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Winners and highlights from Active Lifestyle Vehicle awards

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Posted 21 Oct 2013 — by Cathy Luebke
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PAPA preview, photo by Cathy Luebke

Winners of the 10th annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards were announced Oct. 19 after being evaluated by more than 100 athletes and outdoors enthusiasts along with members of the Phoenix Automotive Press Association at a special preview the day before.
Athletes from around the country, who participate in sports such as marathon running, bicycling, soccer and kayaking, gathered at the Local Motors microfactory in Chandler choosing winners in the eight categories:

  • Luxury Family (three rows of seating, over $40,000) – 2014 Acura MDX.
  • Best Value Family (three rows of seating, MSRP at or below $40,000) – 2013 Mazda CX-9.
  • Luxury Off-Road (MSRP over $35,000 with true off-road capability) – 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
  • Luxury On-Road (MSRP over $35,000) – 2014 Audi SQ5.
  • Green (alternative fuel and hybrid ) – Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel
  • Best Value Off-Road (MSRP at or below $35,000 with true off-road capability) – 2014 Toyota 4Runner
  • Best Value On-Road (MSRP at or below $35,000) – 2014 Jeep Cherokee
  • Urban (MSRP at or below $20,000) – 2014 Kia Soul

“This is really, really cool,” said ultra-marathon runner Jenn Shelton checking out the off-road vehicles that her team was testing. “It gets your average consumers’ opinion about things that are really important to them that for car people are maybe not that important.”
Shelton, who competes in running events that go as long as 100 miles, said she needs a rugged vehicle that can travel to out-of-the-way places. Plus, one other thing. “It’s important for me to be able to sleep in my car. Very important,” she said.

In conjunction with the annual event, Local Motors challenged its global community of designers and engineers to create the ultimate Active Lifestyle Vehicle. Designers from around the world submitted ideas for outdoors, off-road and adventure vehicles, and ALV athletes helped pick the winner.
First place in the Design Challenge went to John Bukasa for CLIMAX, an imaginative go-anywhere sports vehicle with a roof system designed for kayaks and other gear.
A new product for bicyclists also was introduced during the ALV competition. Xpel Technologies’ paint-protection film, which shields vulnerable parts of bike frames from rocks and trail debris, as well as chips and scratches from pedals and chains, said business development rep Eric Keller.
The San Antonio company has makes protective films for Porsche and other automakers and developed the bike product after connecting with longtime distance runner and auto journalist Nina Russin, a co-founder of the Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards.
Russin said the event is designed to educate the automakers about what active people want in their vehicles.
“Every year, ALV grows not only in size but dimension,” Russin said. “This year, we introduced our first ALV-inspired accessory, and added to our athlete community via the participation of Arizona Legends, retired NFL players of Arizona. In addition, Local Motors hosted its own design competition, which gave our concept global reach.
“We had more participants on-hand than ever before, and I see a deepening relationship between our audience and the OEMs as this program continues to grow.”Athletes evaluate a 2014 Subaru Forester, photo by Chris Dodson
The other co-founders of the ALV awards are Bob Babbitt, a member of the Ironman Hall of Fame, and Jim Woodman, longtime journalist, triathlete and founder of
Jol Dantzig, a runner, auto writer and guitar maker from Connecticut, pointed out that ALV is an invaluable tool for the automakers in updating and refining their vehicles for the end users.
“I think this is a great opportunity for the manufacturers to get real-world feedback from a growing segment of consumers,” Dantzig said.

PAPA teams up for Active Lifestyle Vehicle preview

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Posted 25 May 2013 — by PAPA Admin
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The Phoenix Automotive Press Association will sponsor a media preview of Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year finalists Oct. 18.
The annual ALV awards will be held Oct. 18 and 19 at Local Motors in Chandler. The program combines the input of journalists with athletes to determine which cars and trucks best meet the needs of buyers with active lifestyles.
Manufacturers enter vehicles in eight categories: Urban, less than $20,000; Best Value On-Road under $35,000; Best Value Off-Road; Luxury On-Road over $35,000; Luxury Off-Road; Green ALV; Best Value Family with three rows of seating under $40,000; and Luxury Family.
The preview will run from 3-5 pm and is open to all credentialed media. Attendees will have the opportunity to test drive vehicles on and off-road and speak with product specialists. PAPA members also will be able to vote on vehicles as part of the judging process.
“The Phoenix Automotive Press Association welcomes this opportunity to participate in a car-of-the-year program that actually makes sense,” said PAPA founder and former president, Larry Edsall. “Automakers do a lot of talking about designing cars for people with active lifestyles. These awards expand the voter pool beyond automotive journalists and incorporate people who really live active lifestyles – for example, athletes who regularly haul bicycles and kayaks and other gear in their vehicles, as well as their families – into the evaluation and voting process.”
Local Motors, which hosts the event, is an American car company that co-creates vehicles utilizing open sourcing with a global online community of automotive engineers and designers. The Local Motors micro-factory, where the ALV program takes place, is located at 1576 South Nelson Drive in Chandler, Arizona.
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