Boy, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been one busy auto group this year. 2018 has seen a lot of changes for vehicles under the FCA umbrella, starting with their new Global Medium Engine, a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine that showed up in the2018 Jeep® Wrangler JL during the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, and again in the2019 Ram 1500 during the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Then, to improve their engines,FCA invented a new aluminum alloy for their cylinder heads. Their latest achievement is landing on the WardsAuto “10 Best Engines List” with their already award-winning Pentastar V6 engine, now with eTorque.
That’s right, the same mild-hybrid system that showed up in the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL and the 2019 Ram 1500 has won FCA a place on WardsAuto “10 Best Engines List”. When eTorque first showed up in the Jeep Wrangler JL, it was only a tease of hybrid functions coming to the off-road automaker, including auto stop/start, electric power assist, extended fuel shut-off, transmission shift management, intelligent battery charging, and regenerative braking. Later, when eTorque popped up on the 2019 Ram 1500, we saw even more potential.
The 2019 Ram 1500 lineup comes standard with a 305hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, able to generate 269 lb-ft of torque, and comes standard with the eTorque mild-hybrid system. Able to generate an additional 90 lb-ft of torque within 400 milliseconds, drivers get 90 lb-ft of torque from a cold start and can ramp up to over 300 lb-ft of torque for a tough job. There’s a lot of potential.
It’s always nice when an auto brand we love receives some recognition. Nothing says like “one of the best” like an award, and when that award comes from Consumer Guide® Automotive, consumers can rest assured that the award came from a reputable source. Consumer Guide recently completed its 2019 Best Buys review, and named two Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as some of the best – the2019 Chrysler Pacifica and the2019 Ram 1500.
Consumer Auto Guide Best Buys Awards
Since 1976, Consumer Guide has been a leading publication that publishes authoritative and objective reviews of new and used cars and trucks. Staffed by full-time automotive editors with more than 100 years of combined automotive experience, they’re able to provide professional, unbiased evaluations of new and used vehicles, as well as expert shopping advice. When it comes to the Best Buys, Consumer Guide Automotive editors analyze, compare and evaluate numerous vehicles by putting them through numerous tests that help distinguish themselves as good values compared to other vehicles in their class.
Soon after the self-driving Waymo successfully launched and tested its Early Rider program in Phoenix, Arizona, the autonomous car was certified as an autonomous transportation network the same city. That makes the Waymo the first ever driverless vehicle that consumers could use. It initially started the early launch of the Waymo ride-hailing program, where consumers could shop at big names like Walmart and ride-hail a self-driving Waymo vehicle. The success was so great, thatFiat Chrysler Automobiles invested $30 million into upgrading their Chelsea Proving Grounds to test autonomous vehicles for retail, or consumer use. Waymo also bought over 60,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid units from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to expand their fleet to other states. TheWaymo launched a robotaxi service in Phoenix, Arizona and its next objective to conquer is California. But before then, the official Waymo ride-hailing app has been made available to about 400 riders participating in the first phase of the program.
Can you imagine that? How easily do we hail a ride today? It’s not like the old days where one had to call a cab or hope there was one passing by. Now, we just need to unlock our smartphone, open an app, pick our destination(s), and a driver will arrive to pick us up. Now take that scenario, but someone’s missing. Only the vehicle shows up – no driver. Say hello to “Waymo One”.