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2017 Chrysler Pacifica receives new Touring Plus model

2017 Chrysler Pacifica began sales in dealerships about a year ago. And now, the company is introducing an animal-friendly trim for those who want more features of the model without having to sit on animal skin.

The Touring Plus, also known as the sixth trim for the Pacifica lineup, falls in between the Touring and the Touring L trims. The package offers more standard (and optional) features without being stuck with those hot leather seats.

The comfy minivan will be given premium features such as a power lift gate and a new front fascia. Finished in a gloss black paint, the exterior gets a mesh lower fascia and new fog lights like the higher trim levels. There will be projector headlights on the front while the rear gets LED taillights. For a more comfortable ride, it will come with a three-zone automatic temperature control, as well as second- and third-row sunshades, and lets not forget the universal garage door opener.

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Honda commences production of 2018 Odyssey minivan

After unveiling the next generation Odyssey at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Honda has officially commenced production of the minivan. As planned, Honda is now assembling the 2018 Odyssey at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA).

Despite the increasing popularity of SUVs and crossovers, minivans have managed to post reasonable sales. One of these minivan models is the Honda Odyssey, which has been popular among customers for seven years. Its popularity is evidenced by the fact that around 130,000 Honda Odyssey minivans were sold in 2016. Now, the 2018 iteration of the Odyssey is offering new features and different technologies to further its appeal among minivan customers.

The start of production of the 2018 Honda Odyssey was celebrated by HMA’s over 1,500 associates. HMA – located in Lincoln, Alabama -- is the sole manufacturer of Honda Odyssey, and also of the Pilot SUV and Ridgeline pickup truck. HMA also assembles the Acura MDX luxury SUV.

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2017 Geneva Motor Show stages Volkswagen’s 70 Years of the Bulli

The Dutch Volkswagen importer’s journey didn’t just end in Wolfsburg. In celebration of Volkswagen Bulli’s 70th anniversary, the German brand brought the VW Multivan special edition to the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Known to many as the Volkswagen Kombi, the Bulli came into production in the 1950s. After seven long decades, Volkswagen is celebrating the utility vehicle’s anniversary with “70 Years of The Bulli”. A big celebration certainly awaits it after it was discovered by its founder seventy years ago in 1947.

The Kombi’s storied past begun when Ben Pon, a Volkswagen importer from Netherlands came to VW’s Wolfsburg plant for a visit. After he saw the plant’s runabout vehicle, the Plattenwagen soon became his inspiration to create the Transporter. The rest as they say is history.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is commemorating the founding of Ben Pon’s prodigious project at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland with the Bulli special edition Minivan. There, Volkswagen showcases a model based on the latest generation Transporter.

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2018 Honda Odyssey minivan breaks cover at 2017 Detroit Auto Show

Honda finally presented the new 2018 Odyssey minivan during the 2017 North American International Auto Show, currently held in Detroit. Already popular with customers for seven years now, the 2018 model year is expected to offer new features and different technologies.

The design of the 2018 Odyssey sports a more contemporary style which utilizes the flying wing grille on the front with the LED headlights on each side. It has the Active Shutter Grille which helps enhance fuel efficiency especially when cruising. The trademarked lightning bolt beltline is still there but it has a design element that is more elegant. On the rear section, the taillights also utilize LED and a hands-free power tailgate has been equipped to it.

The highlight of the 2018 Odyssey is the in-vehicle connectivity which brings the family connectivity concept to new heights. Because it offers what may be the quietest cabin in its segment, conversation among occupants is easier. Enhancing the experience are the different connected-vehicle technologies and features. Connectivity for example is now available as 4G LTE.

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Just days after Google’s autonomous vehicle project became an autonomous tech company dubbed as Waymo Inc., the company now unveiled its first fully self-driving vehicles in the guise of 100 driverless Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans.

Back in May 2016, Waymo – then known as the Google Self-Driving Project – and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles entered into a partnership in which the carmaker would provide a number of vehicles to the project. The partners saw it fitting to choose Chrysler’s new 2017 Pacifica Hybrid minivans – 100 of them -- for the self-driving vehicle project. The Pacifica Hybrid minivans were specifically built by Chrysler to be fitted with the latest of Google’s hardware and software.

While these Chrysler Pacifica units are based on the 2017 production model available to the market, the carmaker modified them – including their chassis, powertrain, structural and electrical systems – so that Waymo could properly install its own technology into these new minivans.

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In the minivan segment, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is already impressive in terms of fuel economy figures – as rated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In fact, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica returns EPA-rated fuel economy figures of 28 mpg highway, 18 mpg city and 22 mpg combined. But it turns out that its hybrid version would infallibly dominate the minivan mpg wars after EPA finally released its fuel economy ratings for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.

Prior to the release of the official EPA ratings for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the carmaker is already preaching impressive fuel economy figures for its new minivan. Chrysler expected the 2017 Pacifica Hybrid to return 80 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) – that is when the minivan is running in pure electric mode. The carmaker also expected the 2017 Pacifica Hybrid to be able to travel up to 30 miles in all-electric (EV) mode. In addition, the hybrid minivan from Chrysler is estimated to deliver – when running on conventional engine – 32 mpg combined city and highway. Overall, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid offers a range of around 530 miles.

When the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid underwent scrutiny with the EPA, the results were highly encouraging for the hybrid minivan, as they totally exceeded Chrysler’s expected fuel economy numbers. According to the EPA, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid returns 84 MPGe (vs. 80 MPGe estimated) with a conventional rating of 33 mpg combined city and highway (vs. 32 mpg combined city and highway estimated). In the all-electric mode, the EPA has certified the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid to be able to travel up to 33 miles (vs. 30 miles estimated). In addition, EPA has rated the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid as being capable of reaching a total of 566 miles (vs. 530 miles estimated). With these numbers, Chrysler will be able to gloss the credentials of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid as the most fuel-efficient minivan in the market so far, until Chrysler or other carmakers manage to surpass it.

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Buyers looking for excellent fuel efficiency need not look further than the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan. With a highway-cycle fuel-economy rating of 28 miles per gallon given by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is 12 percent more efficient than the model it replaces and it now holds the record for fuel efficiency in the minivan category.

In addition, the new Chrysler minivan was found to be nine percent greener than the previous model. FCA Product Development COO and Head of Product Portfolio Management for FCA’s Group Executive Council Mark Chernoby explains that the new Pacifica isn’t just engineered for today’s enjoyment but is designed and crafted with the welfare of its customers many years down the road.

This is why, the company created one of the cleanest vehicles in its category. The new minivan’s nine percent improvement compared to the previous model is based on its Global Warming Potential (GWP), an industry-adopted means to gauge the all-inclusive environmental impact of a vehicle from its production, to its delivery, and eventually to its fuel consumption figures while being used.

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It won’t be long now before the Volkswagen BUDD-e enters production and arrives at nearby dealerships. Earlier this year, the MPV was launched at the Consumer Electronics Show. It was one of the many vehicles that promoted connected mobility solutions.

Moreover, it demonstrated the clear vision of Wolfsburg of what the car maker's Modular Electric platform can offer. Volkswagen did not hide its intention to put its platform into use. According to the automaker, it will enable a number of production vehicles with pure electric range instead of the traditional gas-powered engines by the end of 2020.

Volkswagen, however, did not discuss specific models. Instead, it was Volkswagen Electronic Development Head Volkmar Tanneberger who did that in a recent interview. Tanneberger explained, "You will see a car that looks a lot like this, on the MEB platform, reach production."

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The electrification technology was actually ideally suited for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan on account of its large footprint and multiple daily trip patterns, according to Bob Lee, Vice President and Head of Engine, Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion Systems Engineering, FCA – North America.

The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica comes with a promising technology that drives its electric form. The Pacifica Hybrid, which will be presented in the second half of 2016, is the first electrified minivan in the industry.

The vehicle is expected to deliver an estimated range of 30 miles with around 248 horsepower solely on zero-emissions electric power with a 16-kWh lithium-ion (Li-on) battery.

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The original minivan creator, FCA US LLC, has been delivering world class vehicles for the past 30 years. It continues that streak as customers can now enjoy new levels of functionality, technology, versatility and bold styling in the new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.

Redefining the minivan segment, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has received a transformation with many firsts along with 78 innovative additions throughout its previous five generations. The FCA US now has a total of 115 innovations in the minivan segment after it added 37 minivan firsts with the introduction of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.

The company used major re-engineering alterations from the ground up so as to produce a vehicle that offers a class-leading ride with handling and reduction of vibration, noise, and harshness (NVH). The minivan’s body is extremely light but it’s the stiffest amongst all in its class.

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Nissan has revealed that it has priced the 2016 Nissan Quest, currently on sale at different Nissan dealers across the U.S. The 2016 Quest has a number of family-friendly features that include the Advanced Climate Control System and the one-touch power sliding doors.

It even has the fold-flat quick release feature for the 2nd and 3rd row seats. It goes without saying that its rear storage is always ready. There are also other enhancements on the 2016 Quest like the roof rails that have been added and are now standard equipment on the SV grade. Fuel economy is also improved and is now 27 mpg highway, 20 mpg city, and combined 23 mpg.

It will also be made available in four different models. 2016 Quest 3.5 S has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $26,530. The Quest 3.5 SV meanwhile comes at $30,490 while the Quest 3.5 SL is at $34,060.

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Have you ever heard of a high-performance minivan? Well, people really don’t expect carmakers to come up with a product like that. But it’s not at all unusual for Toyota. At the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, Toyota turned that possibility into a reality by unveiling a high-performance Sienna show minivan, the Toyota Sienna R-Tuned concept.

This concept may change how people see the Sienna as an outstanding family hauler. They would begin to think that a vehicle like this could even go faster and look more menacing. To create the Toyota Sienna R-Tuned concept, Toyota Technical Center collaborated with performance shop DG-Spec.

Using a stock Sienna SE “Swagger Wagon,” they added a number of elements that would surely enhance the minivan’s performance -- double-adjustable shocks with racing springs, performance tires, wheels and brakes, and a clutch-type limited-slip differential.

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Mercedes-Benz is proud to unveil its latest concept car with Vision Tokyo. Much like its namesake city, it has a distinct atmosphere, gives us a feel of the future, and is huge structure-wise. Indeed, it is so progressive that it truly is befitting of the name.

While it allows autonomous driving, this five-seater is intelligent, versatile, and shows the continuing growth of the brand. It maintains the proud tradition of the brand when it comes to inventive designs.

This includes for example the Vision Ener-G-Force, which was shown in November 2012 at Los Angeles and the AMG Vision Gran Turismo during 2013 at Sunnyvale. This is the same principle that allowed the brand to exhibit the G-Code last November 2014 in Beijing.

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will soon start deliveries of its new Caravelle Generation Six special edition model. The new Caravelle Six Edition is priced from £52,051 (RRP OTR incl. VAT) and was designed to stand out from the crowd with its customized interior and exterior features.

It features a two-tone customized color theme composed of Cherry Red and Candy White. Inside the car, Volkswagen has installed a range of personalized fittings in addition to cutting edge technology and decorative inserts.

The bespoke exterior finish of the new Caravelle takes cues not only from the company’s popular circa-1960 camper van, but also from the more contemporary T6 Caravelle.

Read the entire article 2016 VW Caravelle Generation Six announced in the UK, priced from £52,051

BMW is widening its product range in China to 6 models to make sure that options are available to middle-class consumers who don’t have chauffeurs driving them around. The vehicles that will soon start production in China are the front-wheel drive 2-series Active Tourer minivan, a fwd sedan that falls below the 3 series (which will possibly have a 1 series badge), and a variant of the rwd/awd X3 compact SUV.

According to BMW’s China chief Karsten Engel, its top-seller is still the (China-only) long-wheelbase version of the 5 series, which makes up more than a third of its sales in China. Engel added that BMW has been attracting more new customers who drive their own cars. Local production of the 2-series AT will start next year.

A sedan will be next in 2017. Production for the X3 will be announced later. BMW’s factory is located in Tiexi, west of Shenyang in northeastern China. The 2-series AT and sedan will feature BMW’s new UKL fwd architecture that is shared with Mini. Tiexi opened in 2012 and produces the X1 compact SUV and the 3-series sedan in standard and long-wheelbase variants.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will issue another recall of 703,000 minivans and SUVs with a faulty ignition switch that could rotate out of position. According to the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall covers MY2008-2010 Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Journey, which faulty switches could make a vehicle stall, lose power and disable its airbags.

These vehicles were recalled in 2011 and 2014. FCA’s recall is similar to the ones that plagued General Motors in 2014, linked to 57 deaths in crashes and led to the recall of 2.59 million small cars. The delays in GM’s response to the defect have led to four congressional hearings and a $35 million fine. Those switches were supplied by Delphi.

NHTSA’s investigation into Chrysler vehicles commenced after the GM ignition-switch disclosures in 2014, when it contacted all major carmakers on whether vehicle stalls might affect airbag performance. In Chrysler’s case, it has determined that the airbags in the three affected models function for two-tenths of a second if the ignition switch moves to the accessory or off position.

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The Dodge Grand Caravan's American Value Package will be soon gone. The bottom end of Fiat Chrysler’s minivan lineup -- carrying a starting price of $22,390, including shipping -- will be replaced by the redesigned 2017 Chrysler Town & Country.

The redesigned Town & Country will have a price range of between around $26,000 and over $45,000, depending on features selected by the customer, Chrysler brand head Al Gardner told Automotive News.

Gardner said the redesigned Town & Country will be offered particularly on the $30,000 to $40,000 range. He remarked that the American Value Package is a very difficult price point to build the technology, the content, the vehicle and the platform. He added that even competing brands cannot build on the price point.

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Nissan announced that the 2015 Quest 3.5 S will have a starting price of $26,530 in the United States, excluding the $885 destination charge. Still, if you want more, the 2015 Quest 3.5 SV starts at $30,280, while the Quest 3.5 SL costs $34,060. The most expensive model will be the 2015 Nissan 3.5 Platinum, which costs $43,180.

Prices do not include the $885 destination charge. According to Nissan, the 2015 Quest arrives with some enhancements. First of all, the previous LE grade becomes Platinum grade, while the revised tuning and enhanced D-Step Shift logic added to the standard Xtronic transmission improve fuel economy by 2 mpg on the highway, 1 mpg in the city and combined (now 27 mpg on the highway, 20 mpg city and 22 mpg combined).

Moreover, the 4.3-inches display for audio systems is replaced by a larger 5.0-inch color display. The Moving Object Detection (MOD) added to new Platinum grade’s Around View Monitor. Each model is powered by a standard 3.5-liter DOHC V6 petrol engine rated at 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque, bolted to the Xtronic automatic transmission.

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Chrysler Group’s Windsor minivan facility in Ontario, Canada will be idled for 12 weeks to pave way for upgrades in the first and second quarters of 2015 as the carmaker prepares the site for the output of the next-generation van. The announcement was made by Chrysler Group chief executive Sergio Marchionne during a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at Chrysler headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Marchionne said that the carmaker should create detailed plans to ensure that it still could produce the current minivan until the shutdown. The carmaker currently offers two minivans in North America -- the Chrysler Town & Country and the Dodge Grand Caravan. The latter will soon be phased out with Marchionne saying that the new van will be a Chrysler.

He, however, did not say if the new van still be known as the Town & Country. During the conference, reiterated that Fiat Fiat Chrysler would start trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Oct. 13, and would be registered in the Netherlands.

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Volkswagen AG is recalling around 18,529 Routan minivans (MY2009), adding to the MY2010 models it called back in 2011 for ignition switches that could be knocked into the accessory position and shut off the engine, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This brings the total number of vehicles recalled in the United States to around 31,270 vehicles. VW expanded the recall after Chrysler June sent in late documents for a callback of its own minivans over the same the issue, saying that MY2009 Routan minivans were also affected.

Chrysler called back 696,000 more minivans from (MY2008 and 2009), in addition to a recall of MY2010 models. Carmakers have been paying more attention to the issue of ignition switches even since General Motors recalled 2.6 million cars because of a faulty part tied to at least 13 deaths.

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