The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is enjoying the new year by being the most awarded minivan of the year. It has received 30 honors in 2016 and seems to be poised to continue collecting awards and adulation from the car press and drivers.
Most recently, the new and popular minivan was named by automotive journalists from both the US and Canada as the 2017 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year. That brings the yearly total of awards for 2017 up to 12.
The Chrysler Pacifica is bringing style back to the minivan segment and is being noticed for it.
“When we first introduced the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica just one year ago, we believed that we had created the perfect formula for today’s busy families,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands for FCA North America after receiving the award for 2017 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year. “But it’s the recognition from our customers and respected opinion leaders like the NACTOY jury that helps to reinforce Pacifica’s status in the marketplace as the no-compromises minivan, and highlights what a great job the entire team has done in developing, building and selling the all-new Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid.”
As 2017 continues on and more and more drivers get the chance to take the Pacifica for a drive, the more love it will be getting.
Chrysler has been highlighting how the partnership between themselves and BraunAbility has been helping wheelchair users with the BraunAbility Chrysler Pacifica. Previously, FCA covered the story of Cheryl Angelelli and how the BraunAbility Pacifica helps her. The latest story is from Wallis Brozman and her service dog Mork.
Mork is from the Canine Companions for Independence. Chrysler has a co-promotion with the CCI with a program that looks to help people with disabilities gain greater independence with a service dog. These service dogs help their owners in completing every day activities which includes getting in and out of wheelchair-accessible vehicles.
In the case of Wallis Brozman, her service dog Mork does more than assist in getting into the car. He also picks up keys, understands sign language, and helps to pull Brozman into her van. Service dogs like Mork are very important in the aid they provide. In order to get a service dog like Mork, however, takes considerable time. Training takes two years and costs $50,000. Once the dog has completed the training, there is a waiting list of 450 people.
That’s why Chrysler is helping the CCI with the “Give a Dog a Job Program.” This program looks to help people like Brozman handle the cost of service dogs like Mork. If you’d like to donate to the “Give a Dog a Job Program” click here.
BraunAbility has been working with Chrysler to make the Chrysler Pacifica one of the most accessible vehicles on the market.
A new blog post on FCA’s website tells the story of Cheryl Angelelli. When she was 14 years old, she wanted to become an Olympic swimmer. While she was practicing a new racing dive, she broke her neck. Since then, she has gone on to win four swimming medals and has competed in three Paralympics.
She was at the Chicago Auto Show as a spokesperson for BraunAbility when they showed off the BraunAbility Chrysler Pacifica for the first time.
“I lead a very full and active life, and a big part of what makes that possible, is my adapted vehicle.”
The BraunAbility Chrysler Pacifica features AccessAbility technology that has the industry’s widest side-entry ramp. The Pacifica provides additional space that provides obstruction-free maneuverability for all sizes and types of wheelchairs in the cabin with by having rear-axle space innovation.
Another bright spot on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is that is now on the list of eligible vehicles in the FCA US LLC Automobility Program which helps to ease the burden of drivers and passengers with physical challenges.