Let’s Look Back at FCA in 2019
Oh, it’s that time of year again. As 2019 comes to a close, let’s take a minute to look back at all the accomplishments of our favorite brands from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). The automobile group has seen its share of highs and lows in 2019, and with the recent merger between the FCA and PSA Group, 2020 already has a bright future. Before we leave, here are some of the highlights for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram.
Ram Trucks have been winning a low of awards ever since the next-generation Ram 1500 was released. It won so many awards, that Ram was named the Best Truck Brand for 2020 by U.S. News & World Report out of 35 brands in the industry. The Ram 1500 won the Green Truck of the Year Award held by the Green Car Journal, awarded for its environmental attributes as well as the traditional criteria that makes it a great pickup, and was named Truck of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press Association (RMAP) that holds the Rocky Mountain Vehicle of the Year awards, judging vehicles on a number of qualities, including performance, fuel economy, value, and vehicle features.
Some large names in the industry also heralded the Ram 1500. The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel shared the spotlight with the 2020 Jeep Gladiator when both made the Car and Driver 10Best Lists. Judging a vehicle on how well it meets its intended purpose, how good a value it is, and how compelling it is to operate, and the 2020 Ram 1500 and 2020 Jeep Gladiator won out of 93 cars, trucks, SUVs and vans. The Ram 1500 was even named Edmunds 2019 Best Family Truck Award Winner out of 300 vehicles.
For those wondering about safety, the 2020 Ram 1500 received a Top Safety Pick Plus from the IIHS. Specifically, the 2020 Ram 1500 with a Crew Cab and equipped with adaptive LED projector headlamps that have high-beam assist. The 2020 Ram 1500 also offers advanced safety features such as Automatic Emergency Braking technology and Forward Collision Mitigation System that improve its ratings.
This year, the 2019 Jeep Wrangler was named the Most Awarded Car of 2019 by Kelley Blue Book and if KBB said it, it must be true. Just look at all these awards – the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon was named 2019 SUV of the Year by FOUR WHEELER magazine, after putting it through a variety of tests that spanned over more than 1,000 miles of varying terrain, and judged on various characteristics, such as handling, ride quality, interior comfort, and feel of control via the steering wheel. During the SEMA show, the Jeep Wrangler won “4×4/SUV of the Year” Award for the 10th straight year. The Jeep Wrangler has also won many awards from KBB, such as “Best Resale Value and Best 5-Year Cost-to-Own,” and “10 Best SUVs Under $30,000”.
With the release of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, 2019 was a good year for the midsize pickup truck. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator won the Best Truck at the Topless in Miami Competition as well as “Best Off-Road Vehicle” during Sobre Ruedas at the Miami Auto Show. The Jeep Gladiator also landed on the WardsAuto Best Interiors List that scores vehicles based on aesthetics, comfort, fit-and-finish, material quality, and ergonomics.
Another favorite Jeep vehicle was the Jeep Cherokee, named Most American Vehicle by Cars.com. After getting a small refresh, the new-for-2019 Jeep Cherokee earned a Top Safety Pick Rating from the IIHS when equipped with Forward Collision Warning-Plus and the new standard-equipment LED projector headlamps with optional automatic high-beam control.
Known for their performance vehicles, it would be off if there wasn’t at least one award pertaining to such in this list. In 2019, the 2019 Dodge Challenger has been named the “Car of Texas” and “Performance Car of Texas” for the last three years. What may be surprising to some is performance isn’t the only thing Dodge vehicles are known for.
Along with the Jeep Wrangler, the 2020 Dodge Charger won an ALG Residual Award. Out of 27 segments analyzed with a projection of how well their original MSRP will hold up after three years, the Dodge Charger was found to have the best residual value in its segment. Not a huge surprise when the performance auto brand Dodge Hit the Top 10 in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. Covering a range of categories, the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Initial Quality Study. Initial Quality Study surveys owners of vehicles to find the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100) during the first 90 days of ownership. Dodge was one of the brands to report the least amount PP100.
A lot of the big news from Dodge came from its many announcements of new editions and models, like the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody and its limited edition 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition. The Dodge Charger also added a new 2020 Dodge Charger GT AWD to the lineup, and Dodge announced a limited-production Challenger 50th Anniversary Edition to send off the Challenger as the automaker starts to look into hybrid technology. Starting in 2020, we may see a Dodge Durango with hybrid options.
One of the main names that made up the first merger of Fiat-Chrysler, if there is one thing this automaker is known for, its minivans. Most notably, it would be the Chrysler Pacifica, that has won award after award. The Chrysler Pacifica and its counterpart the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid were named on the U.S. News Names Three FCA Minivans as Best for the Money in 2019 list along with the Dodge Grand Caravan. When looking at some of the best cars for families in 2019, Digital Trends named Two FCA Vehicles as the Best Family Cars for 2019 – the Chrysler Pacifica and the Dodge Durango SRT.
AutoTrader awarded three FCA Vehicles for their Value – the Jeep Wrangler, Ram 1500, and of course the Chrysler Pacifica. AutoTrader also named Chrysler and Jeep for Dog Lovers with the convenient dog-friendly features of the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica, such as an available Stow ‘n Vac integrated vacuum powered by RIDGID for quick cleanups and the second- and third-row come with Stow ‘n Go seating for easy configuration and getting in and out of the vehicle for big dogs. Jeeps are known for their stability, and we know how hard it is for dogs to keep their balance in a car. Lastly, the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica was named on the Best EVs of 2019 List by Autotrader.
There were many other organizations and publications celebrating Chrysler aside from Auto Trader. Being a part of the FCA umbrella, Chrysler would share the spotlight with many of the brands listed above, such as when FCA earned Top Scores in 2019 J.D. Power APEAL Study, designed to measures an owner or lessees’ emotional attachment and level of excitement in relation to their vehicle across 90 attributes. Another example was when AutoPacific named four FCA Vehicles for Customer Satisfaction that measured owner satisfaction over 32 distinct attributes, ranging from interior design and seating comfort to driving performance = the 2019 Ram 1500 named the Highest Satisfaction Popular Brand, the Jeep® Grand Cherokee took home the award for the Mid-Size SUV category, the Dodge Challenger won the Sporty Car category, and the Chrysler Pacifica ranked at the top of the Minivan category.
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