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Save the dates: ALV of the Year Announces 2016 program

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Posted 17 Feb 2016 — by Sam Haymart
Category Events

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
Category Events

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.

Historic San Marcos Golf Resort to host 2015 Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year Awards

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Posted 29 Jul 2015 — by Sam Haymart
Category Events

SanMarcos1An exciting, luxurious and historic Arizona resort venue will be home for the twelfth annual Carspondent.com Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards program. Raising the profile and provenance of the two-day test drive and awards event October 16-17, home base will be the historic San Marcos Golf Resort in Chandler, Arizona.

Built in 1912, the architecturally rich resort was home to the very first grass links in Arizona and now sits in the very heart of historic old-town Chandler. Restored with authentic charm, it has been the playground for many known celebrities and dignitaries during its 103 year history.

Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year has previously been held at Local Motors in Chandler, Arizona. The company has been a key partner for many years and has contributed to the event’s success.

“For the past three years Local Motors has been a wonderful host to our program. But as both organizations have grown significantly, we chose a new venue which offers us the space and ancillary services we need to keep ALV moving forward.”, says event Co-Founder Nina Russin.

The new venue adds a vibrant atmosphere to the event and provides a home base for out-of-town quests with event festivities, dining, and room accommodations all in one location. Several restaurants, shops and local attractions are also found within walking distance.

SanMarcos3Launching from the San Marcos Golf Resort also brings new and improved drive routes that will provide an enhanced experience for jury panel members. The new routes provide for a genuine mix of city and freeway driving in a warm and colorful home town atmosphere.

It all starts on Friday October 16th with a full press-day for local media including members of the Phoenix Automotive Press Association to drive and judge the palette of vehicles. Saturday October 17th hosts the big event where elite and recreational athletes test dozens of crossovers, SUVs, trucks and other vehicles catering to active lifestyles.

Judged by the very group of consumers they’re marketed to, vehicles awarded gain a seal of approval that goes above and beyond just that of the automotive journalists and experts who help lead the evaluation process.

The jury will award top-picks in eight categories with a new electronic judging system which will be faster scoring and provide more in-depth detail. An awards ceremony will be held at the San Marcos Golf Resort on Saturday afternoon at end of festivities.

Participants planning to stay at the San Marcos Golf Resort during the event must reserve online by September 15th by using the group block link: Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort

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.

Event Contact: Nina Russin