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FCA and Chrysler Expand Their Partnership With No Kid Hungry

 

Why FCA Is Expanding Their No Kid Hungry Partnership

Recently in mid-March, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) decided to pay it forward by expanding its union with No Kid Hungry, a national campaign that is dedicated to ending child hunger in America. The FCA’s partnership with the organization would help to provide more than 1 million meals to children who rely on school meals, sometimes as their only means of getting wholesome food.

“There has never been a more important moment to help children and their families,” said Mark Stewart, Chief Operating Officer of FCA – North America. “FCA and the Chrysler brand are pleased to support No Kid Hungry in its mission to end childhood hunger.”

Slowly but surely the plan is being set in motion to No Kid Hungry’s recipients: schools, food banks and community groups across the nation are being supported with 640,000 meals during temporary school shutdowns, in which FCA’s partnership is instrumental.

Ever since the nationwide closing of schools in the midst of the pandemic, a considerable number of susceptible children are at risk of losing the healthful meals that they rely on, but thankfully, No Kid Hungry has plans on how to go about feeding them. As part of its relief efforts, the organization is giving emergency grants to schools, food banks and community groups nationwide. It will also veer staff and its resources to the communities in which this problem has taken the worst toll.

“We are incredibly grateful to FCA and to the Chrysler brand for stepping up even more so for America’s kids,” said Tom Nelson, President and CEO at Share Our Strength, the organization behind the No Kid Hungry campaign. “This incremental support will help us feed more vulnerable kids who are currently missing the school meals they rely on.”

Along with FCA’s national collaboration with No Kid Hungry, the family-friendly automobile company is working with more than 40 local nonprofit organizations that are also giving meals to children in communities around its primary manufacturing plants in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Comparable programs are afoot in Canada and Mexico.

What You Can Do To Help

Additionally, Chrysler supplements these endeavors by working with families by easing their financial burden through Chrysler Pacifica Family Pricing.  Family Pricing eliminates the need for negotiating when buying a vehicle by allowing all customers the same remarkable discount.

If you were already looking for a family-friendly vehicle, a Chrysler Pacifica model is undoubtedly the best one on the market and with the company’s collaboration with No Kid Hungry, there is no time better than right now.

The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica and 2020 Pacifica Hybrid provide comfort and ease for both drivers and passengers alike. It also comes with advanced tech 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 for the Touring and an 8.4-inch touch screen and a digital instrument cluster for the Hybrid.

Miami Lakes Auto Mall has a plethora of different Chrysler models to meet and your families needs, feel free to check out our online inventory and chat with an online representative for more assistance.

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Third Times The Charm: The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Earns Good Housekeeping’s Best New Family Car Award

 

Last week Tuesday (April 28), Good Housekeeping in collaboration with Car and Driver announced the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica as the winner of its 2020 Best New Family Car award in the minivan segment. The latest Pacifica was recently presented at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show and along with many of its other accolades and honors, it’s helping to maintain its winning streak as the most award minivan over the past four years. The full list of award winners is already shown in the May 2020 print and online edition of Good Housekeeping.

The Good Housekeeping company partnered up with Car and Driver to access a variety of new vehicles in order to determine the top models, going up into the hundreds. They ultimately picked 15 as best-in-class vehicles. The Pacifica is no stranger to critical acclaim and attention, as it has more than 130 industry awards and honors ever since it was introduced, this most recent honor makes it Pacifica’s third successive honor from the notable women’s magazine. Additionally, Pacifica has won Best New Minivan in 2019, and the year before that, its Hybrid version won for Best New Hybrid for 2018.

As announced in February at the Chicago Auto Show, the newest Pacifica will provide a new AWD system, bringing forth the market’s most reliable minivan that not only has AWD but also Stow ‘n Go seating, which no other car in this segment has. This system provides improved traction in a variety of complex road conditions such as roads covered in snow or choppy surfaces, it also adjusts quickly without much need for driver interaction.

The exterior and interior have gone through a likable nip and tuck, such as with the front grille, headlamps, fog lamps and taillamp that all help to provide a sporty and flavorful look. The new Pacifica also includes most of the standard features that you would find in most new automobiles, with an amazing 97 to count and 14 brand-new ones, like LED lights and Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking (PAEB).

A new top-tier Pacifica Pinnacle model provides drivers with the most deluxe interior in its segment. A highlighting feature is two new available built-in consoles made to easily drift into the instrument panel. Those who prioritize visual quality on top of practicality will appreciate the Caramel Nappa leather seats which are detailed with quilted seat side bolsters and pierced seat inserts and seatbacks on all three rows. The second-row captain’s chairs include a special set of two movable lumbar comfort pillows, which mirror the overall style of the leather seats and also help to give a splash of class and comfort for non-driving occupants.

It’s quite likely that you won’t find a vehicle that is as technologically savvy as the 2021 Pacifica since it brings in upgrades to the forefront with its latest 10.1-inch touchscreen as a partner of the new Uconnect 5 system, which will be offered in FCA’s North American variant for the first time. The latest touchscreen is the largest standard screen in its class and is roughly 20 percent larger than its predecessor, it also enables processing speeds up to five times faster.

Another highlighting new feature is Pacifica’s FamCAM interior camera, it displays high-definition images and lets the driver keep a close eye on events in the backseat, which of course parents with small children will love. There are also segment-exclusive features that include a split-view display and a fascinating “zoom-to-seat” element.

Moreover, the Pacifica Hybrid pushes out more than 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode, an all-electric range of more than 30 miles and a total range of more than 500 miles. 

Miami Lakes Chrysler

While we are waiting for the new award winner 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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Chrysler Lends A Helping Hand With Its No Kid Hungry Partnership

No Kid Hungry

The Chrysler company is giving back by expanding its union with No Kid Hungry, a national campaign that is dedicated to ending child hunger in America. No Kid Hungry launched 10 years ago in 2010, and since then, it has provided more than 1 billion meals to impoverished children and helps decrease childhood hunger in America by one third. At this moment till the end of the school year, every Chrysler Pacifica that is sold will be another contribution by the popular minivan company towards No Kid Hungry, thus providing hundreds of meals to kids nationwide.

“Chrysler first partnered with No Kid Hungry in 2018 to help in their goal of ending childhood hunger,” said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “As a brand that is focused on making life easier for families, we at Chrysler want to continue to help those in need and make it easier for families to help others. So with each Pacifica sold, we’ll help No Kid Hungry provide up to 500 meals to kids in need with the goal of providing up to 10 million meals.”

“One in seven kids in America live in families that struggle with hunger. We know a hungry child can’t learn, can’t focus, can’t be who they want to be,” said Tom Nelson, President and CEO, Share Our Strength. “We are so grateful for Chrysler’s support of our work to ensure kids have the food they need to thrive.”

Additionally, Chrysler supplements these endeavors by working with families by easing their financial burden through Chrysler Pacifica Family Pricing.  Family Pricing eliminates the need for negotiating when buying a vehicle by allowing all customers the same remarkable discount. This deal has already begun from March 19 and has zero-percent financing for 60 months included on every Pacifica model from this year such as the Pacifica Touring and the Pacifica Hybrid Limited. Additionally, for a limited time, no payment for 90 days is optional for gasoline-powered Pacifica models.

To add on even further, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit and additional state incentives.

Help Chrysler Give Back

If you were already looking for a family-friendly vehicle, a Chrysler Pacifica model is undoubtedly the best one on the market and with the company’s collaboration with No Kid Hungry, there is no time better than right now.

The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica and 2020 Pacifica Hybrid provide comfort and ease for both drivers and passengers alike. It also comes with advanced tech 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 for the Touring and an 8.4-inch touch screen and a digital instrument cluster for the Hybrid.

Miami Lakes Auto Mall has a plethora of different Chrysler models to meet and your families needs, feel free to check out our online inventory and chat with an online representative for more assistance.

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Chrysler 300 Ups Its Game With New Package Options

Fiat Chrysler aims to keep its 300 model in the limelight by providing new color, price and package options. Since sales for this Chrysler vehicle have bottomed out at 29,213 U.S. deliveries in the last year, some critics are saying that its time to put the model into retirement. In spite of this, Chrysler is sending a message that there’s still some fight left in the ol’roaster and apparently thinks that its disappointing loss isn’t a good enough reason for the automaker to abolish the age-old tradition of trying to entice a few more customers with new upholstery and different badging styles; both of which will be available for purchase this year, along with the required paint updates.

Chrysler’s sedan also sees price increases nearly widespread. Some will barely notice the difference in most rear-drive trims, while all-wheel-drive models add on an additional $250-370 against last year’s pricing. 

For those looking for the biggest discounts, it may help in trying to find holdovers from the 2019 model year.

It was reported by Mopar Insiders about Chrysler’s new Sport Appearance Package, and since then, it has emerged on the brand’s website for an added $1,495. It includes the black 300S grille, 20×8-inch Black Noise Aluminum Wheels black headlamp bezels, darker badging and some black intensification on the exterior. If you don’t like black, there is a similarly priced chrome appearance package that is the polar opposite.

Furthermore, the 300 model is supposed to get a Red S Appearance Package that accessorizes with all the darkened bits from the Sport Appearance Pack (with a red insert on the Chrysler logo) and makes way for an exceptional Red Radar interior. It has not yet been established on Chrysler’s website yet, which indicates that the company may be saving it for later in the year when the rest of the new paint colors are released.

The color Frostbite, which is already offered on Dodge’s Challenger and Charger, has been included in the 300’s central lineup of colors for this year. It is an attractive, teal Sapphire type of shade, which is available now, but it doesn’t come at a premium. It will be succeeded by colors (later in availability) Amethyst and Canyon Sunset, which both aid in giving the model a paint listing that brings the nostalgia of the late 1990s. Maximum Steel and Ceramic Metallic will both be done away for this year, but you can still get the 300 in Silver Mist and Granite Crystal Metallic. According to Mopar Insiders, the new red interior will be congruent with all paint options with the exception of Frostbite and cost has an added price of $300. 

Surprisingly, the FCA has already shown photos of the new content, so now it’s certain its in the works. If you’re set on getting the Red S Appearance Package you should check with your dealer. The price for the 2020 Chrysler model has a starting price of $29,590, (plus destination fee) with the finest-trimmed 300 C entering at $41,995 (not including options).

Miami Lakes Automall

At Miami Lakes Automall, we sell plenty of cars that are family-friendly and have the latest features, more specifically the Chrysler 300. Those who are interested in any of our models can check out our Chrysler inventory and chat with an online representative for assistance.

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The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Shows Off

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The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is known for being a family-friendly vehicle but it’s so much more than that, its advanced technology is also quite a show-stopper, especially when it comes to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

With most car companies, new features first are set to appear on top of the lineup in luxury vehicles but FCA rebelled against that movement by giving growing families the opportunity to use an assortment of gadgets throughout its minivan platform.

FCA previously used the Pacifica to present increased electrification effectiveness as the industry’s first plug-in hybrid minivan, while simultaneously becoming a testing area for self-driving systems with its collaboration with Waymo.

Next year’s Pacifica, expected to release in the second quarter, will be packed with driver-assist technologies and will also serve as the springboard for FCA’s 5th generation Uconnect information platform. It’s really stepped its game up in terms of safety by offering what FCA describes as an “industry-leading” 97 standard features.

FCA’s strong push for innovation in its minivan may stem from a feeling of influence that the automaker feels when it paved the way for other vehicles when it came out with the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager in the early ’80s.

“For the last 37 years, we have been innovating in that segment,” said Tim Kuniskis, FCA’s head of passenger cars, during a media preview of the Pacifica for last month’s Chicago auto show.

The company has had “116 firsts — 116 innovations — that we came up within that 37 years,” Kuniskis said, “which helped us sell 15 million minivans during that time period. We have a pretty decent idea [of] what this customer is looking for. But also, after selling 15 million, we’ve got a nice tool chest of all kinds of content to help these people make their lives easier.”

The FCA believes that with Pacifica it can draw around 700,000 people who make the switch from cars to utility vehicles last year for the “perception of more safety” that expands in size and capability

“They can make more of that segment because they know that there is not necessarily 20 competitors that they’re competing with,” Jessica Caldwell, executive director of insights for Edmunds, told Automotive News. “So if they do a really good job in execution, they could capture a bigger part of the market — and I imagine that the heritage that they have in the segment is also important to them.”

A New Type of  Convenience

Chrysler is certainly responsible for turning minivans into homes on wheels, but over time their particular division has had a regression. Contrary to this, according to Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader, their popularity could rebound as the autonomous era takes hold. “The vans are going to get more important as time goes forward and we get more and more interested in autonomous, and [there’s] more and more interest in moving people around in urban areas in comfort [with] potentially less personal car ownership,” Brauer said.

Waymo has equipped hybrid Pacificas with its autonomous-tech and released them in various programs. As an example, in Phoenix, Arizona, Waymo has been operating a shuttle service and also announced delivery programs for AutoNation and UPS.

As for the collaboration with UPS, in January, Waymo said that Pacificas will transport packages from UPS stores in the Phoenix area to a hub in Tempe.

In October, AutoNation revealed a course of action with a Toyota dealership that it runs in Tempe. An employee will be able to request a Pacifica hybrid via an app and send parts to a repair shop in the minivan.

Making Corny Cool

Brauer says that this new phase of autonomous utility will eliminate one of the drawbacks of minivans, which is the image. “The main reason they don’t sell better right now is because a lot of people don’t want to be seen as a minivan person.” said Brauer  “But if someone doesn’t own the vehicle and uses it as a tool, he said, that dynamic disappears. It “doesn’t reflect on my personal coolness factor, if that’s what you want to call it, at all to be seen in a minivan because this is just a functional way to move me around New York City.”

Brauer continued to say that Chrysler is smart to continue to invest in the segment and promote its minivans as cutting-edge vehicles that feature forward-thinking technology because they are probably going to inherit a more important role once the autonomous technology and the autonomous world arrives.

Miami Lakes Automall

At Miami Lakes Automall, we sell plenty of cars that are family-friendly and have the latest features, more specifically the Chrysler Pacifica. Those who are interested in any of our models can check out our inventory on our dealership site and chat with an online representative for assistance.

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DUMPED! The FCA Ditches Its 35 Year Romance With The Dodge Caravan For The Chrysler Pacifica

Not that long after Valentine’s Day, FCA is already leaving the Dodge Caravan for another woman…I mean vehicle, specifically the Chrysler Pacifica. The van that is preferred by film crews and penny-pinching suburban moms near and far is now forced into retirement. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) recently revealed that the production of the Dodge Grand Caravan will come to a standstill in late May, which marks the end of the minivan’s 35-year run.

Sure the Caravan’s feelings might be hurt, but it should have seen it coming, as the Pacifica has all of the latest tech that one could possibly need like safety tech, fresh and modern styling, and an equally exquisite interior. Meanwhile, the Dodge was in a purgatory of sorts while its option packages were sub-par at best and its design was quite outdated.

As the years progressed, the Grand Caravan became a semblance of an old spinster nagging the grandkids to pick something up when they come back from school. When Chrysler finally dug up the Pacifica title for its minivan in 2017, slowly but surely the Caravan faded into obscurity. Not only does the Pacifica have the best tech out there and steller comfort features but its stying much more modern and exciting than the late 2000s “style” that the Dodge van has going on.

This change will also affect production at FCA’s Ontario plant in Windsor, this is the same place that the long-suffering Grand Caravan was built. An FCA spokesperson says that its decision will move the facility from a three-shift staffing structure to a two-shift schedule that is more traditional, which is estimated to affect around 1,500 employees. However, the company is working on placing the laid-off workers in other positions.

For those who are hoping to buy one of the final 2020 Grana Caravans, it won’t be easy. According to Dodge, the new van won’t be available in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington for the remainder of its production run due to emissions regulations. 

Although the Grand Caravan’s best days are behind her, to some its still a classic collector’s item that has some sort of value in its own right. Perhaps in the next 20 years or so, we can include this car on our list of best “vintage” cars from the FCA.

Miami Lakes Chrysler

Those who are interested in the 2021 Pacifica will have to wait for just a bit, as it is not set to be released until the end of this year but don’t fret! Miami Lakes Automall currently has a wide range of different vehicles, especially that of 2020 Pacifica’s that have very similar features to its successor.

Feel free to look at our inventory on our dealership website and speak with an online representative if you have any questions.

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Fiat Chrysler Takes on Robotaxis with Tech Company AutoX

 

AutoX and FSA Partnership

Fiat Chrysler establishes yet another partnership with AutoX, a startup self-driving car technology company. AutoX, which is backed by the multinational conglomerate company Alibaba, plans on rolling out a number of autonomous taxis in China and other countries in Asia.

According to AutoX, a slew of Chrysler Pacifica vans be utilized as part of a service to the public in China early this year. Passengers will be able to make use of a mini-program called WeChat and other apps in China that give them the ability to summon his or her robotaxi to take them to his or her desired destination.

AutoX is currently based in Hong Kong as well as San Jose, California; Public rides were offered in downtown Shenzhen by early 2019. Additionally, AutoX formed a partnership with Shanghai to launch 100 of its robotaxis in order to pilot a number of vehicles there.

According to  Jianxiong Xiao, CEO of AutoX, the next challenge is to remove the safety driver and go truly driverless. “Getting hardware ready is a crucial step towards this goal,” he said. The partnership with FCA will help it get there, according to the company.

“Achieving completely driverless operation needs a very reliable vehicle platform with full redundancy of the vehicle’s drive-by-wire system,” said Xiao. “This level of redundancy is still new and rare in the auto industry. The Chrysler Pacifica platform has proven trustworthy for driverless deployment.”

Sometime this year, AutoX will showcase the Chrysler Pacifica minivan at the CES (Consumer Technology Association). This new autonomous vehicle has state of the art features such as solid-state lidar sensors, a number of high-definition cameras, blind-spot and lidar sensors. It might be safe to say that we’re definitely entering the age of The Jetsons!

Another dynamic feature included in the self-driving Pacifica is a vehicle control unit, the XCU. This technological component powers and integrates the self-driving stack, including lidar and radar sensors, into the vehicle. According to the AutoX, the XCU has faster processing speed and provides for computerized capability, making it more than ideal for tackling tough courses and complicated scenarios as it navigates the city streets of China.

“There are a lot more cars, pedestrians, bikers, scooters, and moving objects on the street, many of which are not following the traffic rules,” COO Zhuo Li said in a statement. “Due to the fast development speeds in China, construction and reconstruction can happen overnight. The streets can look completely different in the morning, afternoon, and at night. This requires our system to process faster and extremely accurate to recognize and track each object to guarantee safety.” 

 

Fun Facts About Autonomous Vehicles

The Idea of Self-Driving Vehicles Isn’t All That New

The concept of relying on autonomous vehicles isn’t exclusive to the digital age. In 1939, at the World’s Fair in New York, General Motors Futurama exhibit included driverless technology. Despite this, autonomous vehicles still had ways to go (and still do).

Self-Driving Features Are Already Present In Modern Cars

Its quite possible that the car you are currently driving already has some self-driving components, specifically through safety features. For example, a 2019 Chrysler Pacifica currently has autonomous features like the Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, which automatically accelerates or brakes to keep one’s vehicle at a safe speed behind other cars ahead.

Potentially Save $1000 On Car Insurance

It’s estimated by the insurance company, MetroMile, based off Google’s no-fault history, that the annual car insurance for an autonomous vehicle will only cost $250. Director Jason Foucher adds to this, saying that in a future where all vehicles on the road were fully autonomous, the car manufacturer would likely offer blanket product liability coverage, with the cost of insurance, repairs and warranty included in the purchase or lease price.

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Touring

With the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica, you also have the opportunity to get a feel of self-driving features such as with Adaptive Cruise Control as well as other safety gadgets like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a rearview camera and parking sensors. 

Miami Lakes Automall is currently selling the 2020 Pacifica with a price range between about $33,000 to $42,000, (plus destination fee). If you are interested in this particular model, please visit our website to view all of our new and used car inventory or chat with a representative.

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Fiat Chrysler May Get A New Name For The New Year

Towards the end of last year in 2019, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles merged with french auto company PSA Group in order to become a global powerhouse, thus becoming the fourth-largest automaker company with a combined market value of roughly $50 billion. This year, according to Mopar Insiders, Chrysler’s brand is making even more headway by deciding to remove its famous name…well, at least thinking about it. Other brands owned by FSA such as Dodge, Jeep, and Ram have and continued to bring in the most profit for the company, but due to Chrysler’s small lineup its cars don’t always get much traction, so it might not be that surprising for a rebrand of sorts on the name.

Typically when two companies merge, they also agree on a new name as a way to identify themselves as one new organization. For nearly 100 years, Chrysler has gone through several name changes such as the Chrysler Corporation, Chrysler LLC, DaimlerChrysler, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. It’s been reported that with the new merge between FCA and PSA, the two companies have agreed not to use either of their existing names. This marks the first time in Chrysler’s history in which the name may not be used outside of the company’s brand. 

A statement was made by Walter P. Chrysler’s great-grandson, Frank Rhodes to Mopar Insiders about the matter, “It has been a long time coming. That being said, we need to preserve the brand and at least it looks safe for now. Carlos Tavares, CEO PSA, said he would keep all of the brands,” Rhodes said. “Chrysler should expand and go after Lincoln. I did think of a corporate name, PFC Corporation. However, I heard that none of the existing corporate names will be used. The fact is that Tavares has the leading vote, 6-5, and however you slice the cake, he and the French Government are in control. Remember how Chrysler and Mercedes had a ‘merger of equals?'”

Despite the possibility that Chrysler’s name may be no more, this does not mean that the brand itself is going extinct. Merges and partnerships with the FSA haven’t always worked out for the best; On the contrary, this latest deal should aid in speeding up product cycles and have a greater overall structure between these core brands.

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Limited

Speaking of reputable names, the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Limited is an absolute must-have for large families who need a lot of space for their luggage and themselves, as it 8 available seats and an unbelievable amount of cargo space.

Standard features include a Uconnect radio system, heated front and rear seats, a tilt steering wheel, Blind Spot Detection, Brake Assist, a navigation system, power moonroof, as well as remote keyless entry.

On optional feature on Limited trims is the Red S Appearance package. It gives the interior a bright and sporty pop of color. It also adds a few embellishments on the exterior by adding a Red S and Black Noise liftgate badges with Velvet Red inserts.

The starting price for the 2020 Pacifica Limited is roughly $42,000 (plus destination fee). It also has a basic 3-year warranty for 36,000 miles as well as a five-year powertrain warranty for 60,000 miles.

For more information, please visit our website Miami Lakes Auto Mall. Representatives are standing by!

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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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FCA’S New Technology Ecosystem Is In Collaboration with Google and Samsung

 

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) N.V. announced on April 30th, 2019 that they will enhance the connected life of FCA vehicles globally with the delivery of a new “ecosystem.” The latest on- and off-board systems are set to distribute faster, more suitable and fully integrated connected experience for customers and their vehicles in more than 150 countries. Off-board, the Uconnect services will use a new cloud-based platform from HARMAN, a Samsung company, which will power connectivity and deliver a full array of services.

The system Off-board will promptly and securely manage in-vehicle and additional data using the architecture that is based on the HARMAN Ignite cloud-based platform. The system will deliver users an enhanced experience that will assist owners by predicting maintenance needs, finding charging stations, live customer-care assistance at the push of a button, locating fuel and receiving traffic prompts. They will also receive over-the-air (OTA) software updates which ensure owners the benefit from new capabilities and the latest software applications.     

“HARMAN Ignite and our award-winning OTA are essential ingredients of the future of connected cars, and we are thrilled to partner with FCA on building their global ecosystem. With these new technologies, HARMAN and Samsung offer a whole new level of customized and personalized services benefitting OEMs like FCA, consumers, and enterprises in the growing car share industry in an unprecedented way,” said Dinesh Paliwal, President and CEO HARMAN.  

The global platform offers the owners 4G network connectivity and it supports the evolution to 5G, it’s approved for all regions and will integrate with any service provider around the world. The off-board system also can interact with future smart cities’ infrastructure, as well as household devices via Samsung’s “Smart Things” platform. Vehicle owners are not the only ones who will benefit from the features that are delivered through the cloud-based connectivity; fleet operators and service providers will enjoy also.        

Onboard, which is the new system, will be powered by Android the natural app-based environment that supplies fresh content via OTA updates, fast interaction and seamless wireless integration with the customer’s mobile devices. The system will offer owners continuous innovation and will feature updates through a built-in cellular network. Onboard allows for capabilities in autonomous driving initiatives, electrification, and connected services.    

The ecosystem will provide an optimal technical environment for FCA electrified vehicles, and applications included will be remote battery management, smart EV trip navigator and vehicle-to-grid services. It will support the FCA Mobility Services portfolio, which contains the usage-based vehicle insurance, a peer-to-peer car sharing solutions, such as the U-Go system which was recently launched by Leasys in Europe and short-, medium- and long-term vehicle rental. The fundamental principals of the system will start to show up in phases across the globe during the second half of 2019, and the new FCA vehicles sold will be plugged in by the year 2022.

“By selecting industry leaders such as Samsung and Google, we are making efficient and responsible utilization of capital to provide advanced technological solutions to our customers worldwide,” said Harald Wester, Chief Technical Officer, FCA. “In collaboration with HARMAN – Samsung, and Google, we have developed a flexible, easy-to-use and connected ‘ecosystem’ that not only deploys today’s technology but is also ready to integrate upcoming innovations.”

ABOUT UCONNECT:

UCONNECT launched in 2003 and is the award-winning connected vehicle platform that is built into the FCA vehicles which are FIAT, Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, and RAM. It delivers advanced connectivity, navigation, communication services, and entertainment. They are as easy to use as they are powerful and the bonus is that it keeps customers focused on the road as well.

ABOUT FCA N.V.

FCA is a global automaker that engineers, manufactures, designs and sells vehicles with an exciting portfolio which include Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep, Lancia, Ram, and Maserati. It sells its parts and services under the Mopar name and it operates in the components and production system sector under the Comau and Teksid brands. FCA has employed over 200,000 people around the world.   

You can search the inventory of FCA 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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