The 2020 Kia Telluride SUV may not have delivered all the cool technology the concept promised, but the largest SUV to come from Kia Motors is sure making a name for itself. Having won the “Triple Crown” of Automotive Awards with NACTOY 2020, Car and Driver 10 Best, and MotorTrend SUV of the Year, the Kia Telluride has a lot to love. Providing consumers with some luxury, and possibly aiming for the high rollers, the range for the Telluride goes from a starting MSRP of $31,690 (plus destination fee) to $40k or more. The 2020 Kia Telluride is perfect for pets and perfect for families, and the Telluride just won the 2020 MAMA Award, but it’s not what you think.
The Midwest Automotive Media Association
The Midwest Automotive Media Association, or MAMA, recently held its 2020 MAMA Family Vehicle of the Year awards. Every year, the Award is chosen by MAMA’s journalist members, with the voting starting all the way back in the spring of that year. To even be eligible for the award, a vehicle must have four doors and be new or significantly updated within a year of the MAMA Spring Rally (takes place in May). During the MAMA Spring Rally and Fall Rally, preliminary voting for the award occurs at both. A vehicle can be entered more than once but will only appear on the ballot once.
All vehicles that make it past the preliminaries go into the final round. This round is decided based on an online survey of active MAMA journalist members. The winner is then announced every year at the MAMA Breakfast that opens that year’s Chicago Auto Show Media Preview. Although the 20202 Chicago Auto Show doesn’t start until February 8, 2020 for the rest of us, journalists and special guests always make it there for the first two days that are exclusive to the press. To win this award, the Telluride beat out 19 other contenders. MAMA actually expanded its “Family Vehicle of the Year” awards in 2019 by adding a new luxury vehicle category, the Luxury Family Vehicle of the Year award. We’re surprised the 2020 Kia Telluride didn’t win that too with all the large SUV has going for it.
“The Midwest Automotive Media Association’s membership includes some of the most prominent and respected auto journalists in the country…and they selected the Kia Telluride as the 2020 MAMA Family Vehicle of the Year over a formidable roster of contenders. The Telluride can add another prestigious trophy to the long list of awards it has earned this year.” – MAMA president Damon Bell
With all the success of the Kia Telluride SUV, we see no sign of it slowing down. Already earning more than 40 awards from media outlets around the country since its introduction and having sold more than 60,000 units since its release in March 2019, demand continues to outpace supply. The 2020 Kia Telluride has seen its fair share of success, but we can only hope to see even more before Kia Motors goes all-electric.
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