Active Lifestyle Vehicle (ALV) event in Arizona.
The media and national athletes alike look forward to the yearly Carspondent.com Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year®, (ALV) event in Arizona. The ALV is the only car-of-the-year competition that combines the input of automotive journalists with elite and area athletes, announces winners for the October 2014 competition.
This year’s ALV program also featured the second annual Local Motors ALV Design competition sponsored by XPEL technologies, drawing close to fifty entries from Local Motors’ global community of designers and engineers. Stay tuned for a separate release on design competition winners.
This year’s event that took place at the Local Motors’ micro-factory in Chandler, Arizona was the most competitive in program history, including thirty vehicles from over a dozen auto manufacturers, automotive journalists and close to 100 athletes. Winners were often decided by hundredths of a point.
Besides the OEM’s from many manufacturer’s brands, national athletes and judges are flown in from all over.
Athletes on hand for the October 18 finals included members of Arizona Legends, retired NFL players of Arizona, representatives from Sole Sports Running Zone, Fit Mom Diet and Fit Fathers, elite runners, triathletes, paddlers, cyclists, swimmers and more.
“The wide variety of athletes who attend our program and judge vehicles reflect changes in the active market as it continues to grow,” said ALV co-founder Nina Russin. “That’s why our program is not limited to one vehicle configuration such as sport-utility vehicles or crossovers. The fact is that a well-designed sedan can work quite well for some active lifestyles, while others require the cargo capacity and off-road capability of a body-on-frame SUV.”
Our local press association, P.A.P.A. received a personal day (October l7th) to drive the cars and vote for our favorites in each category.
Vehicles were entered in eight categories, ranging from Urban that included small cars priced under $20,000 to high-end luxury models and vehicles with serious off-road capability.
Following are the winners for the 2015 program:
Urban: Kia Soul
Best Value On-Road: Dodge Journey Crossroad
Best Value Off-Road: Subaru Outback
Luxury On-Road: Mercedes-Benz C400
Luxury Off-Road: Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel
Best Value Family: Dodge Durango
Luxury Family: Cadillac Escalade
Green ALV: Volkswagen Golf TDI