The History and Future of the Chrysler 300

You’ve undoubtedly heard of the Chrysler 300. And over the years you have most likely seen quite a few of them on the road. But perhaps the history of the Chrysler 300, you don’t know that much about so here’s a rundown: 

Well, for starters it’s a car that is a rear-wheel-drive, has a front-engine, a full-sized luxury 4-door sedan and it’s also a station wagon. It has been manufactured and marketed by FCA US from 2014 until present day, and it has had several predecessor companies such as the DaimlerChrysler from 2005 to 2007, the Chrysler LLC from 2007 to 2009, the Chrysler Group LLC from 2009 to 2014, with first-generation models from 2005 to 2010, and a second-generation four-door sedan models from 2011 to present day. The Chrysler 300, second-generation, was marketed as a Chrysler 300C in both the UK and Ireland.

They were marketed as the Lancia Thema throughout the rest of Europe as well. The Chrysler 300s were a non-letter series in the ’60s and ’70s. They were called the Chyrsler 300m series from 1999 to 2004.

The station wagon for the Chrysler 300 was manufactured from 2004 to 2008 in Canada, and it had a different name, the Dodge Magnum. It was formerly constructed and sold in Brazil from 1979 to 1981. In Mexico, it was sold from 1983 to 1988, and it was called the Mexican Magnum K and the front-wheel version there was called the Dodge Magnum 400 and some of the models were even turbo-charged models.

Chrysler 300 Models Thru the Years:

Starting in 1955, the Chrysler 300s were manufactured for 24 model years. When it was first introduced in 1955, it was the country’s top production car when it came to power. It got to the top of the list by making full use of every single one of three hundred horsepower while running on the Daytona Beach sands that year, where it hit a record-breaking 127.580 MPH. That speed was approximately seven MPH faster than the nearest rival that was not another Chrysler. The body style was a two-door hardtop. The engine was a V8 Hemi-head with twin four-barrel carburetors, 300 bhp at 5,200 RPMs, a two-speed automatic transmission, and it weighed 4,340 pounds. The list price started at only $4,109. It also offered SAE-gross hp= 300, a 3.54:1 ratio axle, 0-to-60 in only ten seconds 10.0, and the Chrysler 300 could do a 1/4-mile in only 17.6 seconds at 82 MPH, according to Motor Trend magazine.

The 2019 Chrysler 300:

The Chrysler 300 for 2019 is a luxury sedan that gets 19 to 23 MPG and it seats five quite comfortably; the MSRP starts at around $29,470 (plus destination fee). It offers a high-end cabin and high-quality upholstery options and the interior is quite luxurious and very Chrysler-centric. If drivers want a sedan with a luxurious look and enough power under the hood, the new Chrysler 300 is the one for them with its automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive, and its throaty V8 engine. 

The Future of the Chrysler 300

Here’s what the Chrysler 300 of the future holds: a 300 Hemi C Concept Car. It has some beautiful styling from the same people who gave us the PT Cruiser, the Prowler, and the Viper. Unfortunately, the latest word coming out of Chrysler’s new management is that they might not ever make it into production. 

That’s sad news considering that the Chrysler’s beautiful new Hemi V-8 convertible with rear-wheel-drive is precisely the style of vehicle that the most modern Chrysler 300 should be. The Chrysler 300 is the car-of-the-future with a two-door four-passenger convertible with an aluminum Hemi V8 electronic fuel injection. It has 353 ft/lbs of torque and a four-speed automatic transmission, according to moneyinc.com. 

You can search the inventory of Chrysler 300 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 2020 Chrysler Voyager Already Has A Price

The new Chrysler Voyager base L trim will have a starting price of $28,480. It will already include the destination charge, according to carsdirect.com. The LX trim level will go for $31,290 (plus destination fee). The LXI will go for $34,490 (plus destination fee), but that will be entirely available to fleet buyers.

The Voyager is visually and mechanically indistinguishable to the Pacifica. The lower price is because some amenities were removed from the minivan. Features like adaptive cruise control and the automatic emergency braking aren’t available, according to carsdirect.com.

All models on the Voyager come with a seven-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, and there’s a 3.5-inch display in the instrument cluster as well. The LX gets features such as satellite radio and captain’s chairs for the second row, and not the L’s bench. As ab option, there is also a driver assistance tech suite that includes rear park assist, blind-spot monitoring, and cross-path detection. Also available on the LX is a roof rack and roof-mounted DVD player.

Here’s a comparison: the 2019 Pacifica starts at $28,730, and that includes the $1,495 destination fee, even though Chrysler currently shows $1,500 in inducement on its online layout, which takes the price to $27,230. As of this writing, it’s possible to get a new Pacifica for less money than the Voyager. The cost for the Chrysler goes as high as $46,190 for the Limited trim, or it can go up to $47,290 for the most expensive Hybrid.

The Voyager name is a name that’s been revived once again. It fits perfectly with the legacy that the minivan has. In its previous generations, there was the Plymouth Voyager, it was considered as the low-priced version of the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Caravan.

Chrysler worked to keep things financially moderate on the Voyager by eliminating the splashy options from the menu. The infotainment begins and ends with the seven-inch Uconnect touchscreen. The driver assistance tech will be limited to rear park assist, blind-spot monitoring, and the rear cross-traffic detection and items, like adaptive cruise control and autonomous braking, aren’t offered.

And only the fleet model gets ritzy treats like leatherette seats, second-row Stow ‘n Go chairs, and remote start. The LX only goes so far as second-row quad seats and in-floor storage bins. It has the same sheet metal and the 287-horsepower, Pentastar V6, nine-speed transmission under the hood, with only the black door handles and badging giving Voyager owners away.

The Voyager has been absent since retiring in 2016. A new Voyager hasn’t been seen in the U.S. since 2003 since having its mechanical twins the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Chrysler Town & Country. The next-gen Voyager will be just as affordable as the Pacifica minivan.

There wasn’t much to be done to make the Voyager affordable in such short notice. So FCA has decided to create an affordable Pacifica spin-off, instead. The 2020 Chrysler Voyager will thus start as nothing other than the entry-level Pacifica L which costs $27,000 and LX, which starts at $30,000.

The Voyager-exclusive LXi trim level will be the only to get Stow N’ Go seats. With a higher price tag, it’ll also receive leatherette seats and remote start. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will come standard.

As it’s a Pacifica spin-off, the Voyager will come with its stablemate’s powertrain as its sole option. The powertrain is a 3.6L V6 which can produce 287 horsepower. The engine will have a nine-speed automatic transmission which directs all of the power to the front of the vehicle.

The Chrysler Voyager threatens to replace the Pacifica as FCA’s go-to minivan thanks to the lower price tag that it comes in. The Pacifica is bound to receive a new, higher price tag across the board. It’ll be interesting to see the final sales figures for both nameplates after 2020.

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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Facts About the 2020 Chrysler Voyager

The award-winning FCA US minivan lineup is going into 2020 with the addition of the Chrysler Voyager, and it will offer more value for those who seek the quintessential family vehicle. It is designed with a budget-friendly family and fleet customers in mind; the Voyager delivers an exceptional driving experience. Standard features and utilities include seven-passenger seating, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto smartphone compatibility. Voyager also offers mobility innovations to ensure superior maneuverability and improved ease of entry and exit for wheelchair users and well-equipped to stand against the competition, the Voyager is a no-compromise minivan at an unbeatable value.

FCA was the first company to introduce the minivan, and through six generations of the vehicle, they have innovated 115 minivans. The company, open since 1983, has sold more than 14.6 million minivans globally, which is twice as many vehicles as any other manufacturer over the past 35 years. For 2020, they are amplifying the award-winning FCA US minivan lineup, where the Chrysler Voyager will replace the Pacifica L and LX models to now offer three value-add models – the L, LX, and LXi (fleet-only), LXi (fleet-only) which provides new, durable, UltraTec leatherette seats for fleet rental customers.

It also has a second-row Stow ‘n Go, security alarm, remote start, black Stow ‘n Place roof rack, universal garage door opener, auto-dim rearview mirror and second-row retractable sunshades, the BraunAbility rear- and side-entry transformation offer a wider entryway and more interior space. It has an enhanced ramp securement system, passenger seat flexibility and plenty of room for even the most significant power wheelchairs and scooters, Exterior modifications include a Voyager liftgate badge; interior updates on the Voyager LX. The Voyager LX provides satellite radio, and second-row quad seats and in-floor storage bins and the available options on the Voyager L and LX include SafetyTec Group with an optional Cold Weather Group Package, a single overhead DVD on the Voyager LX and the Stow ‘n Place roof rack. 

Highlights:

Chrysler Voyager minivan features the award-winning Pentastar V-6 gasoline engine. It delivers 287 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, which is mated to a segment-exclusive TorqueFlite nine-speed automatic transmission. With its standard seven-passenger seating, Chrysler Voyager provides a smooth, tranquil and comfortable ride and the available SafetyTec Group which includes the ParkSense rear park assist with blind-spot monitoring, stop, and also the Rear Cross Path detection. 

Chrysler Voyager comes with a standard 3.5-inch digital information display, and it offers the Uconnect 4 system with a 7-inch touchscreen which comes standard, as well as the Apple CarPlay, or Android Auto. Apple CarPlay allows iPhone users to access Apple Maps, Messages, phone, and Apple Music through Siri Voice control or the Uconnect touchscreen and Android Auto allows for safe and easy access to Google Maps, Google Voice Search, and Google Play Music via the Uconnect touchscreen or steering wheel controls. There is also a Uconnect 4 systems which include fast startup time, enhanced processing power, vivid imagery, high resolution, and sharp graphics, and it also comes with Chrysler Voyager comes standard with six speakers and Active Noise Cancellation. 

About Chrysler Brand:

The Chrysler brand has overjoyed customers with their craftsmanship, distinctive designs, technology, and intuitive innovation, since its company foundation in 1925. The Chrysler Pacifica continues reviving the minivan, which is a segment that Chrysler invented. With an unprecedented level of technology,  functionality, versatility, and daring styling.

The Chrysler brand continues to grow by integrating high-tech features into its products, class-leading, which includes the Uconnect 4 system which offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Uconnect Theater which comes with available streaming. Available on all Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids is the plug-in hybrid powertrain, storage system, the industry-exclusive Stow ‘n Go seating, and the segment’s most advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) system available on all Chrysler 300 V-6 models. It is the most powerful V-8 in its class with the 300C’s 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine.

The Pacifica Hybrid took this revolutionary vehicle one step further with its class-exclusive, innovative plug-in hybrid powertrain. It’s the first vehicle minivan to be electrified its segment which has an all-electric range of more than 30 miles, achieves more than 80 MPGe in electric-only mode, and a total range of more than 500 miles. The Chrysler 300 lineup has an attainable value which delivers on the brand’s promise of elegant design and iconic which is executed with world-class performance, efficiency, and quality.

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

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Chrysler Legendary Automotive Executive Lee Iacocca Has Passed Away

Lee Iacocca, the legendary automotive executive, who is known for saving Chrysler from bankruptcy in the 1980s, passed away July 2 at the age of 94. With a career of more than 30 years under his belt, Iacocca helped to launch some of Detroit’s best-selling vehicles, which include the minivan, the Ford Mustang, the Escort and the Chrysler K-cars. Iacocca also spoke out against what he considered was an unfair trade practice by the Japanese automakers.

During the peak of his popularity, which was in the ’80s, he was known for his TV ads and the catchy tagline: “If you can find a better car, buy it!” Iacocca wrote two best-selling books and was courted as a presidential candidate. One of his books is ‘Where Have All The Leaders Gone?’ which was published in 2007. 

In 1979, Chrysler was $5 billion in debt. The reason behind the debt was that it had bloated the manufacturing system and “it was turning out gas-guzzlers that the public didn’t want,” according to foxbusiness.com. However, he had a plan when banks turned him down, Iacocca and the United Auto Workers union helped to persuade the government to approve $1.5 billion in loan guarantees that kept the No. 3 domestic automaker afloat.

Iacocca closed or consolidated 20 plants, laid off thousands of workers and introduced new cars. In TV commercials, he admitted Chrysler’s mistakes. However, he insisted that the company had changed. Iacocca introduced the minivan and created a new market.

Iacocca’s fame first came from the debut of the Mustang in 1964. He convinced his superiors that Ford needed an affordable, stylish coupe to take advantage of the growing youth market. On April 17, 1964, Lee Iacocca and Henry Ford II unveiled the Ford Mustang at the New York World’s Fair.

In 1970, Iacocca was named Ford president. Iacocca immediately undertook a re-establishing to cut costs as the company continued to struggle with the foreign competition and the rising gas prices. “Lee Iacocca was truly bigger than life, and he left an indelible mark on Ford, the auto industry and our country,” said Bill Ford, Chairman of Ford Motor upon Iacocca’s passing. Lee played a central role in the creation of Mustang. On a personal note, I will always appreciate how encouraging he was to me at the beginning of my career.  He was one of a kind and will be dearly missed.”

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