Introducing the 2019 Chevy Silverado: the Unmatched Pickup Champion

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With the half-ton, full-size pickup segment, there are few trucks that stand out. Right at the top of the list for most buyers is the all-new 2019 Chevy Silverado. For simple reasons, there’s only one vehicle that offers the Z71 package that includes the Chevrolet-certified 2-inch suspension lift kit, Rancho off-road shocks, and 33-inch all-terrain tires mounted on beautiful 18-inch aluminum wheels with a locking differential. What else can owners of the 2019 Chevy Silverado expect? Let’s get right into that.

The 2019 Chevy Silverado Is Greatly Enhanced

For those that have driven prior editions of the half-ton, they will notice this all-new 2019 Silverado has become lighter, yet larger. Chevrolet shaved off 90 pounds from the frame with the added aluminum and high-strength steel added. Aside from that, there are obvious upgrades to the overall aerodynamics with a sleek, sturdy look. There’s also the power that has been added to make the Chevy Silverado scary strong.

The 2019 Chevy Silverado provides an epic array of engine options like the 5.3-Liter V8, the 6.2-Liter V8 and the 3.0-Liter turbo diesel inline 6-cylinder engine. With all V8 engines offered by the Silverado including the Dynamic Fuel Management System, drivers can count on improved gas mileage in this new 2019 Chevy pickup. The Dynamic Fuel Management system can shut off between one and as many as seven cylinders to help conserve fuel with the 6.2-Liter powertrain option being paired with the 10-speed automatic transmission and standard start/stop technology that also adds to improved fuel economy results. The upcoming 2.7-Liter Turbo and Duramax 3.0-Liter Turbo-Diesel engine gas mileage have not been released as of yet.

What Is Stopping Anyone From Getting Into the Silverado?

With sharp sides, an upright grille and the look and design of a futuristic vehicle, the 2019 Chevy Silverado is impressive from the exterior. The new Durabed truck bed made by Chevy is made of high-strength steel and can handle nearly any job with no fear of breaking or denting the tough surface in the 2019 Silverado box. Inside, the interior is stacked with improved amenities like a larger storage capacity and dramatic changes like the stain-resistant finish that helps resist dye transfers from new jeans for the optional leather trim. The standard cloth seating in the base trim has been prepped with an antimicrobial dirt repellent finish to help your interior stay clean. These are just some of the nice features that place the Chevy Silverado ahead of the competition.

Drive Chevy Everywhere You Need to Go

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is way more powerful and capable than the previous Silverado. An increase of 500 pounds to 12,200 pounds of maximum towing capacity, there’s also an increased payload up to 14 percent more as well. There is no stopping the capabilities of the 2019 Silverado. Even better than the strength of the all-new Silverado provides is the price. Owners won’t have to break the bank to drive one at $29,795 MSRP (plus destination fee) for the base model Work Truck. For those that want to get started driving this strong pickup, there’s a place to drive one right now.

Come to a Test Drive

For your chance to experience and test drive the all-new 2019 Chevy Silverado, come to  Miami Lakes Automall. We welcome you try out the raw strength, new technology and available comfort offered in the Silverado. Our professional team is ready to help you with any buying, leasing, selling or trade-in offers.

If you’re in need of any servicing or repairs to your current vehicle, we’ll happily help you out. Our professional service team is here to help. Stop by today for any of your automotive needs, even if you haven’t shopped with us before. We look forward to seeing you today!

Come to a Test Drive

For your chance to experience and test drive the all-new 2019 Chevy Silverado come to  Miami Lakes Automall. We welcome you try out the raw strength, new technology and available comfort offered in the Silverado. Our professional team is ready to help you with any buying, leasing, selling or trade-in offers.

If you’re in need of any servicing or repairs to your current vehicle, we’ll happily help you out. Our professional service team is here to help. Stop by today for any of your automotive needs, even if you haven’t shopped with us before. We look forward to seeing you today!

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FCA Invests $30 Million In Autonomous Driving Testing Facility

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The autonomous world is getting some major upgrades, ya’ll! Thanks to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) investing $30 million in their autonomous vehicle testing facilities, the upgrades will assist the automaker to improve the testing and evaluation of self-driving vehicles at the Chelsea Proving Grounds located in Chelsea, Michigan. The all-new facility, which initiates programs this month, features a dedicated autonomous highway-speed track, 35-acre safety feature evaluation area, and a high-tech command center.

“The all-new facility at Chelsea Proving Grounds will help support and enable the successful rollout of the company’s five-year plan laid out earlier this year,” said Mike Manley, Chief Executive Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Chief Operating Officer, NAFTA region. “Our ability to test for autonomous and advanced safety technologies enables FCA to offer our customers the features they want across our brand portfolio.”

Beginning with the autonomous highway-speed track, which consists of tunnels, obstacles, on-and-off ramps, and different lighting conditions, it will be used for highway-speed testing exclusively for autonomous vehicle prototypes. Secondly, a 35-acre paved area for testing parking and emergency braking systems will also be designed. Lastly, a 6,500 square-foot command center will be created for external control and tracking of prototype autonomous vehicles using computer monitoring systems.

After opening up in 1954, the Chelsea Proving Grounds has undergone numerous expansions. Comprised of nearly 4,000 acres, 100 miles of road-surface, and off-road replicas of challenging trails, the Chelsea Proving Grounds is in operation seven days a week, 365 days a year. Within the facility, various levels of autonomy will be evaluated, as well as enabling the company to assess FCA vehicles by using test protocols from third parties such as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), U.S. New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), and European New Car Assessment Program (EuroNCAP).

Additionally, the Chelsea Proving Grounds facility has depended on partnerships with Uber and Google subsidiary Waymo to develop the hardware and software that self-driving vehicles utilize. In May of 2018, FCA announced that it would deliver up to 62,000 additional Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids to Google’s automated driving technology company, while also making Waymo’s tech available in consumer vehicles via a licensing deal. Not only that, but Chrysler is also contributing an additional 20,000 compact cars from Jaguar Land Rover.

“Fiat Chrysler Automotives is committed to bringing self-driving technology to our customers in a manner that is safe, efficient and realistic. Strategic partnerships, such as the one we have with Waymo, will help to drive innovative technology to the forefront”, said the late and former CEO of FCA, Sergio Marchionne.

This is extraordinary news for people that are tired of traffic or having to commute to work. Someday, millions of people won’t have to struggle with such daily inconveniences. Interested in taking the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica for a spin? Stop by the Miami Lakes AutoMall located in Miami Lakes, FL or visit our website for more information on our entire new car inventory selection.  

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Chrysler Pacifica And No Kid Hungry Come Together To End Childhood Hunger

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“No Child Should Go Hungry”

– No Kid Hungry Motto

Chrysler Pacifica and No Kid Hungry National Campaign have partnered up to help connect hungry kids to the nutritious meals they deserve. Chrysler takes pride in being a family-oriented brand, and nothing says family-friendly like the Pacifica minivan. In connecting with children via various No Kid Hungry platforms, Chrysler is making it their mission to help end childhood hunger across the nation.

No Kid Hungry Campaign

In working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the United States, the No Kid Hungry campaign continuously provides experts with the tool and resources to bring solutions to hungry kids around the world. According to No Kid Hungry, studies have shown that one-in-six kids in America live in hunger. As a result, kids are more likely to struggle in school and feel psychically ill when they don’t eat nutritious meals. Since their launch in 2010, No Kid Hungry has been able to decrease hungry children by one-third. Additionally, within the partnership, Chrysler intends on providing up to 1.5 million meals to hungry kids.

“Through our partnership with No Kid Hungry, the Chrysler brand can help bring awareness to childhood hunger and support the organization’s work across America,” says Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “Childhood hunger is a solvable problem. No child in America should go without a meal and, as a trusted family brand, our work with this campaign will help ensure more kids across the country have the food they need to learn and grow.”

While amplifying the campaign’s initiatives through various social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Chrysler will sponsor several fundraising events taking place in multiple cities across the nation.

Taste Of the Nation

Consisting of premier chefs, mixologists, and sommeliers, Taste of the Nation takes place in over 25 different cities. In bringing together 3000 chefs and 25,000 guests annually, each attendee shares one specific goal in mind – help end childhood hunger.

Chef’s Cycle

Compromised of award-winning chefs and various members of the culinary community, Chef’s Cycle is part-fundraiser and part-endurance cycle. The three-day, 300-mile ride will be held on September 25th-27th in Charlottesville, VA. Celebrities and award-winning chefs will jump on their bikes to promote awareness and raise money to end childhood hunger.  

Bake Sales For No Kid Hungry

Encouraging communities to get involved, No Kid Hungry gives the public an opportunity to build their own money-raising team, no matter the location. In order to successfully build their own dream team, organizers are required to follow the steps listed below:

  • Recruit their own team members
  • Assign jobs to bake sale members
  • Update personal web pages
  • Secure a venue and date
  • Update bake sale webpage
  • Send email updates
  • Advertise
  • Ask for donations
  • BAKE!!
  • Send reminder emails
  • Finalize plans
  • BAKE SALE!
  • Submit proceeds to Share Our Strength website

“There is no possible excuse for children to be hungry in this great country of ours. Yet it happens – every day. We are grateful for partners like Chrysler who are committed to helping us end childhood hunger once and for all.” says, Tom Nelson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Share Our Strength, the organization behind the No Kid Hungry campaign.

As previously mentioned, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the No Kid Hungry Campaign. To learn more about the events listed above and how to get more involved, visit No Kid Hungry and help make a difference in children’s lives. Come test drive the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica today at Miami Lakes Automall! For more information on our upcoming 2019 Chrysler Pacifica, visit our website and reserve yours today!

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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint On The Way To School

It’s that time of year again – school is back in session! As some parents scurry to prepare their little ones for the new school year, others may be more concerned about providing their young teenager with a fresh and reliable new car. It’s not always easy to get parents and teens to agree, but with our list of the top best back-to-school vehicles, it could serve as common ground.

2018 Chrysler Pacifica + Pacifica Hybrid

Starting off our list for back to school cars is the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica, and some may wonder if this is an ideal car for a young teen driver. Well, yes. Although this vehicle is aimed more towards carpooling parents and soccer moms, the safety ratings for the Chrysler Pacifica speak for themselves. These include the “2018 Best Buy Awards” by Consumer Guide, 2018 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and a 5-star safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Keeping new teen drivers safe.

2018 Chrysler Pacifica

 

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Offered in six trim levels – L, LX, Touring Plus, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and Limited, the Chrysler Pacifica has something for everyone. The base L model is powered by a 3.6-Liter V6 24-Valve engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT), that, by optimizing combustion, improves performance, fuel, and emissions. The remaining models come standard with a 3.6-Liter V6 24-Valve engine with VVT and Electric Start-Stop (ESS) to reduce the amount of time the engine spends idling and expending gas when idle. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard on all trim levels.

The infotainment system included in the Chrysler Pacifica is one-of-a-kind and no matter which trim is chosen, passengers won’t be disappointed. The L, LX, Touring Plus, and Touring L come standard with Uconnect 4 on a 7.0-inch touchscreen display and 6-speakers, while the Touring L Plus and Limited models feature Uconnect 4C NAV on an 8.4-inch touchscreen display with a 13-Alpine speaker system or the option of a 20 Harman Kardon speaker system. Entertainment features included on all trim levels consist of integrated voice command with Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capabilities. Furthermore, consumers have the option of including dual 10-inch touchscreens mounted on the rear of the front seat backs for additional entertainment those teenage passengers would appreciate. Lastly, the Pacifica can seat up to eight passengers.  

Starting MSRP of $26,995 (plus destination fee).

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

 

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Awarded 2018 Best New Car by Car and Driver, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid offers a rest-easy mindset for parents and teen drivers, especially by requiring less gas station visits and saving money in fuel costs. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is available in three trim levels –  Touring Plus, Pacifica Hybrid Touring L, and Pacifica Hybrid Limited. All hybrid trims share a 3.6-liter V6 eHybrid engine that is paired to two dual electric motors powered by a 16 kWh, lithium-ion battery. Additionally, the Pacifica Hybrid can be powered in three ways: battery, engine, or a combination of both.

It’s important to keep in mind that plug-in hybrids have two measures of fuel economy – miles-per-gallon (MPG) and miles-per-gallon equivalent (MPGe)- basically, a more comprehensive understanding of the measurement that converts the power used by an electric vehicle into mpg. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has a total driving range of 566 miles and a combined fuel economy of 84 MPGe. Powered only by the 16 kWh battery, the Pacifica Hybrid has a driving range of 33 miles, emissions free. Furthermore, the Pacifica Hybrid has a combined fuel economy of 32 mpg. There are two charging levels available for the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid – level 1 and level 2. The standard level one charger is 140 volts and can fully charge the Pacifica Hybrid in about four hours. Meanwhile, the more powerful level 2 charger is 240 volts and can recharge the Hybrid’s battery up to 80% in just two hours.

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid was designed to be convenient and versatile, so it’s no surprise that the interior cabin maintains a quiet atmosphere. All trim levels share a third-row fold-in-floor 60/40 split-bench seat and the optional easy entry slide second-row bench seat. Standard features on the Touring Plus includes cloth seating, while the Touring L and Limited trims are standard with leather-trimmed (perforated or premium) seats. Contrary to the Chrysler Pacifica, the Pacifica Hybrid does not offer Stow ‘n Go storage in the second row, due to the vehicle’s battery pack, where it is stored. Fortunately, the third-row seats are still equipped with Stow ‘n Go storage.

The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is not only a fan favorite for eco-friendly parents, but it’s also a big hit for kids and teens. An 8.4-inch touchscreen display includes Apple CarPlay/Google Android Auto, integrated voice command with Bluetooth, and a complimentary one-year subscription to SiriusXM radio come standard on all trim levels. The Pacifica Hybrid Touring Plus and Touring L models include Uconnect 4, while the Hybrid Limited model is standard with Uconnect 4 NAV. Additionally, the Pacifica Hybrid Touring Plus and Touring L come standard with a six-speaker audio system, while the Hybrid Limited offers the optional 20-speaker Harman Kardon sound group for a state-of-the-art surround sound experience.

Starting MSRP of $39,995 (plus destination fee).

2018 Kia Niro Hybrid + Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid

For the 2018 model year, the Kia Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid area breath of fresh air into the brand-new Kia Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid segment. Between the practical wagon-shape exterior style to the functional interior cabin, parents and teens would never know it was a hybrid. Also, the Kia Niro Hybrid was a 2018 Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and was awarded the 2018 Residual Value Award For Alt-Fuel Vehicles by ALG.   

2018 Kia Niro Hybrid

 

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The 2018 Kia Niro Hybrid is a fresh and fuel-efficient hybrid crossover. The Niro is available in four trim levels – FE, LX, EX, and Touring. All four trims shared the same hybrid powertrain and front-wheel-drive (FWD). The Niro hybrid is equipped with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that’s matched to an electric motor. The electric motor, an AC synchronous permanent magnet motor, is powered by a 240-volt, 1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. Utilizing the six-speed automatic transmission, the engine and electric motor transmit their power to the vehicle’s wheels. The 1.6-liter engine puts out 104 horsepower and 109 lb-ft of torque, and once the engine and electric motor are working together, the vehicle produces a total of 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.

The Kia Niro hybrid’s fuel economy is definitely beneficial to teens and the wallets of their parents. When the Kia Niro is equipped with 16-inch wheels, it has a combined fuel economy of 50 mpg, while the bigger 18-inch wheels average a combined fuel economy of 43 mpg. According to fueleconomy.gov, the annual fuel cost of the 2018 Kia Niro (with 16-inch wheels) is $850, and fueleconomy.gov estimates that after five years, drivers will save $3,250 driving the Kia Niro in comparison to the average vehicle. You’re welcome, parents.

As previously mentioned, the interior cabin of the Kia Niro Hybrid is functional. It has two rows and comfortably seats five adults. The front seat passengers have plenty of legroom, 41.7 inches to be exact, and the rear seat passengers have 37.4 inches of legroom. The 60/40 split-folding seats make it really easy for drivers to fold down the seats, especially for additional cargo. Additionally, when the second-row seat is folded down flat, there is a cargo volume of 54.5 cubic feet of space. Since the 2018 Kia Niro is a very recent model, it’s loaded with awesome tech features like a standard rearview camera and Bluetooth wireless handsfree connectivity. The 2018 Kia Niro FE, LX, and EX are equipped with a 7-inch color touchscreen, UVO eco, SiriusXM, and a six-speaker audio system. Meanwhile, the Niro Touring features an 8-inch touchscreen display, UVO eco, SiriusXM Traffic, HD Radio, voice-command navigation system, and an 8-speaker Harman Kardon premium surround sound audio system.

Starting MSRP of $23,340 (plus destination fee).

2018 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid

 

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The 2018 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid, or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), consists of three trim levels – LX, EX, and EX Premium. All three models share the same Full Parallel Hybrid System that is powered by a 1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine with gasoline direct injection and dual variable valve timing (VVT) and an electric motor. The gasoline direct injection and dual VVT, through optimizing combustion, maximizes engine performance to deliver 104 horsepower and 109 lb-ft of torque. The electric motor, an AC synchronous permanent magnet motor, is powered by a 360-volt, 8.6 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. The electric motor produces 60 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque, bringing the total output of the hybrid system to 165 horsepower and 234 lb-ft of torque.

The Kia Niro’s fuel economy is 48 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway when the internal combustion engine is the main power source. When the Kia Niro is powered by a combination of its internal combustion engine and battery, it has a fuel economy of 110 MPGe in the city, 99 MPGe on the highway, and a combined city/highway fuel economy of 105 MPGe. Lastly, the Kia Niro has an electric driving range of up to 26 miles, and the vehicle’s total driving range (a full tank of gas and a fully charged battery) of up to 560 miles.

Standard interior features across the lineup area drive mode selector, smart key with push-button start and engine immobilizer, dual-zone automatic temperature control, an auto windshield defogger, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and mood lighting. The Niro Plug-In Hybrid EX and EX Premium models come with a cargo covering (optional on LX) and rear a/c vents. Leather upholstery can only be found on the Niro Plug-In Hybrid EX Premium, while a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob comes standard on all trims. Heated front seats are available on the Niro Plug-In Hybrid EX and EX Premium trims, but only the Niro Plug-In Hybrid EX Premium comes with ventilated front seats, driver’s seat integrated memory and a heated steering wheel. Added features include a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, and when folded down, the total cargo volume opens up to 54.5 cubic feet; 19.4 cubic feet with the rear seats up.

Lastly, the Kia Niro Plug-in offers the UVO eco infotainment system on all trims. Included on all trim levels are Apple CarPlay/Google Android Auto capabilities, Bluetooth wireless hands-free connectivity, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. The Niro Plug-in Hybrid LX and EX models include a 7-inch touchscreen and six-speaker audio system. An 8-inch touchscreen with voice-command navigation and a Harman/Kardon Premium Surround Sound 8-speaker system are standard on the Niro Plug-in Hybrid EX premium trim.

Starting MSRP of $27,900 (plus destination fee).

From a minivan to a cool crossover, one of the most important factors to take into consideration when purchasing a new car for a young teen driver is safety. Today, a generous amount of new models are now equipped with safe teen driver features to give parents additional peace of mind. Come test drive any of the listed models today at the Miami Lakes Automall. Located in Miami Lakes, FL, we offer a huge selection of new and used cars for new teen drivers. For more information, visit our website or follow us on social media.

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The History of The Chrysler Pacifica

Initially designed in 1999 as a concept vehicle called the Citadel9, the Chrysler Pacifica has definitely gone through a series of changes throughout the years, including a transition from concept to crossover SUV and then to a minivan. Created by DaimlerChrysler under the Chrysler marque in 1999 as a “merger of equals”, it took only 30 months to develop for less than $1 billion. The 1999 Pacifica concept was built not only to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Chrysler Minivan, but it was also intended to be a more upscale version of the Town & Country. It wasn’t until 2002, that the first production model of the Chrysler Pacifica was unveiled at the New York International Auto Show.

Chrysler Citadel Concept (1999)

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Before hybrids became a “thing,” Chrysler released the 1999 Chrysler Citadel Concept vehicle. The Chrysler Citadel Concept vehicle was pretty incredible. It featured a front fascia and a raised roof that included a skylight and overhead storage bins. Additionally, it could seat up to six passengers, with four front and rear captain’s chairs and a foldout jump seat on each of the rear seats. The 2nd-row seat featured power footrests and a golf bag rack in the trunk space that could hold up to four golf bags. A 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine powered the concept vehicle’s rear wheels. Along with the gasoline engine, the Citadel Concept vehicle also had an electric motor that powered the front wheels. The Chrysler Citadel generated 253 horsepower, but once the electric motor was put in place, it added about 70 units of horsepower – this was the similar performance of a V8 vehicle. Lastly, the interior cabin was spacious and featured a dual-power sliding rear door and a back power gate.        

Chrysler Pacifica Crossover SUV (2004 – 2008)

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The Chrysler Pacifica crossover was originally built with just one trim level in 2004. At first, the Pacifica’s standard engine was a 3.5-liter V6 that put out 250 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. However, it received quite a number of negative reviews, mainly due to the lack of engine power in comparison to the weight of the crossover SUV. In 2005, the Pacifica expanded into four trim levels – Base, Touring, Limited, a special-edition Signature Series; in 2008, a fifth trim, the LX, was introduced. The 3.5-liter engine was standard on all trim levels excluding the base trim, that was powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine. However, the 3.8-liter engine was eliminated for the 2006 model year. In 2007, the 3.8-liter engine made a comeback as the standard engine in the base front-wheel-drive model and was also accompanied by the all-new 4.0-liter SOHC V6 engine added to the lineup. The 4.0-liter engine served as a replacement for the 3.5-liter V6 in all other models and could output 255 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, the 4.0-liter engine was paired with a new six-speed automatic transmission and the base engine continued with its four-speed automatic transmission.

The interior cabin was equipped with luxurious standard features, some of which were unnecessary and expensive, like a navigation system, DVD entertainment system, and a suspension load-leveling kit. Luckily for consumers, the additional trim levels were added to bring the cost down on the base model. After its 2004 release, the Chrysler Pacifica included standard third-row seating, eight-way power driver seat and four-way power passenger seats on all models. All Pacifica models came with AM/FM radio, a CD player, a seven-speaker, 200-watt infinity audio system, dual-zone manual temperature control, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, and numerous safety features. The more expensive trim levels came with a complimentary subscription to SiriusXM radio, a 6-disc DVD player with MP3, DVD audio, DVD video, and DVD-RW disc capabilities. An available eight-speaker 385-watt infinity “intermezzo” audio system with subwoofer was also included.

Unfortunately, on November 1st, 2007, Chrysler announced the discontinuation of the Pacifica crossover, likely due to poor mechanical reliability, lack of fuel efficiency, and low sales numbers. It also didn’t help that Chrysler was rather slow in correcting these issues. The last Pacifica rolled off the assembly line on November 23rd, 2007.

Chrysler Pacifica + Pacifica Hybrid (2016 – Present)

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In June 2013, it was rumored that Chrysler was preparing to develop a new generation of their Town & Country minivan and the only hint given by an industry analyst was that this new version would potentially be a crossover utility vehicle within the realm of the Pacifica crossover SUV. On January 11th, 2016 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the minivan was finally unveiled. But it wasn’t named Town & Country like most people assumed – it was named the “Chrysler Pacifica”. It was also when FCA announced their plans to discontinue the Town & Country and revive the Pacifica name. The name change was a gamble due to the Town & Country name helping Chrysler retain its position as the king of minivans for nearly a quarter century.

“Sure, it is absolutely risky to change the name, but that’s how confident we are,” said Tim Kuniskis, head of Chrysler, Dodge, and Fiat. “We wanted to change the name so that you think, ‘this is new, this is fresh, I need to check this out and forget the perception that I had about the previous minivan.”

In 2015, according to the Detroit Free Press, the late Fiat Chrysler Automobiles the late CEO, Sergio Marchionne, announced that he would invest $2 billion in developing a new minivan while overhauling the Windsor Assembly Plant to facilitate its production. This process was kept very much under wraps, so much so that after the FCA filed to renew its trademark registration on the Pacifica brand, FCA’s Head of Passenger Car Brands, Timothy Kuniskis, denied that this was related to any new products, and that it was standard industry practice to continue renewing its trademarks because “…you don’t want to lose names. Establishing new names is expensive.” Nevertheless, at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid was also debuted alongside its sibling, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.

The Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid have completely reinvented how the public views minivans and has possibly reinvented the Chrysler brand. The Chrysler Pacifica is equipped with an enhanced 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine that produces 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid uses a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery with an all-electric range of 33 miles, and the battery can fully charge in just two hours using a 240-volt plug-in system. Once the battery’s energy begins to deplete, the Pacifica Hybrid turns into a part-time electric vehicle. The EPA can reach up to 84 MPGe when running in electric-only mode and 27 mpg once in regular hybrid mode. Additionally, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has a total driving range of 566 miles – perfect for those long road trips.  

From the Chrysler Pacifica crossover SUV to the all-new Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid minivan, Chrysler definitely has a great way of reinventing their brand. Prior to the sudden death of former FCA CEO, Sergio Marchionne, a five-year plan was put in place to completely electrify the FCA lineup by 2022. We can only hope that even in death, his electrified plan will come to life. Stop by the Miami Lakes Auto Mall today, located in Miami Lakes, FL, to test drive the new 2019 Chrysler Pacifica or the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. For more information on our entire new car inventory selection, visit our website or follow us on social media!

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New Fiat Chrysler CEO, Mike Manley’s Top Five Priorities

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Newly appointed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO, Mike Manley has some big shoes to fill. Following the sudden death of his predecessor, Sergio Marchionne, Manley inherits a much cleaner “house” but it’s far from spotless. Marchionne, who sadly passed away on July 25th due to complications during an invasive shoulder operation, left behind a legacy and that will forever impact the automobile industry. He single-handedly saved not one, but two failing companies from near bankruptcy by combining them and creating the seventh-largest automaker in the world, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).

Due to his impressive track record at Jeep®, where he oversaw a successful turnaround of fortunes, Mike Manley was a natural choice as Marchionne’s successor. While also handling key assignments for Marchionne, Manley was also the Jeep brand’s head since 2009, and led a global expansion to establish manufacturing operations in China from 2011-2017. Although his future as CEO looks promising, as he will likely adopt similar leadership style and organisational structure to Marchionne – today he must take into consideration some immediate priorities.

Working With The Family

For starters, one of his biggest and likely toughest priorities for Manley will be to develop the organization, while preserving traditions. In order to successfully do this, he will have to work incredibly hard in incorporating business with the family. As Marchionne once said, “Don’t do anything specifically for the family and don’t do anything without them.” Due to the amount of support Marchionne received from the Agnelli family, this allowed for him to lay a foundation for stability and openness of the company’s shareholder structure.

Acquisition

Marchionne was a big believer that only a certain amount of automotive companies would succeed in the industry of electric and autonomous vehicles. In order for this to happen, it depended largely on the merge, and potential buyout, between FCA and bigger automobile companies. The most recent and rumored suitor was the Hyundai Motor Company. This came after there was supposed interest from Chinese automakers. Manley must accelerate the push for FCA to begin electric vehicle development – however, the real question is, will Manley consider this a priority without Marchionne? Only time will tell…

Jeep and Ram  

As previously mentioned, Manley was the Jeep brand head since 2009. One of his biggest tasks will be to improve the quality among Jeep and Ram vehicles. It will be up to Manley to implement a company-wide electrification program within those two brands, along with Alfa Romeo, Maserati, and Dodge. In order to do this, Manley will also need to choose a successor to lead Jeep and Ram as Marchionne entrusted him to do for the last three years. Top lieutenant of Jeep and rumored successor of Manley, Jim Morrison, will assist in running Ram’s North American operations.

Wall Street

A former accountant, Marchionne was very much respected among wall street analysts. During his time at FCA, the company’s shares more than doubled since its debut in 2014 at $9 a share – it reached its high in January at $25 a share and closed at $19.32 respectively. In order to maintain stability and ensure wall street that FCA is in good hands, Manley will likely enlist the help of CFO Richard Palmer. FCA executives considered Marchionne the glue that held the company together, especially in a complex group of executives.

United Automobile Workers Negotiations

It was no secret that Marchionne was known to be a shrewd negotiator who also maintained a respectful relationship with the union and its leaders – specifically UAW President Dennis Williams. The future of Williams and Manley’s relationship is uncertain. Additionally, It will be up to Manley to decide how much involvement he will partake in and if that will include the 2019 negotiations with the UAW, which is set to welcome a slate of new leaders that same year.

The FCA Group will be going through several transitions within the next few months, especially since this succession wasn’t expected to take place until 2019. Nonetheless, consumers can still enjoy the lineup that’s already available. Visit the Miami Lakes Automall located in Miami Lakes, FL and test drive one of our available 2018 Chrysler vehicles. Visit our website for more information on our entire new car inventory selection.

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The Late Automotive Giant – Sergio Marchionne

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Before Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) became the automotive group it is today, both Fiat and Chrysler were saved by the former CEO Sergio Marchionne. Having stepped down due to illness, Marchionne passed away July 25, 2018. He was born in Italy, and migrated to Toronto, Canada at age thirteen to pursue a higher education. By the time Marchionne graduated grad school, he held a Master’s degree in business administration and law, and then entered the world of accounting. He quickly became recognized as an accountant, tax specialist, attorney, and business strategist as he worked up the ladder in multiple companies before taking his talent to the automotive industry.

The Fiat Group quickly realized the good Marchionne could do for the company when he restructured their debt, settled contractual obligations to General Motors with a $2 billion payment, and drew up a four-year plan to make 20 new models to expand the product line for Fiat. Marchionne was quickly appointed as CEO in 2004, and following this, helped to save the Detroit automotive company, Chrysler Group LLC, out of bankruptcy by purchasing 20-percent of the company in 2009. He was also appointed as the CEO of Chrysler around the same time.

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Finally! Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Unveils Their EV Plans

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Dear Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, we were wondering when you were going to join the Electric Vehicle (EV) club – happy you could make it! Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne, has drawn out a five-year plan to his investors in Italy before making his exit in April 2019. After hinting here and there about his potential plans, Marchionne has finally revealed his secret – “we’re going after Tesla”, says Fiat-Chrysler with their new EV plan.

Disclaimer: FCA had zero intention of going electric – this was forced. If it wasn’t for the very profitable Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids partnership with Alphabet Inc. Waymo’s Autonomous Vehicles (AV) equipment, FCA would have nothing to offer those consumers interested in some kind of in-the-future development.

Yet, why now? Sergio Marchionne has never been known to be a huge fan of electric cars. “I’ll give you a couple of broad sort of indications of where we are today in terms of the delineation of the post 2018 FCA. The first one and I’ve mentioned this in passing and other occasions about the fact that there’s nothing that will prevent an OEM from engaging in the type of development work that Tesla has done so far. We have been – as you well know, we have been reluctant to embrace that avenue until we saw a clear – a path forward. I think we’re now in a position to acknowledge at least one of our brands and in particular Maserati will, when it completes the development of its next two models effectively switch all of its portfolio to electrification” says Marchionne.

Meanwhile, Chairman and CEO of General Motors (GM), Mary Barra, embraced the EV revolution and even tossed in autonomous cars just to seal the deal. After filing papers with the US Department of Transportation, Barra plans on beginning manufacturing next year on the first ever all-electric fully-autonomous Level 5 car in the world. Clearly, GM has a goal as they go electric. However, the “regulation oriented” FCA plan will require a specific emission for specified regions. Which basically means, companies will only receive what’s exactly needed from parts to electrics and nothing more.

Today, in order to meet regulations, each of the FCAs global markets receive a combination of gas, various hybrids, and Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV). Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) will utilize the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid’s technology when transitioning Jeep, Ram, Maserati, and Fiat vehicles into the alternative variant. Recently, about 60,000 additional Pacifica Hybrid units were ordered by Alphabet Inc. Waymo is also working to transfer the Autonomous Vehicle (AV) technology into an FCA passenger vehicle for consumer use. Let’s be real, FCA clearly got irritated at the fact that Maserati, a luxury vehicle, was losing so much money to Tesla, a luxury electric vehicle.

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“Everything gets electrified. Look at our product portfolio and you see we’re going after Tesla”, says Tim Kuniskis, Head of alfa Romeo and Maserati, to NBC News. “FCA’s electrified luxury models will “have a performance advantage,” said Kuniskis. “At the bottom rung you have models equipped with low-performance four-cylinder engines, then moving up to higher and higher-power sixes, eights, and twin-turbo eights. The electric models will be at the top of that ladder, where I’m going to give you more horsepower and quicker 0 to 60 times,” the FCA executive boasted.

By 2022, Maserati’s all-new “Maserati Blue” Program will electrify four cars. including the all-new Quattroporte and Levante, plus the Alfieri and Alfieri Cabrio. The first to arrive, in 2020, will be the Maserati Alfieri and will be available in both coupe and convertible models. The all-new Quattroporte will follow in 2022 – both the Quattroporte and Levate will receive PHEV variants as well.

Now, for the main event – the strategy. So, we already know that Marchionne is putting together a five-year plan. Costing about $10.5 billion, this EV development will run through 2022. By 2021, Jeep will have 14 electrified vehicles, four BEVs, and every Jeep model will have some kind of electrified option. Fiat will also expand on their 500e by 2020. As a regulatory-based execution; the strategy, however, is performance based. After watching the success of the SRT program, FCA plans to make their electric program performance-oriented as well.

As previously mentioned, we’re happy to see that FCA finally joined the EV party. Hopefully, these next five years prove to be profitable and productive. Interested in test driving the all-new 2019 Ram Truck? Come visit the Miami Lakes Automall located in Miami Lakes, FL or visit our website for more information on our entire new car inventory selection..   

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FCA Develops New Aluminum Alloys for Turbo Engines

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Watch for an all-new turbocharged four-cylinder engine the next time you go shopping for a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) vehicle. “Why” you ask? As of July 2nd, FCA has announced its partnership with lightweight Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts supplier Nemak and Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory surrounding their development of a new aluminum alloy for turbocharged engines.

Due to a major challenge the FCA Group has faced is cylinder heads breaking from the intense heat generated during an engine’s combustion cycle, especially when faced with higher compression ratios and increased pressure that creates more power, efficiency, and heat! Today many aluminum heads are created from aluminum alloy 319 or 356 that becomes increasingly delicate once their temperatures reach above 200 degrees Celsius (392℉). This new alloy creation, from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and casting supplier Nemak, referred to as either 16HT or ACMZ, can sustain temperatures up to 300 degrees Celsius (572 ℉). Silicon found in some aluminum alloys will be replaced with copper – a combination that has been surprisingly successful, because of the previously high potential for copper to crack after the casting is applied.

“When we focused on copper, other people in the industry almost laughed us off, saying we’d never be able to cast that…We knew there was competition, including other teams working at Oak Ridge National Labs, but we outperformed everyone on this.”  – Gregg Black, senior manager of advanced powertrain engineering at FCA, in a company blog post.

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In order to produce simulations for the metal cooling process, Oak Ridge National Laboratory volunteered their Titan supercomputer – ranked as the third most-powerful supercomputer in the US and seventh in the world. After testing more than 100 cylinder heads with identical structures to those of the FCA Group offerings, Nemak and FCA were able to narrow down the new alloy recipes down to just seven options. Engineers could now be allowed to modernize the cylinder head designs, due to the 16HT/ACMZ alloys, by narrowing the “bridge” areas between the valves. These include the areas of metal between the valves, the spark plug, and direct fuel injector. By narrowing the bridges, the larger valves are given more room which allows the engineers to have the flexibility, balance of performance, and efficiency while modifying an engine.

However, everything comes at a price. According to FCA, these all-new aluminum heads are estimated to cost just 7 percent more than the 319/356 aluminum heads. Additionally, its production does not require new manufacturing techniques, which saves extra steps in the post-casting heat treatment. Unfortunately, consumers still have a few years before a 16HT/ACMZ aluminum head makes its much anticipated debut.

“We just getting started on the process to create a design now that we have a material that will work…We feel like we really have a tiger by the tail.  –  Black.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Apple Make Sweet Music

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Ya’ll ready for some summer love? Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has started its 2018 Edition of FCA’s summer advertising campaign. With a focus on several FCA brands, Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram, and FIAT, commercials will be airing on various media channels, digital and TV, to promote these brands and select vehicles. In partnership with the technological giant Apple, FCA and Apple will be working together to also promote Apple CarPlay and the “Apple Experience” with the summer advertising campaign, set to feature ten music artists across multiple labels, including a Jeep brand collaboration with multi platinum, Grammy®-nominated band OneRepublic (Interscope Records) to launch the sixth Summer of Jeep campaign.

“FCA offers an incredible Apple experience, giving consumers the ability to enjoy Apple Music’s catalog of 45 million songs and to listen with premium BeatsAudio sound, in addition to all the features that come with CarPlay. This collaboration inspired us to leverage the strength and identity of each of our individual brands…Additionally, as the only automaker to now offer branded playlists on Apple Music, this allows us to provide increased relevance to targeted audiences.” – said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA.

The “Apple Experience” is an offer the FCA started in June 2018 that would give new consumers a chance to get Apple Music for free. Customers in the U.S. and Canada would get six months of Apple Music free if they were new Apple Music users and three months free if they were existing customers with the purchase of any new Chrysler, Dodge, FIAT, Jeep or Ram vehicle with standard Apple CarPlay support. It should go without saying that all of these ads will be showing off Apple CarPlay functionality, although Google Android Auto will most likely also be standard if Apple CarPlay is.

Of the ten music artists being featured, those who have music featured in the commercials are OneRepublic, Alice Cooper, Brothers Osborne, Dej Loaf & Leon, and Nicky Blitz. Other music artists, such as Sofia Reyes, Dave Cobb, Gus Wenner, and Kathryn Hahn also worked together with the above artists to make curated playlists for the Summer of Jeep campaign, now available on Apple Music. The main focus for FCA though, is OneRepublic with Interscope Records.

“With this new campaign, Interscope continues our relationship with the FCA-crafting campaigns that speak to the power of music…Our diverse roster and FCA’s respect for the magic of artistry and the creative process are evident in the new Summer of Jeep spot featuring OneRepublic.” – said Steve Berman, Vice Chairman Interscope Geffen A&M Records.

You can watch some of the videos for the Summer of Jeep campaign below.

Playing in the background of the Jeep Brand commercial, “Sold Out”, is the new single from OneRepublic, “Connection”. Featured in this commercial is the redesigned Jeep Cherokee and the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL.

“Under My Wheels” by Alice Cooper will be playing behind the Dodge brand commercial,”The Rider”. With a taste for high-octane speed, the Dodge Durango SRT is featured in this commercial.

The Brothers Osborne and their new track “While You Still Can” plays in the background of the “Support the Port” commercial, showing off how the Ram 1500 helps the brothers in their project to renovate the Historic Theatre in Port Saint Joe, Florida.

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