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Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Charger, Dodge Durango win quality awards

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In its inaugural year, the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica led all minivans. The Dodge Charger won its segment for the third time in four years while the Dodge Durango led its segment for the fourth time in five years.

Jeep Wrangler 4-door was previously named the best Entry SUV three consecutive years (2014 – 2016), but this year the Wrangler 4-door’s two-door sibling (Wrangler) led the segment.

"Customers increasingly measure 'Quality' by the 'Total' experience. Yes, counting problems factors in, but getting things right and presenting innovative experiences that people love has great impact,” said Christopher Chaney, Senior Vice President – Strategic Vision. “FCA has done all of this with segment winners Dodge Charger and Durango, Jeep Wrangler and now the Chrysler Pacifica, which redefines its segment."

Strategic Vision’s 23rd annual TQI report is based on results from the New Vehicle Experience Study (NVES), surveying more than 42,000 new vehicle buyers who purchased vehicles from July-December 2016 after the first 90 days of ownership. It incorporates the impact of problems with the vehicle, as well as the drivers’ analytical and emotional evaluations of quality.

According to San Diego-based research firm Strategic Vision, the TQI score is a holistic measure that encompasses positive and negative product experiences. This includes reliability, actual problems, driving excitement and other measures that collectively are energized by the emotional response associated with the aggregate of all those experiences – hence Total Quality.
About the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica reinvents the minivan segment with an unprecedented level of functionality, versatility, technology and bold styling. Re-engineered from the ground up on an all-new platform, the Pacifica delivers class-leading gasoline and hybrid powertrains to the minivan segment. With more than 100 available safety and security features, the all-new Uconnect Theater rear seat entertainment system, and a full array of comfort and convenience technologies, the Chrysler Pacifica is a no-compromises minivan ideally suited for today's families and has earned its spot as the most awarded minivan of the year.

About the 2017 Dodge Charger
The Dodge Charger is the world’s only four-door muscle car. Its rear-wheel-drive architecture enables a model lineup highlighted by extensive performance-driven powertrains with the latest technology under the hood and behind the wheel – further building on the Dodge brand’s promise to deliver American performance machines with world-class power, efficiency, technology, authentic materials and standout styling. New for 2017, Dodge builds on its heritage, introducing new Charger Daytona models designed to deliver more performance and heritage-inspired styling to the naturally aspirated Dodge 5.7-liter and 392 HEMI® lineup.

About the 2017 Dodge Durango 
The 2017 Dodge Durango’s combination of uncompromised utility, advanced technology, class-leading towing (7,400 lbs. with the HEMI V-8) and driving range, confident driving dynamics and aggressive styling make it the three-row Dodge Charger of the SUV segment. The Durango features Engine Stop-Start (ESS) technology, an emission-lowering and fuel-saving feature that is standard on models powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine.
About the 2017 Jeep Wrangler
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler – the most capable and recognized vehicle in the world – features a standard eight-speaker audio system and an optional Premium Alpine Audio Package that includes nine Alpine speakers, a subwoofer and a 552-watt amplifier. The 2017 Jeep Wrangler delivers unmatched off-road capability with legendary four-wheel drive and is produced with more than seven decades of 4x4 engineering experience. Wrangler continues to offer a body-on-frame design, front and rear five-link suspension system, live axles, electronic lockers, and is one of the few mid-size SUVs that offers a six-speed manual transmission in addition to its five-speed automatic

--- Press release courtesy of FCA


Matt M. Myftiu

Matt Myftiu has been a journalist for two decades with a focus on technology, NASCAR and autos.

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