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Cross Over to this Crossover!

Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler near St. Louis

The Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler near St. Louis is a delightful crossover that is fuel efficient and fun to drive. Not only that, but it also offers a lot of seating and is perfect for a family vehicle. Today we want to take a look at the history of the Chrysler Pacifica, where it started and how far it has come.

Chrysler entered the crossover vehicle segment for the first time in 2004 with a vehicle called the Pacifica. The same chassis used by Chryslers minivan line-up served as the basis of the Chrysler Pacifica. The 2004 Chrysler Pacifica was offered as a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configuration. Standard power for the 2004 Pacifica was derived from a 3.5-liter V-6 engine.

The 250-horsepower V-6 engine of the 2004 Chrysler Pacifica was paired with a four-speed automatic transmission incorporating an AutoStick shifter. Attempting to showcase the Pacifica as a luxurious alternative to the minivan, Chrysler included a sizable complement of standard equipment on the crossover vehicle. 17-inch aluminum wheels, air suspension, cruise control, dual-zone climate control and leather-wrapped steering wheel were all included on the 2004 Chrysler crossover vehicle.

Three-row seating came standard on the 2004 Pacifica providing interior accommodations for six occupants. In 2005, with the addition of Touring and Limited trim levels, the third row seating was no longer included on the base model of the Chrysler Pacifica. For 2006, 200-horsepower 3.8-liter V-6 engine replaced the 3.5-liter powerplant as the base propulsion of the crossover. The following year, the Chrysler Pacificas older engine was replaced by a 4.0-liter V-6 powerplant generating 255 horsepower. (This information was compiled from nadaguides.com and chrysler.com.)

For more information on the Chrysler Pacifica and its different options, head to All Star Chrysler today!

Know Chrysler History

Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near Oakville

Did you know that Chrysler has been around for nearly one hundred years. It started as a small company and has grown into one of the most loved auto brands in the country. Today we want to take a brief look back at the history of Chrysler. This impressive legacy is easy to be a part of, you just need to head to All Star Chrysler near Oakville.

1946-1954: The first indication of changing times at Chrysler came with the 1951 development, and enthusiastic reception, of the authoritative, hemispheric-head V-8 engine. The soon-to-be legendary HEMI® combined better combustion, higher compression and lower heat loss to create much more horsepower than previous V-8s. Close behind was the fully automatic Powerflite transmission.

Chrysler then reaffirmed its engineering reputation by commissioning a revolutionary gas turbine engine program. This 27-year campaign to apply an aircraft engine turbine’s smooth power and low maintenance requirements to automobiles became part of the Chrysler brand’s folklore.

1955-1962: Exner revived Chrysler production car design with the sleek, sculptured Forward Look designs of 1955 that transformed the product line overnight. The Forward Look flagship was the 1955 Chrysler 300, a striking automobile that combined smooth styling with brawny HEMI power. The 300, arguably the first muscle car, became a legend on and off the race track and set records throughout the 1950s, including a 143-mph performance at Daytona Beach. As the Fifties progressed, Chrysler products began to sprout distinctive tailfins, ostensibly to improve handling and stability above 70 miles per hour. The 1957 Chrysler brand standard-bearer, the 300C, was equipped with a standard 392-cubic-inch, 375-horsepower HEMI, two four-barrel carburetors, a high-output camshaft, Torsion-Aire suspension and the new Torqueflite transmission, making it the fastest, most powerful production car built in America that year and earning it the appellation “beautiful brute.” (This information was compiled from chrysler.com and nadaguides.com.)

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Chrysler 300: Power Car

Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler in MO

The Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler in MO is a sedan with a long history of power and agility. We want to take a look back at what started the legacy of the Chrysler 300.

There was a bright young man working for Chrysler in the 1950’s who had a great idea to improve upon the existing Hemi-engined model that Chrysler was already making. This young man proposed that Chrysler build a special car, a two-door hardtop, for the Hemi. There wasn’t any budget for new sheet metal, so he bolted the top-of-the-line Imperial’s nose onto a New Yorker hardtop two-door body shell with Windsor model rear quarter panels to produce the 1955 300. Chrysler’s chief designer, Virgil Exner, tweaked the design by excising the Imperial’s massive front bumper in favor of the less ornate one used on the base Chrysler, and the 300 went into production. Today the Chrysler 300 is the herald of a new rear-drive future for Chrysler and the most spectacular home yet for an all-new Hemi V8. It’s amazing how Chrysler came back to the young man’s basic idea nearly a half century later.

The current Chrysler 300 is nothing short of sensational. Except for the fact that it’s built in the same plant and can be had with the same 3.5-liter V6 engine in lower-end models (there’s also a base model with a 2.7-liter V6), the new 300 shares practically nothing with the outgoing 300M. The new unibody structure mounts a rear-drive drivetrain and incorporates suspension components originally developed for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The styling is aggressively American with more than a taste of gangster influence. (This information was gathered from chrysler.com and classiccars.com.)

For more information on the current Chrysler 300, head to All Star and work with a member of the All Star team!

The Bold Chrysler 300

Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler in Bridgeton

One of the boldest sedans on the market today is the Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler in Bridgeton. There has been some question about what the new platform of this model will look like with some of the changes happening will some models leaving the FCA vehicle lineup. Will the 300 be going away? As it looks now, this is highly unlikely. The Chrysler 300 has been one of the most popular models ever put out by Chrysler.

Part of the speculation about changes coming on the Chrysler 300 comes from comments made by Mr. Marchionne, the headhancho at FCA. “Company boss Sergio Marchionne recently hinted that engineers could have major changes in store for the next-generation 300, and they’re not likely to please owners of the current model.”-digitaltrends.com

The brand new platform found under the 2017 Pacifica, Chrysler’s latest minivan, can be modified to underpin a large sedan like the 300, according to Marchionne. If Chrysler decides to take that route, the next 300 will come standard with a transversally mounted engine and front-wheel drive, and buyers who need more traction will be able to order all-wheel drive in exchange for a few thousand additional dollars.

Marchionne pointed out that it’s technically possible to build the 300 on the Pacifica platform and assemble the two in the same Windsor, Canada, factory, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will happen. The sedan is still at the embryonic stage of development, so a final decision hasn’t been made yet and Chrysler still has time to mull it over because the second-gen 300 isn’t expected to arrive until halfway through 2018 at the very earliest. Some sources even claim it’s been delayed until 2019 or later, giving engineers, executives, and bean-counters additional time to think it through.

We will just have to anxiously await to see what happens with the Chrysler 300!

Front Wheel Drive for the 300?

Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler near Kirkwood

It has been rumored for a while that the Chrysler 300 would be going front wheel drive for some time. As it turns out, this could be happening for the 2017 model year, and we are super excited about it! Today we want to explore this front wheel drive notion a little further.

“FCA chief executive Sergio Marchionne hinted that the strapping rear-wheel-drive Chrysler 300 sedan could go front-wheel drive for its next generation using the underpinnings from the Chrysler Pacifica minivan. Speaking at the Pacifica’s production launch in Windsor, ON, Marchionne said, “this plant and this architecture is capable of making the 300 successor, the front-wheel, all-wheel-drive successor,” Reuters reported.” -autoblog.com

Perhaps realizing he appeared to be announcing a dramatic shift in product strategy, Marchionne backpedaled in response to a follow-up question, noting only that the Ontario factory is “capable” of making the sedan. “It’s capable. It’s not a commitment,” he said, according to Reuters. The 300 is currently built in Brampton, ON, alongside the mechanically similar Dodge Charger and Challenger. The platform, known as LX in enthusiast circles, is an evolution of Mercedes-based chassis pieces that date to the Daimler Chrysler era.

Based on this information, we could be seeing an all wheel drive Chrysler 300 sooner rather than later. Living in an area that sees such a variety of weather conditions, it would be nice to have such a sturdy sedan with all wheel drive, especially at this time of the year.

For more information on the impressive Chrysler 300, head to All Star near Kirkwood. Their team would be more than happy to take you on a test drive of this impressive model. Stop by the dealership and learn all about the Chrysler 300 and its many features!

Hybrid Minivan???

NEW YORK - MARCH 23: A Chrysler Pacifica 2017 at the 2016 New York International Auto Show during Press day,  public show is running from March 25th through April 3, 2016 in New York, NY.

Chrysler Pacifica at All Star near Ballwin

What do you do when you want to cut down on your fuel emissions but you still need a great family vehicle? The answer is simple, you head to All Star Chrysler near Ballwin and get the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Let’s learn more about this impressive model today!

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has earned a combined rating of 84 miles per gallon equivalent from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, making it the most fuel-efficient minivan on the road.

Fiat Chrysler said the combined highway and city figure was achieved in the minivan’s electric mode in testing that was conducted by the EPA.

That’s above the 80 m.p.g.e that the automaker was hoping to achieve. The measure of miles per gallon equivalent, or m.p.g.e., represents the distance a vehicle can travel using a quantity of fuel with the same energy content as a gallon of gasoline.

“At 84 m.p.g.e., the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid surpasses our initially stated performance,” Tim Kuniskis, FCA’s head of passenger car brands, said in a news release. “These EPA test results paint a clear picture of the benefits our customers can expect from driving the most fuel-efficient minivan ever.”-freep.com

The Pacifica Hybrid is powered by two electric motors, an electrically variable transmission and a modified version of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 gasoline engine.

Under EPA testing the Pacifica Hybrid achieved a total driving range rating of 566 miles, up from 530 in FCA’s testing, and set the electric-only range rating at 33 miles, up from 30.

Made at FCA’s Windsor Assembly Plant, the Pacifica has been an instant hit, and has been the second-most popular minivan on the market in recent months.

The hybrid version could help to boost sales even further as it begins to hit dealerships in December.

For more information on the Hybrid Pacifica, head to All Star.

A Hybrid for Families

NEW YORK - MARCH 23: A Chrysler Pacifica 2017 at the 2016 New York International Auto Show during Press day,  public show is running from March 25th through April 3, 2016 in New York, NY.

Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler near Mehlville

There has been an increase in demand for electric and hybrid cars as of late. People want something that can be plugged in and drive them where they need to go without the use of fossil fuels. The problem has been that there are just no options for families. Most of the hybrids are just to small or too expensive to make them viable options for those who need to transport families. This was a problem, until now. Say hello to the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in!

This thing has been in the works for a while. We already knew it would have around 30 miles of all electric range. We already knew it would have seven (yes, seven!) passenger seats. And we already knew it would have all the fancy bells and whistles of a modern minivan.

“So far, however, pricing information has been pretty elusive. However, some very promising rumors have recently begun to circulate. According to both newsautospeed and NSEA Voice, the base level MSRP for adding the hybrid drivetrain is going to be in the mid-30ks. That means, after tax credits, we could be looking at a final cost of $29,000 or so.” -treehugger.com

Given that a 30-mile range will cover most about-town driving for many of us, and that the regular Pacifica gets 28 MPG highway, it seems reasonable to assume that most owners will save many hundreds of dollars each year in gas. (The always confusing MPGe rating is said to be 80.)

While we hope to see this model in the near future at our local All Star Chrysler near Mehlville. Their team would be happy to answer any questions that you might have as well as take you on a test drive of the existing Pacifica.

It’s the Final Countdown!

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Chrysler 200 at All Star Chrysler near St. Peters

Well, it looks like the final model year for the Chrysler 200 will be 2017. We are not sure whether the 200 is going away forever or just a few years so that it can be reborn as something else new and wonderful. What we do know is that time is limited for purchasing the delightful 200 model. Just because time to purchase is limited, it does not mean that you have to rush out and pay more than you should. Today we want to share with you some tips on how to get the very best price on your Chrysler 200 at All Star Chrysler near St. Peters.

The biggest tip we can share is that you need to know when to buy. Fall, October in particular, is a great time because the current year’s models need to get off of the dealership lot to make room for the next year’s models. If a dealer has more of a current year’s model that what they would like, they will try to sell off what they have at a reduced rate. This means great deals for you! Since we know that there will be one more model year for the Chrysler 200, you can still use this time of year as a bargaining tool to bring down the cost of your vehicle.

It is also helpful to shop towards the end of the month. Most auto manufacturers offer their dealerships really great incentives for reaching a particular sales goal. If they are just a little short of their goal at the end of the month, you could walk away with big savings!

For more information on the Chrysler 200 or to get a great deal on a new car, stop by the All Star Chrysler dealership today!

What to Expect Over the Next 5 Years from Chrysler

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New Cars at All Star Chrysler near Chesterfield

Auto makers are always looking for ways to be more innovative and the enhance their vehicle models. As there is always new technologies being developed, companies like Chrysler do rolling updates on their models at fairly frequent rates. Since we do not always know what those updates will be, we like to speculate based on statements released by the company itself and on statements based on industry professionals. We want to share with you a few things that might be coming down the pipeline from Chrysler. When these models become available, you will be able to see them at All Star Chrysler near Chesterfield.

  • Grand Cherokee and/or Wagoneer, labeled as new on the investors’ chart. Wagoneer has an extended wheelbase, starting in price where Grand Cherokee leaves off. The Durango is likely to continue in some form as well — could it move to the Ram basis?
  • “Around 2018-20, the Dodge Journey is likely to become a rear wheel drive crossover, á laMaserati Levante, possibly changing its name to Durango; its role as a front wheel drive crossover is likely to go to a Chrysler. The Fiat Freemont may split off and use a lengthened 500X chassis, by way of the Fiat Toro. Before the new Journey, buyers will see the Alfa Romeo Stelvio crossover, made in Cassino, Italy, on the same line as the Giulia; according to Automotive News, the Journey will be made on the same line as the Stelvio and imported to the US.” -allpar.com

For more information on the current status of each of the models, head to All Star. Their friendly and knowledgeable team would love to share with you everything that they know about your favorite Chrysler models.

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Take Advantage of Your Car’s History

Aarhus, Denmark - January  17, 2016: Chrysler is an American automobile manufacturer headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan and owned by holding company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Chrysler Cars at All Star near Florissant

When you are considering the purchase of a used car, you might want to know the specific history of that vehicle. You might be interested to know that Chrysler Cars at All Star near Florissant will provide you with a vehicle history of the Chrysler cars in which you are interested. Some vehicles do have better kept records than others, escpecially when it comes to maintenance. (Some people will trade in a vehicle in which they did most of the work themselves; this means that service recors might not be available.)

“Carfax and AutoCheck are the two biggest providers of vehicle history reports, and it is absolutely essential to obtain one when buying a used car. Using the vehicle’s VIN, either company can obtain a substantial amount of information on a used vehicle,” (nydailynews.com). Highlights of the kinds of information contained within a vehicle history report include:

• Number of previous owners

• Previous registration status (lease, personal, fleet, taxi, etc.)

• Accident, flood, repair, Lemon Law history

• Mileage validation

While a vehicle history report cannot identify every possible cause for concern associated with a particular used car, easy access to them certainly adds significant peace of mind when buying one.

Knowing as much information as possible about the used Chrysler cars you are considering for purchase can really provide you with the insight you want when buying a used car. Remember, knowledge is power!

If you want more information on the different Chrysler Cars that are currently on the used car lot at All Star, you can check out their inventory online or you can stop by the dealership. Either way, the team is ready and willing to help you get the information you want on your next used Chrysler Cars.