Chrysler’s Pacifica Minivan is a Game Changer and Here’s Why.

Minivans have polarizing opinions; the realization that you might need one for your growing family is imminent. Either way, minivans were purpose-built for family commuting, and now with Pacifica by Chrysler out in the market, it serves as a handy family assistant. Let’s take a look at what this family favorite in the plug-in form of a hybrid can offer.  

You’ll find a 3.5-liter V6 eHybrid engine under the hood with two electric motors mated to an eFlite Si-EVT transmission. These motors combined make 260 horsepower that is plenty to get the van moving in the right direction very quickly. The switch between gas to electric is almost entirely seamless.  

It is learning to modify your driving habits to take full advantage of your new hybrid. Definitely something worth learning. It’s easy on the throttle, and it uses the regenerative braking, whenever possible, to help to charge the battery and is as smooth as possible on all occasions.   

The exterior styling for some models can be sporty and sleek, even for a van. Some models come with red velvet paint matched to black wheels which can set the van apart from other minivans. Even the wheel distinction can be pleasing to look at as well.

Up front, you’ll find LED daytime lights with projector lamps and LED tail lamps with regular bulbs for braking. Overall, it’s a sleek and functional looking van. Not something you’ll want to dismiss just because it doesn’t fit the norm.

Kids will fall in love with the inside, and drivers (and parents alike) will be satisfied with what is being offered. Up front, there will be an entertainment center for the ages. There is also a rotary gear selector which cleans up the dashboard and provides more room for console and seating.

Centered in the middle of the dashboard is the touchscreen, which holds all of the infotainment controls. It allows you to control several things such as entertainment, HVAC, and settings for the front passengers. An all-in-one console for all of the tech available.   

Just below are the controls for front and rear HVAC. Under all the storage cubbies and rubber flooring, you’ll find that the rubber flooring will keep things from sliding around when on the road. The center console is big enough that it can hold a small diaper bag, iPads, cups, and even toys.

The middle-row seating is comfortable enough even for adults, but the real kicker is the touchscreens that are built into the seats, and they also have game preloaded unto them. The third row holds three people, and even two adults fairly comfortably. The storage behind the third row is a little deeper down than average, which allows you to pack items tightly and be able to carry plenty with the seats in use.  

Folding that row makes for a large surface. Fold all of the seating, and you can have a makeshift panel van. If wanting extra space, you can make it yourself with all of the hidden storage available.

The Pacifica drives like a luxury vehicle, making it smooth over bumps and easy to drive on the highway and the drive in town. And with the plug-in capability, it’s an easy (and excellent) way to cruise in town in EV mode. Other features included are parking assist and parallel parking assist, you can find a spot and semi-autonomously park the van.   

This van can cover all of the bases a family could need or want. Even with the ability to drive in full electric mode is something efficient. The all-wheel-drive option will be ideal, but the hybrid plug-in option is, indeed.  

Chrysler claims 82 MPGe and 30 mpg. It’s tough to calculate mileage when it’s charged every night. But with the ability to switch between hybrid and EV mode, the gasoline slowly if you’re not in the highway commuting.

You can search the inventory of Chrysler Pacifica’s at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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Chrysler Partners with Disney and Pixar to Promote Toy Story 4 and the Pacifica

Toy Story 4 is around the corner, and Chrysler has partnered with the film to promote the movie and the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid. It’s a match made in movie heaven, at least in the advertising world. Chrysler teamed up with Disney and Pixar to cross-hype the new Pacifica minivan and the movie in an online video promo.  

On the 30-second ad, spot stars gather all of the iconic characters that we’ve known from the Toy Story series. Including old favorites like Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear. The crossover advertisement works quite well since it brings nostalgia to either to those who watched it (the kids) or those who bought the tickets (the parents).

The characters from the movie are having a little dance party in the back of the Chrysler, and it comes complete with music and lights. During the commercial, many of the key interior features of the minivans are promoted, which include the built-in Stow ‘n Vac vacuum cleaner. Also included are two large screens behind the front seat headrests, and the second-row seats which can be seamlessly stowed under the floor at the press of a button.

The partnership is a no-brainer, as Disney supports the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid. The video shows off through the hijinx of Pixar’s animated toys, which equips the family-friendly vehicle with the U-Connect Theater that plays games, apps, and two 10-inch touch screens mounted on the back of the front seats. Also included are hands-free power sliding doors and an onboard vacuum cleaner and flat-fold rear seating for dance parties and grocery shopping.    

Across the board, new car buyers are leaning more towards crossovers and SUV over sportier vehicles, particularly those with families and both the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid have a lot going for them. The Pacifica Hybrid is has a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine paired to two electric motors and a CVT transmission. The vehicles all-electric range of 33 miles and an EPA fuel economy rating of 84 MPGe.   

When the teaser dropped it consisted of an animated spork having a mini freak out but the trailer has a more wistful tone. The new characters in the movie are voiced by comedy duo Key and Peele which make Buzz Lightyear “your mom” jokes. When the final scene of the movie airs it will presumably follow in the footsteps of previous films and will walk a line between the emotional and comedic side.

CHRYSLER’S PROMOTION CAMPAIGN:

The toys are back in movie theaters (June 21, 2019) and what better way than to kick it off with a few friends such as Alaska Airlines, Babybel®, Chevrolet and The Laughing Cow® to join the party. Chrysler is getting the party started with a new television commercial that spotlights the Chrysler Pacifica and a few characters that we’ve seen before. The Chrysler Pacifica is the most clever minivan in its class with exclusive-to-the-segment attribution such as Stow ‘n Go seating, hands-free power sliding doors, and Uconnect Theater with two 10-inch touchscreens. The Pacifica is America’s first hybrid minivan, and it delivers an all-electric range of 32 miles and driving range of 520 miles, providing a no-compromise vehicle when it comes to efficiency and comfort.

You can search the inventory of Chrysler Pacifica’s at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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FCA’S New Technology Ecosystem Is In Collaboration with Google and Samsung

 

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) N.V. announced on April 30th, 2019 that they will enhance the connected life of FCA vehicles globally with the delivery of a new “ecosystem.” The latest on- and off-board systems are set to distribute faster, more suitable and fully integrated connected experience for customers and their vehicles in more than 150 countries. Off-board, the Uconnect services will use a new cloud-based platform from HARMAN, a Samsung company, which will power connectivity and deliver a full array of services.

The system Off-board will promptly and securely manage in-vehicle and additional data using the architecture that is based on the HARMAN Ignite cloud-based platform. The system will deliver users an enhanced experience that will assist owners by predicting maintenance needs, finding charging stations, live customer-care assistance at the push of a button, locating fuel and receiving traffic prompts. They will also receive over-the-air (OTA) software updates which ensure owners the benefit from new capabilities and the latest software applications.     

“HARMAN Ignite and our award-winning OTA are essential ingredients of the future of connected cars, and we are thrilled to partner with FCA on building their global ecosystem. With these new technologies, HARMAN and Samsung offer a whole new level of customized and personalized services benefitting OEMs like FCA, consumers, and enterprises in the growing car share industry in an unprecedented way,” said Dinesh Paliwal, President and CEO HARMAN.  

The global platform offers the owners 4G network connectivity and it supports the evolution to 5G, it’s approved for all regions and will integrate with any service provider around the world. The off-board system also can interact with future smart cities’ infrastructure, as well as household devices via Samsung’s “Smart Things” platform. Vehicle owners are not the only ones who will benefit from the features that are delivered through the cloud-based connectivity; fleet operators and service providers will enjoy also.        

Onboard, which is the new system, will be powered by Android the natural app-based environment that supplies fresh content via OTA updates, fast interaction and seamless wireless integration with the customer’s mobile devices. The system will offer owners continuous innovation and will feature updates through a built-in cellular network. Onboard allows for capabilities in autonomous driving initiatives, electrification, and connected services.    

The ecosystem will provide an optimal technical environment for FCA electrified vehicles, and applications included will be remote battery management, smart EV trip navigator and vehicle-to-grid services. It will support the FCA Mobility Services portfolio, which contains the usage-based vehicle insurance, a peer-to-peer car sharing solutions, such as the U-Go system which was recently launched by Leasys in Europe and short-, medium- and long-term vehicle rental. The fundamental principals of the system will start to show up in phases across the globe during the second half of 2019, and the new FCA vehicles sold will be plugged in by the year 2022.

“By selecting industry leaders such as Samsung and Google, we are making efficient and responsible utilization of capital to provide advanced technological solutions to our customers worldwide,” said Harald Wester, Chief Technical Officer, FCA. “In collaboration with HARMAN – Samsung, and Google, we have developed a flexible, easy-to-use and connected ‘ecosystem’ that not only deploys today’s technology but is also ready to integrate upcoming innovations.”

ABOUT UCONNECT:

UCONNECT launched in 2003 and is the award-winning connected vehicle platform that is built into the FCA vehicles which are FIAT, Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, and RAM. It delivers advanced connectivity, navigation, communication services, and entertainment. They are as easy to use as they are powerful and the bonus is that it keeps customers focused on the road as well.

ABOUT FCA N.V.

FCA is a global automaker that engineers, manufactures, designs and sells vehicles with an exciting portfolio which include Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep, Lancia, Ram, and Maserati. It sells its parts and services under the Mopar name and it operates in the components and production system sector under the Comau and Teksid brands. FCA has employed over 200,000 people around the world.   

You can search the inventory of FCA vehicles at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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Waymo’s Self-Driving Car Program Adds a Plant in Detroit, Michigan

An additional location has been chosen for Waymo’s self-driving car project, and the final assembly will be in Detroit. Once known as Google’s self-driving car project, now one of the foremost leaders in pushing to develop the autonomous vehicle, Waymo had previously said that it was scouting locations in southeast Michigan. But they didn’t name a specific city, until now.

Jon Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, revealed via a blog post that Detroit was the company’s choice. “Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve found the perfect facility in Detroit. We will partner with American Axle & Manufacturing to repurpose an existing facility, bringing a workforce back to an area where jobs in the automotive industry were recently lost,” according to the post.

The new building is set to create over 100 jobs and could expand to 400 jobs in the area with an investment of $13.6 million. Waymo has requested an $8 million grant from Michigan Business Development Program. They will use an existing facility on the American Axle and Manufacturing campus on Holbrooke where American Axle has its headquarters, Technology Development Center and the Detroit Business office.

The location in question was being used as a sequencing center for local parts supplier, and according to the company, American Axle recently moved back into the facility with business operations in the central portion of the building. The Vice President of American Axle, Chris Son, said the partnership would benefit the companies immensely. “We are excited to partner with Waymo and be a part of bringing future automotive technology to our Detroit Campus,” said Son to freep.com.

Waymo’s announcement comes after GM’s decision to pull back from the two factories that already are in the state. GM will stop manufacturing at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant early January 2020, which builds the electric Chevy Volt vehicle. But they are still planning on making the production versions of the self-driving Cruise car at the Orion Assembly Plant in Michigan.  

Although there has been no set date, there is speculation that General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, could be in play. If it goes through, it will offer more than 200,000 square feet that Waymo is looking for. But there is still competition between Waymo’s self-driving vehicle development and GM’s Cruise unit.

Waymo’s project is considered as the mass production of L4 autonomous vehicles. According to NHTSA (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), Level 5 is high automation, one step below full automation. Under certain conditions, the vehicle can manage all driving functions.  

The driver may have the option to have full control of the vehicle. General Motors has produced a Level 4 Chevy Bolts for test purposes at its Orion Assembly Plant. Although it’s been testing there hasn’t been a lot of news on it.

FCA PLANS:

This is the second announcement this year concerning auto manufacturing in the Detroit area. In February, Fiat Chrysler announced a $4.5 billion expansion in Wayne and Macomb counties. As of now, that amount has tripled. Included in the plan is the new Jeep plant at the company’s Mack Avenue Engine factory and the expansion of the Jefferson North Assembly Plant.    

As of now, that deal is still pending in the City of Detroit assembling 200 acres to complete FCA’s needed footprint. The deadline to complete is under the city’s agreement with FCA is this week. Earlier this month, the city was still negotiating the last piece of property needed by the Moroun family. The family owns 80-acre former Budd plant site near Charlevoix and Conner on the east side.

This isn’t the first lease that the Crown’s rent to Chrysler which is used as a parking lot for new vehicles produced at its Jefferson North Assembly Plant. Inside the assembly plant, in a separate shop, workers install self-driving hardware for autonomous vehicles that are being tested by GM Cruise, the automaker’s San Francisco-based autonomous-vehicle unit. Both GM and Ford Motor Co have announced that they will build autonomous vehicles in the Michigan factories.

You can search the inventory of Chrysler’s at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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Good Housekeeping Named Chrysler Pacifica the 2019 Best New Car

In partnership with Car and Driver, Good Housekeeping named the Chrysler Pacifica the 2019 Best New Car award winner in the Minivan section. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid took home the Best New Car in the Hybrid category last year. Two-time’s the charm when it comes to Chrysler.

“It’s the ultimate family vehicle with all the useful features you want, at an unbeatable value,” says Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping Chief Technologist & Engineering Director. “It also has tons of bins and cubbies, so everyone has a spot to store their toys and snacks, second-row passengers each get their LCD screen. Plus, the infotainment system is super-easy to navigate,” added Laurie Jennings, Good Housekeeping Institute Director & Lead Consumer Tester.

The Good Housekeeping Institute collaborated with Car and Driver to view hundreds of new vehicles and identify the top models for 2019. Good Housekeeping Institute specialist registered more than 5,000 miles on test tracks while evaluating the top priorities drivers find useful in a vehicle: such as safety, handling, value, interior design, onboard technology, and comfort.

For selecting the best vehicles in the market, consumers, engineers, and analysts assess some features as in how easy it is the folding and stowing of seats. It also has storage and trunk cargo space. Bonus points go for innovative technology such as hands-free liftgates.

As the original creator of the minivan, FCA US LLC continues to transform the segment with firsts, with 78 innovations through the first five minivan generations. When they introduced the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid, FCA US added 37 minivan firsts to its portfolio for an unmatched total of 115 innovations in the segment, including the industry’s first plug-in hybrid electric minivan vehicle.

The Pacifica has been the most awarded minivan of 2016, 2017 and 2018. It reinvents the minivan with its bold styling, functionality, and versatility. So what is it about the Chrysler Pacifica?

THE CHRYSLER PACIFICA:

PERFORMANCE: The Pacifica features a V6 engine with a 3.6-liter that produces 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However, a nine-speed automatic transmission is standard. To get the acceleration going, you need to step hard on the gas.

The Pacifica shifts gears feel quicker than its rivals. According to EPA estimates, the Pacifica gets 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, and with the stop-start feature, it offers 19/28 mpg. For a minivan, those are excellent estimates.

HANDLING AND BRAKING:

Minivans are supposed to deliver a smooth and cushioned ride, and the Pacifica presents that. The minivan is poised around winding roads, turns, and corners. Front-wheel drive is standard and with minimal body roll, sturdy brakes and responsive steering it helps to improve the driver’s confidence.    

PROS: When it comes to the Pacifica, it has its advantages. One of the benefits is how easy it is to transform from people hauler to cargo transport and the material used in the interior design. We’ve already discussed the styling and functionality, but there’s also the convenience, safety, and luxury features that it provides and also it’s all-around visibility which is excellent.  

INFOTAINMENT:

The Pacifica comes standard with Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system which includes a 7-inch touch screen, USB port, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone navigation, a six-speaker stereo and Uconnect Access which allows for you to remotely start, lock and track your vehicle using your smartphone.  

With its many available offerings are satellite radio, KeySense parental controls, two 10-inch rear-seat touch screens, a 13-speaker Alpine or 20-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a built-in vacuum,  a rear-seat DVD player, a 4G Wi-Fi hot spot, and an upgraded Uconnect system with an 8.4-inch touch screen and navigation. The vehicle offers something for everyone, but the main attention-holder is the centerpiece of its technology which is the Uconnect infotainment system. Its active touch screen and tangible menu layout help make it one of the best methods in its class.

2019 CHRYSLER PACIFICA SAFETY FEATURES:

The Chrysler Pacifica in its safety features offers Driver, Passenger, Front Head, Rear Head, and Front Side Air Bag. It has 4-Wheel ABS, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control, and Daytime Running Lights. Also included are child safety locks, traction control, and blind spot monitoring.

You can search the inventory of Chrysler Pacifica’s at Miami Lakes Automall.  Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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New Chrysler Pacifica May Be An All-Wheel-Drive

 

There was a rumor that the Chrysler Pacifica was preparing an all-wheel-drive (AWD) variant. It will add a huge benefit in the minivan segment as the Toyota Sienna is currently the only competitor that offers an all-wheel-drive. An AWD option could help improve Pacifica’s popularity.

It wouldn’t be the first time the Pacifica will get an AWD option, but there hasn’t been a lot of news on it. An all-wheel-drive vehicle may be the vehicle that many living in inclement weather, such as ice and snow, are waiting on. The Pacifica could soon be the go-to vehicle for those wanting a minivan and an all-wheel-drive.

The strong sales in Canada drive the high demand on the Pacifica offering AWD. Offering AWD can help Chrysler gain more sales in colder regions of the United States as well. The popular SUVs account for more than 30 percent of new vehicle sales.

It’s believed that the next-generation Chrysler Pacifica can be announced within the next two months. If it comes out within that time-frame, it would be sooner than it was expected. The 2018 Pacifica is still relatively new, having launched for the 2017 model year and after the Dodge Grand Caravan, it is currently the second best-selling minivan in America.

Chrysler could decide to go all out with the vehicle design. It could develop a new plug-in hybrid powertrain to coexist with the AWD variant. It can also switch to an entirely new architecture allowing for an AWD powerplant.  

The Pacifica AWD production is expected to start in the second quarter of 2020, according to data organized from industry sources obtained by Automotive News. The timing couldn’t be at a better time as it matches the launch of a potential new-generation Pacifica. If the new minivan makes an appearance before the end of 2019, it makes sense for three to six months after that to be put into production.  

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) could also inaugurate an SUV based on the platform of the Pacifica. As stated, nothing has been announced yet. Former FCA CEO, Sergio Marchionne, said “the platform is ready, and the plant can take it” so the automaker can “probably get it up and running in 18 months.”

PACIFICA AS A POSSIBLE CONTENDER:

A possible contender might be an alternative in the Chrysler Pacifica. Chrysler has mentioned that the Pacifica “could support” the all-wheel-drive option. Although, it did not initially roll out an all-wheel-drive.

Current reports have been advocating that the all-wheel-drive Pacifica has been called off. So, don’t hold your breath. Chrysler U.S. brand director Bruce Vasilek said they were open to the idea, but plans have been put away at the moment.

Vasilek said that Chrysler would “continue to monitor AWD vans and will consider it in the future,” in regards to the Pacifica. For now, FCA sources have said that the minivan will stay as a front-wheel drive. The Pacifica platform will probably serve as the support for the next-generation Chrysler 300.

Chrysler excavated the all-wheel-drive when they introduced the Stow ‘n Go seating option in its vans. What Stow n’ Go seating allows is for the second and third-row seats to fold flat into a storage compartment on the floor. Stow ‘n Go won’t work if a driveshaft is added to the Pacifica.  

BENEFITS OF ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE:

So how exactly does an all-wheel-drive differ from a four-wheel-drive? A four-wheel-drive will stay in rear-wheel drive mode until it’s physically shifted to the four-wheel mode. The all-wheel-drive is associated more with car-based platforms like crossover and minivans, while the four-wheel-drive is typically found in trucks.  

Chrysler also wanted to introduce a three-row crossover based on the Pacifica platform, but there hasn’t been any information on it. After its discussion many years ago, the long-rumored new model which was to offer the all-wheel-drive, hasn’t come to fruition. Although Chrysler has a five0year outlook set in place, Marchionne, announced in the summer of 2018, that the company had not laid out a road map for Chrysler brand’s future product plans yet.

DO WE NEED AN ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE MINIVAN?:

Product Planning Director for the Chrysler Group, Todd Breneiser, said that Chrysler’s minivan owners aren’t shrieking for an all-wheel-drive. “There’s a vocal minority that would really like to have the all-wheel-drive, and that’s in the same parts of the country where we see the high take rates for other all-wheel-drive vehicles, but for the general population, I wouldn’t say it’s in high demand,” Breneiser said in a telephone interview with cars.com.

Minivans are well equipped to handle large amounts of snow with a front-wheel-drive. An all-wheel-drive isn’t always a must especially if winter tires can improve traction. One thing is for sure, an all-wheel-drive Pacifica might be a game-changer.

You can search the inventory of Chrysler Pacifica’s at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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Eugenio Derbez Lends his Talent to Latest Pacifica Commercial

Eugenio Derbez, Mexican actor, filmmaker, and comedian, is lending his voice to a Chrysler Pacifica Marketing Campaign. Derbez took on the persona for a new multicultural 30-second spot “Tough Decision” which debuted on April 1st online and television. The 30-second spot is “specifically created for the Hispanic market,” according to prnewswire.com.  

Head of Multicultural Advertising, FCA US LLC, Juan Torres, thinks advertising to multicultural consumers is a high priority for their company. “Multicultural sales and Latinos largely drive today the U.S. auto industry growth has a high affinity for the minivan segment. Collaborating with Eugenio Derbez allowed us to use his bold and fun attitude to match that of the minivan. The 30-second spot uses humor and Eugenio’s iconic voice to highlight the advantages of minivan ownership and communicate to consumers the unique features of Pacifica.”

“Tough Decision” opens with a salesman striving to persuade a customer to buy a Pacifica. Derbez’s voice brings the Chrysler Pacifica to life, giving the minivan a colorful personality that can’t wait to discuss all of its benefits, features, and details that it has to offer. With its available Uconnect Theater with two 10-inch touchscreens, class-exclusive hands-free dual sliding doors, Stow ‘n Go seating, and class-exclusive Stow n’ Vac, this minivan can speak for itself.

The commercial can be viewed via the Chrysler brand’s official Youtube channel. The 30-second spot will also air on top Hispanic networks that include Telemundo, UniMas, Galavision, estrellaTV and Universo. “Tough Decision” was a collaboration in partnership with Austin-based agency GSD&M.

However, this isn’t Derbez first collaboration with Chrysler on the Pacifica. Back in 2017, Derbez starred in another commercial for Chrysler Pacifica directed by Angel Garcia named “Mariachis.” It can be viewed on Vimeo and Derbez’s Facebook fan page.     

Derbez has starred in the movie Instructions Not Included, which grossed in just under $100 million worldwide. Derbez also wrapped production on the Lionsgate/Pantelion feature ‘How to be a Latin Lover’ in 2017. He was also the leading man for the comedy La Familia P. Luche which aired on Canal de las Estrellas on September 16, 2012.

Derbez’s latest action-film is the live-action Dora and the Lost City of Gold. The movie will be in theaters on August 2, 2019. Derbez will play a corrupt explorer named Alejandro Gutierrez who ends up being the antagonist.

2019 CHRYSLER PACIFICA/PACIFICA HYBRID:

The Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid reinvented the minivan segment with an unmatched level of versatility, technology, functionality, and bold styling. Re-structured from the ground up on an all-new platform, the Pacifica delivers class-leading gasoline and hybrid powertrains to the minivan section. The Pacifica Hybrid takes the revolutionary vehicle one step further with an advanced and innovative hybrid powertrain.

With it being the first electrified vehicle in the minivan segment, it achieves more than 80 miles per gallon which is equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode, a total range of more than 500 miles and an all-electric range of more than 30 miles. The Chrysler Pacifica has remained in its spot as the most awarded minivan since 2016 because of its more than 100 available safety and security features. Both the Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid serve as a no-compromise minivan that is ideally suited for today’s families.    

WHAT’S NEXT FOR CHRYSLER?:

Chrysler Pacifica is thinking about expanding into an all-wheel-drive vehicle, but there hasn’t been a lot of news on it. An all-wheel-drive vehicle can be the vehicle of choice for those living in freezing weather where there are snow and ice. For those wanting a two-in-one deal, the Pacifica could soon be able the go-to vehicle.

Although the Pacifica did not initially roll out an all-wheel-drive, there was a rumor circulating that it could become an option. Chrysler has suggested that the Pacifica “could support” the all-wheel-drive. An alternative in the Chrysler Pacifica might be a possible future project.  

Bruce Vasilek, Chrysler U.S. brand director, said that the company is open to the idea of an all-wheel-drive variant, but the plans have been put aside for the moment. Other reports are saying that the idea for an all-wheel-drive on the Pacifica has been canceled. Customers will have to wait and see on any further news that comes out.  

ABOUT CHRYSLER:

The Chrysler brand has delighted customers with technology, distinctive designs, intuitive innovation, and craftsmanship since the company was established in 1925. Chrysler brand continues to lift the bar by blending class-leading, high-tech features into its products; including the Uconnect 4 system with Android Auto Uconnect Theater and Apple CarPlay with available streaming. Included is also the plug-in hybrid powertrain in the Pacifica Hybrid, the industry-exclusive Stow ‘n Go seating and storage system on the Pacifica.

You can search the inventory of Chrysler Pacifica at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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FIAT Is Merging with Renault. That’s The Rumor Anyway.

There are talks of Renault merging with Fiat Chrysler. France’s Renault SA intends on restarting the conversation with Japan’s Nissan Motor Co Ltd within 12 months, which will set sight on a bid to buy Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, according to the financialtimes.com. This plan signals the return to the previous strategy which was supported by former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn.

Although the French government had opposed the move, the recent formation of a new alliance board led by Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard has led many to believe that the two parties can now go ahead with the merger plans, according to financialtimesreport.com. Fiat is seeking a partnership and the company is talking with rivals for a deal, the report has stated. Renault and Nissan are also anticipated to revamp their boards, with Nissan adding the majority of outside directors and Renault reducing its board’s size.  

As for the recent creation of the new alliance board led by Renault chairman Jean-Dominique Senard, it has enhanced confidence that merger plans can advance, according to people familiar with both sides. When combined, both companies would then pursue a further purchase that would bulk up the business. With the business going bigger it’s a fair chance for a fight for global dominance with the likes of Toyota and Volkswagen.

The proposal for the merging has been in talks for the last two to three years but with the government coming in the way, it never went into fruition. FCA has been actively seeking a merger, with chairman John Elkann and meeting with other rivals, including France’s PSA, in order to see how a potential deal can strengthen the carmaker. It’s a possibility that FCA will successfully have merged with another group by the time Nissan and Renault sort out their differences.

Nissan and Renault are ready to sort out any rough patches in the two automaker’s current alliance. Nothing has been set but it is reported that talks about merging will begin in the next year. The two companies are looking to have another automaker to create a larger automotive powerhouse: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Keep in mind that although Renault is reportedly interested in buying FCA, it doesn’t mean that Peugeot is no longer interested in buying FCA. Should FCA want to sell, it’ll probably get more than one bidder in an auction-style corporate sale process. Peugeot is a French automotive manufacturer, part of Groupe PSA.

The Financial Times reported that a merged Renault-Nissan would make a bid for FCA, which has sought out cooperation among other automakers for years. As for better profitability, the late FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne was candidly open about his desire to merge the automaker. The merge has been a possibility for the last three years.

Before his death, Marchionne transformed Fiat Chrysler’s Tenure. In over 14 years as the head of what’s now Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, Marchionne transformed a European carmaker into a global giant. Here are a few things he has accomplished over the years.

In June of 2004, Marchionne was appointed CEO of Fiat and with it, his plan was started by his predecessor to end years of losses, and soon announced plans to revamp Fiat’s organization to make it more efficient. In February of 2005, Marchionne extracted over $2 billion from General Motors to finish a debate over the ownership of their joint venture and announced the plan to terminate other alliances with the U.S. carmaker. In June of 2009, Fiat takes ownership of Chrysler assets, pledging to reopen factories idled during its bankruptcy.

Mike Manley, the new FCA chief executive, still believes in Mr. Marchionne’s thesis that carmaker’s need to combine. “How you get scale is a challenge that everyone is facing,” he told the Financial Times at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. “That’s why you’re seeing so much interest in partnerships and mergers.”

If this is sounding familiar, it’s because it’s been a topic of conversation for some time already. First, The Wall Street Journal announced PSA Group’s fleeting interest in FCA. And then the Financial Times’ reported Renault’s interest in a full-blown merger with Nissan, something that Ghosn has been trying to do.

You can search the inventory of Chrysler’s at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid Named Best Minivans by US News & World Report

Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid are getting praises again as the two popular models have earned spots on the U.S. News & World Report’s list of the 6 Best Minivans for the money in 2019. U.S. News writer Joslyn Hatfield states that the Pacifica Hybrid has the second overall highest score on the list and it’s ranked No.2 in their minivan rankings. “In addition to offering a plethora of family-friendly features, the Pacifica-Hybrid also earns the best fuel economy numbers in the class. From a quality perspective, the Pacifica Hybrid is tops.”

CHRYSLER PACIFICA HYBRID:

Standard on the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Touring Plus is the Pentastar 3.6L V-6 260hp hybrid engine, side seat mounted airbags, 1-speed automatic transmission and 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS). Also included are 1st, 2nd and 3rd row overhead airbag, driver and passenger knee airbag, automatic air conditioning, 17” aluminum wheels, and driveline traction control, electronic stability. The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid is ranked higher on the publication’s list thanks to its innovative storage solutions, its features, and lower price tag than its hybrid counterpart.

When it comes to entertainment and safety its much of the same to its competitors. The Pacifica Hybrid also offers Chrysler’s Stow ‘n Go seating, which will take no time between hauling a soccer team to hauling lumber. It is a few thousand dollars less than most competitors; the Pacifica has the third cheapest total cost and cost of ownership.

PERFORMANCE:

Front-wheel drive is also standard along with an automatic continuously variable transmission. Acceleration is swift from a stop, and the transitions between electric and gas power are hardly recognizable. At higher speeds, the engine tends towards being loud.

SEATING:

The Pacifica Hybrid seats seven people, and with only one seating configuration it also offers two second-row captain’s chairs and three third-row seats. Power-adjustable driver’s seats and cloth upholstery are standard. Opt for leather seats, heated or ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat, and hands-free power sliding doors.

CHRYSLER PACIFICA:

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica is available in six trim levels: L, LX, Touring Plus, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and Limited. The Pacifica’s Pentastar V6 powertrain is paired to a TorqueFlite nine-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain can produce 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque.  

PERFORMANCE:

The Pacifica features a 3.6-liter V6 engine. It comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission. If you want to feel it’s acceleration you need to put your foot on the gas to get it going.  

According to EPA estimates, the 2019 Pacifica gets 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway (19/28 mpg with the stop-start engine feature). Those are excellent estimates for a minivan. It’s a contender among the minivans already available.

SEATING:

The Chrysler Pacifica has room for seven in its standard figuration. It can be increased to eight if you get the available second-row middle seat. Cloth seats are standard, while leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, and eight-way power adjustable front seats are available.  

You can search the inventory of Chrysler Pacifica near Doral and at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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Motortrend’s March Mayhem Semifinal: 2019 Chrysler Pacifica VS. 2019 Subaru Ascent

The March Mayhem semifinal brings the most exciting matchup of the entire car comparison’s series from Motortrend.com. There is the minivan from the three-row crossover, Subaru Ascent, where functionality and image play massive roles. The seating goes from seven to eight passengers, there is available all-wheel drive, hybrid powertrains, ability to tow, giving you the space to take anything with you. Minivans, like the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica, are often seen as mom-mobiles but it offers comfortability and stability.  

Here’s the thing, if your lifestyle revolves around towing heavy loads and going deeper into the woods, get the crossover. Consider the minivan if you don’t do either of those, like if you live by the Chrysler in Doral. Whether it’s trailer weight and ground clearance or acceleration and cargo capacity, there’s more than meets the eye with these vehicles.  

With the performance, for example, the Ascent pulls greater average lateral around a skidpad. However, on a winding road, the Pacifica feels more confident and planted than the Subaru and more critically, in an emergency lane changes, the Pacifica is far more stable and controlled. Despite weighing less, the Ascent requires more stability control and brake intervention to counteract oversteer and mitigate roll, and both cars offer active diver aids and safety systems, and Subaru makes them standard on all models.

It’s time to measure. As for the second-row head-, shoulder-, and legroom has an inch or two of space, and the step-in height is the same. Pacifica’s sliding doors make a child’s seat or child significantly more comfortable thanks to the larger door opening or that Pacifica’s child seat anchors are more comfortable to access.

The Pacifica’s second-row seats are just as comfortable despite being designed to fold into the floor, and ordering the removable second-row center seat doesn’t hinder your ability to stow the second-row seats. The Ascent’s second-row seats slide forward, back and recline while Pacifica’s only recline. However, kid’s sports gear won’t be a hassle as you won’t have to go as high to get into Pacifica’s trunk.

Any child who reaches the door handle can let themselves in and out of the Pacifica. It’s quite simple and doesn’t require much assistance. The parents can also open the sliding doors and rear hatch with buttons inside and out, or with a kicking motion.  

Then there are things like ride quality. The Ascent has more roll in corners and generally a floaty disposition compared to the Pacifica’s buttoned-down, purposeful, and equally comfortable demeanor. There is less of a toss around with the Pacifica.

When it comes down to it, the minivan’s advantage is in its clarity of purpose. What both vehicles can bring to you as an individual and your lifestyle is up to what you want in your package. Although the Subaru Ascent can be family-friendly, the Pacifica is designed with families in mind.   

It’s not only the big things, like the second-row seats and doors or the optional vacuum cleaner. Or the rear-seat entertainment system (Subaru will sell you a pair of iPads connected to in-vehicle Wi-Fi, which the Chrysler also has) and it’s not just Pacifica’s many storage compartments, cubbies, and bins, or intelligent features. It’s all of those things together, and Chrysler’s reassurance that this minivan was researched, designed, tested, and focus-grouped with families from the very beginning.  

The Subaru Ascent is a three-row crossover that works for families with kids in the booster-seat to the teenage range. The Chrysler Pacifica has the extra bandwidth to benefit families from cradle to college. Which makes it a more suitable family vehicle.

You can search our inventory of Chrysler Pacifica at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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