2019 Chrysler Pacifica Honors Minivan History

Fiat Chrysler dominated the minivan segment in 2018, capturing more than half the market share. Since bringing the first minivan to the market in 1984, Fiat Chrysler has continued to innovate each and every year. In honor of the segment’s 35th anniversary, a 2019 Chrysler Pacifica special edition is coming to dealer showrooms.

The 35th Anniversary Edition 2019 Chrysler Pacifica made its debut at the Chicago Auto Show alongside the Dodge Grand Caravan. The special edition package is available on the Touring L, Touring Plus, and Limited trim levels.

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica special edition features unique 35th anniversary badging and liquid chrome Chrysler wing badges. Gloss black trim on the front fascia and rear liftgate create a premium look.

Inside, the Pacifica special edition features a black interior with Cranberry Wine accent stitching on the seats and steering wheel. Leather upholstery adds luxurious atmosphere to the cabin. The floor mats will feature 35th Anniversary logos.

Drivers can add sporty flair to their 2019 Chrysler Pacifica special edition with the available S Appearance package. A black grille, headlight accents, badging, and wheels add a more athletic spin to the family minivan.

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica special edition will arrive in dealership showrooms this summer — including here at Weimer CDJR. Pricing isn’t available yet, but experts aren’t expecting to see a major increase compared to the regular trim levels.

FCA Autonomous Driving Technology: New $30 Million Test Facility

Fiat-Chrysler recently announced that it would be investing $30 million in FCA autonomous driving technology. The new lab and testing facility will be at the Chelsea Proving Grounds. The brand will also be investing in advanced safety and driver-assistance technologies as well. The new 6,500-square-foot command center is the ideal place for innovation.

FCA has long been a leader when it comes to automotive technologies and autonomous vehicles are the next step in auto history. According to FCA, the new Chelsea Proving Grounds facility in southeast Michigan will include a 35-acre safety-evaluation area, a dedicated highway-speed track, and a centralized command center. In short, it’s the perfect place to thoroughly test self-driving cars.

“The all-new facility at Chelsea Proving Grounds will help support and enable the successful rollout of the company’s five-year plan laid out earlier this year,” said Mike Manley, Chief Executive Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Chief Operating Officer, NAFTA region. “Our ability to test for autonomous and advanced safety technologies enables FCA to offer our customers the features they want across our brand portfolio.”

Autonomous vehicle systems are capable of driving with minimal driver input. This includes harsh environments and around obstacles. Currently, FCA is working to perfect sensor technologies and software systems. These systems would be capable of both keeping drivers safe as well as improving efficiency and driving times.

We at Weimer Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram are excited to see the strides the new testing facility will make in autonomous driving technology.