HMPA Declares Jeep Wrangler and Chrysler Pacifica as Autos del Año
The Hispanic Motor Press Awards are held annually to find out which vehicles provide the best value to Hispanic families and this year two FCA vehicles were named 2017 HMPA Autos del Año (Cars of the Year).
Close to 100 cars were considered for awards and those vehicles were judged by a committee of 16 Hispanic automotive journalists and influencers. To be considered as an Auto del Año, a vehicle must be all-new, have gone on sale in the last 12 months, and be available in all 50 states.
Factors such as safety, performance, environmental requirements, handling, economy, comfort, driver satisfaction, value, and functionality were all considered by the judges as they picked winners for each segment.
The all-new Chrysler Pacifica was named Auto del Año in the minivan category. The Pacifica offers more than 100 safety and security features, as well as the choice between gasoline and hybrid powertrains.
“There is nothing like the original minivan, and with the Pacifica, Chrysler gets back to the top of the minivan segment,” said President of the Hispanic Motor Press Ricardo Rodriguez-Long. “The all-new Pacifica offers the convenience, safety and value that all Hispanic families are looking for.”
The other FCA model to earn an Auto del Año was the Jeep Wrangler 75th Anniversary Edition, which took home top honors in the Adventure 4×4 segment. The iconic Wrangler is in a select group of SUVs that offer consumers the choice between a five-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmission. FCA also offers a Premium Alpine Package with the Wrangler that adds nine Alpine speakers, a subwoofer, and 552-watt amplifier.
“There is no other 4×4 on the market that can truly embody what adventure means like the Jeep Wrangler,” said Rodriguez-Long. “For the Hispanic consumer, Jeep is all about adventure.”
FCA was presented with both of these awards at the 2016 LA Auto Show.
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