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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

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

2017 Chrysler Pacifica: The new Chrysler minivan

The debut of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica marks a lot more than a name change and a new, sixth-generation version of Chrysler’s minivans.

For one, it’s the first minivan on the U.S. market to get a plug-in hybrid version, the Pacifica Hybrid, which will offer 30 miles of pure electric driving on a charge. Secondly, it signals a new direction for these vans—not just in their far more flamboyant styling, but in a package that for the first time won’t be essentially mimicked with a Dodge version.

The Grand Caravan and its sliding side doors on the way out, to be replaced this next year by a model that’s expected to offer comparable three-row seating and space but characteristically brawnier Dodge styling and hinged rear doors.

Last week at the Detroit Auto Show we caught up with Tim Kuniskis, the North American head of passenger-car brands for Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, and Fiat, for some more details. And while he wouldn’t reveal any more information about the Grand Caravan’s replacement, found out a lot more about the how and why the Pacifica took the form it did.

Chrysler minivans winnowed down to one—Pacifica

“It’s going to be ultimately the only minivan in the portfolio, going head-to-head against a long list of mainstream competitors,” said Kuniskis. “So making sure we had all the right package and content, and being able to price this vehicle… you’ll see that we’ll be lined up well against our competitors in the segment.”

The Pacifica is built on what’s called the RU platform. The RU vehicles don’t share any likeness, components, or geometric “hard points” with the RT predecessors, which arrived in 2008; and it’s not related to the “short wide” platform that underpins the Jeep Cherokee, among others.

It was entirely developed by Chrysler’s U.S. engineering team, with scalability and the easy addition of all-wheel drive in mind, and it can apply to cars, vans, or SUVs, down to compact (D) size.

Kiniskis says that the team wanted to overcome the “mental image of a minivan,” and decided on the name change from Town & Country to Pacifica “because as we moved through the development of the vehicle we realized that this is a complete, revolutionary change.”

Not the first time Pacifica has signaled a sea change

Reviving the nameplate might not be a positive to everyone, as the previous Pacifica did suffer from some quality issues—such as transmission woes—but it was noteworthy in design, as one of the first SUVs to undergo a rather revolutionary change, pitting it against the Lexus RX in some respects. Even today, Kuniskis says, they found that the name has “good consideration and awareness.”

The spark for emphasizing design this time around came in part from the strong (and mostly positive) reception of the Chrysler 700C Concept from four years ago, which was an early test of the waters for more radical change. Then, Chrysler then wasn’t sure what kind of reception the van might get from the press, and thus revealed it in “stealth mode,” quietly unveiling it on the auto-show stand, without a conference or immediate press release.

“We kind of tested the boundaries of how far can you push the design of a minivan [with the 700C],” Kuniskis said. “From that stage, we took several design concepts out to research, and invited several CUV and minivan intenders to come out and see it. At the end of the day, he says, the takeaway message was that they wanted a stylish vehicle but didn’t want to compromise on the space and comfort of a minivan.

“We pushed the design as far as we could,” he added.

A new opportunity with Millennials

Putting more emphasis on design and technology also goes over well with Millennials, who are having kids and looking for family vehicles—and in many cases, entering the vehicle market for the first time, without the preconceptions that Gen X parents had about minivans.

The automaker clearly has some big sales hopes for the Pacifca. Chrysler is targeting as many sales as for the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country combined—or about 190,000 sales this past year, when they were down somewhat as the result of four months of assembly plant retooling.

On the Chrysler side, the next big step is building the brand, Kuniskis concedes. “You know when you look for well-defined brands in the marketplace, it’s either a product attribute that helps people define the brand, or it’s an emotional, aspirational connection that helps people want to connect with that brand,” he said.

“On Dodge we have product plus bad-boy attitude; we’ve got to do a better job identifying a product attribute and an emotional connection for Chrysler, and that’s our next job.”

Read more at: http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1102021_2017-chrysler-pacifica-a-paradigm-shift-for-minivans-as-dodge-preps-crossover?fbfanpage

Town & Country Best in J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study

When trying to decide which restaurant to eat at or which new TV to buy, the best reviews tend to come from people who have actually been there or experienced it. Sometimes it boils down to one simple question, would you buy it again?

Feedback is in from owners of the Chrysler Town & County, and it ranked highest among minivans for the third time in four years in the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS).

The IQS is based on responses from more than 86,000 owners of 2014 model-year vehicles after 90 days of ownership. The study asks customers to identify issues with their vehicles’ design, as well defects.

“This is the third time in four years that Chrysler Town & Country leads the Minivan segment in this quality survey,” Doug Betts, Senior Vice President—Quality, said. “It reflects the commitment of employees who develop, build and test these vehicles and their recognition that every employee has a role in continually improving the quality of our products.”

The Chrysler Group’s ultimate family vehicle, the Chrysler Town & County, was significantly updated for the 2011 model year and previously achieved the highest ranking among minivans in 2011 and 2013.

The Dodge Challenger also ranked at the top of the Midsize Sporty Car segment for initial quality in the same survey. The Challenger was updated for the 2011 model year and also led its segment for initial quality that year.

“While the Dodge Challenger’s legendary performance and style initially attracts shoppers to the car, its quality has a direct impact on loyalty and owners’ willingness to recommend Dodge to their friends and family,” Betts added. “Challenger buyers happen to be some of our most passionate and enthusiastic owners so this is a significant benefit to the brand.”

The 2014 Ram 1500 and Dodge Grand Caravan also performed well in the study, ranking among the top three vehicles in the Large Light Duty Pickup and Minivan segments, respectively.

The IQS study, now in its 28th year, is based on a 233-question survey conducted between February and May 2014.

As read on: http://www.chryslergroup360.com/featured_news/town-country-best-in-j-d-powers-initial-quality-study/

Chrysler celebrates 30 years of minivans with special Grand Caravan, Town & Country

Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan will offer unique interior trim.

This year has seen quite a few important automotive milestones. Aston Martin celebrated its centennial, and the Porsche 911 turned 50, as did the Lotus Elan.

Even Cunningham had a milestone to celebrate, with the marque founded by Briggs Cunningham turning 60. An anniversary you might not have heard about with all the hubbub surrounding the celebrations at Pebble Beach, Lime Rock and other venues is Chrysler’s minivans turning 30.

That’s right, it’s been 30 years since Chrysler hit a home run, at the 11th hour as per usual, and launched the Town & Country minivan, liberating millions of kids from the drudgery of riding in the back of the family station wagons to and from sporting events. And now that we’ve reached a point in time when people are actually nostalgic about riding in the cargo areas of faux-wood bedecked station wagons, Chrysler is debuting a special edition Town & Country and Grand Caravan to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of its Chrysler and Dodge minivans.

The Town & Country 30th Anniversary Edition will be based on the Touring-L model and will feature 17-inch wheels with polished faces, “30th Anniversary” badging and Granite Crystal paint as an option. This special edition will use the 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, making 283 hp. Interior touches will include black Alcantara seat inserts with napa seat bolsters, piano-black steering wheel bezel, and a “30th Anniversary” logo in the gauge cluster. The Convenience Group options will be standard in this model, which means it’ll have heated first- and second-row seating, power adjustable pedals and a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, in addition to other luxury touches.

The Grand Caravan 30th Anniversary Edition will be available on the SE and SXT models, and will feature the same 3.6-liter engine as in the Town & Country. The Dodge Grand Caravan SE 30th Anniversary Edition will have 17-inch polished satin carbon-aluminum wheels, body-color heated exterior mirrors and “30th Anniversary” badging on the front fenders. On the interior, arguably where it matters most, the 30th Anniversary Dodge Grand Caravan will feature silver accent stitching and piano-black accents, black cloth seats and a black leather-wrapped steering wheel, in addition to other luxury details. The SXT trim version of the anniversary model will have all the features of the SE, but with added luxury touches like chrome window trim moldings and roof rack, fog lamps and black Torino Leatherette seats with suede inserts and silver accent stitching.

As read on: http://editorial.autos.msn.com/blogs/post–chrysler-celebrates-30-years-of-minivans-with-special-grand-caravan-town-and-country

DICK SCOTT CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP RAM HELPS RAISE $470 FOR AREA SCHOOL

Plymouth, MI – Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram helped raise $470 for Moraine Elementary School with Chrysler brand’s Drive for the Kids ™ program. The fundraising event was held on June 1, 2012 by the Moraine Elementary PTO.

Forty seven participants earned a $10 contribution to the school from Chrysler brand by taking a brief test drive in a Town & Country, the company’s award winning minivan. Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram supplied the vehicles, and volunteers from the dealership were on hand to assist in fundraising drives.

”Drive for the Kids ™ is a mutually beneficial program. We’re pleased to support our local schools, and enjoy demonstrating a terrific, world class product,” said Nichole Scott, Director of Dealership Operations at Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. “Parents are genuinely interested in testing our 2012 Chrysler Town & Country minivan with all the advanced safety, technology, and economy features; and we are happy to help raise extra dollars for the school. We all work together for the kids. Everyone has a great time!”

Chrysler supports schools in the communities where the company does business. Since 1993, when Chrysler introduced Drive for the Kids ™, Chrysler dealers have worked with parents and educators in communities across the nation. Chrysler has contributed over $4 million, directly to local schools, for student needs from playgrounds and field trips to reading programs and computers. Chrysler is proud of this tradition of community involvement. To learn more about Chrysler Group LLC, visit the website at http://www.Chrysler.com, or visit your local Chrysler Dealership at http://www.DickScott.com.

Value, Safety, Luxury – the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country

The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country is the ultimate family vehicle – and the ultimate value. That’s why we’ve spent the past month delving into how we’ve engineered the latest iteration of our legendary minivan to satisfy everyone in the family – mom, dad, the kids, and the checkbook.

The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country is fuel efficient. Don’t worry about rising fuel costs hampering summer vacation plans, because the Town & Country delivers an EPA estimated 25 MPG on the highway. The Town & Country is the best way to travel with your family.

The Chrysler Town & Country is a leader in segment firsts. Chrysler never stops innovating and the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country is a product of that unwavering dedication to making the best family vehicle imaginable.

The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country Limited has more features for less. The 2012 Town & Country Limited is a value that competitors can’t match. Premium features come standard: a class-exclusive heated steering wheel, heated 2nd row seats, power 3rd row folding seats and more.

The Chrysler Town & Country is the “Most Awarded Minivan Ever”. With over 50 accolades since its inception, the Town & Country continues to rack up awards, including the IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2012.

Now is the time to buy your new minivan, before the summer vacation season really ramps up. So visit Chrysler.com for information about the right 2012 Chrysler Town & Country for you and your family and head on over to your local Chrysler dealer to test drive the “Most Awarded Minivan Ever.”

*vehicle shown is 2012 Chrysler Town & Country Limited

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