Windsor Assembly Plant Launches Production of Industry?s First-ever Hybrid Minivan
Posted on Friday December 02, 2016

The industry’s first-ever electrified minivan, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, rolled off the line at the FCA US Windsor Assembly Plant (Ont.) on Dec. 1, further expanding the Company’s leadership in the segment.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Rated at 84 MPGe
Posted on Thursday December 01, 2016

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The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has already won the hearts and minds of the minivan driving community as an unusually cool and handsome offering in this mind-numbingly dull segment. Now there is even more reason to buy this vehicle because they have just announced the EPA rating for the Hybrid version, and the figures are excellent.

Let’s start with the pricing, though, because that puts in perspective the good value that is the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. This model starts at $34,495 after available U.S. federal tax credit, and for that you get a spacious and, as mentioned, handsome minivan powered by a Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 and an electric motor supported by a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack located under the second-row floor and an e-Flite dual-motor electrically variable transmission (EVT).

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The plug-in system which can be charged up using a 240 volt charger in just 2 hours gives 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid a total driving range rating of 566 miles, corresponding to an average rating of 84MPGe, and a remarkable electric-only range rating at 33 miles. In the world of EVs and hybrids these are good figures for any type of vehicle, especially a big, seven-seat minivan.

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“At 84 MPGe, the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid surpasses our initially stated performance,” said Tim Kuniskis, FCA US LLC Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat. “These EPA test results paint a clear picture of the benefits our customers can expect from driving the most fuel-efficient minivan ever.”

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2017 Jeep® Grand Cherokee 4x4 Earns Five-star Overall Safety Rating
Posted on Monday November 28, 2016

The 2017 Jeep® Grand Cherokee 4x4 has earned a five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA. Five stars is the highest single rating in NHTSA’s vehicle-evaluation program. The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4’s five-star rating reflects performance in NHTSA tests that simulate: frontal collision with another vehicle, side impact with another vehicle and side impact with a pole.

Ram Truck Honors Hard Work This Thanksgiving Day With Special Video Tribute to America?s Everyday Heroes
Posted on Wednesday November 23, 2016

The Ram Truck brand joins millions of Americans coming together this Thanksgiving as the brand salutes families and hard workers in a new 90-second video tribute airing Thursday, Nov. 24, during traditional holiday NFL football games on CBS and FOX.

Ram 1500 Rebel Mojave Sand & Ignition Orange
Posted on Tuesday November 15, 2016

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Those planning to buy a 2017 Ram 1500 truck will be glad to know they will have the choice of spicing up their pickup with two really special option packages. The first one is the Rebel Mojave Sand package priced at $595, and the second is the limited-edition Ignition Orange package priced at $1,595, making a comeback for the new modelyear.

If we cut to the chase, the 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Mojave Sand package includes a black-decaled performance hood and a new, unique fully black interior with black anodized bezels on the doors, center console, instrument panel and gauge cluster trim rings as well as black embroidery on the seats, Light Slate Gray accent stitching on the instrument panel, center console lid, doors and seats, and deep rubber floor mats.

As for the Ram 1500 Ignition Orange, this one has a little more substance, featuring monochromatic exterior hue with body-color grille, Sport performance hood with black decals, black Ram’s head grille badge, black tailgate badge and black body-side badges. Inside, the Ignition gets “Copperhead” accent stitching throughout the cabin, Sport embroidery on the seats, accent-color Ram’s head embroidery on the headrests and colored-accent sport mesh on the seat inserts, as well as Anodized Orange-painted spears and trim rings.

The Mojave Sand Ram 1500 will start arriving in dealerships in December 2016 priced at $45,590 plus $1,320 destination, while the Ignition Orange is currently available only on Crew Cab V-8 models with a sticker price of $43,740 plus $1,320 destination. Both models are limited to 1,500 units.

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Official: Jeep Renegade Deserthawk and Altitude
Posted on Friday November 11, 2016

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Los Angeles Motor Show counts as a home event for Jeep and they cannot let it pass without unveiling a new something. So they came up with a couple of special editions, the Jeep Renegade Deserthawk and Renegade Altitude, each boasting a unique theme relevant to its name.

The 2017 Jeep Renegade Deserthawk, on sale in January, is “inspired by the desert’s extreme conditions,” and builds on the reputation of the Renegade Trailhawk as a rugged and capable of 4×4. The highlights of the car on the outside include 17-inch black wheels, exclusive hood and rear body panel decals, rock rails and Trailer Tow Group, while inside it gets black leather seats, Light Frost stitching and accents, all-weather floor mats and cargo tray mat.

In terms of the technicalities, Jeep Renegade Deserthawk features with standard Jeep Active Drive Low with 20:1 crawl ratio; Selec-Terrain system with exclusive Rock mode; 8.7 inches of ground clearance; skid plates; signature red front and rear tow hooks; up to 8.1 inches of wheel articulation; Hill-descent Control; up to 19 inches of water fording; and up to 2,000-lb. towing capacity.

As for the Jeep Renegade Altitude which hits the showrooms later this month, this one’s more of an urban warrior what with the 18-inch Gloss Black wheels with Gloss Black accents around the exterior, including the front and rear badges, grille rings and tail lamp rings. It also features black premium cloth seats and High Gloss Black finishes and Metal Diamond accents on key touch points, such as the shifter knob and door handles. ParkSense rear backup camera and Keyless Go are among the standard equipment of this model.

Price-wise, the 2017 Jeep Renegade Deserthawk starts at $28,140 and the Altitude from $22,390.

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All-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Named to Wards 10 Best User Experience List
Posted on Thursday September 15, 2016

Continuing on a winning streak of “firsts” by delivering unparalleled levels of functionality, versatility, technology, attention to detail and bold styling, the editors at WardsAuto have named the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica to the first-ever Wards 10 Best User Experience List for 2016.

"Ruedas ESPN" Honors FCA US with ?Manufacturer of the Year? Award; Names Chrysler Pacifica ?Vehicle of the Year?
Posted on Monday September 12, 2016

"Ruedas ESPN" has named FCA US LLC the “Manufacturer of the Year” and selected the Chrysler Pacifica as the “Vehicle of the Year” at the 2016 Ruedas ESPN Awards as part of the 46th Miami International Auto Show.

Official: 2017 Ram 1500 Night Package
Posted on Friday September 02, 2016

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With all the special editions and value-added packages Chevrolet is releasing for their pickup trucks these days, Ram Trucks has no choice but to follow suit if they don’t want to see their customers march over to the rival showrooms. That’s how the new Ram 1500 Night Package came to be.

As the name suggests, the Night Package is designed to enhance the visual appeal of the 1500 by adding a series of blacked-out features, including wheels, grille and badging. Besides these, the key highlights of the exterior include body-color fascia and body-color rear bumper with dual chrome exhaust tips, body-color power-folding mirrors and door handles.

2017 Ram 1500 Night Package is based on the Sport trim level and inherits that model’s black-bezel bi-functional projector headlamps with LED marker lights and black-bezel tail lamps, as well its equipment list which includes high-back heated cloth bucket seats with 10-way power adjustment, power-adjustable pedals and automatic temperature control with dual-zone climate control.

The Ram 1500 Night Package comes in Bright Silver Metallic, Bright White, Brilliant Black, Flame Red and Granite Crystal Metallic, and with a choice of 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engines.

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The Night Package details:

A black grille surround with black “Hex Perf” pattern inserts Bold “RAM” stamped tailgate with blacked-out lettering from Ram 1500 Rebel model Black Ram’s head grille badge Flat black Ram 1500 door badge Flat black 4×4 tailgate badge (if applicable) Flat black 5.7L HEMI® door badging (if applicable) 20 x 9-in. gloss black aluminum wheels P275/60R20 black sidewall all-season tires

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Dodge Draws Tens of Thousands to the First-ever Legal Street Drag Racing on Woodward Avenue with Roadkill Nights Car Festival
Posted on Saturday August 20, 2016

Woodward Avenue in Pontiac, Mich., transformed into a drag strip for the first-ever legal street racing during the second annual Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge on Friday, Aug. 19. Building on the huge success of last year’s premiere event at the Pontiac Silverdome, Dodge and TEN: The Enthusiast Network muscled their way onto historic Highway 1 – Woodward Avenue – for nine hours of drag racing.

Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute Edition Is Another WWII Tribute
Posted on Saturday July 16, 2016

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Following the announcement of the Wrangler 75th Anniversary for the UK, Jeep has now revealed another concept model celebrating the anniversary of the vehicle’s conception as a military machine. This one’s for America, it’s called Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute Edition, and it’s much closer to the original first Willys MB than that UK model.

Designed as an all-purpose, all-terrain military vehicle that could deal with the various challenges the European battlefields presented, the Wrangler had a decisive role int he Allied victory that followed. That’s why the original Willys models are changing hands these days for serious money, and why Chrysler could make a fortune if they produce this Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute Edition as a limited model.

Based on a two-door Wrangler Sport, The 75th Salute pays homage to the original car with an olive-drab paint job, open-top body, and Army replica graphics. Other war-inspired highlights include 16-inch steel wheels wrapped in 32-inch military non-directional tires, hood latches, a rear-mounted spare tire, steel front and rear bumpers with tow hooks and low back canvas seats, and custom wood hood blocks and side mirrors and bronze commemorative badges.

While it looks very much like a Willys, Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute Edition is a lot more capable than its grandaddy thanks to a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

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Final Dodge Viper Limited Editions Sell Out In Minutes
Posted on Friday July 01, 2016

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Remember those unique 25th anniversary limited editions Vipers? Well, don’t bother, they’re all gone. A few days after these models were announced as the last production units of the Dodge Viper before the car is cosigned to history books again all of them are sold out, most of them merely minutes after the order books opened.

The biggest hit of them all was the Dodge Viper 1:28 Edition ACR, a limited edition of just 28 units built to celebrate the car’s lap record at Laguna Seca. It sold out within 40 minutes. The rest of the lineup were a little bit slower to sell, but they all went way too quickly by car selling standards.

Viper VoooDoo II Edition ACR, limited to 31 units and featuring a unique aero kit and paint scheme, was gone in just two hours. All 25 units of the Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC which proved more popular than expected were sold within two ordering days. The same was true of Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR, the 100 units of which took two days to be snatched up. And finally it took five days for the 22 Dodge Dealer Edition ACR, which was built as an homage to the best performing dealers, to go.

Due to popular demand, Dodge has added another limited edition model to the 25th anniversary range, a Viper Snakeskin Edition ACR with Snakeskin Green exterior and ACR package, of which 31 units will be produced.

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Chrysler Launches New “Dad Brand” Pacifica Commercials
Posted on Tuesday June 21, 2016

Back in April, Chrysler launched the “Dad Brand” ad campaign for the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan, featuring actor and comedian Jim Gaffigan, his wife, and their five kids. Over Father’s Day weekend, the automaker released the other spots in the campaign.

The commercials parallel what makes a good father and a good vehicle, and how the new Pacifica is the perfect vehicle for fathers. Each spot highlights different features of the new minivan, from park assist, the touchless sliding rear door, and even rear-seat infotainment. While the ad campaigns do a good job of showing off key features of the new minivan, they fail to mention that the Pacifica is available as a hybrid, which is a first in the segment.

Chrysler will run the unique #DadBrand video content across all its social media platforms in addition to the five commercials that have already launched. All five ads feature a comedic, tongue-in-cheek edge, playing on Gaffigan’s strengths not only as a comedian, but also as a father looking to improve is “Dad Brand.”

Check out all five #DadBrand 2017 Chrysler Pacifica ads below.

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Ontario Invests $66 Million To Upgrade Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Plant
Posted on Wednesday June 15, 2016

FCA Canada confirms production of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan in Windsor today with C$85.8 million (roughly $66 million U.S.) in funding from the Ontario government.

The funding for the first plug-in hybrid electric minivan was to be announced today at a special 20th anniversary event at the University of Windsor/FCA Research and Development Center by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. Some of the money will be used for research at FCA’s R&D center in Windsor, called the Automotive Research and Development Centre.

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FCA will add 1,200 jobs to the existing 4,000 at the Windsor Assembly Plant and upgrade the plant to make the hybrid.

“It’s no surprise that Fiat Chrysler chose Ontario for the production of its first-ever minivans using plug-in hybrid technology,” said Wynne. “Ontario is a global leader in the auto sector, with competitive business costs, a highly skilled workforce and a commitment to sustainable innovation. And through our Climate Change Action Plan, we are supporting the transition to electric and hybrid vehicles. We will continue to work with the auto industry, including our partners in Detroit, to support and encourage investment, employment and innovation in the industry.”

Reid Bigland, President of FCA Canada, said the automaker has invested more than $2 billion in Canada in the past 18 months.

FCA also has a deal to provide Google with 100 Pacifica hybrids to advance work on autonomous vehicles and Ontario is the first Canadian province to allow on-road testing of automated vehicles.

The minivan is the automaker’s first plug-in vehicle as it plays catch up with the rest of the industry.

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Google Self-Driving Car Project to Open Facility Near Detroit
Posted on Friday May 27, 2016

The ties between Silicon Valley and Detroit continue to strengthen. Google has officially announced it will open a new self-driving technology development center in Novi, Mich., a suburb outside of Detroit.

“For the past few years, members of our team have been working from the Greater Detroit area. Now it’s time to lay down roots,” the tech company announced on its Google+ page. “Many of our current partners are based here, so having a local facility will help us collaborate more easily.”

Google says it will begin moving into the 53,000 square-foot facility this year. Once the company is all moved in, it will immediately begin work on the self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans as part of its partnership with Fiat Chrysler. According to the deal inked earlier this month, Chrysler will develop and build 100 minivans to accommodate the self-driving tech from Google. The companies hope to have the minivans ready by the end of the year.

Despite the deal with FCA, Google has pointed out that it’s open to working with other automakers. Ford, for example, is allegedly close to finalizing a partnership with Google. Both companies are investing heavily in autonomous vehicles and recently joined a coalition (along with Volvo, Uber, and Lyft) to help author and expedite federal regulations for the new technology.

In addition to FCA, Google has a number of other partners located in and around Detroit. Livonia-based Roush Enterprises, for example, was chosen to build Google’s self-driving car prototypes that are now testing on public roads in Austin, Texas and near the company’s headquarters in Silicon Valley.

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Fiat Chrysler, Google Confirm Self-Driving Car Partnership
Posted on Tuesday May 03, 2016

Although it was already all but confirmed, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Google today announced they will partner on self-driving cars. Google will equip 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans with its prototype autonomous technology, which will be join the company’s existing fleet of self-driving test cars.

Our colleagues at MOTOR TREND reported on Friday that FCA and Google were close to establishing a tech partnership.

The announcement marks the first time that Google has partnered directly with an automaker to integrate its technology into a regular production car. Chrysler will provide about 100 Pacifica minivans that have been “uniquely built” to accommodate the suite of sensors and computers needed for Google’s self-driving technology. Google and FCA wil “co-locate” a portion of their engineering teams in southeast Michigan to develop the self-driving Pacifica Hybrids.

The companies will split engineering duties based on their talents, which likely means Google will handle the software side while Chrysler will lead modification of the vehicles.

“Working with Google provides an opportunity for FCA to partner with one of the world’s leading technology companies to accelerate the pace of innovation in the automotive industry,” FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said in a statement.

Google will test the modified 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids at its track in California before unleashing them on public roads. The tech giant’s self-driving cars are already accumulating miles on streets in California, Texas, Washington, and Arizona.

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