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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Move Over Florida – Protect Those Who Serve and Protect Us!

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As we move into the New Year we want to remind you about the Move Over Law. You may have heard of the law before, but do you really know it?

Knowing the details of the law could not only save you from getting a pretty hefty citation, but more importantly save the lives of police and emergency officials pulled off on the side of the road.

The Move Over Law states:

  1. Requires drivers to Move Over one lane — when they can safely do so — for stopped law enforcement, emergency, sanitation, utility service vehicles and tow trucks or wreckers.
  2. If you are not able to safely do so, the driver must slow down at least 20 mph under the listed speed limit before passing the vehicles. If the speed limit is 20 mph or less (for example in a school zone), the driver must slow down to 5 mph.

The law is in place to make sure those who protect, serve and save us are protected as well.

Help us spread the world about the Move Over law in January by sharing this post, and telling your friends and family members in Florida about the law in detail. The more people who learn about the law, spread the word, and follow it, the safer the police, first responders, sanitation and utility workers are!

For more information on the Move Over Law, visit the Florida DHSMV’s page for the Move Over Law or the Facebook page for Florida’s Move Over Law.

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3.6L Pentastar V6 Engine is Chrysler’s Versatile Workhorse

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If you are a car enthusiast or a fan of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) , you may have noticed one engine, 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine, is used on a variety of vehicles made by FCA.

In fact, ten FCA models ranging from the Dodge Charger to Ram 1500 to Chrysler Pacifica to Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid to the Jeep Wrangler, and even a few more, all have a 3.6L Pentastar engine on the lineup, but how? Each of those vehicles are so different from one another, and they all have a different fuel economy and produce a different amount of horsepower and torque? We’ll explain.

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Recently, Chrysler Has Been an Award-Winning Machine

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With a lineup that includes a minivan people can actually call “cool” and an affordable luxury sedan, the Chrysler 300, we aren’t surprised to see Chrysler winning so many awards. Over the last few months both the Chrysler 300 and the Pacifica minivan have won numerous awards and titles, and now, there are a few more to mention! With the Pacifica Hybrid now out and about, we are sure the awards will continue to flow in.

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The new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and it’s new hybrid version, Pacifica Hybrid, recently snagged a place on two prestigious lists. Consumers Digest included the Pacifica on their list of “Best Buy” vehicles for 2017, and the Pacifica Hybrid’s engine was also included on WardsAuto’s list of “10 Best Engines.” [click to continue…]

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Understanding Chrysler’s New PHEV, the Pacifica Hybrid

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Kendall Chrysler is very excited to get the new Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids on the lot. Not only has the Chrysler Pacifica earned several awards this year, but it is also the only minivan that qualifies as an I.I.H.S Top Safety Pick+ and it is the most fuel efficient minivan on the market. However, we are aware that a lot of consumers don’t know a lot about hybrids or PHEVs so we are going to clear things up.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is actually a type of a hybrid vehicle, it is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). What this means is that this type of hybrid has such a large battery that it needs to be plugged-in to recharge. A PHEV  is different than a hybrid vehicle because the battery in a hybrid vehicle is much smaller and it doesn’t need to be plugged-in to recharge because it is either charged by the motor which gets energy from the engine or regenerative braking.

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Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is More Efficient Than Expected

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Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is coming to Kendall Chrysler soon and we can’t wait! Not only is the Pacifica Hybrid the first hybrid minivan ever, its fuel economy and battery range are more efficient than expected.

Efficiency

Originally, Chrysler estimated the Pacifica Hybrid to get 80 MPGe and would be able to travel 30 miles on only electricity. But from recent EPA testing, those numbers are even higher than projected. The Pacifica Hybrid’s official fuel economy rating is 84 MPGe (combined gas and battery) and it has a range of  33 miles when only powered by the battery. Additionally, the vehicle can travel 566 miles between fill ups, which is 66 more miles than originally thought.

Engine + Battery

The Pacifica Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and it can run on only a battery, only gas, or a combination of both. The Pacifica Hybrid is equipped with modified version of Chrysler’s famed  3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, a 16-kWh lithium ion battery and an electric dual-motor. [click to continue…]

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Four Reasons the Chrysler Pacifica is Better than Large SUVs

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Deciding between a full-size SUV and a minivan used to be an easier choice because minivans weren’t the most interesting seven or eight passenger vehicles on the market. However, that is no longer the case with the Chrysler Pacifica. The Pacifica is sleek, technologically advanced and even fuel efficient. We won’t be surprised when SUV drivers start making the switch to the Pacifica, and here’s why.

Interior space

When it comes to purchasing a vehicle for the family, there is one thing everyone needs, and that is space — sometimes lots of space — and that makes the Pacifica a great option. Many three row SUVs max out at seven passengers, whereas the Pacifica can seat up to seven or eight passengers. So whether you have a big family, a lot of friends, or a lot of animals, there is plenty of room for everyone to be comfortable on a long ride.

Fuel economy

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