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Chrysler 300, Dodge Models are Here to Stay for a Few More Years


In 2014, Italian and American automakers, Fiat and Chrysler joined forces and their merging ultimately led to them becoming the 8th largest automotive company worldwide. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) now has a multitude of brands underneath its umbrella and for FCA US, those brands include Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and even the Mopar service and parts organization.

Three beloved models from two of Fiat’s brands are making headlines this week after it was announced that they’re probably staying in the automotive market. The Dodge Charger, Challenger, and Chrysler 300 will likely continue their road trippin’ adventures with us until at least 2024. In spite of numerous rumors of upcoming Dodge cars for the next-generation, it appears that the multinational company wants to keep the production of the vehicles at the main assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

News of the extended lifespan of these models came to light with the new three-year labor agreement of Canadian auto union Unifor and FCA. This labor agreement encompasses an investment worth up to $38 million on FCA’s part, with their role being to bring “multiple derivatives” of the Charger and Challenger to life at the Brampton plant. All things considered, this investment isn’t considered to be a large one, as FCA established $1.2 billion separately in Canada, therefore this is the reason why any significant changes are considered to be a few more years away. The automaker refused to comment further in regards to the “derivatives” mentioned by the union.

Chit-chat concerning the future of the next-generation Charger and Challenger have whirled starting towards the end of the previous decade. There were some indications that seemed to signal a restyling of the muscle cars on Alfa’s Romeo’s Giorgio platform, which supports the Giulia sedan. Then, it appeared that a Maserati platform could be in the works. Soon before the late FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne’s passing two years ago, he said the cars could continue on their present LX platform with dealings involving Daimler. On the other hand, he also hinted the platforms would be thoroughly overhauled. Presently, it is not known what FCA is planning for the cars, and who knows if plans will change again with the merging of France’s PSA Group next year.

If there is anything that we can be sure of, these cars will be here to stay for the next few years with a new agreement taking place and money being invested in their assembly plant.

Miami Lakes Chrysler

For luxury models, the Chrysler 300 sedan is undoubtedly the brand’s most favored vehicle. This muscle car has everything to offer such as an interior that a great deal of legroom and comfort, user-friendly technologies, timeless styling, and of course its infamous V8 powerhouse engine option. The Hemi V8 has 363 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque. For a ride that is absolutely thrilling, it’s recommended to combine the available engine with all-wheel-drive.

Miami Lakes Automall is selling the 2020 Chrysler 300 for around $30,000, (plus destination fee). Those who are interested in this vehicle or any of our other vehicles can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative for further assistance.

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Waymo Resumes Their Autonomous Ride Service With The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid


Attention commuters and rideshare enthusiasts! Waymo is encouraging us common folk to get a lift on its self-driving vehicles, which is a service that is gradually expanding and providing rides to a select ground of people for the past year.

The service was launched to the Phoenix masses on Thursday, October 8th. It’s worth mentioning that this should be considered a test launch of sorts before really expanding globally, since these are autonomous vehicles, they will not have a driver to take over the wheel in complex situations within the 50-mile radius that it will roam in. On top of that, there won’t be anyone monitoring the vehicles remotely.

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, in which the demand for rides was significantly reduced, Waymo made as many as 2,000 rides in self-driving vehicles on a weekly basis. The majority of the rides had a stand-by driver in case of emergencies, with the exclusion of 5% to 10% of the rides which required a smaller group of commuters to sign nondisclosure agreements. The company did not reveal the number of self-driving cars will be available in its assigned area.

John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, said in a conference call with journalists. “We are worried about our ability to meet demand with the capabilities of the vehicle we have right now,” 

Waymo, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc, the parent company of Google, has automotive sights on California and aspires to eventually mark its territory. However, according to Krafcik, there aren’t definite plans to announce their expansion there.

In an effort to reassure the public of its safety precautions, Waymo is supplying its vehicles with wipes and sanitizing gel, also requesting that commuters verify on a checklist that they have not had exposure to the coronavirus. Additionally, the company requires passengers to wear masks and monitors whether or not they are complying with this rule by using cameras inside the vehicle. The Pacifica Hybrid cars also have an air circulation that aids in removing any germs and bacteria that other riders may have brought in.

These next several weeks will serve as a test run for Waymo rides in the Phoenix area and without a sit-in driver. Following this, the company will reinstitute drivers behind the wheel in certain vehicles in order to allow the company to focus on expanding its (service area).

Miami Lakes Chrysler

Do you know who else is making headway? Miami Lakes Chrysler of course! Our dealership always has a wide range of Chrysler vehicles, namely the all-inclusive 2020 Pacifica Hybrid! The drive is easy, cruise-like and very comfortable for any family and more than suitable for cargo. Power is very adept from this engine and its electric power likely promotes its very natural and quick feel for its torque. Handling is also very competent and dependable for this vehicle and is sinless on the highway.

 On top of this, it has plenty of technologies for the interior like a year of SiriusXM satellite radio, the 4G hotspot, and Traffic Plus which assists drivers in avoiding challenging routes.

Those who are interested in any of our vehicles can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative virtually for further assistance.

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The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica’s Totally Unlimited Features


Minivan enthusiasts and Pacifica lovers have been eagerly waiting for the renovated 2021 Chrysler model to arrive in dealerships, and when they finally do, they can be sure to find a little extra something special waiting for them. Other than Canadian market models, the company will no longer offer front-wheel-drive (FWD) gas-powered models on upper trim-level versions of the Pacifica. This means that only hybrid FWD and all-wheel-drive (AWD) will be available on Limited and Pinnacle models.

The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Limited builds on a new premium console that easily blends into the instrument panel, with console panels that are soft to the touch and trimmed with an appealing accent stitch. The latest premium console has dual-level storage with substantial room for personal items and provides 7.6 liters of console storage, which is a considerable improvement from this year’s Limited model. Also, the console comes with a tambour door for central storage accommodation that is wider by half an inch and remarkably longer than the 2020 Limited. Moreover, the latest interior is all dolled up with Brushed Hydro bezels on the instrument panel.

Here are more features to expect for the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Limited minivan.

What’s New For 2021

  • Standard SafetyTec/SafetyTec Plus
  • Next-Generation Radar with Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking
  • LED Headlamps, Fog Lights, and Tail Lamps
  • 18-Inch Polished Wheels
  • Integrated Premium Console
  • Wireless Phone Charging
  • 10.1-Inch Uconnect 5 Touchscreen Radio with TomTom Navigation


  • Tri-Pane Sunroof
  • Chrome Roof Rack
  • Chrome Body-Side Moldings


  • Nappa Leather Seats with Piping
  • 13-Speaker Alpine Premium Audio
  • Two-Tone Steering Wheel
  • Hydro Bezels


  • Ventilated Seats
  • Heated 2nd Row Seats
  • Power 3rd Row Seat
  • Stow N’ Vac Vacuum Cleaner
  • Hands-Free Sliding Doors & Liftgate
  • Memory Audio, Mirrors
  • Power-Fold Mirrors That Auto-Fold In Park


  • Uconnect Theater Family Group
  • Uconnect Theater, FamCAM Interior Camera, & KeySense
  • Premium & Safety Sphere Group
  • 18 Speaker Harman Kardon Audio with Subwoofer, Safety Sphere
  • S Appearance Package
  • New 20-Inch Wheel Option
  • Red S Appearance Package 
  • Radar Red Seats & Badging

Concerning the engine of the Pacifica Limited, both the Canadian FWD gasoline models and Limited AWD models include the critically-acclaimed 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that pushes out 287 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, it’s also paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Under the hood of the Hybrid version, the advanced FCA-constructed dual-motor eFlite electrically variable transmission (EVT) is allied with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 gasoline engine that has been specifically modified.

The starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Limited is $45,845, (plus destination fee) for the Hybrid version and $48,390, (plus destination fee) for the AWD model. 

Near the beginning of September, ordering for the newest Pacifica was opened. The revamped minivans are assembled at the Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. These minivans are scheduled to start arriving in dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Miami Lakes Chrysler

If you plan on ordering the 2021 Pacifica powerhouse, be sure to make your purchase at Miami Lakes Automall. We carry an ideal selection of Chrysler models and even have 2020 models for anxious buyers. Those who are interested in any of our vehicles can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative for further assistance.

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The Chrysler Pacifica Makes The Cut On Top 5 Family-Friendly Vehicles For

Recently, the popular automotive website, gave the Chrysler Pacifica one of many honors, as it ranked it among the top-five family-friendly vehicles for this year. The publication sang the Pacifica’s praises for its generous seating space (perfect for social distancing), Uconnect Theater, as well as its optional sunroof options that give way for increased airflow.

As previously mentioned, the Pacifica gaining a spot among the top-five contenders is not the first time that the famous minivan has been recognized for its purposefulness for families. This year in April, PARENTS magazine gave the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid the honor of the 2020 Best Family Cars award. Additionally, the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica won the 2020 Best New Family Car award from Good Housekeeping (in partnership with Car and Driver) in the minivan category. made the list in tandem with its release of new survey data that spotlights parents’ decisions on safe transportation for back-to-school. According to the automotive site, as children returned to school, as many as 55 percent of parents will opt to drive their children to school rather than allowing them to use school buses or other means of public transportation. The website also has a survey that indicates that the number of parents are setting out to carpool with other parents is up by 22 percent.

“Back to school looks very different for families this year because of the ongoing pandemic,” said Jenni Newman, editor-in-chief, “Because of this, parents are turning to their personal vehicles as the best mode of transport for kids returning to in-person learning. The Chrysler Pacifica provides families spending more time in the car a comfortable escape with a spacious interior to carry extra supplies or snacks and digital features to entertain while traveling to-and-from school and beyond.”

 The Pacifica rocks a standard seven and available eight-passenger seats with plenty of legroom. In the back seat area, there is also an optional Uconnect Theater that comes with built-in games and available WiFi, perfect for keeping the little kiddos occupied while waiting through those long drop-off lines. Moreover, there are available dual- and tri-pane automatic sunroof options that bring in that nice, fresh breeze at just a push of a button.

Stow n’ Go storage bins are located in the second-row, this makes way for passengers to use the extra space for items like textbooks and other important school supplies. The available Stow ‘n Vac also aids in cleaning up any messes made by the little ones. The Pacifica also makes other soccer moms jealous with its latest advanced safety features and security technology, with over 100 standard and optional gadgets to choose from, such as the five LATCH child seat configurations.

More family-centered features are on the way for the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica and are set to arrive in dealerships in the fourth quarter, some which include:

  • More standard safety features that outnumbers any other vehicle in the automotive market.
  • An optional and new all-wheel-drive (AWD) to aid in transporting children to school in various types of weather joined with the van’s class-exclusive Stow ‘Go seating.
  • Four new games for the Uconnect Theater: Concentration, chess, Chrysler Says (later availability), and backgammon (later availability).
  • A new FamCam interior camera that makes way for parents to monitor their children from their seats and even zoom in occupants.
  • The first of its segment, USB Type C ports that charge devices up to four times faster than traditional USB outlets.

Miami Lakes Chrysler 

At Miami Lakes Automall, we sell plenty of cars that are family-friendly and have the latest features, more specifically 2020 Chrysler Pacifica vehicles. Those who are interested in any of our models can take a look at our Chrysler inventory via our website and chat with an online representative for assistance.

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FCA and Waymo Expand Their Alliance As Their Efforts With Autonomous Technology Increase


Today (July 22), Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and autonomous driving company, Waymo announced that they have made strategic and fundamental steps in the expansion of their thriving partnership.

At this time, Waymo will work mainly with FCA as its endeared partner in crime for the development and testing of class 1-3 light fleet vehicles. At first, the dynamic duo will focus on the incorporation of the Waymo Driver into the Ram ProMaster van, which is a technology platform that allows one access to a wide range of commercial customers on a global scale. This collaboration will make way for FCA and Waymo to take advantage of their particular strengths and capabilities to conclude how to successfully use autonomy to tackle the express needs of commercial customers, especially due to the swift expansion of product delivery services.

Additionally, FCA has chosen the Waymo company as its select, advised partner for L4 autonomous technology across its fleet models. In fact, FCA has already begun to work with Waymo to construct future products for their vehicles, which will be operated by the Waymo Driver.

“Our now four-year partnership with Waymo continues to break new ground. By incorporating the Waymo Driver, the world’s leading self-driving technology, into our Pacifica minivans, we became the only partnership actually deploying fully autonomous technology in the real world, on public roads. With this next step, deepening our relationship with the very best technology partner in this space, we’re turning to the needs of our commercial customers by jointly enabling self-driving for light commercial vehicles, starting with the Ram ProMaster,” said Mike Manley, Chief Executive Officer, FCA. “Adding Waymo’s commitment to partner with us to deploy its L4 fully autonomous technology across our entire product portfolio, our partnership is setting the pace for the safe and sustainable mobility solutions that will help define the automotive world in the years and decades to come.”

 “FCA was our first OEM partner and we’ve come a long way together,” said John Krafcik, Chief Executive Officer, Waymo. “The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans were the first vehicles in our Waymo One fleet and, guided by the Waymo Driver, have now safely and reliably driven more fully autonomous miles than any other vehicle on the planet. Today, we’re expanding our partnership with FCA with the Waymo Driver as the exclusive L4 autonomy solution for this global automotive company. Together, we’ll introduce the Waymo Driver throughout the FCA brand portfolio, opening up new frontiers for ride-hailing, commercial delivery and personal-use vehicles around the world.”

 In 2016, FCA became Waymo’s first OEM (original equipment manufacturer) partner, ensuingly, the two have stayed pretty close as they worked on fusing the Waymo Driver into FCA vehicles.  Their hard work has proven to pay off, since the creation of a highly-effective L4-equipped Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan. This union also resulted in the first commercial autonomous ride-hailing service, as well as the offering of fully driverless service to riders, which made its way driving in several cities from various locations and difficult weather conditions.

Miami Lakes Chrysler

Do you know who else is making headway? Miami Lakes Chrysler of course! Our dealership always has a wide range of Chrysler vehicles, namely all-inclusive Pacifica! Those who are interested in any of our vehicles can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative virtually for further assistance.

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The Chrysler Brand Stays 6 Feet Away As They Collaborate With Actress Kathryn Hahn For Their New Social Campaign


The Chrysler company teams up with actress Kathryn Hahn yet again to promote their famous Chrysler Pacifica in a new social video campaign dubbed “Pacifica Mom On Quarantine”. In the video, the well-known comedic actress makes the Chrysler Pacifica her getaway of sorts from her kids and shares with us her inaccurate but somewhat relatable-confessional of her daily life as a mom, specifically while in quarantine. At some point Hahn mentions that she’ll have to wear pants again, to which eventually the commercial ends with the message saying “Ready For What’s Next, Even If You’re Not”.

Obviously, during the pandemic, it might be difficult for some companies to create content of any sort while maintaining a safe distance or creating necessary safety precautions, but as usual, the Chrysler brand had quite a few tricks up its sleeve.

“In a time when social distancing practices have become the new normal, Chrysler brand and Hahn had to take a challenging approach during production of our most recent collaboration,” said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA. “Given our production’s top priority was to ensure the health and safety of all involved during the one-day production, we filmed entirely on an iPhone equipped with a remote feed inside the Chrysler Pacifica, and Kathryn worked on set with a small crew of two and relied on a tablet inside the vehicle to allow for directional feedback.”

Needless to say, this is quite an impressive and creative solution to create content for the company while still being able to maintain a strong level of safety and security for everyone involved.

Here are some safety precautions shared with us by the FCA:


  • Plenty of safety measures at the ready, such as with the crew wearing masks, gloves, disinfecting the equipment and the vehicle.
  • There were only two crew members present at the Los Angeles location with actress Kathyrn Hahn.
  • The technological direction set up small lights and locked the camera, otherwise known as camera framing, and then withdrew from that area at a safe distance when Kathryn arrived onto “set”.
  • The video technician manager collaborated with the Chrysler brand team and their creative agency, in Detroit by a remote feed, utilizing a “virtual chat room” and allowing them to see the takes and provide any necessary direction or feedback. This enabled Hahn to communicate visually and audibly with the team after her takes with a tablet, and also make certain that Hahn, the agency and clients were happy with the takes.
  • The camera was equipped with iPhones and technology for a remote feed.
  • The production occurred at a private residence with occupants staying away from during the duration of the shoot.


As you can see, Chrysler still lives up to its reputation by prioritizing the safety of others, especially families. Its prized possession, the Chrysler Pacifica, provides an exceptional amount of usefulness, changeability, technology, and innovative styling to add peace of mind while driving.

The Chrysler company made this campaign in partnership with its creative agency Doner.

Miami Lakes Chrysler

At Miami Lakes Automall, we sell plenty of cars that are family-friendly and have the latest features, more specifically 2020 Chrysler Pacifica vehicles. Those who are interested in any of our models can take a look at our Chrysler inventory via our website and chat with an online representative for assistance.

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The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Gets An Extra Pair Of Kicks With It’s New AWD


The latest 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is taking the minivan world by storm by providing all-wheel-drive (AWD) superpowers. Soccer moms…and dads everywhere will get to enjoy a more stylish and refined look, as well as a plethora of standard safety features once it finally reaches our dealerships by the fourth quarter of this year. Luckily, those who are anticipating AWD won’t have to wait much longer. Dealerships will now be able to request the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Launch Edition, which is proficient in tackling roads for any season and is fully automatic, as an available feature of this year’s Pacifica.

“Reaction was overwhelmingly positive when we announced that the new 2021 Chrysler Pacifica will offer AWD capability. We know there is demand for AWD capability along with Stow ‘n Go seating, and the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Launch Edition allows us to get our customers the all-weather capability they want even sooner,” said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The Pacifica offers families solutions and with the 2020 Pacifica AWD Launch Edition, we’re delivering the most advanced system in its class, and one that engages without any driver input, to help owners get where they want to go in any type of weather.”

The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Launch Edition, specifically saved for the Touring L trim, is armed with the same AWD that drivers can opt for on the all-new 2021 Pacifica. The Pacifica model is the only car to match-up AWD with class-exclusive Stow’n Go seating, as well as the only car in its segment that has the ability to shift all of the offered torque to the rear wheels or whatever wheels to provide more traction. This system also has great detection and sensory abilities, which will stop the driveshaft from spinning when the AWD is not necessary, promoting effectiveness.

Chrysler’s AWD Launch Edition for 2020 comes in S Appearance, which comes with a Black Noise AWD badge and even a Black Noise Pacifica and Chrysler wing badging, it also rolls on enhanced 18-inch wheels in the new “Foreshadow” finish. The headlamp edges, grille surrounds, rear valance and daylight opening (DLO) are coated with a beautiful Gloss Black color.

The fully-black S Appearance for the interior is improved with McKinley leather seats edged with Light Diesel Grey stitching and an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen radio. Brushed metal hydro bezels make for a great addition to interior accents. There are also impressive optional gadgets and packages like Uconnect Navigation, Uconnect Theater, Advanced SafetyTec, a tri-pane panoramic sunroof, trailer tow, KeySense and the Premium Group package.

The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Launch Edition is now accessible for both North American and Canadian dealerships. The U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) is $40,240, (not including destination fees), and also comes with the AWD Launch Edition package, with an MSRP of 3,095. 

Miami Lakes Chrysler 

At Miami Lakes Automall, we sell plenty of cars that are family-friendly and have the latest features, more specifically 2020 Chrysler Pacifica vehicles. Those who are interested in any of our models can take a look at our Chrysler inventory via our website and chat with an online representative for assistance.

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2020 Chrysler 300 Highlights

Chrysler 300 New Marvels

The Chrysler is often known for its award-winning family-friendly features in its Pacifica minivans, but one shouldn’t overlook its full-size luxury sedan, the Chrysler 300. This particular model has been around through different generations and variants since 2005 and in spite of what previous reports that this ol’ crooner is putting in for its retirement, guess again!

Slowly but surely, Chrysler is still adding on new features, both design-wise and technological. For starters, the company added three new colors for the car’s athletic body, which are Canyon Sunset, Frostbite, and Amethyst. Moreover, our blog reported in March that Chrysler is adding on a Red S Appearance Package, in which owners would be offered new colors, prices, and package options. Notably, the accessories have darkened bits from the Sport Appearance Pack, which even makes way for a truly remarkable Red Radar interior, though of course with an additional cost. According to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) “the 300 lineup offers segment-exclusive features and advanced technology at the driver’s fingertips.” 

Moving on to the 300’s slew of premier tech features, the large sedan encompasses the highlighting Uconnect 4C infotainment system. It features an 8.4-inch touchscreen display, the largest in the division. It also includes standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay abilities.

Other standard features of this year’s Chrysler 300 model include an 8-speed TorqueFlite transmission, which is available throughout all trims. Shoppers can select all-wheel-drive powertrains supplied with added front-axle disconnect, as well as a V8 engine as an upgrade. This powerful V8 engine boosts 383 horsepower with 394 lb-ft of torque, providing an energetic ride of a lifetime.

Unfortunately, “America’s big and bold sedan” skims out the more capable 5.7-liter HEMI engine that is typically made ready as an optional engine for the 300 from coast to coast, except of course if you’re lucky enough to live in the U.S. However, one shouldn’t fret too much if the HEMI engine isn’t available to them, as the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is standard and very capable with 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Another plus is the unbeatable 19 city/30 highway fuel economy that makes the Chrysler 300 the one to beat!

Here The Latest Features To Look Out For:

  • The Red S Appearance Package, which includes 20-inch Black Noise wheels, a Red insert located on the Chrysler wing badge, and Black Noise exterior badges.
  • A wild mixture of over 80 safety and defense features like Rear Cross Path detection, Blind-Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist and more.

Other newborn additions in the Chrysler sedan include the SRT Performance Appearance Package. This optional package adds on a performance-aimed front fascia and new side sills for a sexy wicked twist. It also includes LED fog lights for an added cost of $695, which can be offered on the 2019 300C trim. Despite the package being established on other SRT goodies, the 300 lineup will not include the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine. With many automotive critics discounting the Chrysler 300, we can see why the company is making great strides to deck out the vehicle’s overall design and capabilities. For now, we’ll have to wait and see if the Chrysler 300 can truly stand the test of time.

Miami Lakes Chrysler

In the meantime, Miami Lakes Automall is currently selling the full-sized 300 hunk for a price of around $40,000, (plus destination fee). We also sell plenty of high-quality cars similar to that of Chrysler’s cherished sedan and always for an affordable price. Those who are interested in any of our models can visit our online new car inventory on our dealership website and chat with an online representative for further assistance.

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The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica’s User-Friendly UConnect 5 System Is The Best Yet


For a long time, SUVs and minivans have encompassed a trend of turning their vehicle interior’s into a sort of home away from home, and not just with their chic designs and comforts but their advanced technology. Chrysler is perhaps one of the most notable brands to adopt this trend, particularly in its Pacifica models, and year after year it wins accolades and awards for being a vehicle that is very suitable for families.

Just when it seems like Chrysler has reached its peak, the company introduces its new center infotainment screen on its 2021 Pacifica minivan. Its enhancements show that it intends to evolve with the times, as it has features that are compatible with mobile devices.

Fiat Chrysler statistics state that 51 percent of buyers of new cars specify interior-tech as one of their determinants.  Bearing in mind buyers who are cultured with different types of technology, the number is likely even greater, as 64 percent of rerun buyers claim the interior technology made them want to come back.

Car reviewers and even some automakers frequently make the assumption that when car buyers say that they prioritize interior technology that this means including a lot of gaudy features in the center console with entertainment features and other conveniences, while that can certainly be a plus, what most buyers really mean by value is a system that is user-friendly and not this flashy and complicated system they have to work with while trying to maintain control on the highway. Those who opt for a Chrysler vehicle will have hit the jackpot based on their tech needs since the company’s UConnect system is often favored for its ease of use.

The newest UConnect is 5 times faster than the previous generation. This takes care of the issues of earlier systems, as it would take a few seconds too long after the driver pressed a button, which really doesn’t help the issue of short attention spans during the digital age and can also prove to be very dangerous. For the first time, the system also includes wireless connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Another improvement of the UConnect 5 includes bigger fonts and buttons. As great as it is for automakers to add more features, it becomes more of an inconvenience if they start jamming all of these features in places where they cannot be located easily. Chrysler’s designer made sure that this doesn’t happen for next year’s model by making certain configurations that make buttons easy to spot by drivers, this is especially important since many studies have shown that drivers taking their eyes off the road even for a few seconds can increase the chances of a crash dramatically.

The latest UConnect still has some familiarities that aids in accommodating all of the main features while reducing the number of digital knobs on one screen, like having more than one monitor to work with. Ultimately drivers can simply configure their most practiced functions onto the home screen, as well as other drivers in the household. The new Pacifica will also receive a bigger 10.1-inch, horizontal center screen.

Another first for the new UConnect is the ability for the car to collaborate with Smarthome features in the driver’s house like the thermostat or garage door opener. This system provides even more versatility now that it’s Android-based, which means owners will have possible admission to the largest third-party apps in the world. 

While we are waiting for the 2021 Pacifica to be released, there is still another option. The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica provides comfort and ease for both drivers and passengers alike. Miami Lakes Automall has a plethora of different Chrysler models to meet and your families needs, feel free to check out our new online car inventory and chat with an online representative for more assistance.

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Fiat Chrysler Gains Another Autonomous Partnership, This Time With Udacity

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), a.k.a The Godfather of Minivans, has consented to provide vehicles made particularly for Voyage Auto Inc, an autonomous automobile startup company, whose self-driving or “robotaxis” have been transporting senior citizens around a retirement section in San Jose.

The Voyage tech company that is currently established in Palo Alto, California, is a spinoff from the for-profit online educational organization, Udacity. The company has been making use of the altered Chrysler Pacifica minivans, more specifically that of the Pacifica Hybrid. These new converted variants have been precisely designed for autonomous driving and include new modifications such as redundant braking and steering that are necessary for driverless vehicles.

“Building a self-driving car requires a deep connection between software and hardware, and both pieces need to be considered in tandem,” Voyage CEO Oliver Cameron wrote in a blog about the deal. “This partnership connects Voyage’s self-driving technology with FCA’s deep expertise in building vehicles to launch truly driverless transportation services.”

This partnership is the most recent in a series that the Fiat company has made with autonomous startups like Alphabet Inc’s vehicles from Waymo, which provides custom-made Chrysler Pacifica models. The automaker is also pairing up with Pala Alto-established Aurora Innovation Inc, which is developing autonomous vehicles.

Last month in April, Voyage was granted a permit to shuttle passengers around California in its vehicles, also pairing up with autonomous companies like Aurora Innovation, AutoX Technologies, Cruise Automation,, Zoox and Waymo, which have all been given permission to provide rides around particular areas.

It has been alleged that those who reside in San Jose’s Villages senior community requested rides past its border limits at that particular time. Originally, Voyage started to charge for its shuttle services in the area, but that was before the COVID-19 pandemic came into fruition, and the company was forced to temporarily suspend its services. The company has also tried applying for a transportation charter permit, which is prescribed for limousines, buses and other third-party charters services. 

In total, Voyage has raised roughly $51 million in backing from investors like Franklin Templeton Investments, InMotion Ventures, MS&AD Ventures, Chevron Technology Ventures and Khosla Ventures.

Miami Lakes Chrysler

It’s currently unknown as to when Udacity or other autonomous shuttle services will be able to provide their business in other and more heavily populated areas, but while you’re waiting on the future, why not look at the present with the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica minivan!

This vehicle has a 3.6-liter V6 engine matched to a 9-speed automatic transmission, it has  287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The base Touring model comes with standard features like power liftgate, power sliding side doors, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, tri-zone climate control and a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

The 2020 Pacifica also has plenty of optional features with the Advanced Safety Tech Group being the highlight, as it comes with active safety and driver-assistance features like collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, parallel-parking assist, bird’s-eye rearview camera and more for $995.

The future is already here! Take a spin in this one of kind 2020 Chrysler Pacifica. Simply visit our dealership website, Miami Lakes Chrysler, view our new online inventory and chat with an online representative for further assistance.

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