Chrysler Pacifica Named to Autotrader Best Electric Vehicles of 2019 List

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited still continues to electrify in the automotive industry. Autotrader states that the Pacifica plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) — which is the first and only electrified minivan out there — is one of the 12 Best Electric Vehicles in 2019. This newest recognition takes the Pacifica’s overall award count over 120, further solidifying it as the most awarded minivan since 2016, according to yahoo finance.

The editors at Autotrader, created the inaugural 12 Best Electric Vehicles list to assist its customers looking to purchase the growing field of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and PHEVs. Editors considered a variety of essential bases, such as the maximum range, the electric-only range (for the PHEVs vehicles), driveability, price, and value, which helps determine their “best of” list. The categories were scored on a 1-to-5 scale, with 5 being the high score and each vehicle included in the list earned at least a combined average rating of at least 3.8 out of a possible 5.

“This is our first annual list of the best EVs, and we expect the cars on this list to change dramatically over the years,” said executive editor at Autotrader, Brian Moody. “That being said, the Chrysler Pacifica is really in a league of its own – there simply aren’t any other minivans that offer the plug-in flexibility of the Pacifica Hybrid. Around town, the Pacifica Hybrid can run on just electricity, making it both quick and quiet. However, the hybrid powertrain means it’s good for long trips too – all the while providing the comfort of a luxurious minivan.”

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid provides a maximum of 82 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in the electric-only mode, a total span of more than 500 miles and an all-electric range of 32 miles. The segment’s first hybrid vehicle features an FCA US-designed, an innovative dual-motor eFlite electrically variable transmission (EVT) and it’s coupled with a specially adjusted model of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 gasoline engine. The Pacifica Hybrid was designed to offer a seamless driving experience in mind, with no need for the driver to select between hybrid and electric modes.

The Pacifica Hybrid was ranked among the top five best-selling PHEVs in the industry, it’s equipped with a regenerative braking system that redirects the kinetic energy and it’s used to stop the brakes into energy, and it’s also used to charge the vehicle’s battery. The Pacifica Hybrid may be fully recharged, using the 6.6-kWh on-board charger, in two hours while using a 240-volt (Level 2) charger, and the charger is available from Mopar through dealers.

About the Chrysler Pacifica/Pacifica Hybrid

The Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid have reinvented the minivan segment with its unprecedented level of technology, functionality, bold-styling, versatility, and technology. The vehicles are re-engineered from the ground up; the Pacifica also delivers class-leading gasoline and hybrid powertrains in the minivan segment. The Pacifica Hybrid takes this vehicle a step further with its advanced and innovative hybrid powertrain. 

It’s the only electrified vehicle in the minivan segment and achieves more than 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode; the vehicles come with an all-electric range that delivers over 30 miles with a total range of over 500 miles, according to media.fcanorthamerica.com. The vehicle comes with over 100 available safety and security features; there’s also the Uconnect Theater rear-seat entertainment system, the available 4G Wifi and a full array of available technologies and comfort. The Chrysler Pacifica has earned the spot as the most awarded minivan, with both the Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid, as they serve as a no-compromise minivan which is ideally suited for today’s families.

About Autotrader

Autotrader is one of the most visited third-party car shopping sites, with the most engaging audiences of in-market shoppers. It’s the foremost authority on automotive consumer insights with experts online, as well as mobile marketing. Autotrader makes car shopping easy for today’s empowered consumer that is looking to find or sell a new, used or certified pre-owned car. 

Using local market guidance, technology, and shopper insights, Autotrader’s comprehensive marketing solutions guide dealers to personalized digital marketing strategies that grow the brand. It also ties the traffic while also connecting the online and in-store shopping experience. 

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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Chrysler Has Begun Testing for Vehicle-to-Grid Tech

Test vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology is being set up by Fiat Chrysler as an experimental fleet for up to 700 electric cars. V2G allows for the power grids to use the energy that’s stored in the car batteries to face its driving demand during its peak hours. FCA is taking the first steps towards the electric mobility as the Italian-American carmaker is moving on from its $35 billion bid to merge with France’s Renault, a pioneer in electric vehicles, which they had previously failed at. 

On Thursday, FCA signed an agreement with Italy’s national grid operator Terna so both companies can jointly test a technology that enables electric vehicles to interact with the grid, through the charging infrastructure. The project will include a feasibility study to launch an experimental demonstration fleet of cars connected to the grid via V2G support. It is set to be built in FCA’s Mirafioni plant in Turin, the two companies said in a statement.

“We’ll start with the electric Cinquecento (Fiat car model),” said FCA’s chief operating officer for the EMEA region, Pietro Gorlier. “The project will kick off in the coming months; we plan to reach 600-700 test vehicles by 2020-21”. They will start manufacturing a full-electric version of its Cinquecento mini car in Mirafiori by the second half of 2020.

The Hybrid, plug-in versions of the Renegade and Jeep Compass and Renegade, the new plug-in Alfa Romeo compact SUV, a mild-hybrid Panda small car and the Tonale, were also expected in 2020. The final assembly for the Waymo’s self-driving car project by Google will be in Detroit. Once known as Google’s self-driving car project, it is now one of the foremost leaders in pushing to develop the autonomous vehicle, Waymo was previously scouting locations in the southeast Michigan area. But they hadn’t named a specific city, until now.

John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, revealed that Detroit was the choice the company decided on. “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 blog post.

The new building is said to create over 100 jobs and it could go up to 400 jobs in the area and it will have an investment of $13.6 million. Waymo requested an $8 million grant from the Michigan Business Development Program. Waymo will use a facility that already exists on the American Axle and Manufacturing campus on Holbrooke where American Axle has its headquarters, which is namedTechnology Development Center and the Detroit Business.

The location was being used as a sequencing center for the local parts suppliers, and the company stated that American Axle recently moved back into the facility where the business operations in the central portion of the building were. Chris Son, the Vice President of American Axle, said the association would benefit both companies tremendously. “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 came after GM decided to remove themselves from the two factories already in the state. GM will stop mass-producing at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant in the early times of January 2020. However, they are still planning to make the production versions of the Cruise car (which is self-driving) at the Michigan Orion Assembly Plant.  

There’s been no set date, but there have been theories that the General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, could be considered. If they decide to go with it, it will offer more than 200,000 of the square feet that Waymo is looking to expand too. There is still competition happening between GM’s Cruise Unit and Waymo’s self-driving vehicle development.

The project for Waymo is being considered as the mass production of L4 autonomous vehicles. As stated by the NHTSA (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), Level 5 is high automation, which is one step below full automation. Under certain conditions, the vehicle can manage all driving functions.  

You can search the inventory of Chrysler 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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Fiat Chrysler Is Looking to Hire Over 5,000 Qualified Detroiters

Applications for jobs at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles were open for Detroiters who pre-qualified to vie for employment in the new assembly plant on the east side of the city in August and it’s extending through September. The automaker had contacted residents who had previously attended job fairs and met the eligibility requirements with instructions on how to apply before non-Detroit residents did. Detroiters still had the opportunity to submit their applications, even if they hadn’t applied before.

More than 9,000 Detroit residents were pre-qualified for the 3,850 jobs available at the former Mack Avenue Engine Complex. It will begin producing the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV and a new three-row, full-size Jeep SUV by the end of 2020. FCA had pledged to give Detroiters a first chance at the assembly plant’s jobs as well as at the soon-to-be upgraded Jefferson North Assembly Plant; as part of a community benefits agreement, it negotiated with the city residents around the plant.

Residents living in the $1.6 billion project’s impact zone had the opportunity to begin applying for jobs back at the beginning of August. However, no production workers have yet been hired, an FCA spokeswoman said. Mike Duggan, Mayor for Detroit, hopes the city will be able to give FCA a list of up to 10,000 qualified Detroiters to be employed at its $2.5 billion Jeep plant expansion. 

That’s up to twice as many the nearly 5,000 jobs that the investment is expected to bring to Detroit. “Our agreement is they have to interview all Detroit candidates before they interview anybody from the suburbs,” said Duggan during a Detroit at Work Job Readiness fair at the Messiah Baptist Church. “Some of the 5,000 jobs may be taken up by UAW folks coming from another place, but once they start the hiring, the hiring comes off of this list. We are preparing our residents for these jobs.”

There have been more than 9,000 Detroiters who attended one of the 200-plus job-readiness fairs that the city has hosted, the city says, a requirement for all residents seeking priority application access. The job fairs have drawn a lot of job seekers — and the job seekers are unemployed and have been out of the workforce for a while. “We have folks from a variety of industries that see this as a step up,” said the city’s executive director of workforce development Nicole Sherard-Freeman. Sherard-Freeman replaces Jeff Donofrio, who becomes director of the new Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity for Michigan. Sherard-Freeman said the turnout showed that Detroiters do want to work. The challenge is dismissing the mix-up about what it’s like to work in a manufacturing environment.

“This is not your grandfather’s plant,” she said. “Folks don’t know conditions are different. They’re very clean, updated, technology-current environments that are really great places to work.”

Fiat Chrysler received the approval back in May from the city and state to invest a $1.6 billion in developing the Mack Avenue facilities with a new plant. There was up to $900 million to update the Jefferson North Assembly Plant for the production of all-new three-row full-size Jeep SUV and plug-in hybrid models and the next-generation of Jeep Grand Cherokee. By late 2020, the company plans to introduce vehicles from the new assembly plant.

There was a community benefits agreement that was drafted by an advisory council of the neighborhood residents, the city, and the automaker. Fiat Chrysler has been in charge of hiring as many Detroiters as it can to fill the jobs that remain after the union-hiring obligations have been met. The employment in Detroit will pay $58,000 annually, on average, according to Fiat, and it will include skilled-trades positions, assembly line workers, and plant managers.

“Interviews for Detroit residents began later in August or early September,” Sherard-Freeman said. Detroit at Work will offer basic literacy and math tutoring for the applicants that need to brush up on the skills. After that, the application process will be open to all of the others who are looking for a job.

There will be more conditional offers which will be made later in 2019, and it will have start dates by early 2020. As for the job-readiness fairs, they have drawn interest from the other employers who are seeking Detroit interviewees. That’s an example, the Detroit Police Department has plans to hire up to 300 officers for 2020.

The Dakkota Integrated Systems, which builds automotive interior components, grilles, and suspensions, plans on creating 625 jobs as part of the $55 million new factory. They plan to build it on the 32-acre site which is vacant on the Rose Elementary School and Kettering High School buildings on Van Dyke on Interstate 94. The company will supply Fiat Chrysler’s new Jeep assembly plant on Mack Avenue.

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 Pacifica and Dodge Durango Named ‘Best Family Cars for 2019’ by Digital Trends

Digital Trends has named two FCA US vehicles on their “Best Family Cars for 2019” list. The Dodge Durango SRT and the Chrysler Pacifica which earned the title of the best car for large families and best performance family car, respectively, based on practicality, technology and driving a pleasure. “The Pacifica proves that minivans are still the best option for buyers who need to haul a lot of people or stuff,” Digital Trends said. 

“The Dodge Durango SRT shows that family cars can be fun and quick. Aside from its awesome HEMI power, the Durango SRT also ticks practical family-car boxes.” The Digital Trends automotive team tests the vehicles through a comprehensive scrutinizing method. They examine all of the qualities of the exterior and interior and judge them based on their experience and expertise in the context of the vehicle’s category and price range. 

Digital Trends:

Digital Trends started back in 2006, and they have placed their focus on all kinds of technology that customers come into contact with every day. Digital Trends reviews technologies making sure that they are fun, have a luxurious design, and are easy to use. After the tabulation of the data, they publish what they have gathered on the internet.

As for automobiles, the Digital Trends automotive team follows a strategic and comprehensive process for testing the vehicles. The team looks at all of the vehicle crevices such as the exterior, the interior, and also takes them for a test drive. This allows for a more complete experience, which provides for the test drivers to test the entertainment and technology features available, as well as putting the safety features to work in a controlled environment. 

2019 Chrysler Pacifica and 2019 Dodge Durango SRT

“The Pacifica proves that minivans are still the best option for buyers who need to haul a lot of people or stuff…The Dodge Durango SRT shows that family cars can be fun and quick. Aside from its awesome HEMI power, the Durango SRT also ticks practical family-car boxes.” – Digital Trends.

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica is an obvious choice. The Chrysler Pacifica is an innovative addition in the minivan segment, as the Chrysler Pacifica has a lot of space and seats up to eight people (driver included). The second-row and third-row Stow ‘n Go seats fold into the floor of the cabin, which provides for 140.5 cubic feet behind the first row (driver and front passenger). Consumers can expect up to 87.5 cubic feet behind the second row when the third-row seats are folded away, and 32.3 cubic feet when the third row is in use.

There are over 100 available security and safety features that are present in the lineup. Technologies, like the available 4G WiFi and the Uconnect Theater rear-seat entertainment system, offer more convenience and comfort. The Chrysler Pacifica is a proven qualifier in the market, and the Dodge Durango SUV is an excellent combination of driving range, technology, aggressive styling, and class-leading towing. However, when Dodge decided to put a 475hp 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine under the hood, it changed everything. 

The 2019 Dodge Durango SRT can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and run a quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds. It also has its share of entertainment features which will satisfy the passengers. It has the Uconnect 4C with navigation on an 8.4-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto and HD Radio. Customers can opt for a rear DVD entertainment system or rear-seat video system to upgrade the SUV even further. 

About Chrysler Pacifica/Pacifica Hybrid

The Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid have reawakened the minivan segment with its unprecedented level of versatility, functionality, bold styling, and technology. The vehicle has been re-engineered from the ground up on an all-new platform. The Pacifica Hybrid, however, takes this revolutionary vehicle one step further with its innovative and advanced hybrid powertrain. 

About Dodge Durango

The Dodge Durango’s have a combination of advanced technology, uncompromised utility, class-leading towing, aggressive styling, and the driving range has a confident driving dynamics. Dodge feeds off of Durango’s proven service, performance, and comfort with the new SRT model. Durango has a standard eight-speed automatic transmission which is paired with the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine which has a 295 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque

The 2019 Dodge Durango SRT only comes in an all-wheel drivetrain and it starts at $63,245 (plus destination fee).

You can search the inventory of Dodge Durango and 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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