2019 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Pacifica 35th Anniversary Edition
It was not just Mazda which brought an anniversary edition model to Chicago Auto Show.The MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition might have stolen the limelight, but Chrysler and Dodge have launched anniversary editions of their minivans as well. Perhaps, they went unnoticed because they are humble minivans and not some fancy roadsters. Oh, automotive enthusiasts, thou art mean.
FCA Looking to "Wow" Chicago with A Pair of Special Edition Minivans
Thirty-five years after introducing the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is honoring the minivan OGs with a pair of 35th Anniversary special edition models, featuring the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Chrysler Pacifica. Like most special edition models, the Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan 35th Anniversary Editions are packed with exclusive touches, including fancy paint finishes and special badges. All special edition features come in the form of packages. The special edition package is available to a range of Pacifica and Grand Caravan models, including the Pacifica Hybrid. Pricing details have yet to be released, but the 35th Anniversary packages for both the Pacifica and the Grand Caravan will be available sometime in summer of 2019. The Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan 35th Anniversary Editions will debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.
Chrysler isn’t on the Chopping Block Yet; Fiat to Retreat, Become Euro-Only EV Brand
FCA’s investor meeting has taken place, and the official word is that Chrysler will carry on as a North-American.-only brand and Fiat will become a Euro-only EV brand. To take things even further, a company spokesperson has also said that Dodge won’t be killed off either. That’s a pretty bold move from FCA considering how unpopular Chrysler and Fiat have become here. What happens with these brands next, however, will determine whether or not they’ll continue to stick around long term.
Chrysler to Send Thousands of Pacifica Minivans to Waymo
Fiat Chrysler is supplying Google’s self-driving division, Waymo, with “thousands” of Chrysler Pacifica minivans for testing on public roasts. Waymo already has a fleet of 600 FCA vehicles, which were supplied after the two companies formed a partnership in 2016. The fleet already includes vehicles capable of fully self-driving thanks to Waymo’s autonomous driving systems were installed.
John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, said, “With the world’s first fleet of fully self-driving vehicles on the road, we’ve moved from research and development to operations and deployment. These additional vehicles will help us scale.”
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2016 Chrysler 200S Alloy Edition
Just a week after the world found out that Chrysler was dropping the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200, Chrysler announced the “Alloy Edition” of the soon-to-be-discontinued 200 sedan. It’s slated to debut next to the 300S Alloy Edition at the Chicago Auto Show this month, showcasing some unique accenting that includes a dark bronze and titanium finish inside and out.
In the press release announcing the 200S Allow Edition, Tim Kuniskis – the Head of Passenger Car Brands for FCA – said, “Chrysler brand embodies Detroit style, and our new 200S and 300S Alloy Editions are a perfect meld of our engineering innovation and craftsmanship, forged with cutting-edge colors and materials inspired by the Motor City’s ingenuity and creativity.”
Of course, one has to remember that the death warrant for the 200S has already been written, so even though Chrysler feels the 200S is an “athletically striking sedan with coupe-like proportions and a timeless look,” it’s not going to be around for long. So, will this new Special Edition be enough to increase sales and save the model from going down as a total flop? Well, probably not, but let’s take a look at what makes it special.
Updated 02/16/2016: We added a series of new images taken during the car’s official debut at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. Check the "Pictures" tab to see them.
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Over the course of the last year, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has purportedly delayed the redesign or release of at least 12 current or new vehicles in North America.
Citing suppliers familiar with the company’s plans, Reuters is reporting that the large number of delays could possibly stem from the automaker’s desire to defer billions of dollars in investments while it searches for a new partner. FCA chief exec Sergio Marchionne has said in the past that he favors consolidation, which would save on capital put toward the creation of overlapping engines and vehicles. Last-minute design and engineering changes are also among suspected explanations for the delays.
The list of program postponements mentioned by the sources is long. It includes the redesigned Ram 1500 delayed from mid-2017 to November 2017, the redesigned Jeep Wrangler delayed from early 2017 to July 2017, the redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee delayed from 2017 to 2018, the Jeep Patriot/Compass replacement delayed six months from an original launch date in the spring of 2016, the redesigned Dodge Dart delayed from mid-2016 to 2019/20, the redesigned Charger delayed from mid/late 2018 to 2019, the redesigned Challenger delayed from mid/late 2018 to 2019, and the redesigned Chrysler 300 delayed from mid/late 2018 to 2019.
The supposed delays contradict a five-year, $50 billion plan outlined in May of last year, which also included boosting annual global sales to 7 million by 2018, up from 4.75 million sold last year.
FCA declined to comment on specific model delays, instead telling Reuters that the 2014 plan was “a five-year snapshot” of the company’s strategy going forward.
“Those plans need to be flexible and fluid, with the potential to add some vehicles, pull some forward and extend the life cycle of others. We look at these programs on a vehicle-by-vehicle basis,” the company said.
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling about 25,000 of the 2015 Chrysler 200 for a potential transmission replacement. The recall affects V6-powered models equipped with the brand’s new nine-speed automatic transmission. In the affected models, the park rod may become dislodged or broken, preventing the gearbox from shifting into Park. If the park lock does not engage, the vehicle may roll away.
"Inconsistent assembly procedures at a supplier’s plant have been linked to five reports involving customers who could not shift their vehicles into park," FCA said in a statement, adding that it is unaware of any related injuries or accidents.
FCA estimates that 25,734 sedans could be affected by this issue, 22,107 of which were sold in the U.S., 3,600 in Canada and 213 in Mexico. The recalled vehicles were manufactured between March 9th, 2014 and December 15th, 2014.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall is expected to begin on April 10th, 2015. Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, change the transmission free of charge. Until then, owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403 for additional information.
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles may soon expand its North American diesel lineup to include the Chrysler 200 compact sedan. Currently motivated by 2.4-liter, four-cylinder or 3.6-liter V-6 mills, the 200 is set to receive a 2.2-liter oil burner, if we are to believe a report coming from Automotive News. The unit in question is reportedly being developed by Alfa Romeo for one of its upcoming sedans. As with most Fiat engines, the 2.2-liter four-pot is expected to come in many flavors, ranging from 135 to over 200 horsepower. However, only one version is likely to make it stateside to join the Tigershark and Pentastar gasoline engines already available for the 200.
If this rumor proves to be true, Alfa Romeo’s 2.2-liter would become the fourth diesel engine to power FCA cars in the U.S. Chrysler already offers a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 in the Ram 1500 pickup truck and the Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV, as well as a 3.0-liter inline-four in the Ram ProMaster van. Ram also gets a 6.7-liter, straight-six from Cummins, its long-time diesel engine supplier. There’s no word on whether the new 2.2-liter diesel will make it into other FCA vehicles here in the U.S., but keep it locked here for more details on the matter.
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The Chrysler 200 has a long and muddled history dragging behind it. Born from the ashes of the tarnished and dented Sebring nameplate, new parent Fiat wanted the 200 to stand tall with a collection of new engines, features and a new interior design. With its debut in 2010, it was obvious that Chrysler had the ability to recover from its past mistakes. For 2015 we have the new second-generation 200. It looks better, has a new transmission and the interior has been loaded with the best luxury and technology available.
I was impressed with the last 200 for its sudden refinement and quality over the car that birthed it, but I wasn’t sure if it was the best choice in such a competitive segment. With the 2015 car Chrysler is promising a lot has been improved in ride, comfort, luxury, and technology. As the swoopy four-door pulled into my driveway for my weeklong test, I was intrigued. I had more than 500 miles of hectic holiday driving ahead of me. I was ready to see if the 200 would be a willing companion.
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Ah, the Chrysler 200 — the “luxurious” champion of rental car fleets the nation over; successor to the equally rental-esque Sebring, that sedan, coupe, and two-door convertible that lived from 1995 till 2010 when the then-new 200 picked up the baton for the 2011 model year. Though the 200 was a marked improvement over the Sebring in nearly every way, its styling was on the boring side of stodgy. Its interior, however, began to show off Chrysler’s helpful Fiat influences. While not stellar, the first generation 200’s innards were on the right track.
Now for 2015, Chrysler’s Fiat ownership is fully realized. The all-new 200 is a far cry from that rental lot appliance of yore. Its swoopy exterior design is considerably up-market in its styling while its interior looks as if it rolled off a Volvo assembly line. Perhaps if anything, it’s a tad overdesigned, attempting to overcompensate for the egregious fashion faux pas of years gone by — but that’s nothing to hold against the car.
I recently spent a week getting to know the new 200. My tester was the sportier flavor, the 200 S. It came well equipped with the range-topping, 3.6-liter V-6 and all-wheel-drive. The fantastic 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system and a very stylized gauge cluster dominated the dashboard while its sloping center console carried all the right knobs for safe, eyes-on-the-road driving.
So how’d it measure up after getting past its pretty face and improved interior? Well, continue reading to find out.
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The 2015 Chrysler 200 finally got its long-overdue update when Chrysler decided to introduce the revised model at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. It really couldn’t have come at a better time as a lot of people were getting tired of the old 200. Now, the 200S is getting the full Mopar blowout at the 2014 SEMA Auto Show. For those who already have the 2015 200S in their garages, this is the blueprint you need to follow to make it stand out even more.
The showpiece model didn’t get any peculiar colors or massive performance bumps, which might confuse some people because SEMA is usually associated with bombastic shades and outlandish engine modifications. Instead, Chrysler and Mopar opted for a more subdued, yet infinitely more realistic upgrade. There’s a new body kit somewhere in there, and while it’s not as obvious as those 19-inch matte-bronze wheels, Mopar also did a number on the 200S’ suspension system to help it in the corners.
The best part about this program is the fact that these Mopar accessories are going to be available to the public beginning in 2015. The Mopar body kit will hit stores in the first quarter of 2015 with the wheels and the other upgrades following at later dates.
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The Chrysler brand has just announced it has received more than 10,000 orders for its brand-new, 2015 200 in the first day the ordering system for the sedan went online. The second day brought another 7,000+ requests from customers and dealers and, according to the company, orders keep pouring in.
Production of the redesigned vehicle had already commenced in mid-March at the company’s plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and full assembly capacity — much-needed given the 200’s pre-delivery success — is expected to be reached through mid-July.
This is great news for Chrysler, who has been struggling to survive with a lineup comprising only four models the past few years. That hasn’t changed and the offer will shrink even further once the old 200 Convertible gets the axe later this year, but the redesigned 200 might just be the pill that precedes the curing process Chrysler had to begin years ago.
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Like a company beaming over its new prized model, Chrysler is putting a lot of its eggs in the basket of the new 200 sedan. That’s how much it hopes the redesigned model will get over with the public after mercifully ending the Sebring’s run.
So, with an all-new 200 rekindling new hope for Chrsyler, the American brand is set to unleash the full-court press on the new midsize sedan, and that includes an aftermarket program courtesy of Mopar.
The model that’s being touted in the Mopar guise is actually a 200S, and it features a Lunar White Pearl Tri-coat exterior. If fancy and classy can go together, this color certainly does a good job at highlighting the 200’s impressive new looks.
Not only that, Mopar’s accessory list for the 200S also includes a host of exterior and interior goodies, highlighted by a graphics package, a bicycle-hitch receiver, white leather seats, bronze contrast stitching, Autonet WIFI and ambient lighting, among a smorgasbord of new digs, all of which you can check out after the jump.
No performance upgrades were given to the Mopar-tuned 200S, but considering how Chrysler is trying to establish the 200 as the new "face" of its lineup, keeping it in its current mechanical guise — a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that produces 295 horsepower and 355 lb-ft of torque — is important to elucidate the 200’s appeal to the public.
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