Midwest Automotive Media Association Names Chrysler 200 the 2015 Family Vehicle of the Year +VIDEO
Chicago, Illinois (February 12, 2015); The Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) announced today that the 2015 Chrysler 200 has been named the winner of its fifth annual Family Vehicle of the Year award.
The Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA), a nonprofit group of automotive journalists and public relations professionals, developed the award to help the consumer make a wise buy when it’s time to shop for a family vehicle. “Choosing a family vehicle is an important decision. It should be affordable, reliable, efficient, and roomy. MAMA members pooled their expertise to select the best family vehicle from an impressive group of new and notably refreshed models, and the Chrysler 200 rose to the top,” said award coordinator Damon Bell.
To qualify for the award, vehicles had to have four doors, start at less than $50,000, appear at one of MAMA’s two annual rallies, and be new or significantly updated within a year of the 2014 Spring Rally, which took place last May. The MAMA Spring and Fall rallies feature roughly 100 manufacturer vehicles for journalists to drive and evaluate.
Voting took place at each rally, creating a list of 12 contenders: the Chrysler 200, Ford Transit Connect Wagon, Honda Fit, Hyundai Genesis, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Soul, Lincoln MKC, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Toyota Highlander, and Volkswagen Golf.
MAMA members then took part in the final vote. A total of 99 automotive journalists voted the 2015 Chrysler 200 the winner with 79 total points, edging out the 2015 Subaru Outback, which garnered 73 total points. The 2015 Volkswagen Golf placed third with 68 total points.
In each round of voting, three points were awarded for a first-place
vote, two points were given for a second-place vote and third-place votes
were valued at one point each.
Voting for the 2016 Family Vehicle of the Year award will begin at the 2015 MAMA Spring Rally, which is scheduled for May 12-13 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. The Fall Rally is set for October 7 at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill.
About the Midwest Automotive Media Association
Founded in 1991, the Midwest Automotive Media Association is comprised of more than 200 automotive journalists and public relations professionals. Though based in the Chicago area, MAMA welcomes members from all parts of the country. The organization’s primary purpose is to provide a forum for newsworthy people, major issues, and new products in the auto industry.