FCA US Brands Step Up In 2017, Improving Initial Quality Ratings Across the Board

Many automakers strive year over year to improve upon last year’s models and produce the best vehicles possible, but some makes are more successful than others. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US, the parent company behind Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep,Ram, FIAT and Alfa Romeo, saw company-wide improvements in the 2017 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS) by J.D. Power that surveys purchasers and lessees of new model-year vehicles after 90 days of ownership.

Overall, FCA US vehicles improved its quality rating faster than the industry average and Ram trucks showed a 24 percent increase to make it the most-improved truck brand. Four FCA US vehicles performed so well as to rank among the top three in their respective categories in terms of initial quality.

2017 Ram 1500: The Refined Brute

Results of the 2017 IQS show that Ram Truck improved the most out of any truck brand in the industry, gaining almost 25 percent over last year’s IQS score and showing increased satisfaction among owners. The 2017 Ram 1500 is well on its way to continuing Ram Truck’s reputation for building America’s longest-lasting pickups. A high-strength, eight-cross member steel frame lays the foundation for the Ram 1500’s rough-and-tumble capability. Robust pulling power comes via a selection of either gasoline or diesel powerplants. But being brawny doesn’t have to mean being unrefined, with a five-link coil rear suspension system and optional air suspension providing comfort and stability for both passengers and cargo.

True to the needs of truck buyers, the Ram 1500 features numerous storage areas in the cabin as well as a flat rear bed for your cargo-carrying requirements. Tech even has its place in the truck’s interior, with a customizable driver information digital display and an 8.4-inch Uconnect® 8.4 touchscreen for entertainment and navigation. Safety is also high priority on the Ram 1500, featuring front, rear, side and curtain airbags, rear parking camera and a Sentry Key® theft deterrent system. Ram offers a Ram 1500 full-size pickup for every hauling need, with 11 trim levels available.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Makes a Strong Debut

New for 2017, the Chrysler Pacifica replaces the Town & Country with a more functional, versatile and technological family carrier, wrapped in bold styling for a minivan. Gasoline and hybrid options are available for a flexible range of power and efficiency. An all-new platform, composed of a steel unibody chassis with aluminum and magnesium parts provide rigid yet light underpinnings. Independent MacPherson struts on the front and twist-blade with coil springs at the rear ensure a smooth ride both in the city and on the highway. The 2017 Pacifica is powered by Chrysler’s class-leading 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 engine, available in both standard gasoline and hybrid configurations.

The Pacifica Hybrid is the first hybrid minivan in the US. Power is routed through a Torqueflite nine-speed automatic transmission (electrically variable on hybrid models). Flexible seating options accommodate up to eight people in comfort, or load up on cargo with the Pacifica’s roomy interior. The all-new Uconnect® Theater rear-seat entertainment system will keep third-row passengers occupied on long journeys. No wonder the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is the most awarded minivan of the year and the highest ranking minivan in the J.D. Power study.

2017 Dodge Grand Caravan: More in Store

Celebrating more than 30 years of ferrying families across America’s roads, the Dodge Grand Caravan has introduced nearly 80 firsts to its segment, innovations that are clearly making their mark for the 2017 model year. For starters, owners have access to a whopping 81 different seating configurations, thanks to the industry-exclusive Super Stow ‘n Go® seats for superior flexibility; no need to remove the seats just to make room, simply fold them into the floor and free up all the space you need. In-floor storage bins on the second row supplement the Grand Caravan’s cargo carrying capacity, providing more nooks and crannies for you to keep travel essentials and small items.

For cargo requirements too big for the cabin, the Stow ‘n Place® roof rack system lets you load bulky items topside. The dashboard prominently features the climate control interface and the in-dash Uconnect® touchscreen, offering multimedia entertainment and information options such as SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, iPod® or smartphone integration and satellite navigation. The available Super Console combines four cupholders, two power outlets and covered device storage for the ultimate in convenience.

2017 Dodge Challenger: Fearsome Performance

The Dodge Challenger is a powerful muscle car ever, with a heritage that goes back 47 years and for 2017 it brings a fearsome attitude ready to set fire to American streets. The 2017 Dodge Challenger SXT combines power and efficiency with its Pentastar® V6 motor coupled with a TorqueFlite® eight-speed gearbox. The 2017 Dodge Challenger R/T packs a high-torque 5.7-liter HEMI® powerplant, unleashing up to 375 horses from under the hood to the tarmac via either a manual or automatic gearbox. The 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A comes with either a naturally-aspirated Dodge 5.7-liter or a 392 V8 HEMI® engine, with the effect magnified by a new active exhaust setup, a selection of performance tires depending on variant and cold-air induction components. Adaptive damping suspension is standard on the SRT 392, while six-piston Brembo front brakes provide sure stopping power. All this, however, is trumped by the motherlode of Challenger performance: the SRT Hellcat, courtesy of a 6.2-liter HEMI® V8 unit that delivers 707 horses raging under the hood.

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