The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid received top honors at the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association (GAAMA). The Pacifica Hybrid took home the awards for overall Best Family Car and Best Technology Family Car and the Pacifica received the Best Three-row Family Car.
The members of GAAMA graded the vehicles based on several categories and on a trip along scenic routes at the Lake Lanier Islands Resort and Conference Center in Buford, Georgia.
The Pacifica and the Pacifica Hybrid have been racking up the award wins from various outlets. It’s been a remarkably new entry to what many consider a boring segment. Few auto companies have been putting so much into the minivan market to try to revitalize it out of the soccer parents category and into a true family vehicle. It brings a new and beautiful exterior as well as being loaded with all kinds of technology to keep the driver and passengers safe as well as plenty of entertainment options to help passengers in longer drives.
The Pacifica Hybrid is another major upgrade to the minivan. The Pacifica boosts an innovative hybrid powertrain and is the first electrified vehicle in the minivan segment. It also is capable of an incredible 84 miles per gallon equivalent in electric-only mode and 33 miles of all-electric range.
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.