I've been thinking about that.....regardless what it was named, it's obvious they wanted a departure from the Town & Country (which would still be available for a trim package.....or upscale model.......at some point in the future) and Caravan identities.ls973800 said:Reading the article, they said they wanted a new name for the redesigned minivan, which they say is a cross or hybrid between a minivan and an SUV.
Kuniskis says a vehicle so different deserved a new name; the company settled on "Pacifica," the name of a small SUV Chrysler sold a decade ago.
Why would they reuse a name which had been used on a prior vehicle which had numerous problems and complaints. With the vast amount of resources and money, I think they could have come up with some type of new name that would create interest. Then again, maybe money and resources are an issue for Fiat.
You've chosen to read meaning into my comment that was never my point......I said only there's a possibility the name Pacifica was well received in California; not that FCA was "specifically aim(ing) at that market place".ls973800 said:I also find myself wondering if that same research said this particular name was unusually well-received in California; still the biggest car market in North America.
I would think that California is more of a "foreign" car buying state than just about any other state. It could have been well received in California and specifically aimed at that market place, but I kind of doubt it. They may be the biggest car market in the US, but I believe that is around 10 or 11 percent? I still think that a brand new design and vehicle like this would require a new name that would mean something special.
Interesting to see how it will succeed, especially since the minivans are still going to be built.
Oh, no apologies are necessary.....I was merely making a clarification that, as it turns out, apparently wasn't necessary.ls973800 said:You've chosen to read meaning into my comment that was never my point......I said only there's a possibility the name Pacifica was well received in California; not that FCA was "specifically aim(ing) at that market place".
No, I really didn't read anything into your comment. I may have expressed it with two thoughts combined which confused my statement.
It could have been well received in California
Agreeing with you that it could have been well received in California. Perhaps because at one time years ago the Pacifica did well on the west coast, or because it sounds like "Pacific" reminding them about the ocean. You had even stated "I also find myself wondering if that same research...." I knew you were only speculating about the research, and I agreed with you with my own thoughts.
and specifically aimed at that market place, but I kind of doubt it.
My own thought that perhaps if it was well received in California, perhaps FCA specifically had that market in mind when they decided on the name. But I also stated that I doubted it because of the amount of foreign car owners and buyers in that state.
Sorry if you thought I was reading meaning into what you said. Who knows why they brought back the Pacifica name for such a new vehicle. Only time will tell if it works well for them.