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Save the date: ALV Media Day October 20th

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Posted 23 Aug 2016 — by Sam Haymart
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offroadAn expanded media day program at this year’s Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year competition will feature a full day of driving, including off-road courses intended to demonstrate the capabilities of all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. ALV is the only car-of-the-year program that combines the input of professional automotive journalists with elite and area athletes to determine which cars and trucks currently in production best meet the needs of buyers with active lifestyles. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22.

The media day begins with an on-road drive from the San Marcos Hotel in downtown Chandler Arizona to lunch at Eagle Mountain golf club in Fountain Hills. After lunch, participants head northeast to the Butcher Jones Recreation Area in the Tonto National Forest for the off-road event. During the off-road program, journalists can continue to drive on-road vehicle entries through scenic nearby Bush Highway.

Automotive engineer and ALV jury panel member Eric Noble is overseeing the off-road program along with his colleagues at CARLAB, monitoring traffic flow and acting as a second set of eyes in challenging areas on the 20-minute out-and-back course. The out-and-back format facilitates driver swaps so all journalists will have adequate time behind the wheel of vehicle entries.

“As the sales of models with AWD increases, so does the interest in off-pavement exploration among adventurous buyers”, says Noble.  “This feature of ALV is intended to bridge the gap between normal pavement testing and the sort of extreme crawling that requires spotters and is prone to damage vehicles.”

The all-wheel drive course includes moderate elevation gain and a variety of surfaces including loose sand and rock. OEMs can tailor the course to show the specific capabilities of their vehicles by adding more challenging spurs off the main route.

The media program is the first day of ALV, with the athlete’s ride-and-drive and awards lunch on Saturday.

For additional information contact Sam Haymart, sam.haymart@steedpublications.com, Tyson Hugie, tysonhugie@yahoo.com, or Nina Russin, ninarussin@yahoo.com.

Save the dates: ALV of the Year Announces 2016 program

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Posted 17 Feb 2016 — by Sam Haymart
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ALV-2015-8The Carspondent.com Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year has set October 20-22, 2016 as the dates for their expanded 13th annual competition.

Based for the second year at the historic San Marcos Golf Resort in Chandler, Arizona, ALV is the only car-of-the-year competition to combine the input of automotive journalists with elite and area athletes to determine which cars and trucks best meet the needs of buyers with active lifestyles.

For 2016, the event kicks off with an expanded full-day automotive media preview on Friday, October 21st. A new format will include a full-day ride-and-drive that includes a mix of scenic and challenging off-road segments in addition to and an off-site lunch.

Members of the Phoenix Automotive Press Association in addition to recognized automotive journalists from across the country will benefit from the new media day format, with more time in the vehicles and better opportunities to evaluate off-road performance.

IMG_20151016_072421883Friday’s activities conclude with an invitation-only welcome dinner set in the historic old-town village of Chandler.

On Saturday, October 22nd, jury panel teams of elite and area athletes weigh in on this year’s entries. The Saturday program begins with walk-around presentations by manufacturers, followed by a ride-and-drive program.

The ride-and-drive program encompasses a variety of drive routes to demonstrate vehicles handling, performance, and comfort. Program activities will give participants the opportunity to experience the various utility features and characteristics of each vehicle.

Jury panels are led by experienced automotive journalists and industry experts who guide their teams through the various aspects of each vehicle, helping them gain the perspective and knowledge of key areas in which to make their assessments.

The ride-and-drive concludes at the San Marcos Hotel for a full awards ceremony where vehicles will be recognized in multiple respective classes, then concludes at 2 p.m.

Thursday, October 20th is a travel and participant check-in day.

About the Active Lifestyle Vehicle Awards

A Phoenix based event, the Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year competition is produced by ALV of the Year LLC. It has consistently grown in size and prestige since its inception in 2004. The event brings the perspectives and opinions of over 100 consumers who live the active lifestyles automakers market their products to, culminating into top awards in multiple categories.

The group of athletes, celebrities and active lifestyle enthusiasts act as a valuable focus group for automakers and industry experts alike. A data rich electronic scoring system conveys comprehensive consumer perspective metrics to manufacturers.

Media Contacts

The ALV organization would like to thank OEMs for their continued support of this program. Please feel free to direct any questions to Nina Russin, ninarussin@yahoo.com , or Sam Haymart, sam.haymart@steedpublications.com .

Invitation: ALV of the Year Press Day October 16

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Posted 28 Sep 2015 — by Sam Haymart
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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESLocal press and members of the Phoenix Automotive Press Association (PAPA) are cordially invited to a very special press opportunity on Friday, October 16th, 2015.

The press-only event offers the opportunity to test drive a variety of new cars, crossovers, SUVs and trucks aimed at consumers with active lifestyles. Several manufacturers and models will be represented in addition to those listed below in our agenda.

Members of PAPA will vote on vehicles, with the organization naming their first annual “Best of the Southwest” award.

The schedule begins at 9:00am and goes through 5:30pm as outlined below:

Registration begins in the San Marcos meeting room. All credentialed media must sign electronic waivers and present a valid driver’s license.

– 9 am: Toyota Breakfast begins
– 9:30 am- 11 am: Presentations
– 11:30 am. Volkswagen Lunch begins
– Noon- 5:30 pm: Ride and drive open to all credential media. Voting for ALV of the Year vehicle entries and PAPA Best of the Southwest award.
– 3 pm: Refreshment break sponsored by Mercedes-Benz

Those interested in attending should RSVP to Sam Haymart sam.haymart@steedpublications.com , by Tuesday October 13th.

About the Active Lifestyle Vehicle Awards

A Phoenix based event, the Active Lifestyle Vehicle Awards has consistently grown in size and prestige since its inception in 2004. The event brings the perspectives and opinions of over 100 consumers who live the active lifestyles automakers market their products to, culminating into top awards in multiple categories.

The group of athletes, celebrities and active lifestyle enthusiasts act as a valuable focus group for automakers and industry experts alike. With this year’s event moving to a new data rich electronic scoring system, the outcome of consumer perspective metrics for manufacturers will be more comprehensive than ever.