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Georgia Journalists Name Chrysler’s Pacifica Best Family Car 2016
ATLANTA: The Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association (GAAMA) held its fourth annual Family Car Challenge at Lake Lanier Islands and named the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica the best family car for 2016. More than 40 journalists, representing national and publications and websites as well as bloggers and broadcast automotive journalists, test drove 24 vehicles and rated the cars and trucks.
In addition to the Pacifica winning Best Family Car, the other category winners were:
Best Value: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica
Beset Technology: 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300
Best Three Row: 2016 Ford Explorer
Best Family Pickup Truck: 2016 Ram 1500
Best Luxury: 2016 Lexus LX 570
Best Green: 2017 Chevrolet Volt
“It was our most competitive Family Car Challenge yet and our journalists took almost 200 rides in the cars and trucks in order to truly get a feel for the vehicle, its value, energy efficiency, its technology and comfort,” says GAAMA President Christopher Lawrence, CEO of AutoAcademics. “In the front of our minds was always the family factor and whether this would be a vehicle that would be as family-friendly doing school drop-offs as well as taking the family road trip.”
Another exciting aspect of the Challenge was that the journalists were among the first to test drive some vehicles that were just re-introduced to the market, such as the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and the 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E. “Because of the Family Car Challenge our members’ readers and listeners will be able to get some of the first initial impressions of these remarkable cars,” says Lawrence. “It’s another testament as to the respect GAAMA’s Family Car Challenge is receiving within the automotive industry.”
Participating manufacturers were: Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Ram, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen.
###GAAMA’s objective is to further professionalism of the automotive media, provide a forum for newsworthy people and products connected with the automotive industry and to bring together people whose activities are related to the field of automotive journalism, public relations and related fields for the mutual benefit of all parties.