps, the laser sport high-beams will provide more efficient lighting capabilities for dark roads and difficult driving conditions. Audi understands that strong lighting has the power to prevent an accident and provide the visibility drivers need to perform at their best.

The reason the new laser high-beams are so enticing to drivers is that they are able to generate a lot of light from a small component providing almost two times the lighting range compared to standard LED high-beam headlights. This means twice the visibility and twice the safety on the road.

Audi_R8_Headlight

How does it work?

What makes the laser headlamps so impressively bright? Basically, each light contains a laser module with four individual high-intensity blue light laser diodes inside. When activated, the blue light is converted into white light thanks to a phosphor converter tucked inside the component. As a result, the laser high-beams have a blue signature light. The laser spot has made a brief previous appearance in 2014 in the limited edition Audi R8 LMX and the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro racecar.

The laser high-beams are paired with LED headlamps which include 37 LEDs per headlight. These combine to provide optimal visibility on the road.   LED headlamps have been around since 2004 and have improved in efficiency every year since. They began as daytime running light components in 2004 and now power the entire standard lighting system of the Audi R8. Current Audi lighting technologies include LED daytime running lights, Matrix LED headlights, and now the laser spot high-beam lights.

The laser high-beams are just the first of many new innovations to be introduced this year from Audi. Drivers can look for more updates on Audi technology, engineering, and design online with Santa Barbara Auto Group.

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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
https://sbautogroup.com
http://www.audisantabarbara.com/