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FCA's big show at the Detroit Auto Show 2016: new Chrysler Minivan etc

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    http://windsorstar.com/business/local-business/fiat-chrysler-auto-show-display-to-be-largest-ever

    This show will be especially important since (a) FCA will be revealing its big and said-to-be-veryvery-affordable Plug-In Electric hybrid (phev) model, a version of the Chrysler town and country minivan. The 'minivan' as a genre of private family vehicle was invented by Crysler corporation. A large-cuv twin of it may be shown too, though perhaps that will be for later in the year? This is VERY important for Marchionne and fca, since this same phev system will be deployed across the fca range, including Alfa and Maserati and possibly even a variant in some future Jeeps, a necessity in order to meet govt fuel efficiency and emissions regulations/mandates. Marchionne has been a strong opponent of forced-electrification, advocating natural-gas instead. He has been proven right, since sales of hybrids and ev-s are evermore dismal, given rock-bottom fuel prices. BUT with the new Climate Change global accord, and the evident havoc being caused by global warming as also VW's dieselgate scandal etc, his hand has been forced. It will be ibteresting indeed to see if FCA has found a way, a technological solution to the high-cost problem that plagues adoption of hybrids, phev-s and ev-s?

    (b) FCA will also be trying to prepare the brand-space ground for the Alfa Romeo Giulia launching later in the year, also the Fiat 124 Spider.

    (c) likely a BIG surprise, or two, or so the fevered rumours go among the Mopar faithful in the usa.
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    http://www.autonews.com/article/201...ms-to-dazzle-with-bigger-bolder-gears-display
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    @prabhjot , any new FIAT models to be displayed in this auto expo? Any idea of FCA's future plans on brand FIAT in USA. All new FIAT 500 will be displayed in this auto expo as rumoured last year?
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    Fiat 124 Spider. Maybe the Brazilian Fiat Toro pickup, albeit as a potential Ram?

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    The new Chrysler Pacifica minivan and Pacifica hybrid.

    Rather stylish, not van-like at all, innovative and interesting with a huge number of very high-end features and engineering+design+materials virtues. Upgraded powertrains,9-speed. The hybrid uses a chrysler patented e-cvt. Quite a tour-de-force for a mainstream mass-US-maket product.

    The Hybrid will yield 80 mpg-e, and it is plug-in too. Pricing is expected to be notably better than say the hybrid champ, toyota-s, since the tech solution is more efficient apparently.

    They're trying not just to recapture dominance in the segment they invented 30 years ago, and where the Dodge caravan+Chrysler Town&Country still sell hugely. But it is a segment in decline as a shift to cuv-s and suv-s happens. BUT: Chrysler is so closely identified with this still large-enough segment that they've found it worth their while to invest 2 billion$+ in this project, which will also yield a sibling 7-seat CUV later in 2016 or early 2017 under the Chrysler brand.

    This car could well be offered in diesel or/and phev avatar of some sort in Europe either as a Fiat (new Freemont? Ulysse?) and/or as a Lancia. Or so it is being speculated currently.

    As ever: pricing will be key, since although it is surely as good or rather better than say cuv german luxe competitors, it is still a mainstream, mass market type model and is a Chrysler. Much more 'car per car' a la Fiat, only of course bigger, at a much higher price, and hopefully good-profit-margins.

    They will, it seems, be giving it a ton of their excellent and proven imaginative marketing/branding/advertizing in the USA. It is both an expression-of and a test for Marchionne's insistence on some premiumization and on good/higher transaction prices and profit margins on all newer/ future models.

    http://www.allpar.com/model/m/pacifica/cabin.html

    http://www.allpar.com/model/m/pacifica/power.html

    http://www.allpar.com/model/m/pacifica/handling.html
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    Chances are there to Showcase Fiat Tipo Hatchback in Auto Expo 2016.

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