Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) not only has far more vehicles and options than Tesla (including a PHEV, but it is now ahead of Tesla on Wall Street, too. Yep, believe it, FCA shares have gained 114.37% the last twelve months and 60.60% the last two years compared to 63.21% and 38.15% for Tesla according to Forbes. Numbers don’t lie, and according to these numbers, FCA is doing awesome for a few reasons:
Variety. Looking for an off-road vehicle? Jeep. A reliable and long-lasting truck? Ram. Need a fuel efficient family van? Chrysler. Want the fastest factory-produced vehicle on the market? Dodge. FCA has variety.
The FCA brand is well-established and it has close to $132 billion in revenues.
Meanwhile, Tesla is a small, new company with about $10 billion in revenues.
Strategic Vision just released the winners of the 2017 Total Quality Impact Awards (TQI). The TQI awards are the most complete measure of quality for a new vehicle according to Strategic Vision. The results show not only the quality of the vehicle, but the experience of owning and driving the vehicle as well. All results of the study are based on the emotional response and experiences of real consumers
How is TQI calculated?
TQI is calculated by consumer responses to surveys. The surveys include questions related to all parts of vehicle quality including problems reported, buyers opinions on tangible aspects of the vehicle, intangible aspects, and emotional aspects and feelings towards the vehicle. With that being said, this award truly shows the best of the best.
FCA and 2017 TQI Awards
Luckily for you, our FCA brands including Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler took home awards in four different categories.
The Chrysler Pacifica will just never stop winning awards from prestigious automotive sources or being named on lists in the minivan segment. The latest award the Pacifica earned is “Best-in-Class” in the minivan segment from AutoPacific’s 2017 Ideal Vehicles Awards. According to Automotive World, owners of the Chrysler Pacifica say the vehicle meets and/or exceeds their expectations.
This is the first year the Pacifica has won the award in the minivan segment, which makes sense considering how new the van it. However, we expect the van to keep winning for many years as it is one impressive vehicle!
How is the winner determined?
AutoPacific determines its Ideal Vehicle Awards winners based on a survey of 65,000 participants. The participants are surveyed regarding changes they would like to see for their vehicle. There are fifteen different categories that the surveyors are questioned on and the Pacifica received the fewest requests for changes in the minivan segment, and that is why it earned the title.
What makes the Chrysler Pacifica such an awesome van?
There are many highlights and features of the vehicle which we will discuss below that make the van so awesome. However, the biggest feature that sets the Pacifica apart from other vans is the ability to come with a hybrid drivetrain. The Pacifica Hybrid is the one and only hybrid van on the market. The standard 3.6-liter V6 engine is paired with dual electric motors and a 16 kWh 360 V lithium-ion battery. This combination is able to provide the van with 33 miles of put electric range, over 500 miles total range and an impressive MPGe of 84. [click to continue…]
Consumer Reports names the Chrysler 300 on their list of recommended vehicles due to the addition of new software that improves the vehicle’s safety. The software is known as AutoPark and it helps with a couple major safety situations.
The first safety situation is when the driver tries to leave the vehicle when it is not in park. With the new software, the vehicle detects when the driver tries to leave and it can automatically change the transmission to park. The second situation the software helps with is if the driver tries to shut the engine off when the vehicle isn’t in park. When this situation occurs the transmission shifts to park and goes into accessory mode for 30 minutes which allows the radio to work as if the car was on. [click to continue…]
Parents with two or more kids all know the struggle! All your children need to be in different places at one time. Too bad it isn’t possible to be in two places at once. However, with Chrysler and Kango’s new partnership, you won’t need to be in two places at once because you will always have backup!
Kango is a ride sharing company that is similar to Uber based in California. Well, Kango paired up with Chrysler to create what might be the most successful rideshare idea yet. This one-of-a-kind partnership has created a way for parents to get their children safely to where they need to go with a trusted driver.
We know what you are thinking, “how can I trust my kid with a random driver?” The answer is simple, this service has a serious and hard core background check that includes fingerprinting. Driving history, drug tests, and criminal history will all be part of this testing. Only those with the most clean records will be hired as drivers.[click to continue…]
You know you want the classy and sleek 2017 Chrysler 300, but don’t know which trim you want. That is a common question people ask when looking at the vehicle. There are five Chrysler 300 trims (Limited, 300S, 300S Alloy, 300C and 300C Platinum) and they are all upscale and full of features. So, which is for you? This in depth comparison will help you decide!
Each of the Chrysler 300 trims come standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces up to 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque. However, all trims besides the base, the Limited trim, have the option of upgrading to a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine that produces 394 lb-ft of torque and an impressive 363 horsepower.
Major differences between models (S = standard, O = optional, N/A = not available)
Each state has their own set of laws when it comes to bicyclists and street laws. It is important for drivers and cyclists to pay attention to these laws to assure everyone’s safety. You can check out each law in detail on Florida Bicycle, but some of the most common questions drivers have about bicyclists on the road are below.
Treat a bicyclist the same as another car and bicyclists must abide by all driving laws. Bikers must obey all traffic signals and signs just as automobile drivers do. Biking and texting is not permitted and biking drunk is the same offense as driving drunk.
Looking at a new Chrysler vehicle? Whether it be the Chrysler 300 or Pacifica it is important to choose you entertainment tech wisely. The standard UConnect system is awesome! However, if you want a bigger screen or more features, why not upgrade?
The Chrysler Pacifica comes standard with the UConnect 5.0 system. This system is standard with Bluetooth and a 5-inch touchscreen. Buyers looking to upgrade can do so with UConnect 8.4. Uconnect 8.4 comes with Bluetooth and a 8.4-inch touchscreen, and a complimentary one-year subscription to SiriusXM.
Additionally, the Uconnect 8.4 system comes with optional features users can purchase to make their built-in infotainment even more interactive and helpful. Some of the add ons for UConnect 8.4 include navigation, UConnect Access (an app that allows you to sync your phone to the minivan) and SiriusXM Travel link. UConnect access is the app that connects to your vehicle. [click to continue…]
You have probably seen FCA vehicles in plenty of movies before, particularly the fast ones. The Charger and Challenger always make an appearance in every Fast and Furious movie. What you probably haven’t seen in an action film is a minivan … till now!
There are some good minivans out there, but nothing quite compares to the Chrysler Pacifica and we aren’t just saying that. Plenty of other people and publications have been raving about the Pacifica since its release in 2016. Just to name a few of the awards and titles it has earned, the Pacifica was highest rated in the minivan segment in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, Cars.com named it Best of the Year, it received an IIHS Top Safety Pick, Daily News Autos named it the Best Minivan of 2017, and those are just a few of its accomplishments.
However, some people still aren’t convinced the Pacifica isn’t the best minivan for them, so here’s a look at how it stacks up against another minivan, the Honda Odyssey.
Reasons why the Chrysler Pacifica beats the Honda Odyssey
Engine and power are both important. Mom and dad don’t want to be lagging on their way to work.The Chrysler Pacifica has a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and it puts out a impressive 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The Honda Odyssey has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 248 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque.[click to continue…]