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After months of doubts and questions, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has confirmed that they will be producing the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer. According to a statement by FCA the Jeep Wagoneer as well as Jeep Wagoneer SUVs will be produced at its Warren, Michigan plant. The new Jeep pickup will be produced at the FCA plant in Toledo, Ohio, the company announced. That has ended months of speculation about the future of those iconic Jeep vehicles. FCA announced a change in the demand for trucks and SUVs has forced the company to realign it’s manufacturing operations in the United States.

FCA said it will invest $1 billion to further expand its Ram and Jeep brands and improve and modernize its manufacturing operations by upgrading its plants in Michigan and Ohio. The move will see the company adding over 2,000 new jobs. Expanding manufacturing capacity and committing to produce several beloved vehicles is an important move for FCA. This will help them maintain or improve its share of the burgeoning SUV and pickup truck sales in the U.S. market. It will also create excitement among people that love the Jeep vehicles. While the Jeep Wagoneer is not yet a reality, if you want to see what else Jeep has to offer, check one out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

FCA’s announcement is part of its continuing efforts to increase the production of its trucks and SUVs. This action is particularly important at this time because FCA is ending its production of small and midsized automobiles. FCA also announced it will make a $1.5 billion investment to retool its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant. That’s where the company will produce the next generation of its Ram 1500. A company spokesperson said they feel this is the type of investment they owe the country.

FCA also announced it will put aside a billion dollars to be used to retool the Warren Truck Assembly Plant where they build both the Jeep Wagoneer as well as the Grand Wagoneer. In the wake of the harsh criticism newly elected President Trump leveled at the country’s automakers, many companies including FCA are preparing for several rounds of tough questions about the companies making investments in car manufacturing in Mexico and its negative impact on U.S. workers that need jobs.

An FCA spokesman has denied the expansions in some of its American automotive production plants is a reaction to president-elect Trump’s statements regarding punishment for American companies moving their production plants to Mexico. FCA recently released a statement explained their investment in the Warren Truck Assembly Plant will enable the factory will allow the company to move the production of its Ram Heavy Duty pickup truck line from Mexico to the United States.

Vehicle manufacturers understand that not being on the right side of the new president’s America First policy could feel his Twitter wrath and be assessed heavy taxes. But FCA said that was not the motivation behind improving its plants and adding jobs at its Ohio and Michigan plants. While factories in Belvidere, Illinois and Sterling Heights, Michigan will produce the new trucks and SUVs, FCA is looking for a company to build its small cars.

When thinking of minivan choices, a buyer has a lot to think about. Most major manufacturers have a solid minivan with all the bells and whistles. While true, one that stands ahead of the others is the Chrysler Pacifica. In fact, the Free Press chose the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica as the 2017 North American Utility Vehicle of the year. By earning this coveted award, shoppers can pick one up without fear or trepidation as it’s not an easy one to win.

The Pacifica is a family-friend vehicle with new features to the back seats, including many that are kid-friendly. With an optional plug-in hybrid model, buyers can even get one that doesn’t burn gas. This minivan is just getting started, and the all-new Pacifica will soon replace the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country, which are both in Fiat Chrysler’s lineup. Yes, with sleek looks, amazing video screens that allow kids to play travel-friendly games such as Soduko and hangman, along with stow & go seats, in non-hybrid models, this is the ultimate family minivan.

If you are interested in the plug-in hybrid, you should know that it can cover an impressive 33 miles on battery power alone, which is actually pretty decent considering most people have a daily commute of less than that. With quick charging times, you can pretty much avoid gasoline altogether, except when going on long road trips. Speaking of road trips, with comfortable seats, plenty of entertainment for both adults and children, and you can easily take this van out for winter and summer road trips.

Anyone who is planning to take their kids in a minivan wants it to be safe, and Chrysler does not disappoint. With adaptive cruise control, blind spot alert, lane departure alert and assist, along with collision alert with automatic braking, drivers and passengers will be safer than ever. Coupled with a solid track record of producing reliable vehicles that last a long time, and one can buy the Pacifica for now and beyond, all while staying safe.

While it is no speed demon, the 287 horsepower engine can get you up to 60 miles per hour in 7.3 seconds, which is certainly an impressive feat considering we are talking about a minivan and not a sports car. With 18 miles per gallon in the city and 28 on the highway, and you won’t have to be stopping constantly for gas. Of course, the hybrid version gets an EPA-rated 84 MPGe combined.

One of the most underrated things about the 2017 Pacifica, and Chrysler in general is the UConnect system. With voice recognition and plenty of options to control it all, everyone will enjoy the ride even more than in the past. On top of that, the UConnect system is reliable and easy to use, which isn’t always the case when considering how finicky and complicated some technology is. If you check one out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep and play around with the technology and get behind the wheel, you are almost certainly going to fall in love with the Chrysler Pacifica.