Good Housekeeping Named Chrysler Pacifica the 2019 Best New Car

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE CHRYSLER PACIFICA:

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

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

HANDLING AND BRAKING:

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

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

INFOTAINMENT:

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

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

2019 CHRYSLER PACIFICA SAFETY FEATURES:

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

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

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New Chrysler Pacifica May Be An All-Wheel-Drive

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PACIFICA AS A POSSIBLE CONTENDER:

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

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

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

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

BENEFITS OF ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Eugenio Derbez Lends his Talent to Latest Pacifica Commercial

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019 CHRYSLER PACIFICA/PACIFICA HYBRID:

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

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

WHAT’S NEXT FOR CHRYSLER?:

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

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

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

ABOUT CHRYSLER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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