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  • ALV of the Year Announces Finalists

    Posted on September 26th, 2011 ninarussin

    Organizers ready for ride-and-drive program on October 21

    A national panel of automotive journalists has narrowed the field to the 32 finalists that will be invited to Phoenix next month for the eighth annual athletes’ ride-and-drive to determine the Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year in seven categories.

    The Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year is the only car-of-the-year program which combines the input of automotive journalists with elite and recreational athletes to determine the best vehicles for those with active lifestyles. Athletes participating in former events include professional ball players, elite marathoners, triathletes, cyclists, swimmers, beach volleyball players, paddlers and dragon boat racers.

    The jury of automotive journalists from around the nation includes Denise McCluggage, Sue Mead, Larry Edsall, Jim Prueter, Jill Ciminillo, Brian Douglas, Larry Webster, Linda Sharp, Tamara Warren, Chuck Giametta and Jol Dantzig, as well as program co-founders Jim Woodman and Nina Russin.

    The Nissan Leaf is a Finalist in the Green Category

    Of 45 vehicles entered, 32 advance to Phoenix, where, on October 22, some 70 elite and area athletes and several celebrity judges will evaluate the cars and trucks, driving them on paved and off-road courses. Each category will be judged by a team of athletes whose active lifestyles equip them for knowing what they need from a vehicle. Judging team captains include an elite marathoner, a nationally-ranked duathlete, two sports medicine practitioners, an ironman triathlete, elite cyclist and a certified Pilates instructor.
    Finalists for the 2012 program are:

    Urban (Vehicles priced at or less than $20,000 with a small footprint and versatile interior)
    ·         Chevrolet Cruze
    ·         Fiat 500
    ·         Kia Soul
    ·         Mazda5
    ·         Scion xB

    Best Value On-Road (Vehicles priced at or less than $35,000 intended primarily for driving on-road)
    ·         GMC Terrain
    ·         Hyundai Elantra
    ·         Kia Sportage SX
    ·         Subaru Impreza
    ·         Suzuki Kizashi

    Best Value Off-Road (Vehicles priced at or less than $35,000 with true off-road capability)
    ·         Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    ·         Nissan Xterra
    ·         Toyota Tacoma TX/Pro
    ·         Volkswagen Tiguan

    Luxury On-Road (Vehicles priced at more than $35,000 intended primarily for on-road driving)
    ·         Audi A7
    ·         Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon
    ·         Dodge Durango
    ·         Hyundai Genesis
    ·         Range Rover Evoque

    Luxury Off-Road (Vehicles priced more than $35,000 with true off-road capability)
    ·         Jeep Grand Cherokee
    ·         Land Rover LR4
    ·         Lexus LX 570
    ·         Toyota 4Runner
    ·         Local Motors Rally Fighter

    Green (Vehicles with hybrid or alternative-fuel powertrains)
    ·         Lexus CT 200h
    ·         Nissan Leaf
    ·         Toyota Highlander Hybrid
    ·         Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI

    Family (Vehicles with three rows of seating)
    ·         Audi Q7 TDI
    ·         Dodge Grand Caravan
    ·         GMC Acadia Denali
    ·         Toyota Sienna SE

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

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