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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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Fiat Chrysler Goes Green-With The Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network

BERLIN, GERMANY – APRIL 24: An electric car is pictured during charging on April 24, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty Images)

Blockchain network

Tuesday, December 10, 2019,  Fiat Chrysler Automobiles revealed that it has joined the Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network (RSBN), an industry alliance that uses blockchain technology to support ecological, responsible sourcing and production methods from mine to market. 

The RSBN is on course to become operational on a commercial standpoint by the Spring of 2020.

The ability to trace and map raw materials is vital in order to significantly reduce practices that are unethical and threaten the future for the communities in which the raw materials are sourced.

“Our commitment to the responsible procurement of raw materials is vital to the integrity and sustainability of our supply chain, especially as our electrification strategy ramps up,” said Carl Smiley, Chief Purchasing and Supply Chain Officer, FCA. “Embarking on this journey together with technology and industry leaders will propel our ability to have visibility into artisanal and small-scale mines, allowing us to better manage the social and environmental impacts of our business.”

By 2022, the FCA plans on launching more than 30 electrified nameplates. The consortium will aid in having a responsible supply chain of cobalt, which is used in lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles. 

RSBN will build an open, industry-wide blockchain platform to trace minerals in a responsible manner from its source. The RCS Global assesses each participating entity responsible for sourcing requirements set by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and industry bodies. Ford Motor Company, Volkswagen Group, Volvo, LG Chem and Huayou Cobalt are participants in the RSBN.

“We are hugely excited that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, one of the world’s leading auto manufacturers, has joined the RSBN. With this move, FCA signals its intent to robustly address the issue of responsible sourcing in its supply chain and we look forward to working with them to achieve this,” said Dr. Nicholas Garrett, CEO, RCS Global Group. “The RSBN is expanding rapidly, connecting actors throughout the battery supply chain and beyond, all of whom have a focus on proving good practice in responsible sourcing and production.”

United Nations and OCED 5 Step Framework

To add on, efforts to become more sustainable align with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which seek to tackle global issues, specifically those dealing with poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.

The OECD 5-Step Framework for Upstream and Downstream Supply Chains is also used and taught to suppliers. This framework gives a common and foundational tool in order to aid in solidifying responsible sourcing practices and decisions made throughout the supply chain. Suppliers and their sub-suppliers are required by Chrysler to abide by applicable global laws and regulations.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Speaking of Eco-friendly, Chrysler has an ecological vehicle that is both family-friendly and inexpensive, the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. This plug-in hybrid goes has 33 miles of range paired with a standard V6 engine. It also has advanced safety features such as the blind-spot monitoring for its base models and many more for its advanced models.

This 2019 model has six trims. The L base includes a version of Chrysler’s Uconnect touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

All models come with the SafetyTec Group. This includes blind-spot monitoring and parking sensors.

The LX adds features like tri-zone climate control, touring suspension, automatic headlights, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat.

For more information on these models visit Miami Lakes Automall. Representatives are standing by!

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MLAM Fiat Chrysler Makes Merging Moves With French Automaker

Fiat Chrysler’s Big Move

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is moving forward with its merger with French auto company PSA Group. According to an internal document detailed by the Wall Street Journal, about 50 people are working to finalize a 50/50 deal.

Despite dealing with a federal racketeering lawsuit filed by competitor General Motors, the FCA and PSA Group (which makes Peugeot) are still continuing with the merger.

In a joint statement, the boards of Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot, and PSA agreed towards a binding agreement in the coming weeks. The reason behind this is that the agreement would create the fourth-largest automaker with a combined market value of about $50 billion.

This merge would create a regional force to be reckoned with, challenging Volkswagen AG. The collaboration would bring together the Italian billionaire Agnelli family and the French Peugeot family as the act of merging sweeps through an industry trying to finance major transformation.

Last week in a message obtained by The Journal, FCA and PSA Group informed their employees that the two sides were working toward a  memorandum of understanding. The message defined a memorandum of understanding as “the formal document that signals the willingness of both companies to work together to create a 50/50 merger.”

Doug Ostermann, FCA executive, and Oliver Bourges, PSA executive are leading the respective negotiating teams. The deal is expected to be settled by the end of 2020.

According to The Journal, a daily newspaper in West Virginia, Unions representing PSA employees have signaled support for the deal.

Current Obstacles

Saturday, The United Auto Workers and FCA reached an unsettled agreement on a new four-year contract, which includes a total of $9 billion in investments but still needs final consent from workers.

Due to a matter which started at FCA, involving bribery and embezzlement, an ongoing investigation might leave the merge somewhat affected. Many workers at the company have become quite cynical due to the union’s leadership since the scandal became public in 2017.

Union President Gary Jones, whose home was raided by federal agents, resigned in November, leaving Vice President Roby Gamble in charge.

According to a union spokesperson, on a unanimous decision, Gamble was confirmed by the UAW’s International Executive Board. Prior to this, Gamble spent 12 years as regional director at the union before being elected to vice president. Additionally, he was commissioned to lead the union’s Ford Department just last year. 

Upon recent weeks, Gamble has vowed to move swiftly in order to restore credibility to the union, which represents more than 400,000 members. He plans on doing this by implementing ethics and other reforms. “It was an honor to complete my career and serve the members in this great union,” said Gamble. He also made reference to the difficult circumstances that led to his appointment.

It worth noting that Jones has not been charged.

A Brighter Perspective

On a lighter note, Miami Lakes Automall currently has some deals on Chrylser vehicles, more specifically the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L Plus. Its priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! It comes in a Steel Metallic color and is a 9-Speed 948TE Automatic. It’s a 4D passenger van that’s perfect for a family. Feel free to contact our team for availability and specials!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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