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President Barack Obama wasn't the only famous face at Detroit's North American International Auto Show this year. TV host and father of two Nick Cannon surprised attendees of the ultra-popular car fest, which showcases next-generation cars and products, when he hosted a game show of his own in a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica on display at Detroit's Cobo Center.
Mom.me was on hand this past weekend to check out the vehicles and field questions from the famous dad, who shares 4-year-old twins with ex Mariah Carey.
After learning from Cannon that Chrysler unveiled its first minivan in 1984, we got an up close look at what next year's Pacifica, which replaces the brand's Town and Country minivan, has to offer.
And with family-friendly car companies trying constantly to outdo each other, Chrysler offered up an enviable list of what comes with its new vehicle. Not only that, but the company showcased those features at the auto show in an interactive display called the "Pacifica Play Zone," where kids and their parents could test out features in different play areas.
In addition to a 360-degree camera to assist with visibility and parking, the updated minivan also boasts automatic parallel and perpendicular parking, hands-free sliding doors, a collision warning system and an attached and stowable vacuum (for all of those pesky Cheerios). Kids will definitely appreciate the touchscreen entertainment system that allows them to watch movies, play games, connect to the Internet and stream content throughout the car.
That, and the hybrid version will offer up to 80 miles per gallon in city driving.
If Chrysler was trying to corner the kid-friendly market at the auto show, which runs through January 24, the company certainly achieved that with the "Pacifica Play Zone" — the large (and only) play area for the smallest auto show attendees — as well as the appearance from Cannon. The company even brought Los Angeles-based band The Beat Buds to keep families entertained.
Prices for their minivans, however, are unavailable.
(Disclosure: Mom.me attended a press trip to the North American International Auto Show organized by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. All reporting and opinions are our own.)