EAST LANSING, Mich., Aug. 30, 2023 /PRNewswire/ —
- Chrysler Pacifica minivan supports Michigan State University Safe Ride program
Chrysler brand today announced the donation of a 2023 Chrysler Pacifica all-wheel-drive minivan to Michigan State University’s Safe Ride program, providing safe area travel for students in need of after-dark transportation.
“The safety of students at Michigan State University is paramount, especially in light of the tragic event that affected the entire university community in February,” said Chrysler Brand Chief Executive Officer Chris Feuell. “Chrysler wanted to have a meaningful role in providing support where it would have an immediate and lasting effect.”
The Pacifica minivan, valued at $58,302, was presented to Michigan State University in a ceremony held today on MSU’s East Lansing campus.
“Michigan State appreciates Chrysler’s contribution to helping ensure our campus is as safe and supportive as it can be,” said Interim President Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D. “This van will be part of an important student-led transportation service, and we also thank alumna Chris Feuell for her engagement with the university.”
The donation also includes two Calm Cabin packages. Introduced earlier this year, the Calm Cabin package helps those with autism feel calm, safe and comfortable, and aligns with MSU’s commitment to support a diverse population, including neurodivergent students.
MSU Safe Ride provides free transportation on campus from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., seven days each week, as a safe, accessible and free alternative to traveling alone late at night. The service is managed by the Associated Students of MSU (ASMSU), the undergraduate student government of Michigan State.
“We are grateful to Stellantis for this donation and know that this van will give us the opportunity to focus on the expansion of the already popular Safe Ride program at MSU,” said ASMSU Vice President of Finance and Operations Drew Gardner. “Continuing to make campus feel safe for all students is a large priority of ASMSU, and it is exciting to envision how our program could develop with the additional van in our fleet.”
The Chrysler brand has delighted customers with distinctive designs, craftsmanship, advanced innovation and technology since the company was founded in 1925. The Chrysler Pacifica continues to reinvent the minivan, a segment Chrysler invented nearly 40 years ago. Pacifica delivers an unprecedented level of functionality, versatility, technology and bold styling along with the most standard safety features in the industry and most advanced available all-wheel-drive system in its class. The available innovative plug-in hybrid powertrain takes this revolutionary vehicle a step further. It’s the first electrified vehicle in the minivan segment and achieves more than 80 MPGe in electric-only mode, has an all-electric range of more than 30 miles and a total range of more than 500 miles. Chrysler Pacifica is also the most awarded minivan over the last six years with more than 170 honors and industry accolades since its introduction as a minivan. The Chrysler 300 lineup delivers on the brand’s promise of accessible luxury, with iconic and elegant design, world-class performance, efficiency and quality. Chrysler is part of the portfolio of brands offered by leading global automaker and mobility provider Stellantis. For more information regarding Stellantis (NYSE: STLA), please visit www.stellantis.com.