Posts Tagged ‘technology’

New Tech in the Subaru Outback

Monday, May 1st, 2017

When someone mentions off-roading, the Subaru Outback is often the first thing to come to mind. Its capable all-wheel drive and versatile, outdoorsy spirit has gained it a big group of cult followers. The new 2018 Subaru Outback promises to offer those same performance standards with an upscale twist that includes some cool new technology.

Beyond a new front- and rear-end exterior design, and a quieter cabin with upgraded, sophisticated materials, the 2018 Subaru Outback gets a buffed up media system. Previous models have featured the Starlink Multimedia system, which continues to be the media and information hub of the Outback. However, the standard 6.2-inch screen grows to 6.5 inches, and a new 8-inch screen is now available.

The Starlink system continues to offer standards like smartphone integration and audio streaming. The updated version in the 2018 Subaru Outback also offers new apps, including an eBird app which helps drivers find birdwatching locations—the perfect outdoor twist to a Subaru feature.

The rearview camera, the tire pressure monitoring system, and the Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert system have all been updated as well. These are just some of the exciting changes we’re looking forward to in the new 2018 Subaru Outback. To learn more about what’s new in the new model year, give us a call at Hassett Pre-Owned.

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SmartLink Retroactive Connectivity for Ford and Lincoln

Monday, March 27th, 2017

SmartLink Retroactive Connectivity

In recent years, Ford has stayed ahead of the competition when it comes to connectivity, but this wasn’t always the case. Older Ford models, specifically those between 2010 and 2016, lacked several common features, but the automaker is taking steps to rectify the problem. A new SmartLink retroactive connectivity system will soon be available for older Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

The new SmartLink system will provide owners with a range of new features that are available on current models, but weren’t offered at the time their vehicle was purchased. New features include remote engine start, maintenance notifications, and more.

“Offering [SmartLink] through our dealerships is another way to keep us connected with our customers and earn their loyalty,” said Stephen Odell, Ford’s executive vice president of Global Marketing, Sales and Service.

Notably, Ford is upping the ante with its closest competitors by offering a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot capable of connecting to up to eight devices. The connection will be supported through partnerships with Verizon and Delphi.

The tech-savvy move makes Ford the first in the industry to offer retroactive connectivity to customers. Users will be able to schedule service through SmartLink as well.

SmartLink retroactive connectivity will officially launch this summer. Pricing has yet to be announced.

We here at Hassett Pre-Owned are happy to see older Ford and Lincoln models becoming better than ever!

Subaru WRX and WRX STI Get New Starlink Infotainment System

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Starlink infotainment systemThe Subaru WRX and WRX STI already have all they could possibly want when it comes to power and handling, so the upgrades they’ll be getting for the 2016 model year will be in the form of extra safety and convenience technologies.

All models are getting the new 6.2-inch Starlink infotainment system, including a rearview camera. Vehicles with navigation will get a 7-inch version.

The top-of-the-line Limited trim with Sport Lineartronic transmission (a fancy name for a CVT) gets the new EyeSight system as an option, which includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping assist. The six-speed manual gets blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert instead.

In addition, the WRX STI Limited is now available with a low-profile rear trunk spoiler. We prefer the big wing at Hassett Automotive, but the spoiler comes at no additional cost, so it’s definitely a bargain if the big wing doesn’t seem worth the money to you!

2016 Explorer Platinum Technology Includes Industry-First Innovations

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
2016 Explorer Platinum technology

The 2016 Explorer Platinum will enjoy some technological upgrades from Sony

Ford and Sony will be bringing some industry-first technology to the new 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum. With the idea of the perfect soundtrack in mind, an exclusive Sony sound system will be featured in the Explorer.

The audio system includes two industry-firsts: Live Acoustics and Clear Phase. It will also be the first time an exclusive Sony home audio technology system is actually used in a vehicle. The two Sony technologies offer an audio experience unlike any other. They create a concert-like quality within the Explorer that you won’t find in any other vehicle.

Matt Zuehlk, Ford Explorer brand manager said, “Explorer is about pushing boundaries and authentic high-end home theater sound isn’t just for the living room anymore.” He continued to announce the sound quality of the new Explorer will “knock your socks off.”

This cutting-edge 2016 Explorer Platinum technology will be making its way here this summer, so stay tuned to the Hassett Automotive blog and we’ll let you know when the new model has arrived! Until then, check out our inventory of the 2015 Ford Explorer.

Subaru EyeSight Technology Helps Models Earn Top Safety Rating

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Subaru Eyesight TechnologyWith the advent of a lot of technology, it can sometimes seem like the very technology that is supposed to be helping you—making your life easier, better, and safer—is actually fighting you. Not EyeSight, however. That’s what Subaru calls its autonomous technology.

Subaru EyeSight technology works for you—and with you—to create a truly safer driving experience. There’s data to prove it too. Subaru reports that all of the 2015 models equipped with EyeSight technology (including Forester, Impreza, Legacy, Outback, and XV Crosstrek), “received the highest possible score in front crash prevention by the IIHS.”

EyeSight encompasses a number of different features, all designed to preempt a collision. There’s Adaptive Cruise Control, which works just like traditional cruise except your Subaru will use monitoring and braking to maintain a driver-inputted distance between you and the car in front of you.

EyeSight uses cameras to monitor any possible dangerous conditions as they arise. For instance, if you happen to stray out of your lane, your Subaru will warn you through the Lane Departure System. If a frontal impact appears imminent, EyeSight will issue warnings and implement emergency braking if needed.

EyeSight is named that because that’s just what it does. It’s a helpful extra set of eyes to ensure that you and your family get to your destination safely. We at Hassett Automotive would be happy to provide that safety for you, so take a test drive today.

The MyLincoln Mobile App – Taking Technology to the Next Level

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

MyLincoln Mobile

Lincoln’s luxurious vehicles aren’t just marvels of great design and interior comfort. They also feature the latest technology – technology that makes life just a little bit easier.

Lincoln Motor Company has partnered with Google in the creation of its MyLincoln Mobile app, and that partnership is yielding some very exciting developments. MyLincoln Mobile users can now start their vehicles using their Android phone. They can also lock and unlock their vehicle and schedule remote starts. (more…)