AD #1775 – Car & Truck of the Year Winners, Chrysler Reveals Pacifica Minivan, Classic Car Road Trip

January 11th, 2016 at 1:06pm

Runtime: 8:44

- NACTOY Winners
- 2017 Mercedes E-Class
- New Raptor Unearthed
- Ford Fusion Updates
- Buick Avista Concept
- Chrysler Reveals Pacifica Minivan
- Classic Car Road Trip

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42 Comments to “AD #1775 – Car & Truck of the Year Winners, Chrysler Reveals Pacifica Minivan, Classic Car Road Trip”

  1. Bradley Says:

    The Buick Avista Concept looks magnificent.

  2. Bradley Says:

    Honda Civic! Yippee!

    Volvo is doing some impressive things. My wife wants to replace our “Not-So-Clean” Jetta Sportswagen with V60 wagon.

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I hope they do a good job of washing the salt off of those old cars after their trip to Detroit from Washington. Otherwise, they will be rusty hulks in about 3 years.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Buick concept looks great. They should build it, and call it Riviera. The name would fit perfectly with the car.

  5. MJB Says:

    #1 – Agreed. However, like I said the first time that new signature Buick grille was shown here, I think the ‘wings’ (to either side of the tri-shield) are superfluous.

  6. Roger Blose Says:

    The Buick Avista looks like the 2017-18 Mustang GT refresh. It looks great indeed!

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’m surprised the Nissan pickup finished 3rd in the NATOTY voting. I would have expected the vote splitting between the two crossovers, to put it at least second. It appears that the jury members were truly unimpressed with the truck.

  8. Rob Says:

    #4 I agree Kit, resurrect the Riviera. I think the styling simulates an Aston Martin with many lines but it does look good..

    As for the Pacifica, Well, what can you do to make the minivan exciting? I’ve had a caravan and they are amazingly versatile vehicles. Not sure a re-name is going to do much to help sell them though.

  9. HtG Says:

    5 Aren’t grills superfluous too? My question is who would buy this Buick coupe? Is it supposed to be just a halo if it’s built? (The concept car looks great; put it next to the Lexus LF-FC ;) )

  10. Chuck Grenci Says:

    If the Buick makes it to production, the Riviera name should be a no-brainer; let’s hope it is ‘yes’ on both counts.

  11. HtG Says:

    I kinda like Avista. It sounds a little like ‘ai visto’

    Solamente mio?

  12. Jonathan Says:

    That new Buick is the heartthrob of every American whose seen it. That’s a vehicle that should be build just as we see it at the show.

    The Pacifica makes a case for the worlds best family hauler. Very good looking.

    The AWD v6 tt 325 hp fusion has the spec sheet to take on the best in the mid size sedan segment. Don’t want to see the price but still like the technology inside that stylish packaging.

  13. OMEGATALON Says:

    Biggest argument for General Motors building Buick’s Avista is the sales approach GM uses for their CUVs as Buick, Chevrolet and GMC have all shared the same platforms and the very fact that the Avista will be a niche market product is even more reason to build this car; something else that General Motors needs to think about is that while Chevy’s Camaro and Cadillac’s ATS may not be as popular in China or Europe, Buick’s Avista would fit in Europe and China very easily as they can consider the Avista an American Envision that if they can get 75-200K units sold world wide it’s all profit.

  14. Wim van Acker Says:

    Mercedes E Class: I noticed the silver car shown did not have a star hood ornament, while the black one did. Will the new E Class have a star hood ornament or not?

  15. MJB Says:

    #9. I’d buy it.

  16. Lex Says:

    OMG – Chrysler finally did something right! Got rid of the Town & Country, which I always thought should be the designation of a the highest trim level and brought back the Pacifica nameplate.
    This is a great looking minivan. I can not wait to see it in the flesh.

  17. HtG Says:

    I think there will be a choice. Hasn’t MB been doing this for some time?

  18. Lex Says:

    I hope the new Dodge Caravan gets the same sheet metal as the Pacifica. The Caravan can be Sporty and the Pacifica can be luxurious and Sophisticated!

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14, 17 Don’t the use the stand-up ornaments for “luxury” versions, and the emblem in the grill for “sport” versions? I think they do, or have done that with the C-class.

  20. Buzzed Says:

    Buick concept – love it, the name… no so much. Make it AWD while your at it.
    Mini Van looks good, though I’m not really part of their demographic.

  21. Drew Says:

    Lex, I believe there will not be a Caravan. This was central to Sergio’s strategy to to focus each brand (Dodge for performance/sport, Chrysler for family haulers) and eliminate redundancy.

  22. Rick Wakefield Says:

    As soon as I saw the Buick coupe concept, the first thing to mind was “Riviera”

    There hasn’t been a Riv since 1999. They are overdue in making one and I think this car could be put in production and would sell well even if it is a coupe.

    I love the styling and hope they do make this car.

    I had a better look at it on the show John is doing right now on

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The trouble with the Buick concept, is that no one seems to buy 2 door cars any more, except for some “pony cars,” and a handful of sports cars. At the right price point, a production “Riviera” might sell reasonably well, but at $45K, it wouldn’t, except maybe in China.

  24. HtG Says:

    23 That’s my question too. Who buys coupes these days? Still, Lexus is doing that LC500 coupe, and maybe Chinese demand will support cars like these lookers.

  25. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I suppose Toyota can afford to do the LC500 as a “halo car,” even if loses money, because the company seems to be consistently healthy. Their being able to sell a few at $100K will help too.

  26. David Sprowl Says:

    Not too surprised by the NACOTY. What was surprising to me was that Chevy made it based on the criteria for judging. My recent trip to my local auto show and to Chevy’s website puts a comparably equipped Malibu thousand, yes thousands, higher than the same equipment on the Fusion. Great car to be sure, but price sells and Chevy’s structure just does not match the competition for this segment.

  27. Lex Says:

    @21 Drew

    I hope you are wrong about Sergio eliminating the Caravan nameplate. But if you are correct Sergio should have the Caravan nameplate survive and put the Pacifica nameplate back on the shelve for a future vehicle. The New Chrysler Caravan for 2017 sounds definitely better than the Chrysler Town & Country or Pacifica. The Caravan nameplate is ICONIC!

    I hope Sergio is listening and does not end the historical run for such a breakthrough vehicle.
    The Caravan was the first minivan and deserves to survive!

  28. Lex Says:

    I saw your segment on the New Honda Ridgeline and it is exactly as I had mentioned in previous comments to Honda. My previous comments mentioned that Next Generation of the Honda Ridgeline should have the front half of the Honda Pilot with a pickup truck bed bolted onto it. To my eye Honda has taken this advice and run with it. Great Job Honda!!!

  29. Earl Says:

    I was surprised that FCA brought back that Pacifica label. That Pacifica nameplate that I was familiar with back around 2005 was a dog. But then again Sergio wasn’t around then.
    That Chinese Buick SUV looks good. As for it being made in China you can be sure a dealership salesman/saleswomen won’t tell them. It will be a UAW type that will bring it to the owners attention. By that time the owner will be happy with and will say so what.

  30. Kit Gerhart Says:

    27 I agree that they should keep the Caravan name. I don’t want my ’89 to be an orphan.

  31. Kit Gerhart Says:

    29 I don’t understand reviving the Pacifica name either. The earlier Pacifica, like the Mercedes R-Class, was a minivan with hinged doors. Both appealed to few people, in the U.S. at least. Using the Pacifica name for the Caravan makes no sense at all, kind of like if they renamed the Challenger as Volare.

  32. MJB Says:


    Who buys coupes these days? Well, anyone without school-aged kids. This demographic will only grow larger – due to the drop in birth rates. Folk just aren’t having as many kids as they used to.

  33. Sean McElroy Says:

    For those asking about the Caravan nameplate, I suggest watching our interview we did with Tim Kuniskis yesterday. The question is answered.

  34. Kit Gerhart Says:

    32 Most of the people I know without school age kids are buying “crossovers” and pickup trucks, not coupes.

  35. Marshall Says:

    2016 Volvo XC90 truck of the year. On the one hand I think it looks smashing inside and out. Love everything except the 4 cylinder in a vehicle this expensive and the lack of buttons & knobs for the radio and climate controls.

    My problem with the vehicle is that it clearly wasn’t ready to be launched. Been following the Volvo forums for the past year. The ’16 XC90 has had several official and unofficial recalls, SEVERAL DOZEN electrical gremlins causing owners major grief, and numerous mechanical issues and water leaks. I guess livability and reliability have nothing to do with getting voted top dog.

  36. MJB Says:

    34. I don’t doubt that. There are plenty on the roads.

    But the other thing I see no shortage of where I live are coupes. Besides a plethora of pony cars, I see no fewer than a baker’s dozen of Audi A5′s & S5′s, BMW 6 Series, Mini Coopers, Miatas and Fiat 500′s every day along my mere 6-mile surface street only commute to and from work.

    But it really is very dependent upon ones needs (and lifestyle). There’s a redneck area not far from where I stay that you’d be hard pressed to find a single driveway without a 4×4 & a domestic pickup parked across the lawn – no coupes allowed!

  37. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Using a turbo four in a vehicle as big as the XC90 doesn’t make much sense. In their tests, CR got better mpg with an X5 with a turbo six, than with the four cylinder XC90. The Volvo is a little bigger than the BMW, but the weight is similar.

  38. Kit Gerhart Says:

    36 There would be more coupes sold, if there were more available to buy. Except for low option pony cars, Civics, Mini’s, and Fiat 500′s, there are few “affordable” coupes on the market, No Cruze, Focus, Dart, Grand Am, Sebring, Corolla, etc.

    I liked mid-size two door hatches like Saab 900 and Citation (except for reliability), but you sure don’t see anyone offering cars like that any more.

  39. Rob Says:

    As soon as my kids moved out of the house I bought an AWD CTS coupe, and I love the 2 door style. I’m with you MJB

  40. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I like the ATS Coupe, but at a starting price of $38K, I wouldn’t buy one.

    Yep, people without kids COULD buy coupes, but where I am, they don’t. I am in a condo complex with very few kids. Walking through the parking lot, the most popular vehicle seems to be Honda CR-V, and various other CUV’s. There are assorted front-drive sedans, Priuses, a Highlander, a couple Benz sedans, a few pickups, etc. Coupes? There is an older 3-series convertible, a GT-500 Mustang that is rarely driven, and my ’96 Corvette. With 240 units here, there are a few other coupes, but not many. What I’m saying, is Coupes, like hatchbacks, are not popular in the U.S. There are more coupes in some areas, where people buy $50K+ German cars, but I don’t see many in the “space coast” area.

  41. Kit Gerhart Says:

    As HtG has said, a number of these people without kids probably buy the CUV’s, because they are easier to enter/exit than most cars.

  42. J.w. Says:

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