In these ever-changing and uncertain times, MAMA has adapted to meeting virtually. The new format, labeled "MAMA eMeet," has brought members together four times since the COVID-19 epidemic started.
On April 8, Hyundai hosted the first virtual meeting to discuss the 2020 Sonata Hybrid. Virtual attendees were delighted when frozen pizzas arrived at their homes in advance of the meeting. A new meaning to "lunch is served" was courtesy of Michele Tinson and Hyundai.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles presented its all-new, next-generation Uconnect 5 system on April 29 at the second eMeet. Substantial upgrades and improvements on the popular infotainment system are in the works. FCA announced that the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica, which is slated to go on sale late this year, will be the first vehicle to feature the new system. The Uconnect 5 system was first shown at the Chicago Auto Show this past February.
With the rescheduling of the MAMA Spring Rally, Nissan instead jumped at the opportunity to virtually present their new 2020 Nissan Frontier on May 19. MAMA members were among the first to learn of the 2020 pricing. The Frontier, first revealed at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, will be available at dealerships this July.
And on June 24, Hyundai was back to discuss the all-new Venue, the brand's seventh addition to its SUV lineup. The Venue slots just below the Kona in terms of size and powertrain, and offers plenty of safety and connectivity features as standard.
Thank you to all of these OEMs for their diligent efforts to keep our members informed and Up To Speed! Please keep your eyes open for future MAMA eMeets as we will continue to present news virtually until it is safe to resume our in-person monthly meetings. You can track the conversations surrounding previous eMeets by searching for the hashtag #MAMAeMeet.