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Georgia Journalists Name Chrysler’s Pacifica Best Family Car 2016

2016 Family Car Challenge Winners

2016 Family Car Challenge Winners


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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

Best 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.

One Midtown Kitchen played host to GAAMA and the all-new 2015 Corvette

On Thursday, Sept. 18, Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association (GAAMA) members had the privilege of test-driving the 2015 Corvette. In 2014, Corvette sales were up 232% in (January through August).  The Stingray averages 20 days to turn.  Corvette sales growth has made the “sports/sporty” segment the second-fastest growing segment in the industry, according to AutoPacific.  And, with the addition of Z06, Chevrolet will offer 14 performance cars, no other brand comes close.

The all-new 8-speed automatic transmission is offered on all Corvette models, as is the industry-exclusive performance data recorder.

The industry-exclusive performance data recorder was conceived by Chevrolet and built in collaboration with Cosworth. It has and integrated video camera, microphone, and GPS/telemetry system which seamlessly records drive videos you can watch in the car or download and share online.  It also includes professional-level telemetry analysis software so drivers can improve their skills by using similar data analytics used by Corvette Racing.

Valet drivers beware because the system includes a Valet Mode, which allows drivers to record what happens when their Corvette is out of sight.

Highlights below:

Nick Palermo welcomes the guests.

GAAMA’s president, Nick Palermo, welcomes the guests.

Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

Fred Ligouri greeted GAAMA members and introduced Todd Christensen.

Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

Todd Christensen introduced GAAMA members to the 2015 Corvette and the industry-exclusive performance data recorder.

Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

GAAMA members are impressed with the lineup.

Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

Fred Ligouri explains how the industry-exclusive performance data recorder works.

Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

What a beauty!

Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

Barbara Pomerance, CEO of Pomerance & Associates with Nick Palermo, President of Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association.

2014 Atlanta International Auto Show