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Pacifica’s rings of silence

Reviewers have commented on the quiet interior of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivans, and have praised its combination of ride and handling. According to FCA US engineer Jeff Tibbenham, it’s a matter of rings.

As the engineer in charge of body structure, Mr. Tibbenham said that deflection — the twisting of the car body by rough roads — leads to squeaks and rattles, which have a major impact on owner satisfaction. To fix that, Chrysler placed five reinforcement rings around the Pacifica (see the illustration).

“These rings work together to minimize the effects of deflection caused by uneven roads,” said Mr. Tibbenahm at a recent conference. The added torsional stiffness also helps in cornering.

The market seems to be responding; the Pacifica commands higher transaction prices than the outgoing Town & Country did, and has shot up to the #2 sales spot though supplies of the new minivan may still be limited in some areas, and the “base model” slot is handled by the Dodge Caravan.

Read more at: http://www.allpar.com/news/2016/10/pacificas-rings-of-silence-34225

What do little Jeeps and big vans have in common?

Sales numbers bump around a lot, but sometimes patterns emerge — and this month, two big ones showed up.

First, the rise of the little crossovers, with Jeep Compass and Renegade both doubling their sales figures from April 2015. This is the trend Sergio Marchionne was talking about when he rationalized dropping Dart and 200 development (Dart fell by 49% and 200 by 60%). The Compass has been around for years; yet its sales doubled. The new-ish Renegade still beat it. The Patriot, similar in most ways to the Compass, posted a 10% gain.

The small-crossover story continues “out of brand” with the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V beating the Civic and Corolla, respectively. Only the Toyota Camry beat its crossover version. (Fiat’s 500X+500L together outsold last year’s 500L alone, but those numbers are still minimal: all Fiats combined hit 3,045.)

As for the big vans, both the Chrysler Town & Country and Caravan soared. The relatively inexpensive Caravan more than doubled in sales, rising 116% to 13,203 for the month — beating every other Dodge and every Chrysler (but only coming in middlin’ by Jeep standards). The pricier Town & Country hit 9,195 sales. It’s possible that some of this is due to incentives, as the company clears lots for the new Pacifica; and some may be from customers seeking to get a cheap Dodge minivan while they can, not realizing that the Dodge will stay in production for around another year.

Perhaps minivans are just having a good month: at Honda, Odyssey sales rose by 13%, hitting 13,047. But at Toyota, Sienna sales dropped by 8% to 10,795. It looks like this is an FCA phenomenon, and it’s pushed the Caravan to #1 best selling minivan in the US for April. Year to date, the Odyssey clocks in at 40,486 and Caravan at 46,915, a nice lead (Chrysler is at 40,811, also beating the Odyssey, though not be quite as much.)

The other big vans — the ProMasters — did well, too. The full sized ProMaster hit a 61% increase, to 2,835; and the City rose by 89% to 1,880. Ford dominates this market to an absurd degree, partly through consistency.

Read more at: http://www.allpar.com/news/2016/05/what-do-little-jeeps-and-big-vans-have-in-common-31724

Exclusive: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica prices

Trusted source Moparian sent the starting prices for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica to Allpar, and they seem to be in line with current Chrysler minivans, though above the stripped-down Dodges. Bargain hunters can keep getting Caravans for another year, at least.

The base Pacifica LX will start at $28,595, a reasonable price given its standard features and advanced design. Buyers who step up to the Touring will pay just $1,900 more. The Touring L pushes the bar up to $34,495; the L Plus, to $37,895; and the Limited Platinum, the top of the line minivan with its own built in vacuum, will top the charts at $42,495. (See full descriptions of what each minivan trim level includes.)

By comparison, the Town & Country LX starts at $29,995, with the Town & Country Limited Platinum topping the range at $40,645. The Pacifica Limited Platinum contains more content, in addition to having a much more advanced suspension, upgraded seats, and a new suspension with a nine-speed automatic. Thus, there does not seem to be a true price increase to move from the old minivans to the new ones, looking at comparable models and ignoring incentives.

Over at Dodge, the Caravan starts at $22,095 for the American Value Package, with the more popular SXT starting at $27,795.

Read more at: http://www.allpar.com/news/2016/03/how-much-will-the-chrysler-pacifica-minivans-cost-answers-below-31410

Must-Have Car Features for Expectant Parents

There may be no greater joy in life than knowing a newborn is on the way.

Soon, you’ll get to experience all the excitement and bliss that being a parent brings. But with this wonder comes great responsibility. The entire well-being of another human will rest in your hands. It’s time to evaluate some things in your life and make a few changes.

Remember that car you bought fresh out of school that was some combination of being affordable, cool, unique and youthful? Now it’s deteriorating into a pile of scap metal in your driveway. You gamble with whether you will or will not make it to your destination or not on every trip you take. Getting stranded on the side of the freeway is one thing, but having it happen with an infant aboard will be a nightmare. Looks like it’s time for an upgrade.

So what should a new parent look for in an automobile? Well a lot of things, really. But to help any soon-to-be progenitors, we have broken down the new car checklist into three key areas. First, there are those things that need to be in a vehicle to make transporting a baby safe and easy. Second are things that aren’t quite a necessity, but would make your time behind the wheel as a parent a lot less stressful. Third, there are the items that are icing on the cake; the added perks that parents might not need, but will gladly take if offered.

Must-Haves

The most important thing you can do as a parent is keep your child safe. This is especially true when it comes to cars and driving. Regardless of how skilled you are behind the wheel, there is always the unknown factor of weather, road conditions and other motorists that could result in a crash. Modern vehicles have jumped leaps and bounds in terms of crash worthiness compared to older cars, even within the past five years. A modern car will keep its occupants much safer than models from the past. But some are still safer than others. To check and compare how well prospective new vehicle purchases rate in crash testing, visit the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety database or the one offered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Act.

A newborn is going to spend the next several years in child safety seats, so a vehicle with a rear seat is essential. Although most four- and five-person coupes do come equipped with child seat anchors, accessing them and the child can be a nightmare because there isn’t a door opening directly beside the rear seat. When your child is an infant and in a rear facing child seat this can be quite the struggle.

It’s best to look for a four-door vehicle because the easier accessed rear seat area will be easier to deal with. If your rear facing child seat has already been purchased, take it along when new car shopping so it can be test fitted to the backseat area. Pay attention to a vehicle’s official rear legroom measurement as these safety seats are deceivingly long. Not all smaller cars can accommodate one without forcing the front passenger seat to be placed uncomfortably close to the windshield.

Rear doors are also important when it comes to size and operation. Vehicles like a Range Rover L with the extended wheelbase give parents all the space in the world to secure their bundles of joy to the back seats, but the rear doors also require all the space in the world to open, which is a challenge in parking lots. When looking at new cars, see how far out the doors open in relation to the access they give to the backseat area. As well, the angle in which they swing open is important as the closer to 90 degrees the better. Still, there is one champion when it comes to rear vehicle doors for parents: the sliding door. Not only does it give them full access to their kids, but it also takes up minimal space when opened.

Nice-to-Haves

With the essentials taken care of, many other automotive features can help ease the transition into parenthood. Chances are you’ll become more distracted behind the wheel now that an extra, highly demanding passenger is frequently aboard. Vehicles with the latest active safety systems like lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and collision detection could be a life saver if you stop paying attention, even for a split second.

Babies call for a lot of stuff like strollers, pack and play cribs, diaper bags and more. A car with a large trunk is good, but one with a lift gate hatchback is better. Not only is it easier to load odd-shaped items into a hatchback, by usually there is more cargo room in a hatchback and items placed back there stay as warm or cool as everything else in the vehicle. Taking things a step further, a power lift gate, power trunk or even power side doors

will further help a new parent whose hands will inevitably be full each time they approach the vehicle.

And when it comes to loading a child and their gear into a car, a vehicle’s height is important. Crossovers continue to gain popularity with new parents due partially to their load height. SUVs usually sit too high, requiring some people to have to step up into the vehicle to secure their child in a safety seat. What-to-Look-for-in-a-Car-with-a-Baby-on-the-Way-07.jpgRegular cars, on the other hand, sit too low and force parents to hunch over in backbreaking slouches as they secure the safety belts.

While discussing access, safety anchors that are easy to reach for the child seats are a huge plus. Some vehicles require a lot of work to uncover and use these clips. While you’re at it, try folding the rear seats down to see how easy it is to do when children are not occupying them for added utility.

Finally, keeping the sun out of your child’s eyes is important, especially ones too small to relate any discomfort to you. A vehicle with factory or dealer installed rear window tint is good, but one with built in roll-up sunshades is better. This isn’t as unusual as it once was either as several minivans, crossovers and sedans are now offering this feature.

Icing on the Cake

Of course, there are some other items that will make life even easier on new parents, like extra cup holders for kid’s snacks and food as well as excess storage bins for other random items. Some vehicles now include a secondary wraparound rear view mirror so a driver can take a quick look back on their kids without having to turn all the way around or moving the regular rear view mirror down.

Removable rear headrests are a nice bonus as they make installing child safety seats much easier and built-in rear video screens can help entertain little ones on longer trips.

Ultimately though, it all comes down to what is most important to you and what you can afford. There are many choices out there that are great, child friendly vehicles. As long as all the Must Haves are checked off as well as a good portion of the Nice to Haves, you should be fine. Happy shopping and good luck with the new baby!

Read more at: http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2015/01/must-have-car-features-for-expectant-parents.html

The dual-minivan plan, revisited

Rumors from Windsor suggested first that the current “RT” minivan body would continue for some years alongside the new “RU,” and then that it would be dropped as soon as the new designs came out — in Chrysler form only.

Where is Reid [Bigland]? If it was up to Reid, we’d be manufacturing up until 2250. There are technical reasons why that car cannot be sold for a much longer period of time than the current time. There are regulations that are coming into effect in 2017 that are going to restrict or are going to require a substantial amount of investment into the old architecture to make the problem go away. Or they’re just not assailable.

That, plus the combination of some of the inherent inefficiency of the architecture and the powertrain, will make the car just not square, to square the numbers. We’ll try to keep it alive as long as we can.

As for the next generation minivans:

Oh it’s done, yes. We’re tuning up now . . . there are bodies that are meandering around Auburn Hills out of the pilot plant. The parts are visible….You’ll see it at the show on January ’16.

As read on: http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2015/01/the-dual-minivan-plan-revisited

2015 Caravan: most affordable 3-row

The Dodge Caravan will remain the most affordable three-row minivan in America for 2015, with a starting price of $21,890 (including destination charge).  That’s for the American Value Package, a setup derived from the popular Canadian Value Package.

The “normal base” SE starts at around $3,000 more, with the well-equipped SXT coming in at $27,990.  The sport Dodge Caravan R/T, set up for better cornering and a snazzier look, tops the charts at $30,990.

The Grand Caravan is both the best selling minivan in America so far this year, and the fastest-growing, with sales up by 12%. For 2015, the R/T will get standard 17-inch polished aluminum wheels with gloss black pockets, all minivans will have standard daytime running lights, and there will be two new packages on SE and SXT. Both include Blacktop and UConnect Hands-Free; one adds a power driver’s seat ($995) and the other, the power window group ($1,195).

Timing for the new “RU” series minivans is uncertain, with a factory closure late in 2014 indicating an early 2015 launch, but Sergio Marchionne most recently projecting new minivans for early 2016.  Some sources have said that the current Caravan will continue for one or two years afterwards, while a full-size crossover is being designed and tested.

Chrysler Town & Country starts where Dodge Caravan ends, with the base LX at $30,990.

Read more at: http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2014/08/2015-caravan-most-affordable-3-row

Join us tomorrow at Plymouth High School for our Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser

The Dodge brand and Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram will team up with Plymouth High School Booster Club for a Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser tomorrow, Saturday, August 16th at Plymouth High School from 11:30am – 3:30pm.  Everyone in the community is invited to come out to test drive a 2014 Dodge Durango, Grand Caravan, Dart, or Journey. For each brief test drive taken during the fundraiser, the Dodge brand will donate $20 to The Plymouth High School Booster Club.

Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram will provide the vehicles, and dealership staff will be on hand to assist with the fundraising test drives.  “We enjoy working with the parents and students in our community and look forward to the opportunity to help the Plymouth High School Booster Club in their fundraising efforts,” said Jason Scott, General Sales Manager at Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. “The Dodge school fundraisers are friendly and fun for everyone.  Stop by and spend a few minutes with us to help raise funds for Plymouth High School.”

The Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser will not only help the Plymouth High School Booster club, it’s a fun and friendly opportunity to check out and drive the exciting new 2014 Dodge lineup.

With the cooperation of local dealers like Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Plymouth, the Dodge brand supports local schools and student enrichment programs in communities across the United States, and has helped raise over $5 million since 1993.  Last year alone, Dodge donated $714,360 to local high school booster clubs through the Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser.

 

We hope to see you tomorrow at Plymouth High School!

Drive a Dodge Today and Help Northville High Turf Club

COME OUT
TONIGHT, THURSDAY, APRIL 19TH FROM 4PM -7PM
TO NORTHVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
(in the Center Parking Lot)
AND TEST DRIVE A DODGE CARAVAN, CHARGER,
DURANGO OR TO SUPPORT THE
NHS TURF CLUB!!!

$20 Will be donated by Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for Each Test Drive to the Turf Clubs Fundraising Efforts!


Sue Putman of Northville might be in the market for a new car, and by test driving one today, she’ll make a donation toward Northville High School’s efforts to get artificial turf on its football field.

Participants will be able to test drive the new Dodge Grand Caravan, Journey, Durango, and Charger in the East Parking Lot of Northville High School. Dick Scott, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep & Ram will be donating $20 to the project for each person who comes by to test drive one of the cars on site at Northville High today from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The goal is to raise $5,000. Participants must be 18 or older, with a valid driver’s license.

“It sounds like a great opportunity to support a great cause. It’s an awesome fundraiser and it will benefit the turf project they are working on,” said Putman, a mother of three, including a senior at the school.

There will be no selling at the event, said Nichole Scott, director of dealership operations, though she does see the event as a great way to promote her business and highlight the increase in quality and design of the vehicles.

“It’s a time to help the high school, but also make people aware of our dealership and the Dodge product,” she said.

Last year, Dodge donated nearly $467,000 to local high school booster clubs through the Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser.

The entire Northville High School turf project will cost about $1 million, said Bryan Masi, Northville’s athletic director.

He said the turf and new scoreboard will be paid for by fundraised money. So far, the TurfClub has raised $835,000. Of that, $500,000 came from an anonymous donation followed by a $100,000 donation from the Friends of Northville Parks & Recreation. Construction on the turf begins May 1.

Masi said the rest of the stadium will be renovated over the next couple of years. Those renovations will be paid for through the school district’s sinking bond approved last May. About $1.3 million is designated for the stadium, which will pay for a variety of improvements, including a new pressbox, lights, new entrances and ticket booths.

“The test drive for turf will be a great way for the community to get involved in raising money for the stadium project,” Masi said. “We are thankful to Dick Scott Dodge to give us this opportunity to host this event. Hopefully, we will have a big crowd.”

As read on: http://northville.patch.com/articles/dick-dodge?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001