AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
- All-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan named Top Safety Pick+ for 2016
- 2017 Pacifica's available Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system, Forward Collision Warning-Plus, earns "superior" rating from IIHS; features sensor-fusion technology – the industry's first minivan to be so-equipped
- All-new Pacifica achieves "good" rating – the highest possible score – in each of five tests used by IIHS to evaluate crashworthiness
- 2017 Chrysler Pacifica's body structure 72 percent high-strength steel
- All-new Pacifica minivan benefits from more than 100 available safety and security features
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has earned a rating of Top Safety Pick+ for 2016 from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).**
The achievement marks yet another minivan milestone for FCA US LLC, which pioneered the segment more than 30 years ago.
"Having sold more than 14 million minivans since inventing the segment in 1983, we know what's important to minivan buyers," says Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – FCA North America. "The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is the sum of all the knowledge we've accumulated about minivans and the people who are proud to own them. Among the things we know – safety is one of the most important purchase reasons and achieving the Top Safety Pick+ rating helps to establish Pacifica as the segment leader."
While the all-new Pacifica achieves top scores for crashworthiness, the best safety features are those that help drivers avoid collisions. The Chrysler Pacifica's Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system earns a rating of "superior," the highest possible grade that IIHS awards for this technology.
The Pacifica's system is called Forward Collision Warning-Plus. It features sensor-fusion technology, which combines the particular attributes of radar sensors and cameras for greater precision. The system only responds when camera and radar agree that a frontal impact appears imminent.
System response comprises audible and visual driver warnings and/or AEB. No other minivan features sensor-fusion technology; competitive systems employ either cameras or radar sensors.
Sensor-fusion, once reserved for luxury-segment vehicles, is the technology of choice at FCA US, says Mike Dahl, Head of Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance.
"As AEB capability proliferates across our vehicle lineup, we are committed to using sensor-fusion technology," Dahl says. "It is a significant stepping stone in our exploration of autonomous-vehicle development, the next horizon for occupant safety."
No mainstream automaker offers AEB in more segments than FCA US LLC. AEB is available in nine FCA US vehicles across six segments:
- Full-size SUV (Dodge Durango)
- Mid-size SUV (Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Cherokee)
- Small SUV/Crossover (Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X)
- Mid-size sedan (Chrysler 200)
- Full-size sedan (Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger)
- Minivan (Chrysler Pacifica)
Top Safety Pick+ status is contingent on the availability of AEB technology, provided the system achieves ratings of "advanced" or "superior" and the vehicle achieves "good" ratings for crashworthiness. IIHS crash tests simulate:
- side impact with a large SUV or pickup truck;
- moderate-offset frontal impact;
- small-offset frontal impact;
- roof-deformation consistent with a rollover;
- rear collision capable of inducing whiplash.
Material choice is a key contributor to the all-new Pacifica's outstanding crashworthiness. High-strength steel accounts for 72 percent of its body structure, 38 percent of which is Advanced High-Strength Steel (AHSS).
High-strength materials engineered into the all-new Pacifica, such as press-hardened steel and AHSS, which is up to 300 percent stronger than conventional "mild" steel, afford structural benefits while also delivering fuel-saving weight reduction. The all-new Chrysler Pacifica is 250 pounds lighter than the vehicle it replaces, and its body structure accounts for more than half of that difference.
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica joins the 2016 Fiat 500X and 2016 Chrysler 200 on the list of vehicles to earn Top Safety Pick+ status for 2016. The Pacifica boasts more than 100 available safety and security features, from LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus, to 360-degree Surround View, which provides a bird's eye view of the vehicle and its surroundings – from the driver's seat.
** The designation applies to any 2017 Chrysler Pacifica produced after August 2016.
About Chrysler Brand
The Chrysler brand has delighted customers with distinctive designs, craftsmanship, intuitive innovation and technology all at an extraordinary value since the company was founded in 1925.
Whether it is the family-room-on-wheels functionality of the all-new Chrysler Pacifica minivan, the groundbreaking, bold design of the Chrysler 300, or the simple elegance and extraordinary driving experience of the Chrysler 200, Chrysler brand vehicles reward the passion, creativity and sense of accomplishment of its owners. Beyond just exceptionally designed vehicles, the Chrysler brand has incorporated thoughtful features into all of its products, such as the innovative center console with pass through storage and sliding cup holders in the Chrysler 200, the industry-exclusive Stow 'n Go seating and storage system on the Chrysler Pacifica and the fuel-saving Fuel Saver Technology in the Chrysler 300.
The Chrysler brand's succession of innovative product introductions continues to solidify the brand's standing as the leader in design, engineering and value. The premium for the Chrysler brand is in the product, not the price.
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SOURCE FCA US LLC