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First-Ever 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Rolls Off Assembly Line

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica First Production Vehicle

The first-ever 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has rolled off the assembly line

The moment soccer moms across the country have been waiting for has arrived—Chrysler has officially begun production of its new 2017 Pacifica minivan.

This minivan, which debuted during the 2016 North American International Auto Show, is technically the Chrysler Town & Country with a different name and a plethora of new features. It’s the epitome of a family friendly car. In fact, this minivan is so family-friendly that it even has its own family-oriented board game.

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But the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica isn’t just for soccer moms anymore—with this new name comes an entirely new approach to the minivan segment, including a 287-horsepower gasoline engine and a hybrid powertrain option. Its exterior is influenced by the Chrysler 200 sedan, which makes it taller with a body similar to a crossover. Add its tricked out interior, including a new Uconnect Theater system for the little kiddies, and there is little that this minivan doesn’t offer.

Now, the Pacifica is being produced at the American carmaker’s Windsor, Ontario plant in Canada. The plant, which was built in 1928, has been producing minivans since 1983. During this time, Chrysler has sold 14 million minivans—and of that 14 million, more than 6 million remain on the road.

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When it comes to producing good minivans, the Windsor plant knows exactly what’s up. The 4.4-million-square-feet plant currently holds the silver designation in World Class Manufacturing, which means it focuses on putting out its products quickly, while eliminating waste, improving quality, and keeping its employees safe.

  • Derrick BrownContributor

    Derrick Brown is the Chrysler Business Manager at Brown Motors Ford Lincoln Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. He is the 4th generation to work at Brown Motors which started selling transportation in 1898. In his spare time, Derrick likes to go boating in the summer and hang out with his dog.

  • Chrysler again will set another precedent in the mini-van market. I waiting for the first one to hit our local dealership to drive it and whether I should trade in my 300.

  • 2daloo

    I’m the last person anyone would think of as a potential minivan buyer: female, single, no kids. Is it wrong to want this to make carting my creaky 80 pound dog around in? I can’t lift him in and out of an SUV or car and attempts to teach him to use a ramp or dog steps have failed miserably. A minivan would be a back saver!

    • Thierry

      very smart – never thought of that market but that’d solve your problems – actually impressed you’re thinking that broadly 🙂