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  • ALV of the Year Announces 2012 Winners

    Posted on October 25th, 2011 ninarussin

    Audi, Jeep, Mazda, Subaru and Volkswagen dominate a competitive field

    Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

    The Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year announces the winners of its eighth annual competition, following the finals at Local Motors in Phoenix, Arizona on October 21. ALV is the only car-of-the-year program to combine the input of nationally-recognized automotive journalists with elite and area athletes to determine which cars and trucks best meet the needs of buyers with active lifestyles.

    “This was our first ride-and-drive program in Phoenix, and it has significantly raised the game for cars entered in the competition,” said program co-founder, Nina Russin. “For the first time, we had a serious off-road course on which to evaluate those particular categories. The number of athletes participating in the event increased threefold. Thanks to the commitment of the ALV jury panel, the team at Local Motors and the athlete team captains, I believe that the Active Lifestyle Vehicle program has come into its own.”

    Heidi Wildy presents the luxury on-road award to Brad Stertz of Audi

    Thirty-two vehicles which made it to the final cut were on hand for the event. Each judging team consisted of at least ten athletes, as well as ALV jury panel members and the local media. Teams observed static presentations by product specialists prior to driving the contestants on two on-road courses and the Local Motors off-road course.

    Their evaluations took into consideration overall design, engine power, fuel efficiency, and cargo capability. In the final tally, the athletes’ votes and those of the jury panel members each accounted for fifty percent.

    Following are the winners of the 2012 competition by category:

    Urban: Mazda5
    Best Value On-Road: Subaru Impreza
    Best Value Off-Road: Jeep Wrangler
    Luxury On-Road: Audi A7
    Luxury Off-Road: Jeep Grand Cherokee 
    Green ALV: Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI
    Family: Audi Q7 TDI

    The eighth annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year is presented by OnStar, Local Motors, Mindfold Inc. and Russo and Steele.

     

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