Chrysler celebrates 40 years of minivan memories and milestones

(September 19, 2023) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Chrysler brand is celebrating four decades as the leader and innovator of family mobility, marking 40 years of the minivan — the segment the former Chrysler Corporation invented — with the start of production today of the 2024 Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid at the Windsor (Ontario) Assembly plant.

The original minivan — a Plymouth Voyager — rolled off the line at Windsor Assembly on November 2, 1983, as a 1984 model, the first of more than 15 million Stellantis minivans sold to date. As the first company to introduce the minivan and through six generations of the vehicle, Stellantis has innovated 117 minivan firsts, spearheading evolving technologies and features that push the segment into the future and make life easier for owners and their families.

“For 40 years, Stellantis minivans have been along for the ride helping families and road-trippers create a lifetime of unforgettable moments,” said Chris Feuell, Chrysler brand CEO – Stellantis. “Many of today's consumers first experienced the road in a Chrysler minivan, and we’re proud that four decades later, a new generation is making their own memories in a Chrysler Pacifica or Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid. As the Chrysler brand moves forward to an all-electric portfolio in 2028, the minivan will continue to play an important role in our vehicle lineup.”

The Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle offers the most standard safety and security features in its class, and Pacifica is the most technologically advanced minivan in America. Stellantis innovations in the segment over the last 40 years include the class-exclusive Stow ‘n Go seating and storage system, Uconnect Theater, dual hands-free sliding doors, the first electrified powertrain in the segment and many more.

Chrysler recently celebrated production of the 100,000th Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid, still the first and only plug-in hybrid in the segment. The Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid continues to represent the evolution of the Chrysler portfolio as the brand transitions to an all-new electrified future.

The start of production of the 2024 Chrysler Pacifica and 2024 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid brings fresh changes to the 40th year of Stellantis minivan production. Available for the 2024 model year, the award-winning Pacifica lineup includes a new Sepia interior color for the premium Pacifica Pinnacle model, as well as two new exterior colors, Red Hot and Baltic Gray.

The revamped Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid lineup will offer two models for 2024, the Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid Select and Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid Pinnacle. The popular S Appearance, Premium S Appearance and Road Tripper Package content is optional on the Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid Select model.

A new Emergency Vehicle Alert System (EVAS) feature of the Uconnect 5 platform provides drivers with cluster and touchscreen in-vehicle notifications of an active fire truck, ambulance or other nearby roadway hazards.

The 2024 Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid will begin arriving at dealerships in October.