The Midwest Automotive Media Association, otherwise known as MAMA, is a non-profit group composed not only of automotive journalists but also other industry professionals. Every year they hand out a variety of awards, one of which is the Family Vehicle of the Year. To qualify, a vehicle must have four doors and be priced under $50,000.
For 2015, the Chrysler 200 took the crown. In response, Al Gardner, President and CEO of the Chrysler brand, said in a press release that the company was “delighted” by this award. He outlined all of the family-friendly features with which Chrysler bestowed the Chrysler 200—features that undoubtedly helped the sedan win, such as “a class-leading available all-wheel-drive system,” “60 safety and security features,” and its overall “clever design.”
Who better to judge the merits of an automobile than automotive journalists? They not only spend all of the livelong day thinking about automobiles, they also regularly test-drive the things, and are many times the first people to do so.
The MAMA president highlighted probably the most significant aspect of the award; that is, that many of the judges have family themselves.