Chrysler Pacifica Earns Another Award
The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica recently received an Altair Enlighten Award for innovation in automotive lightweighting, taking the honor in the full-vehicle category. These awards are the automotive industry’s only honor to signify engineering achievements in weight savings.
The Pacifica minivan weighs nearly 250 pounds less than the previous model, with more than half of the weight savings due to the use of an innovative body structure that also helps contribute to superior crashworthiness ratings. By combining high-strength steels, aluminum and magnesium, engineers were able to create a body structure that’s 168 pounds lighter than before.
Naturally, reduced body weight leads to improved fuel economy; the all-new Chrysler Pacifica earned a best-in-class highway rating of 28 mpg from the EPA and a combined city/highway rating of 22 mpg that leads the minivan segment.
Don’t think the lighter vehicle is any less safe, however. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) granted the Pacifica a five-star crash rating, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded it a Top Safety Pick+ rating.
In a press release, Phil Jansen, Head of Product Development – FCA North America, stated, “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.”