Chrysler Pacifica Receives a New Award
The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica recently earned an Altair Enlighten Award in the full-vehicle category for innovation in automotive lightweighting. This award, the automotive industry's only honor to mark engineering achievements in weight savings, has an honored place among the more than 50 that the Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid have earned.
The new Pacifica has shed nearly 250 pounds from the previous model's weight, more than half of which is credited to the vehicle's inventive body structure. Engineers combined high-strength steels, aluminum and magnesium to contruct a body structure that's 168 pounds lighter yet just as safe.
The Pacifica's reduced body weight has led to better fuel economy of a best-in-class EPA rating of 28 mpg highway and a segment-leading combined city/highway rating of 22 mpg.
just because the Pacifica is lighter, don’t think its safety has been compromised. The minivan has earned a five-star crash rating from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a Top Safety Pick+ award.
In a press release, Phil Jansen, Head of Product Development – FCA North America, commented, "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."