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2017 Pacifica

Chrysler has reimagined and reinvented the minivan and its new, high-tech 2017 Pacifica proves it. Chrysler invented the minivan segment with its release of its 1984 Plymouth Voyager and Dodge Caravan. Those vehicles were roomy enough for the entire family, yet affordable on just about any budget. But they were underpowered and weren’t the best looking vehicles in the world. Eventually they began to be derided as mom-mobiles no real man would be caught dead driving.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is designed to change the perception and the power of the minivan and put Chrysler squarely back in the forefront when it comes to family-friendly automobiles. Automakers pried Americans away from their minivans with very powerful, masculine-looking SUVs. These gas-guzzling behemoths came with 4-wheel drive, room for 7, and enough torque to tow a small house. They became the official vehicle of the soccer-mom making the supermarket run. With the new and improved 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler has combined the roominess and affordability of the minivan with the rugged good looks and engine power of the SUV. To see how it performs in the real world, head down to Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

You’ve got to see the new Chrysler Pacifica to believe it. It’s been redesigned inside and out and destined to replace the Chrysler Town & Country as North America’s primary family hauler. The Pacifica is also the first plug-in hybrid from Chrysler able to travel as many as 30 miles on electricity alone. Plus the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has all the latest in-car technology. That includes an 8.4 inch touchscreen, voice activated connectivity, 360-degree camera views, along with two 10-inch screens in the back for the kids. Add forward collision avoidance, lane-departure warnings, and adaptive cruise control all standard, and you have Chrysler’s safe, comfortable, powerful minivan of the future.

The outside of Fiat Chrysler’s new Pacifica is more aerodynamic, the body frame is stiffer and lighter, it can seat 8 comfortably, and still have space to haul lots of stuff. Just like the original minivan killed the station wagon, this new minivan will probably leave the SUV battered and bruised and parked in a ditch near a gas station. What’s also new is the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica looks masculine enough that even MMA fighters will feel comfortable driving one. Imagine a minivan so cool even teenagers will want to drive it. That’s the new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.

The Pacifica Fiat Chrysler showed during the Detroit Auto Show could well pull a significant percentage of families away from SUVs. The 80 MPGe, great looks, excellent handling, top-notch performance, and a driver-friendly, comfortable interior that offers more interior space than of any other minivan, plus an in-car vacuum cleaner, could all be nails in the coffin of the SUV era. The minivan market is still strong. Almost 100,000 Town & Country minivans were sold in 2015. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has more of what people buy family automobiles for, plus the new Chrysler fascia. Bow your heads and say a few words for the passing of the SUV era.

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Unique Fundraiser Doesn’t Require Kids to Sell

The Chrysler Drive for the Kids fundraiser is an innovative way to raise hundreds or thousands of dollars for your school by tying into an existing event. It doesn’t require kids or parents to sell wrapping paper, candy or discount cards. The best part is it doesn’t cost a single cent to join up. You can go to a local dealership like Chapman Chrysler Jeep for more information, or simply click here to register for the program.

Chrysler Comes to Your School

Simply sign up for the program and work out the details with an assigned Chrysler representative and they will bring a Town & Country minivan, Chrysler 200 midsize sedan and Chrysler 300 flagship sedan to an upcoming event. It can be an ice cream social, art fair, school carnival or any fun activity where you expect a good size attendance. When any licensed driver that is at least 18 takes a test drive, you earn $10 for your school to use for computers, books, facilities or anything you desire. Chrysler says an average of 130 people take test drives, which equates to $1,300 of easy money.

Easiest Fundraiser in Town

Chrysler’s Drive For Kids involves little effort on the parents or school. Once you register, a field representative will be in contact to schedule the event and coordinate the entire effort. The rep will also be in attendance to supervise the test drives and take care of all the necessary details to make sure your school gets the proper cash payout. This program has been in effect since 1993 and has raised more than $6 million for schools across the nation.

School Administrators Rave About Drive for the Kids

After working with dealerships like Chapman Chrysler Jeep, school officials are uniformly pleased with the results of this charitable program. One California faculty member said “This was a wonderful way to earn money for our school without selling any product. Parents really enjoyed seeing the new cars too!” An Ohio administrator added, “Our Drive for the Kids event was just great! The program representative was very helpful, which made the event so easy to do.” A Michigan PTA president was also supportive, saying, “It’s great to have corporate support for education so visible at the local level. These folks are pros – very competent, efficient and friendly. The money will be spent for PTA enrichments to the curriculum.”

Jeep Wrangler

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Wrangler Pick-Up are a go. Both Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne and Jeep CEO Michael Manley said as much when they appeared during the Detroit Auto Show recently. Both of them intimated the vehicles could go into production in the second half of 2017. The company had said as much in September and so far they have not given any indication that anything has changed. They will be spelling out more very soon, the Detroit news reported. The newspaper was referring to FCA leadership revealing to investors what the company’s updated 5-year product strategy.

The news so far is that the Jeep Wrangler pickup will be built in Toledo, Ohio in the same plant with the company’s next-generation Wrangler. Jeep has produced pickup trucks before, but this is the first time a pickup truck will be produced under the umbrella of the Wrangler. Like the next generation Wrangler, the Jeep Wrangler pickup is going to have lots of aluminum. Every single Wrangler that is produced in the plant in Toledo, Ohio is sold. In order to avoid inventory shortfall as they retool the plant to be able to produce the Wrangler pickup, the Jeep Cherokee, which is also built at the Toledo plant, may have to be move to another facility.

With the production of the new Jeep Wrangler, the Mopar-JK-8 pickup conversion kit will become obsolete. Since it went on sale in 2011, this conversion kit has been a favorite of Jeep pickup owners. This much-beloved kit has been tweaked numerous times over the years to make it better suited for the pickup. But Jeep pickup lovers are ecstatic to see the release date for the factory-built Jeep pickup drawing closer. To see on up close, go to Chapman Chrysler Jeep, where you can test drive one and see if you like the feel of the 2017 Jeep Wrangler.

At the 2016 Detroit Auto Show Jeep CEO Michael Manley told journalist Brian Makse that FCA will release a Jeep Grand Cherokee powered by a Hellcat engine. When asked if a V-8, 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat engine is able to be installed in a Grand Cherokee, Manley said not only is it possible, a Cherokee with a Hellcat motor would be released in the marketplace before 2017 is over. When officials at Fiat Chrysler were asked about the veracity of Manley’s statement, no one was willing to confirm his claims. Many speculate that once again Manley had spoken too quickly.

This isn’t the first time Manley has spoken prematurely. Last year he gave information about the next-generation Wrangler’s construction during an interview. However, Manley’s statement along with Fiat Chrysler’s trademarking of the name ‘Trackhawk’ are clear signals the Hellcat powered Grand Cherokee is in the works. When in Las Vegas last year FCA showed a group of Jeep dealers a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk rumors of a Hellcat powered Grand Cherokee gained traction.

While there hasn’t been official confirmation it seems likely the vehicle will be released in 2017 followed by the Wrangler pick-up. Fiat Chrysler will also debut a new compact SUV at the New York International Auto Show in March.