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Midwest Automotive Media Association Awards 2022 Kia Carnival as Family Vehicle of the Year and 2022 Genesis GV70 as Luxury Family Vehicle of the Year

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Public Show Runs February 12-21, 2022 

CHICAGO (Feb. 11, 2022) - The Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) named the 2022 Kia Carnival as its 12th annual Family Vehicle of the Year, and the 2022 Genesis GV70 as the winner of the fourth annual Luxury Family Vehicle of the Year award during the Media Preview of the 2022 Chicago Auto Show. To qualify for the award, vehicles must have four doors and be new or significantly updated within the past year.

"Our members test a vast array of vehicles throughout the year. For these models to rise to the top says a lot about their quality and value to families," said Harvey Briggs, MAMA president.

Other finalists for Family Vehicle of the Year were the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L and 2022 Hyundai Tucson. The 2022 Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer and 2022 Acura MDX rounded out the luxury category.

"In a time of automotive transformation, it is gratifying that some things remain constant and providing room, flexibility and good design can produce an award-winning vehicle, and that a sliding rear door can also be made to look very handsome," said Michael McHale, director, brand experience for Kia.

"Genesis is pleased to have our GV70 SUV recognized by MAMA as Luxury Family Vehicle of the Year," said Dana White, chief communications officer, Genesis Motor North America. "Built on the MAMA award-winning G70 sport sedan platform, GV70 provides a dynamic driving experience and exceptional comfort for the whole family, all while incorporating the latest technologies and advanced safety features."

The event also featured keynote speaker Alex Vetter, CEO of, a leading automotive marketplace platform that connects car shoppers with sellers. Vetter shared key trends for 2022, the effect of ongoing inventory challenges, the perception versus reality of electric vehicles and how the pandemic has permanently altered car buying.

For more information about the Midwest Automotive Media Association and its Family Vehicle and Luxury Family Vehicle of the Year Awards, please visit

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About the Chicago Auto Show
First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the nation's longest running auto exposition in North America. The show is produced by the Chicagoland's new-car dealer association, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, which has staged the show since 1935. The 2022 public show is Feb. 12-21 at McCormick Place. For more information and the latest updates, visit or
About the Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Founded in 1904 and located in Oakbrook Terrace, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is comprised of more than 400 franchised new-car dealers and an additional 150 allied members. The group's dealer members employ about 19,000 people in the metropolitan area. The association has produced the world famous Chicago Auto Show since 1935. For more information, please visit
About the Midwest Automotive Media Association
Founded in 1991, the Midwest Automotive Media Association comprises 250 automotive journalists and public relations professionals from across the country. The organization's primary purpose is to provide a forum for newsworthy people, major issues and new products in the auto industry.

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