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  • ALV of the Year Announces 2013 Winners

    Posted on October 22nd, 2012 ninarussin

    Phoenix-area athletes put 28 vehicle entries to the test

    2013 Ram 1500 4X4 Laramie won the Luxury Off-Road Category

    The Carspondent.com Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year ninth annual program concluded with its annual ride-and-drive at Local Motors in Chandler, Arizona on Saturday October 20. Over a hundred attendees including seventy athletes who participate in sports including cycling, triathlon, kayaking, softball, running and more evaluated 28 cars in seven categories.

    Members of the media and ALV jury panel members joined the teams of athletes, who heard product presentations by the OEMs before driving vehicles on both on and off-road courses.

    Brad Stertz from Audi accepts the Luxury On-Road award for the 2013 Allroad from Speed Channel’s Bob Golfin

    With each successive year, it seems that the quality bar rises for each of the seven competitive categories. The most recent program was no exception, with differences in scoring being as small in some cases as hundredths of a point.Voting by the athletes counted 50 percent in the final tally, with jury panel members’ votes accounting for the remaining 50 percent.

    “Authenticity is a very important aspect of this program,” said ALV co-founder, Nina Russin. “We vet the athletes to make sure their involvement in sports is significant enough to impact their car buying decisions. Team leaders are considered opinion leaders in the active community. This year, we invited parents judging the family category to bring their kids, so that they would test drive the cars in the same way that they might use their personal vehicles.”

    Winners for the ninth annual program are:

    Urban (MSRP at or below $20,000): 2013 Kia Soul
    Best Value On-road (MSRP at or below $35,000): 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Best Value Off-Road (MSRP at or below $35,000 with off-road capability): 2012 Jeep Wrangler
    Luxury On-Road (MSRP over $35,000): 2013 Audi Allroad
    Luxury Off-Road (MSRP over $35,000 with off-road capability): 2013 Ram 1500 4X4 Laramie
    Green ALV (Alternative fuel and hybrid powertrains): 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI
    Family (Three rows of seating): 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL BlueTec

    ALV is the only car-of-the-year program in the United States which combines 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.

    Program organizers would like to thank this year’s sponsors, Mindfold Inc. and Local Motors for their continued support.

    Photos of this year’s program are available on our Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year Facebook page.

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