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Archive for January, 2017

Commitment to Jobs in Michigan and Ohio

Fiat Chrysler America (FCA) recently announced its intention to invest up to $1 billion in Ohio and Michigan manufacturing plants as the company tools up to add some more products to the Jeep lineup. Look for a new Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer and Jeep pickup truck to show up on the lot at Chapman Jeep in the next few years as the result of this move. The investment will also mean an additional 2,000 jobs to bolster the local economies in Warren, Mich. and Toledo, Ohio. “The conversion of our industrial footprint completes this stage of our transformation as we respond to the shift in consumer tastes to trucks and SUVs, and as we continue to reinforce the U.S. as a global manufacturing hub for those vehicles at the heart of the SUV and truck market,” according to FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne.

Ram Truck Also Moving Back to America

The $1 billion investment will help the Warren Truck Assembly Plant get geared up for the production of both Wagoneer models, along with giving it the capability to bring the Ram truck production into the fold. The Ram is currently manufactured in Mexico. The money will also go to upgrade the Toledo Assembly Complex in preparation for the production of the Jeep pickup truck. “The expansion of our Jeep lineup has been and continues to be the key pillar of our strategy. Our commitment to internationalize the Jeep brand is unwavering, and with these last moves, we will finally have the capacity to successfully penetrate markets other than the U.S. which have historically been denied product due to capacity constraints,” Marchionne continued.

New Product Announcement Coincides with Unveiling of Compass

The announcement of the new Wagoneers and Jeep pickup come on the heels of the unveiling of the all-new Jeep Compass, a global compact SUV with phenomenal capability. With two available advanced 4×4 systems to choose from, the new Compass delivers off-road capability in a small package. “Our all-new 2017 Jeep Compass enters an extremely important and growing segment worldwide, and does so with an unmatched list of attributes that includes benchmark 4×4 off-road capability, exceptional on-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient powertrains, countless advanced technology and safety features, all wrapped in a premium, authentic Jeep design,” according to Mike Manley, Jeep Brand chief. The new Compass will get up to 30 mpg, depending on your engine choice, and comes with a choice of three different transmissions. Look for it this spring on the sales lot at Chapman Jeep.

Specially Outfitted Vans Heading to Streets

Google and Chrysler are teaming up to use the innovative Pacifica Hybrid minivan as part of the tech giant’s self-driving vehicle program. Now called “Waymo,” the project will put 100 Pacificas on the streets outfitted with a sensor suite controlled by a special computer. Telematics will relay information to a central command station. Drivers will be onboard all vehicles during driving times to take over should anything go wrong. “The Pacifica Hybrid will be a great addition to our fully self-driving test fleet,” according to Waymo CEO John Krafcik. “FCA’s product development and manufacturing teams have been agile partners, enabling us to go from program kickoff to full assembly in just six months. They’ve been great partners, and we look forward to continued teamwork with them as we move into 2017.” See why the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is an innovative masterpiece by visiting Chapman Chrysler.

Self-Driving Cars Wave of Future

It will probably be decades before self-driving cars are the sole mean of transportation on the road, but that technology is closer than you may think. Analysts say that self-driving cars have the means to drastically reduce the 1.2 million deaths that occurs on the nation’s highways each year as 94 percent of those deaths are caused by driver error. The ability of Chrysler to quickly modify the Pacifica to meet the needs of the Waymo program, specifically modifying the electrical, powertrain and chassis assemblies, means important testing will be done sooner than anticipated.

Pacifica First Hybrid Minivan

The Pacifica is the first hybrid minivan available in the United States. Stay in touch with Chapman Chrysler to get first word of its delivery to the Scottsdale location. With a range of 33 miles just on electric power, the Pacifica Hybrid has earned an equivalent rating of 84 miles per gallon from the Environmental Protection Agency. “To make sure owners and their families get the most out of the innovative, efficient hybrid powertrains, the all-new Pacifica is loaded with high-tech features that make it easy to connect, charge and maximize the efficiency of their minivan, even remotely from their smartphones,” according to Tim Kuniskis, passenger car director for Chrysler. “Whether it’s scheduling the Pacifica Hybrid’s charge times, locating nearby charing stations, remotely checking the vehicle’s charge status or maximizing efficiency while driving, the Pacifica Hybrid’s advanced technologies let owners easily connect with the vehicle whenever and wherever best suits their schedule.”

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid comes with a unique variation on the standard Uconnect 8.4 system, which provides infotainment, navigation and communication on other vehicles. In the Hybrid, the system has special pages to provide information like power flow, driving history and charge scheduling. It’s just another technological advancement that makes the new Pacifica Hybrid special.