This weekend, I attended the North American International Auto Show in Detroit for the first time. It’s one of the largest auto shows in North America, and if you haven’t yet gotten the opportunity to attend, I recommend it as a one-of-a-kind family outing!
We began our day at Chrysler’s exhibit so we could get a glimpse of the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan.
The Pacifica has made minivans cool with a slew of high-tech features custom made for the needs of parents. From touch-free sliding door and liftgate entry that is perfect for when you have your hands full, to the built-in Stow ‘n Go Vacuum to deal with unexpected messes quickly, they’ve thought of everything a parent could want. The Pacifica also includes Stow ‘N Go seating/storage, making your vehicle convert easily to accommodate passengers or items.
Road trips just got easier thanks to the UConnect Theater with 10.1-inch touchscreen in the first row seatbacks, loaded with apps, games, and options for playing DVD/Blu-Rays, as well as a 8.4-inch touchscreen interface in the dashboard with GPS, smartphone integration, optional wifi hotspot, and a Harman Kardon premium sound system.
You can also get the Pacifica as a hybrid, which will allow you to go 30 miles without using any gas. It’s perfect for both running errands around town, hauling whatever you need to move, and taking long trips with the family. The Pacifica will be available in showrooms beginning in spring 2016, and the Hybrid will become available in the fall of this year. I can’t wait to take this one for a spin!
Once we had gotten the low-down on the Pacifica, we got up-close and personal by hopping in the van to participate in a very special quiz show! Chrysler brought Nick Cannon there for the afternoon to host “Pacifica Pop Quiz”, where families had a chance to hop in the Pacifica to answer trivia questions for prizes. Our group was put together as our own “Blogger family” team and hopped into the Pacifica to take a shot at it!
I sat in the driver’s seat while Nick Cannon stood outside and issued a series of trivia questions about the minivan. There was also a “Physical challenge”, where two of our teammates in the middle row were assigned to play a round of tic-tac-toe on the touchscreens. As I turned around to look at the game, I accidentally hit the seat adjust lever and my seat started moving back as they were trying to play. Nick Cannon made a joke about it and I said, “What, this doesn’t count as a bonus physical challenge?” 😉
After playing Pacifica Pop Quiz, we headed upstairs to the Pacifica Play Zone, a special area set up for NAIAS attendees to kick back, relax, and have fun with their families.
If you’ve ever been to a large auto show, you know that part of the excitement is the energy from all the people; and if you’ve ever been to a large auto show, you also know that those same crowds can get a bit overwhelming at times. The Pacifica Play Zone was a genius addition to the show, as it provides a more mellow place where you can take a break from the crush of the crowds.
The Pacifica Play Zone has a plethora of entertainment available for kids, with fun touch screen video games all over the walls. To access one of the game rooms, attendees can climb through a Pacifica that opens up into the Uconnect Game Center.
There are also hands-on games, like the Stow ‘n Go Showdown where you could win sunglasses, a building station where kids can design their own wind turbines using littleBits and learn about the science of hybrid technology from representatives of the Michigan Science Center, and a table equipped with the same Stow ‘n Go Vacuum cleaners that are built into the Pacifica where kids can experiment with vacuuming up different objects. You can also make your own futuristic movie clip:
To get the whole family moving, The Beat Buds were on hand Saturday playing music, giving the children in the audience different instruments to play with and encouraging them to dance and play along.
The walls are covered in graffiti art from local Detroit artist Shades, lending a fun and colorful atmosphere!
And for the parents, the Pacifica Play Zone is outfitted with plush, comfortable seats equipped with chargers, so you can sit down to recharge both your phone and yourself while the little ones have fun with all the great games on hand. There’s no other spot like it at NAIAS, so you can’t miss it this year!
Have you been to the Detroit Auto Show before? What do you think of the new Pacifica?