The Voyager is back, but not as a Plymouth.
The Plymouth Voyager was a popular minivan of the 90s and early 2000s. While the Plymouth brand is likely dead for good, Fiat Chrysler has dusted off the Voyager name for use on entry-level Chrysler Pacifica models.
The 2020 Chrysler Voyager replaces the Pacifica L and LX models and is intended for budget-minded families and fleet buyers who can do without the numerous tech and convenience features available, but they do come standard with seven-passenger seating, a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility.
You can’t get leather seats on either Voyager model, but you can add the SafetyTec Group that adds rear park assist with stop, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, the Cold Weather Group Package, Stow ‘n Place roof rack and a single overhead DVD on the Voyager LX. Chrysler’s trademark Stow ‘n’ Go second-row storage system is not part of the options list.
In addition to the Voyage L and LX models, Chrysler is also offering an LXi trim specifically for fleet buyers. As such, the Voyager LXi comes equipped with durable vinyl seats, Stow ‘n’ Go seating, roof rack, second-row sunshades and remote start.
Aside from the name change and stripped down features list, the Voyager is identical to the Pacifica. All three models are powered by a Pentastar V6 that produces 287 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, sent to the front wheels by a nine-speed automatic transmission.
FCA And France’s PSA Merge To Form New Automotive Giant
The newly-formed carmaker will be the fourth largest automotive group in the world.
FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) and France’s PSA, the maker of Peugeot, Citroen, Opel and Vauxhall vehicles, have reached a formal agreement to merge.
The 50 billion deal will see the creation of a 50-50 joint shareholder-owned entity, with the goal of saving $4.11 billion (3.7 billion euro) annually is synergies.
The combined entity will have annual revenues of $189.06 billion (170 billion euro), with sales of over 8 million vehicles and profits of more than more than $12.23 billion (11 billion euro) based on 2018 figures.
Together, the companies will constitute the world’s fourth-largest automotive group, likely putting pressure on other automakers to consider consolidation in response to the slowdown of the global auto market and the high cost of developing self-driving technology and electrification.
The merger will bring together Jeep, Ram, Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Maserati on FCA’s side, and Peugeot, Citroen, Opel, Vauxhall and DS Automobiles on PSA’s side.
Each company will contribute five members to a 11-member board, with an additional seat going to PSA CEO Carlos Tavares. Tavares will serve as the CEO of the new company, while FCA Chairman John Elkann would retain his role.
The new company will be listed on the New York, Paris and Milan stock exchanges.
Fiat Chrysler Unconnect Now Lets You Order Pizza Using Your Car
Uconnect has consistently been one of the best infotainment system on the market, and Uconnect Market will make it even better.
Not to be outdone by General Motors, which has been a dominant force when it comes to offering in-car commerce, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has has given its Unconnect infotainment system a new Market platform that treats Jeep, RAM, Chrysler, and Dodge owners to most of the same convenience features enjoyed by owners of GM vehicles.
Unconnect Market allows a variety of third-party companies to offer connected buying services directly through the infotainment system. With it, you will be able to order and pay for food, reserve a table at a restaurant, fill your tank at pump-and-pay gas locations, locate and pay for nearby parking, and even schedule service appointments.
Adding a credit card when setting up a Uconnect Market account gives you authorized card-free fuel fill-ups at participating Shell stations.
The Unconnect Market platform rolls out via an over-the-air (OTA) update in the second half of 2019 for current 2019 model year or newer Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles equipped with Fiat Chrysler’s 8.4-inch touchscreen.
Chrysler Celebrates 35 Years Of The Minivan With Special Edition Pacifica, Caravan
It’s been over three decades, since the American automaker gave birth to the minivan segment.
Chrysler introduced the first minivan — Dodge Caravan / Plymouth Voyager — in 1984, and has sold more than 14.6 million minivans over the proceeding 35 years, twice as many as any other automaker. It chose to celebrate the milestone with 35th Anniversary Edition versions of the Chrysler Pacifica, Pacifica Hybrid and Dodge Grand Caravan.
All three feature an all-black interior with Cranberry Wine accent stitching and special 35th anniversary badging.
Available on the Touring L, Touring L Plus and Limited models, the Chrysler Pacifica 35th Anniversary Edition has Cranberry Wine accent stitching on its McKinley and Nappa leather perforated seats, steering wheel, door trim, instrument panel and door handles. Designers the 35th Anniversary logo has on the front floor mats.
Touring L trim models come standard with memory driver’s seat, eight-passenger seating, Mopar overhead DVD, 18-inch wheels. Going for the Touring L Plus adds a dual-pane sunroof and the Limited further adds 20-inch wheels.
The Hybrid Touring L comes equipped with the premium Audio Group with 13 Alpine speakers, Uconnect 4C Nav with 8.4-inch display and 17-inch wheels, while the Hybrid Limited tosses in 18-inch wheels.
Only the Grand Caravan SE and SXT models get the 35th Anniversary treatment, boasting 17-inch tech silver aluminum wheels, 35th Anniversary fender badge and a Bright grille.
Inside, they features Cranberry Wine accent stitching on the steering wheel, seats and door trim; a Piano Black console and IP accent; and a 35th Anniversary embroidered logo on the front floor mats.
The 35th Anniversary edition Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan go on sale in Summer 2019.