AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Nov. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has earned a five-star overall safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Five stars is the highest possible safety rating given by NHTSA.
The Chrysler brand's all-new minivan also scored five stars – the highest possible rating – in each of the crash tests included in NHTSA's safety assessment program.
The tests simulate:
These latest test results complement the Top Safety Pick+ rating previously given to the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).**
"These results are a clear indicator of our unwavering commitment to engineering excellence," says Mike Dahl, Head of Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance, FCA – North America.
FCA US engineers conducted more than 8,500 simulated crashes and more than 80 full-vehicle impacts. These tests led to the development of a body structure that integrates 12 different steel grades.
High-strength steel accounts for 72 percent, of which 38 percent is Advanced High-strength Steel (AHSS).
And because these materials were used strategically, the new Pacifica's body structure is also 250 pounds lighter than that of the vehicle it replaced – an enhancement that contributes to the vehicle's class-leading 28 miles-per-gallon highway-cycle fuel-economy rating.
NHTSA's rating system acknowledges the availability of three "recommended" safety features: rear-view cameras, lane-departure warning and forward-collision warning. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica checks the box for each category:
The blending of radar sensors and cameras is known as sensor-fusion technology. Such redundancy affords greater object-detection precision. Similar systems on competitive vehicles feature one technology or the other.
Once reserved for luxury-segment vehicles, FCA US currently makes sensor-fusion technology available across six vehicle segments – from small SUV to minivan. It is the Company's technology of choice for driver assistance in crash mitigation.
Collision-warning systems are a prerequisite to earn Top Safety Pick+ status from the IIHS. Top Safety Pick+ status is contingent on the availability of such systems, provided they achieve ratings of "advanced" or "superior."
The Pacifica's system is rated "superior," and its performance in each of the following IIHS crash tests was classified as "good," the highest-possible rating. The tests simulate:
** Designation applies to any 2017 Chrysler Pacifica produced after August 2016.
About Chrysler Brand
The Chrysler brand has delighted customers with distinctive designs, craftsmanship, intuitive innovation and technology all at an extraordinary value since the company was founded in 1925.
Whether it is the family-room-on-wheels functionality of the all-new Chrysler Pacifica minivan, the groundbreaking, bold design of the Chrysler 300, or the simple elegance and extraordinary driving experience of the Chrysler 200, Chrysler brand vehicles reward the passion, creativity and sense of accomplishment of its owners. Beyond just exceptionally designed vehicles, the Chrysler brand has incorporated thoughtful features into all of its products, such as the innovative center console with pass through storage and sliding cup holders in the Chrysler 200, the industry-exclusive Stow 'n Go seating and storage system on the Chrysler Pacifica and the fuel-saving Fuel Saver Technology in the Chrysler 300.
The Chrysler brand's succession of innovative product introductions continues to solidify the brand's standing as the leader in design, engineering and value. The premium for the Chrysler brand is in the product, not the price.
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SOURCE FCA US LLC