Toyota has released a new video showcasing its all-new Auto Access Seat featured on the 2011 Toyota Sienna minivan. The seat incorporates a power second-row captain’s chair that makes it easier for people with mobility issues to enter and exit the van. It rotates 90 degrees and can be lowered up to 19 inches to make ingress and egress substantially easier for passengers. It can be controlled by either seat-mounted controls or a wireless remote.
Customers with special passenger needs can opt for the Auto Access Seat on the LE and XLE V6 Siennas, which are priced at $35,135 and $39,445, respectively. Check out how it works after the jump….
Plymouth Voyager Returns As An Entry-Level Chrysler Pacifica
The Voyager is back, but not as a Plymouth.
The Plymouth Voyager was a popular minivan of the 90s and early 2000s. While the Plymouth brand is likely dead for good, Fiat Chrysler has dusted off the Voyager name for use on entry-level Chrysler Pacifica models.
The 2020 Chrysler Voyager replaces the Pacifica L and LX models and is intended for budget-minded families and fleet buyers who can do without the numerous tech and convenience features available, but they do come standard with seven-passenger seating, a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility.
You can’t get leather seats on either Voyager model, but you can add the SafetyTec Group that adds rear park assist with stop, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, the Cold Weather Group Package, Stow ‘n Place roof rack and a single overhead DVD on the Voyager LX. Chrysler’s trademark Stow ‘n’ Go second-row storage system is not part of the options list.
In addition to the Voyage L and LX models, Chrysler is also offering an LXi trim specifically for fleet buyers. As such, the Voyager LXi comes equipped with durable vinyl seats, Stow ‘n’ Go seating, roof rack, second-row sunshades and remote start.
Aside from the name change and stripped down features list, the Voyager is identical to the Pacifica. All three models are powered by a Pentastar V6 that produces 287 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, sent to the front wheels by a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Nissan Creates Battery Powered Electric Ice Cream Van
It’s a one-off, but how long until all ice cream vans go electric?
Of the many ways companies operating in the UK celebrated the country’s Clean Air Day, Nissan chose to build a one-off all-electric ice cream van that could very well save the ice cream truck from going extinct.
“Sky to Scoop”, as the concept is called, was jointly developed by Japanese automaker and Mackie’s of Scotland, a creamery that powers its dairy farm with renewable wind and solar energy. It is based on the Nissan e-NV200 electric commercial van and uses Nissan Energy Roam — a 40kWh portable powerpack — instead of a diesel generator to keep the ice cream and beverages cold. Solar panels on the roof allows it to recharge without having to plug into the grid.
Scheduled to go on sale in 2019, the Nissan Energy Roam uses lithium-ion cells recovered from early first-generation Nissan electric vehicles. It not only provides clean power anywhere, but it also makes battery-powered vehicles even more sustainable.
“Most ice cream vans, particularly older models, have diesel engines which are kept running to operate the refrigeration equipment,” Nissan says. “These motors are criticized for producing harmful emissions, including black carbon, when left idling.”
As preposterous as it might sound, some UK towns and cities are actually considering banning ice cream vans, so Nissan’s electric ice cream truck could very well provide a solution of sorts with its low carbon footprint. What do you think?
Chrysler Celebrates 35 Years Of The Minivan With Special Edition Pacifica, Caravan
It’s been over three decades, since the American automaker gave birth to the minivan segment.
Chrysler introduced the first minivan — Dodge Caravan / Plymouth Voyager — in 1984, and has sold more than 14.6 million minivans over the proceeding 35 years, twice as many as any other automaker. It chose to celebrate the milestone with 35th Anniversary Edition versions of the Chrysler Pacifica, Pacifica Hybrid and Dodge Grand Caravan.
All three feature an all-black interior with Cranberry Wine accent stitching and special 35th anniversary badging.
Available on the Touring L, Touring L Plus and Limited models, the Chrysler Pacifica 35th Anniversary Edition has Cranberry Wine accent stitching on its McKinley and Nappa leather perforated seats, steering wheel, door trim, instrument panel and door handles. Designers the 35th Anniversary logo has on the front floor mats.
Touring L trim models come standard with memory driver’s seat, eight-passenger seating, Mopar overhead DVD, 18-inch wheels. Going for the Touring L Plus adds a dual-pane sunroof and the Limited further adds 20-inch wheels.
The Hybrid Touring L comes equipped with the premium Audio Group with 13 Alpine speakers, Uconnect 4C Nav with 8.4-inch display and 17-inch wheels, while the Hybrid Limited tosses in 18-inch wheels.
Only the Grand Caravan SE and SXT models get the 35th Anniversary treatment, boasting 17-inch tech silver aluminum wheels, 35th Anniversary fender badge and a Bright grille.
Inside, they features Cranberry Wine accent stitching on the steering wheel, seats and door trim; a Piano Black console and IP accent; and a 35th Anniversary embroidered logo on the front floor mats.
The 35th Anniversary edition Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan go on sale in Summer 2019.