The Chrysler Pacifica has been consistently awarded for its various features since it has been released. It’s the new age of the minivan with the Pacifica leading the charge and few vehicles have been as universally awarded in such a short amount of time. The Pacifica has another award to add to the shelf, but this one is for an achievement the minivan pulled off that doesn’t get much buzz. The Pacifica made an achievement in weight reduction.
The fifth annual Altair Enlighten Awards have awarded the Pacifica for innovation in automotive lightweighting.
“The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is a testament to our team’s engineering capability. It’s not only lighter than the vehicle it replaced; it’s longer, wider and more efficient. The Pacifica has also earned superior safety ratings and widespread media acclaim. We are proud to add the Altair Enlighten Award to its list of team achievements.”
The Pacifica was able to reduce its weight with a blend of high-strength steel, aluminum, and magnesium in its body structure that is nearly 250 pounds lighter than the model it is replacing. This helps the Pacifica have an improved fuel economy on the highway and does not sacrifice safety.
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.