News & Events

Volkswagen Passat named Family Vehicle of 2012

The Midwest Automotive Media Association announced today that the 2012 Volkswagen Passat has been named the winner of its second 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 vehicle for your family is an important decision. It should be reliable, efficient, versatile, and reasonably priced. The MAMA membership pooled its collective knowledge and experience to pick the best family vehicle from a strong group of recent releases, and the Volkwagen Passat came out on top," said award coordinator Kirk 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 in within a year of the Spring Rally, which took place in May, 2011. The MAMA Spring and Fall rallies feature up to 100 manufacturer vehicles for journalists to drive and evaluate.

Voting took place at both rallies, creating a list of 11 contenders: the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, 2011 Dodge Durango, 2011 Dodge Journey, 2012 Ford Edge, 2012 Ford Focus, 2011 Ford Explorer, 2012 Honda Pilot, 2012 Mazda Mazda5, 2012 Subaru Impreza, 2012 Toyota Camry, and 2012 Volkswagen Passat.

MAMA members then took part in the final vote. A total of 68 automotive journalists voted the 2012 Volkswagen Passat the winner with 14 first-place votes and 74 total points, beating out the 2011 Ford Explorer, which garnered 13 first-place votes and 55 total points. The 2012 Mazda Mazda5 placed third with six first-place votes and 49 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 2013 Family Vehicle of the Year award will begin at the 2012 MAMA Spring Rally, which is scheduled for May 23-24 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The Fall Rally is set for October 3 at the Chicago Marriott Northwest in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

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, significant topics, and new products in the auto industry.

Back to News

Follow Us Socially Using #CAS15

Blog

More

Wednesday, June, 17, 2015

Honda Pilot Officially on Sale Tomorrow

Attention all SUV lovers: First debuted at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, the all-new 2016 Honda Pilot officially goes ...

Friday, June, 05, 2015

Getting Your Car Summer-Ready

Summer is finally here! That means sunshine, beautiful weather (hopefully), outdoor activities, road trips and time ...

Tuesday, May, 26, 2015

Android Auto Now Available in 2015 Hyundai Sonata

As an update to a previous blog post , Hyundai is now officially the first car manufacturer to launch Android Auto ...

Friday, May, 22, 2015

Racing's Greatest Weekend!

If you are a speed freak, you've been waiting for this weekend all year. It's one of the few times you can ...

Wednesday, May, 20, 2015

What You Need to Know about the Takata Recall

To help clear up any misinformation that’s been circulating the Internet, we’ve compiled facts below on ...

Friday, May, 15, 2015

A Rally and a Street Legal Racecar

Earlier this week automakers and journalists once again descended on Elkhart Lake, WI, which has become home to the ...

Thursday, May, 14, 2015

Two days in paradise -- for a motorhead!

The 14th annual Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) Spring Rally was held this past Tuesday and Wednesday ...

Tuesday, May, 05, 2015

Mazda Drive for Good

With so much negativity in the news, it’s refreshing to hear about those who contribute – both ...

Thursday, April, 23, 2015

Mazda Rallies in Grant Park to Prevent Distracted Driving

To celebrate Global Youth Service Day and bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving, the Mazda ...

Wednesday, April, 22, 2015

Toyota's Mirai Fueled by ... ahem ... Bullsh*t

Though you can't yet buy the hybrogen-powered Mirai sedan in Illinois, Toyota is starting a national marketing ...

More

6/29/2015 10:13:03 AM

Watching this video gets us even more excited for #CAS16! It can’t come soon enough! http://bit.ly/1LymleY

6/27/2015 9:21:04 AM

Want to host your very own Ultimate Backyard BBQ for the Troops, including a private cooking demo from Real Urban Barbecue’s chef, sample taste bud tantalizing BBQ, win a Big Green Egg grill and even mingle with a Chicago Blackhawks ambassador? Starting July 1, share why you’re passionate about supporting the troops with #BBQ4Troops. Stay tuned for more details

6/26/2015 2:26:44 PM

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, July 18! Chicagoland car dealers are on a summertime mission to help raise money for the USO of Illinois and our local troops! Visit www.DriveChicago.com for more details. #BBQ4Troops

6/25/2015 11:37:08 AM

#ThrowbackThursday! Looking at old car models brings back so many memories. We want to know, what was your first car? #BlastFromThePast #DeLorean

6/23/2015 12:08:39 PM

Now this is one awesome looking #MazdaMX5 racecar, spotted at the The Chicago Auto Show!

6/23/2015 12:05:08 PM

Straight from the car's global launch at the 1989 The Chicago Auto Show floor, the 17th Miata ever built went on to become the first-ever Miata racecar. Since it was new, the car has competed in both SCCA Club Racing and Rallycross, with its 6,500 miles all being accrued on the track.

6/23/2015 12:04:36 PM

Straight from the car's global launch at the 1989 The Chicago Auto Show floor, the 17th Miata ever built went on to become the first-ever Miata racecar. Since it was new, the car has competed in both SCCA Club Racing and Rallycross, with its 6,500 miles all being accrued on the track.

6/23/2015 12:58:17 AM

Car show November 2015. Chicago, IL

6/22/2015 5:03:12 PM

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, July 18! Chicagoland new-car dealers are on a summertime mission to help raise money for the USO of Illinois & our local troops! Visit www.DriveChicago.com for more details. #BBQ4Troops

6/19/2015 4:41:55 PM

Father's Day gift alert! One of our official barbecue partners, Real Urban Barbecue, is hosting a grilling class series at their Highland Park location that will feature tips from renowned chefs. For more details, visit www.RealUrbanBBQ.com

More

6/30/2015 3:47:39 AM

RT @kensingtonband: Concert At Sea, this was so epic!! Loved it, lllllllloved it! #cas15 #concertatsea Pic by Bart van der Putten http://t.

6/29/2015 3:41:14 PM

RT @GiveMeAProject: @ChiAutoShow one of the few good things you can say about winter in Chicago.

6/29/2015 1:20:25 PM

RT @ItsxRobin: Wachten op Blof #throwback #cas15 #10jaarcas https://t.co/UoXeBqEIKf

6/29/2015 1:07:35 PM

Wachten op Blof #throwback #cas15 #10jaarcas https://t.co/UoXeBqEIKf

6/29/2015 11:56:54 AM

"@ChiAutoShow: Watching this video gets us even more excited for #CAS16! It can’t come soon enough! http://t.co/Z3yzwKFGJu."

6/29/2015 11:34:32 AM

@honda's HQ in Torrance. #Honda #Civic #OneDirection https://t.co/rDMOeSsd4c

6/29/2015 10:47:35 AM

@ChiAutoShow one of the few good things you can say about winter in Chicago.

6/29/2015 10:44:09 AM

RT @ChiAutoShow: Watching this video gets us even more excited for #CAS16! It can’t come soon enough! http://t.co/Oz6Y51Y5R8.

6/29/2015 10:34:45 AM

RT @ChiAutoShow: Watching this video gets us even more excited for #CAS16! It can’t come soon enough! http://t.co/Oz6Y51Y5R8.