Don't know. Pacifica (California) is a nice enough town when it isn't being
battered by storms and washed into the ocean. I'd much rather be down the
coast in Pescadero since that is where Duarte's is but I guess neither of
those names would appeal.
Maybe they are being overruled by the Italian owners? In Italian pacifica
means peaceful as one might guess but the verb form pacificare can mean
pacify, appease, reconcile, calm down or make up. Hidden messages?
Anyway, I was at the Subie dealer today since they _finally_ got the part
to take care of my air bag recall (months and months and months late) and I
walked around the showroom and lot while waiting. The new Outback which I
was thinking of buying in 2018 is way different than my 2008. Feels much
bigger and more luxurious (and wildly more expensive if there are any
decent options) but it appears that even with the 6-cylinder the towing
rating is only 2700 pounds which may not be sufficient to tow even a tiny
lightweight camper. Bummer.
I have no need to tow anything so the towing capacity was of no concern
to me in considering the Outback. We've got a '15 Limited and love it.
It is certainly more luxurious than the older models, IMO.
BTW, your mentioning pacifica as meaning peaceful made me chuckle. When
a family is hauling their kids around in a minivan, I wouldn't expect it
to be a peaceful place to be in.
I drove one of those for a week. I had a brand-new 2005 Chrysler 300C
that had a mysterious problem the first week I owned it (the dealer did
find what it was). While they had my new car in the shop, they gave me
a Pacifica to drive. The 300 was a new model and there was a six-month
wait to get one. The Pacifica name was first used as a concept for a
luxury minivan, then it became a crossover when it was in production. I
guess you can justify using the name for the new minivan, I would have
used a new name but I'm not in the business and those marketing people
know how to do their job better than I do.
When I was working in Silicon Valley industry we observed that the
marketroids were exactly the ones who wore suits and ties even when they
were not interviewing for jobs...
The technical guys I worked with and managed sneered at the marketers, I
did too, but at the same time I am sure the programmers would not have
been happy making cold calls on prospective customers.
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