FCA Celebrates 35th Anniversary Edition on Chrysler Models

The 35th Anniversary Edition was designed to celebrate over 30 years of minivan leadership. With an all-black interior with Cranberry Wine accent stitching and new badging, the Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid, deliver class-leading gasoline and hybrid powertrains in the minivan segment. The hybrid offers an all-electric range of 30 miles and 82 MPGe when combined with its gasoline engine. Pacifica has reinvented the minivan segment with an unprecedented level of versatility.

With more than 100 honors, the Chrysler Pacifica is the most award-winning minivan in the last three years. In 1984, when Dodge created the segment with the Caravan, it became the sensation at the time, marking the passing of the station wagon, the preeminent family hauler at the time. Thirty-five years after creating the minivan segment, Chrysler continues to deliver bold style, functionality, versatility, technology, and great value.

Chrysler Pacifica/Pacifica Hybrid 35th Anniversary Edition

The special 35th Anniversary Edition is available on the Pacifica Touring L (which comes in gas and hybrid versions), the Touring L Plus and Limited also come in gas and hybrid models. The 35th Anniversary Edition features a Liquid Chrome Chrysler Wing Badge with a Gold Black insert on the front and fascia grille and rear liftgate along with the anniversary badge. The luxuriously all-black interior features Cranberry Wine accent stitching on McKinley and Nappa leather perforated seats, steering wheel, door trim, bezels on the instrument panel and door handles, and also the 35th Anniversary embroidered logo on the floor mats.

Featured on the 35th Anniversary Pacifica Models on the Touring L is seating for eight-passengers, Mopar overhead DVD and 18-inch wheels. On the Touring L Plus, you’ll find seating for eight-passengers and a dual-pane sunroof. Featured on the 35th Anniversary Pacifica Hybrid Touring L are the Premium Audio Group with 13 Alpine speakers, Uconnect 4C Nav with 8.4-inch display, and 17-inch wheels. The Hybrid Limited Anniversary Edition has 18-inch wheels. The S Appearance package, which gives an even sportier, blacked-out and customized exterior, can be added to any 35th Anniversary Edition Pacifica or Pacifica Hybrid.

The 2019 35th-anniversary editions, in the Chrysler Pacifica, come in 10 available exterior colors: Jazz Blue, Bright White, Billet Silver Metallic, Brilliant Black, Dark Cordovan, Granite Crystal Metallic, Luxury White, Maximum Steel, Ocean Blue Metallic and Velvet Red.

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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The Difference Between the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid

Finding a minivan that is accommodating, full of top-of-the-line specs, and is also stylish is not that hard when you’re looking at the Chrysler Pacifica. The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica has six trim levels, and they are the L, LX, Touring Plus, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and the Limited, and they each have unique technology features and safety systems. Here are the differences between the six trim levels of the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica and the Pacifica Hybrid.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Trim Level Comparison

The standard engine on all six trim levels on the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica is the 3.6L Pentastar V6 which rations 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque and. The top five trim levels get the Engine Stop-Start (ESS) Technology, and that produces increased fuel economy. Both engines work with a Torqueflite 9-Speed Automatic Transmission for EPA estimated fuel economy specs which deliver 18 MPG City and 28 MPG HWY, and with the ESS in-city MPG increases to 19 MPG while in the highway it stays the same at 28 MPG.

All six trim levels of the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica also have standard seating for seven people and the option of eight passenger seating when you opt for the second-row bench seat. All trim levels feature a 60/40 split-folding bench seat with third-row fold-in-floor but the base trim level, the L, have second & third-row Stow ’n Go Seats for cargo and passenger which makes it easier for loading and unloading. Cloth seating is typical on the bottom three trim levels while on the Touring L and Touring L Plus trim levels it has the option of Perforated Leather Seats and the 2019 Pacifica Limited gets Nappa Leather-Trimmed Seats.

It comes with heated front seats, and it comes standard on the upper three trim levels, and heated rear seats are standard inside two trims, the Touring L Plus, and Limited trims. The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica also gets equipped with a standard 7” Touchscreen Display. The high two trim levels receive an 8.4” Touchscreen. The Touring L Plus and Limited trims also get a standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot, a 13-Speaker Alpine Stereo, and a 7“ Color Digital Driver Information Center.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Trim Level Comparison

The plug-in hybrid is efficient enough to travel 32 miles on electricity after the battery is recharged. Even when exceeding that 32-mile range, it’s still a hybrid that’ll significantly exceed every other minivan’s fuel economy. Adding that battery weight actually improves the Pacifica.

The second-row seats, which are also available in the standard Pacifica, are also comfortable since they don’t fold flat into the floor. The same advantages that the regular Chrysler Pacifica offers are also offered in the plug-in hybrid. Included is its sharp styling and compelling technology.

The Pacific Hybrid is available with the S Appearance package, which adds an abundance of the black exterior trim. There’s also the 35th Anniversary special edition, which honors Chrysler 35 years in the market. Different trim levels also gain extra features.  

What We Like

It has an unmatched fuel economy for a 7-passenger vehicle; family-friendly tech. It has classy styling inside and out, more comfortable second-row seats than regular Pacifica. The Pacifica Hybrid uses a variation of the daily van’s 3.6-liter V6 paired which is paired with two motor/generators and a large battery pack that is fully replenished by plugging into an outside electricity source. The total system outputs 260 horsepower.

Hybrid Features & Options

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is available in the Touring Plus, Touring L and Limited trims. Standard equipment on the Touring Plus includes 17-in wheels, power-sliding doors, fog lamps, automatic headlights, blind spot monitoring, heated mirrors, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors. There’s also proximity entry and push-button start, a backup camera, one USB port, 3-zone automatic climate control. There’s an 8-way power driver seat, cloth upholstery, second-row captain’s chairs, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an 8.4-in touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite and HD radios, and a 6-speaker sound system.

The Touring L adds a power liftgate, adjustable roof rails, rear side window shades, an upgraded front center console, leather upholstery, and the Cold Weather Group. Optional on the Touring trims is the Uconnect Theater with Wireless Streaming, which adds two 10-in seatback touchscreens, a 115-volt house-style electrical outlet, wireless headphones, video remote controls, three rear USB ports, an HDMI input, and a Blu-ray player.

The Limited adds sliding doors and a hands-free power liftgate, driver memory settings, power-folding, and driver-side auto-dimming exterior mirrors, and upgraded leather upholstery. There’s also a 20-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, ventilated front seats, the Uconnect Theater System and integrated navigation. The optional Advanced SafetyTec Group adds the forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist, plus adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking system, an automated parking system, automatic wipers, and automatic high beam control.

The S Appearance package adds blacked-out exterior trim and black 18-in wheels, while also having unique interior trim. Available on the 35th Anniversary edition is the Limited and the Touring L. Add a unique “Cranberry Wine” stitching to light-colored leather upholstery, plus a 13-speaker Alpine sound system and integrated navigation (Touring L) or 18-inch wheels (Limited).

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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Texas Family Car of the Year is the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica

The Chrysler Pacifica has won many awards, and its latest honor comes from the Texas Auto Writers Association. It was named the 2019 model the “Family Car of Texas” and the “Minivan of Texas” at its annual Texas Auto Roundup. It’s the fourth year that the Pacifica has earned these TAWA honors.

The Chrysler Pacifica adds even more titles and awards to its impressive collection. That assortment of prizes includes two separate “Family Car of Texas” titles from the Texas Automotive Writers Association (TAWA). Now, Chrysler is adding a third “Family Car of Texas” title to Pacifica’s lineup of awards, as the minivan received the honor for the third year in a row at the 2018 Texas Auto Roundup.

“The Chrysler Pacifica continues to impress our members with its combination of family-friendly features, technology, and versatility,” said Michael Marrs, president of TAWA and co-host of the “In Wheel Time” radio show in Houston. The event, which is held at the Eagle Canyon Raceway in Decatur, Texas. Forty-nine TAWA journalists drove 46 vehicles for two days. Most of those journalists found the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica to be the best family vehicle featured at the event.

“The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica won our Family Car of Texas award by an overwhelming majority vote,” said Michael Marrs, President of TAWA. “For the third year in a row, our members were impressed with Pacifica’s combination of technology, styling, functionality, versatility and family-friendly features.”

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica comes available in six trim levels; the L, LX, Touring Plus, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and the Limited. The standard 3.6-liter V6 paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Pacifica generates 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque and earns an EPA-estimated 28 mpg on the highway.

The 2019 Pacifica has organizational tools such as the available second-row and third-row Stow ‘n Go seats, in-floor storage bins in the second row which is also available. The rear grocery bag hooks are there to help keep the cabin clutter-free. The available Blu-ray and DVD Entertainment System featuring seatback video screens and three-channel wireless headphones are crucial to successful road trips.

That wasn’t the only honor that the latest Pacifica received during the Texas-based event. The Texas Automotive Writers Association also named the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica the “Minivan of Texas.” It’s another title that it has repeatedly earned in the past few years.

With the introduction of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid model, Chrysler’s signature minivan was in the running for another of TAWA’s awards: the title of “Green Vehicle of Texas.” With a total highway fuel economy score of 84 MPGe and all of the same significant amenities featured in Pacifica’s standard model, the Pacifica Hybrid quickly obtained this title, too. Although everything is supposedly bigger in Texas, it would appear that automotive enthusiasts in the Lone Star State have fallen for a minivan.

The advanced security and safety systems add to the appeal of the Pacifica. Drivers will have more confidence navigating the minivan thanks to the standard driver assist technologies of Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection and ParkSense Rear Park Assist with Stop and the ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera. Standard Remote Keyless Entry and Keyless Go systems offer convenience and security.

Chrysler Brand TAWA Auto Roundup Awards:

  • 2018 Chrysler Pacifica – Family Car of Texas
  • 2018 Chrysler Pacifica – Minivan of Texas
  • 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid – Green Vehicle of Texas

About the Texas Auto Roundup

TAWA hosted the Texas Auto Roundup and sponsored by the Steel Market Development Institute, Wieck, and Polaris Slingshot. It is held annually to allow dozens of journalists to evaluate the cars, CUVs and SUVs sold in Texas. The Texas Auto Writers Association hosts the event and hands out a variety of awards every spring, including the prestigious Car of Texas, Family Car of Texas and Performance Car of Texas.

About TAWA

TAWA is one of the most well-respected automotive press organizations. Its mission is to promote accuracy and quality in automotive journalism and distribute information about the industry through print, broadcast media, and online. TAWA has two driving events every year — the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall. The members in the media enjoy driving and evaluating the new vehicles competing for the coveted Car of Texas or Truck of Texas.

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’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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