The Chrysler Portal and Possibility of a Real Future?

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Happy auto show season! One vehicle people are freaking out over (and rightfully so) is the Chrysler Portal. The Portal was seen at both the Detroit Auto Show and CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. The Portal is a “minivan,” but we use that term loosely when talking about the Portal.

The Portal is basically a self-driving and technologically advanced vehicle that looks like a minivan, but is so much more. It has everything millennials want. At the moment the Portal is still just a concept. However, FCA CEO, Sergio Marchionne confirmed the interest Chrysler has in creating a similar vehicle to the Portal concept for production within the next several years. [click to continue…]

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica or Pacifica Hybrid is the Perfect Vehicle for Summer!

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Summer is just around the corner and the Chrysler Pacifica is the perfect summer vehicle. The advanced and modern features make the Chrysler Pacifica one of the most convenient, fun and all-around perfect minivans on the market. No longer just for busy parents, the Chrysler Pacifica is an excellent vehicles for Millennials, college students, bands, and even businesses, not to mention, it is the best road trip car. Check out all of the ways it’s great for summer.

Reasons to buy a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica for this summer:

  • Never run out of space for cargo or passengers. The Chrysler Pacifica comes standard as a seven passenger minivan, but it is available with eight passenger seating as well.
  • When the vehicle’s Stow ‘n Go seating is properly configured, there is up to 140.5 cubic feet of flat cargo space available. Think about it, you could camp in there!

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Get Ready for Summer with the Chrysler Pacifica

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Summer is right around the corner, are you ready for the kids to be out of school and go on a few road trips? You could be “super” ready for your family’s summer plans with the Chrysler Pacifica. The Chrysler Pacifica is much more than a minivan — it is a fuel efficient, convenient, and tech savvy vehicle that the whole family can enjoy.

Reasons to get a Chrysler Pacifica for your family before summer

Space for Road Trips

Summer is all about family vacations and fun, which for many means a road trip. As fun as road trips and family time can be, they can be stressful if there’s not enough space for everything (or everyone) you need.

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Stylize Your Chrysler 300 With Mopar Accessories and Mods

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The Chrysler 300 is stylish, luxurious, and advanced and if you want to add your own touch and personality to your Chrysler 300 there are a few ways to do so. What better way to modify any FCA vehicle than with Mopar parts and accessories? Mopar offers many parts to modify and style the Chrysler 300. Check out some of our favorites.

Exterior

For many the exterior of a vehicle is the most important part of the vehicle to modify because everyone sees it. Mopar offers tons of awesome exterior parts and some of the most popular are listed below.

  • Exterior accents including chrome mirrors, a chrome grille, or you can go in the other direction with matte black options.
  • Larger wheels to upgrade the 300’s factory 20-inch wheels.
  • Splash guards are for look and convenience as they protect a vehicle from dirt and rocks.
  • Mopar makes a rear spoiler that adds a sportier and more aggressive look.
  • Lighting mods like LED lights, colored fog lights, and more can be purchased via Mopar and easily installed for a personalized look.

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Improve Tax Season with a $7,500 Tax Credit for Buying New Pacifica Hybrid

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Tax season can be a frustrating time of the year if you are paying taxes, but it can also be a rewarding time of the year if you are getting a refund check. But one thing that might make next year’s tax season a little better for anyone would be purchasing a new vehicle that qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit.

There are several vehicles that qualify for the tax credit, but one of the newest to qualify that is also grabbing up awards is the new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Not only do users save fuel costs, but they reduce their carbon footprint and they get money back for their purchase — sounds like a win-win-win.

Maybe you are thinking “that all sounds great, but hybrids are usually sedans and too small for my family.” That’s not true for the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. It has seating for seven passengers, which is great for a family or business. Also, the Pacifica Hybrid is equipped with a ton of technology, a comfortable interior and an award-winning powertrain that makes it fuel efficient, yet powerful. Here are some highlights. [click to continue…]

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New BraunAbility Chrysler Pacifica is Wheelchair-Accessible

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Chrysler has partnered  with BraunAbility (the leading automotive mobility company in the U.S.) to produce a Pacifica made for people in wheelchairs. The van is named the BraunAbility Chrysler Pacifica and it was recently on display at the Chicago Auto Show in February.  

Most cars and vans are not made accessible for those in wheelchairs, and many of the vehicles that are available are very pricey. For that very reason, Chrysler and BraunAbility created an impressive mobility-focussed minivan that is also affordable.

The Pacifica’s new features include a wider and more spacious interior, the widest door opening in the industry, and a wheelchair ramp. The ramp is actually an innovative piece of equipment named AccessAbility, and its patent is pending, so Chrysler could be one of the only to offer the feature if patented! [click to continue…]

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New Chrysler Pacifica is a Self-driving Minivan

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The Chrysler Pacifica has already revolutionized the minivan segment – twice, and now it’s about to blow everyone’s minds again.

The first Chrysler Pacifica was a gas-powered model, and it surprised everyone with it’s sleek appearance and unexpected high-tech features. Then, Chrysler released the Pacifica Hybrid, making it the first plug-in hybrid electric minivan ever. Now, there is a new Chrysler Pacifica — it’s a self-driving Pacifica and it is expected to come out in 2017.

We don’t know much (yet), but as the automotive show season continues, we are certain to learn more details about the autonomous Pacifica. The self-driving Pacifica is not solely produced by FCA. It’s been a collaboration with Google’s self-driving team, Waymo. Both companies haven’t said much regarding the new Pacifica, but we do know a few things!

First, we know that FCA and Waymo agreed to build 100 of the self-driving Pacificas as a part of Waymo’s testing fleet, but if successful, it is likely they will build more. We also know that the self-driving vans will be built off the Pacifica Hybrid’s platform. So, not only will the van drive itself, but it will do so efficiently. We also know they have run tests on the new prototypes, including over 200 weather-related tests.

Update

According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ annual autonomous vehicle disengagement report, Waymo has been busy and their reported results look promising.

Waymo reports that their self-driving cars have logged more than 2.3 million miles, and more than 600,000 miles were on public roads. And of all those miles, Waymo’s rate of safety-related disengages fell from 0.8 per thousand miles to 0.2 per thousand miles in 2016.

Essentially, fewer drivers are having to jump in and help out with the testing, meaning the cars are truly and safely driving themselves! Also, Waymo has announced that they hope to see the van hit the roads as in late 2017.

To keep up to date on more self-driving Pacifica information as it is released follow our blog, Twitter, and Facebook. Feel free to browse our current inventory of new Chrysler Pacifica vehicles here if you are interested in the van!

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Mopar is Celebrating it’s 80th Anniversary in 2017!

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Mopar has been around for 80 years, but it wasn’t always the international car parts and accessories company it is today.  Mopar began as an antifreeze products company and over time it has evolved into a car parts and customer care brand for FCA vehicles. Today every FCA vehicle from rugged Jeeps to powerful Dodge muscle cars and even the fuel efficient Chrysler Pacifica minivan have Mopar parts available.

History

Mopar was born in 1937 and was originally the name used to brand the antifreeze products used in Chrysler cars. The name “Mopar” came from a combination of the words “motor” and “parts.” The first shift in the brand was in the early 1940s when Mopar began producing parts for military vehicles (like the Willy’s Wheeler) used in combat in World War II. In the ‘50s the brand grew again, particularly due to the birth of the famous HEMI engine and around this time the Mopar became known for race car parts.

The brand continued to grow in the ‘60s and ‘70s by making electrical items for Chrysler vehicles. Then, the brand really took off in the ‘70s when Mopar became the first company to deliver car parts. This delivery system proved to be successful and was revamped again in the 1990s. [click to continue…]

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Five Safety Features Offered by Chrysler that Prevent Accidents

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Whether you are rolling in with a Chrysler 300 or a Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler vehicles are available with many advanced safety features that help to prevent accidents.

No wonder Chrysler vehicles are always highly rated when it comes to safety by the NHTSA. Check out five driving assist safety features below, they could save your life and your car before you even know it needs saving!  

Blind Spot Monitoring

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UConnect 5.0 or UConnect 8.4 is Ideal Car Tech for Workaholics

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Are you a workaholic? Work, work, work, and little play? If this is the case, you could benefit from a vehicle with UConnect 5.0 or Uconnect 8.4. Uconnect 5.0 and Uconnect 8.4 are two of the infotainment systems available in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and they have the most up-to-date apps and technologies to keep people who are always working connected to their work even when in the car.

Send ‘n Go and Vehicle Finder

If you are a busy bee you probably don’t have time to lose your car in a parking lot. Uconnect has Send ‘n Go and Vehicle Finder, features that send directions to your navigation system and locate your vehicle via the UConnect Access app on your phone. So, when you find your vehicle, your destination is already up on the navigation system so you can quickly find out the best route to your next destination.

Hands-free Calling and Texting

If you like to work on the go, you want to be safe doing it! So, if you are stuck in traffic, and can’t make it into the office in time for the conference call, just pull up hands-free calling and safely get your work done. If you have an Android some additional features like hands-free texting and app access could be beneficial for you as well. For example, you can sync your Android with the touchscreen and access almost all of your apps, including email.

Available WiFi Hotspot

There is also an available Uconnect WiFi hotspot and it is great for iPhones and Androids. Surely, many of you know the struggle of the “no data left” text from your phone provider. Stream unlimited music, podcasts, emails, or anything else you may need for business or personal reasons via the WiFi hotspot and avoid data overage fees.

Interested in a car, truck or SUV with a UConnect system? Checkout or lineup of FCA vehicles here.

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