Smart Cars Continue to Excel in Safety and Efficiency

2017-03-03T10:15:37+00:00March 3rd, 2017|New Vehicles, Safety, smart|

Smart Cars have built a reputation around their superiority in safety and efficiency, and the brand continues on the path of innovation.

As a brand, Smart was designed to introduce a new kind of vehicle to the automotive industry. The brand creates vehicles that are small, fuel-efficient, environmentally responsible, and safe—essentially the perfect vehicle for in-city drivers. Smart cars have been championing optimized fuel efficiency and alternative fuel options for years without forcing drivers to sacrifice safety or sport. With top performance ratings, an enjoyable driving experience, and top safety ratings, Smart car drivers enjoy the best of all worlds.

Recognized for Setting High Safety Standard

The Smart brand employs the brilliant ingenuity of Mercedes-Benz engineers to pave the path for innovation in safety features. Small, efficient, and convenient, Smart cars are the ultimate urban driver. However, due to their small size many drivers have doubts about the safety of these vehicles. With much larger vehicles on the road it seems that it would only make sense that Smart cars should be deemed unsafe in the event of a crash. But, in reality, this is simply not true. In fact, Smart cars are some of the safest vehicles you can find on the road. For example, the 2016 Smart ForTwo was rewarded with the highest possible safety rating—five stars—by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) due to the car’s steel racecar-style frame and liberal use of high-tech front and side airbags.

Though they are roughly half the size of a traditional vehicle, Smart cars are filled with unique safety features like the Tridion steel safety shell. Similar to a racecar roll cage, the Tridion steel safety shell encloses the interior of the car in a high-strength steel cage that creates a protective shell around the occupants keeping them safe in the event of a crash. Every Smart car is also equipped with Smart’s Electric Stability Program (ESP) that has the ability to detect conditions and situations that might cause the driver to lose control, and assists by adjusting the engine and brakes to enhance handling.

Size and Fuel-Efficiency

Some of the most attractive features of Smart cars are their size and fuel-efficiency. Smaller cars are very convenient for urban drivers, and measuring at just over eight feet long and less than five feet wide, there are few cars, if any, smaller than the 2016 Smart ForTwo. In addition, the Smart ForTwo boasts an impressive 32 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. Our team at smart center Santa Barbara invites drivers to stop by and experience the performance and safety features for themselves.

About Santa Barbara Auto Group

Santa Barbara Auto Group is located off the 101 and Hope Ave and serves Santa Barbara residents and drivers throughout Southern California as the premium dealer for Acura, Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and Smart. Every Santa Barbara Auto Group employee is dedicated to providing the highest in sales and service assistance. Santa Barbara Auto Group represents eight different luxury brands and friendly experienced sales representatives are available seven days a week. To learn more about your favorite luxury vehicle, or to schedule a test drive, feel free to call, email, or visit Santa Barbara Auto Group.

Smart Center Santa Barbara

401 S Hope Ave Ste C
Santa Barbara, California 93105
United States (US)
Phone: 805-563-4265
Email: sales@sbautogroup.net
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Smart Safety Provides Optimal Protection

2015-08-20T11:36:24+00:00August 20th, 2015|Safety, smart|

Santa Barbara Auto Group explores the myriad of safety technologies featured in the smart car.

There are many things drivers look for when purchasing a new vehicle. Some people look for a car that offers a sporty or sophisticated design, others search for a vehicle with top performance marks. Some people are out for the best value or warranty, while others are simply looking for the car that makes their heart skip a beat as soon as they sit down at the wheel. These are all important factors to consider and can make or break a car deal for the customer. However, one especially important factor to keep in mind while shopping for a new car is safety performance. A flashy new car is suddenly less appealing if it comes with low IIHS safety ratings or minimal government crash ratings.

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With smart, drivers can have peace of mind that they are getting the best of everything…top performance and efficiency ratings, a fun driving experience, AND top industry safety standards. This is because smart cars are engineered by the innovative team at Mercedes-Benz to pioneer safety features in new and better ways. Small, efficient, and convenient, smart cars offer unique benefits paired with reliable safety engineering.

What makes the smart car so safe?

Smart car safety is based in the principle idea that the car is built specifically to protect the driver and passengers. Though they are tiny, smart cars are filled with safety features such as the patented tridoion safety cell. Similar to a racecar roll cage, the safety cell is made with high-strength steel tridion and creates protective shell around the occupants. When in a collision, the safety cell evenly distributes crash energy to minimize damage and danger. Additionally, a total of eight full-size airbags are equipped throughout the inside of the cabin to further protect the occupants in the event of a crash.

Another unique safety technology built into every smart car is the smart Electronic Stability Program (smart ESP). This program is built to recognize situations that may cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle and instead adjusts the engine and brakes to optimize handling, keeping the driver in control and out of harm’s way.   Should drivers find the need to brake suddenly, the smart Anti-Lock Braking System (smart ABS) prevents wheels from locking while braking, keeping drivers safely in control.

Should a driver find themselves in a collision in a smart car, they still have peace of mind that multiple crash management features go into effect to provide the maximum protection. For example, seat belt tensioners, belt force limiters, and a collapsible steering column prepare the cabin and passengers while crash management system reduces risk and alerts others by shutting off the engine, unlocking the doors, and turning on the hazard lights.

At smart center Santa Barbara, we encourage drivers to stop by and experience the performance and safety standards for themselves on a test drive! If you have been considering a new smart vehicle, now is the best time to find the perfect one for you.

About Santa Barbara Auto Group

Santa Barbara Auto Group is located off the 101 and Hope Ave and serves Santa Barbara residents and drivers throughout Southern California as the premium dealer for Acura, Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and Smart. Every Santa Barbara Auto Group employee is dedicated to providing the highest in sales and service assistance. Santa Barbara Auto Group represents eight different luxury brands and friendly experienced sales representatives are available seven days a week. To learn more about your favorite luxury vehicle, or to schedule a test drive, feel free to call, email, or visit Santa Barbara Auto Group.

Smart Center Santa Barbara

401 S Hope Ave Ste C
Santa Barbara, California 93105
United States (US)
Phone: 805-563-4265
Email: sales@sbautogroup.net