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New, 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is a Very Fuel Efficient Minivan

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has released the fuel economy specs for the all-new, 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, and it’s a notable improvement (12 percent) over the Town & Country it replaces. The American minivan gets up to 28 mpg on the highway in the United States, which is the highest in the segment.

Pacifica models equipped with the redesigned, 287 horsepower a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and nine-speed transmission can’t claim the title as the most fuel efficient minivan on the market, however, since the Honda Odyssey gets the same 28 mpg highway mileage. Honda’s people mover also gets one mpg better in the city at 19 mpg vs. the Pacifica’s 18 mpg rating.

Bringing the Pacifica plug-in hybrid into the equation changes things. With some reports claiming a fuel economy rating of as high as 80 mpge, it might be the most fuel efficient minivan ever made. It can travel on electricity alone for up to 30 mph (48 km/h).

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica goes on sale in spring 2016. Does FCA have a winner on its hand?

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Chrysler 300 Sedan Will Be Discontinued In 2020

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It will be the last Chrysler sedan.

Chrysler two model lineup will see the elimination of the Chrysler 300 in 2020 and the addition of a second people-mover.

According to , there is no replacement for the large sedan planned. Instead, we can expect a new model based on on the Pacifica by mid-2019, possibly a crossover.

A production version of the electric Portal concept is also planned and should arrive in 2020. Unveiled in 2017 at CES in Las Vegas, the concept featured retractable steering wheel and had autonomous driving capabilities.

The elimination of the Chrysler 300 in 2020 will end a 15 year run for the full-size sedan, which entered production in 2005.

It’s hard to imagine a Chrysler brand without a sedan, let alone a large one, but the segment is in a perceptible decline, leading several other automakers to also trim their sedan lineup, if not downright eliminate it.

With only three models in its lineup by 2020, will the Chrysler brand even be relevant? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Mike Manley Becomes New Fiat Chrysler CEO, Marchionne Steps Down

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FCA CEO Mike Manley and Marchionne

Health complications has forced Sergio Marchionne to step down from his post as Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s CEO. He has been replaced by Mike Manley effective immediately.

Marchionne had been recovering from shoulder surgery for some months, but a deterioration in his condition has rendered him incapable of running the automaker effectively.

FCA did not elaborate, but having served as FCA CEO since 2004, the former tax account oversaw a controversial tenure that included the acquisition of Chrysler during the 2008 global financial crisis, saving it from bankruptcy; the reintroduction of the Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands to North America; spinning off Ferrari; and killing off Chrysler’s passenger cars,

Marchionne was expected to retire at age 66 in 2019. His replacement, Manley was previously the boss of FCA’s Jeep and Ram brands and assumes all powers of the CEO by the board of directors. John Elkann will become chairman at Ferrari, a post Marchionne was expected to hold in until 2021.

Is Fiat Chrysler better off without Sergio Marchionne? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Hyundai Is Looking To Buy Fiat Chrysler?

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That Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has been shopping for a corporate partner or a possible buyer is no secret, but could that partner / buyer be Korea’s very own Hyundai?

It was previously reported that Chinese automaker Great Wall was in talks to buy Jeep, and now a new rumor claims Hyundai will gun for a takeover of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles if the price is right.

According to sources that spoke with , Hyundai Motor Group CEO Chung Mong-koo is keeping a close eye on FCA’s stock price; once it drops to a certain level, a takeover bid will be made.

If true, the Korean automaker could make a takeover attempt before its annual shareholders’ meeting in spring of 2018, which is around the same time that FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne is expected to step down from his post.

The merger is reportedly being pushed by Elliott Management principal Paul Singer, an activist shareholder in Hyundai. Elliott Management also has a $1 billion stake in Hyundai.

Neither automaker has confirmed the talks, with Hyundai even denying it. When reached out to the Senior Group Manager of Hyundai Corporate and Marketing Public Relations, Michael Stewart about the rumor, he said “That rumor is totally groundless.”

If Hyundai does in fact takeover FCA, it would become the world’s largest automaker.

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