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Posted 26 Mar 2016 — by Sam Haymart
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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
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ALV-2015-8The 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, , or Sam Haymart, .

Jeep Grand Cherokee is PAPA’s Best of the Southwest

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Posted 13 Nov 2015 — by Cathy Luebke
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Jeep Grand Cherokee received Phoenix Automotive Press Association’s first Best of the Southwest award as part of the Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year program last month in Chandler.
This is ALV’s fourth year in Phoenix bringing together hikers, kayakers, runners and other outdoor enthusiasts along with automotive journalists from around the country to select vehicles in various categories that best fit their lifestyles.
Best of the Southwest was conceived as a vehicle suited to the region’s lifestyle, including day-to-day needs and the ability to take friends and their gear safely along unpaved forest roads and desert trails, PAPA founding President Larry Edsall explained to members. It also is a vehicle that you feel good in whether out in the boonies or handing off to the valet at a fancy restaurant in Scottsdale.

Scott Brown of Chrysler with PAPA’s Bob Golfen.

“Grand Cherokee offers the best combination of class and off-road capability,” according to one ballot comment. Another said, “The Grand Cherokee is fully off-road capable with room for a family and styling for a night on the town.”
A PAPA jury narrowed the field of 20-some ALV finalists with all PAPA members eligible to vote on the final six. The five other PAPA finalists were: Dodge Durango, Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG, Ford Edge, Toyota Tacoma and Audi Q3

ALV award winners

It was our biggest event ever, said event co-founder Nina Russin, an automotive journalist from Phoenix.
With a new venue, expanded media day, new awards and more participants the ALV program took place over two days at the Crown Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort in Chandler.
The awards are unique with both automotive press and outdoor enthusiasts participating, Russin said. It was good to see so many returning athletes, both recreational and professional. “I fell strongly it’s an important thing to do to mix end users and journalists to see which vehicle works.”
Vehicles were judged on city, freeway and off-road routes with consideration for features including seating, cargo capability and versatility for activities such as camping, sports and road trips.

Winners in the six ALV classes were:
* Best Value Off Road: 2015 Ford F-150
* Luxury Off Road: 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee
* Luxury On Road: 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450
* Best Value On Road: 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
* Best Value Family: 2015 Ford Edge
* Urban: 2015 Kia Soul