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  • The Best of ALV

    Posted on October 25th, 2013 ninarussin

    Ten years of active lifestyle vehicles

    By Nina Russin

    Ten years ago I started a conversation with my colleagues, Bob Babbitt and Jim Woodman, about the auto industry’s growing interest in active lifestyle vehicles. As endurance athletes, we all felt many OEM’s were missing the mark: that product planners didn’t understand the audience they were developing these cars for.

    We decided to start a car-of-the-year program that would recognize the best active lifestyle vehicles on the market, but more important, provide a forum for automakers to get feedback from the active community.

    The first Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year program in 2004 awarded two sport-utility vehicles, the Nissan Xterra and Land Rover LR3, awards in Best Value and Luxury categories. Ten years later, ALV has grown to a two-day event involving nationally recognized journalists as well as 100 elite and area athletes judging cars in eight categories. This year’s program included professional football players, elite runners, triathletes, paddlers, kayakers, cyclists and more.

    On this tenth anniversary, I thought it would be appropriate to curate a collection featuring some of my favorite active lifestyle vehicles. Although ALVs come in many shapes and sizes, priced from under $20,000 to over $90,000, all share certain characteristics:

    • Thoughtful ergonomics
    • Versatile interior
    • Room for large cargo such as bicycles and snowboards
    • All-terrain capability
    • Towing capability
    • Easy-to-clean upholstery
    • A focus on safety

    This collection is part of eBay’s evolution from a traditional buying and selling platform to a community of enthusiasts united by sharing what they are passionate about. Check it out at #FOLLOWITFINDIT.

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